How to Get Value From the JetBlue Vacations Statement Credit
I’ve been in the market for another business credit card, and the current increased offer on the JetBlue Business Card is one that I’m considering applying for this month. The main draw is the 60,000-point welcome offer, but there are some other benefits that are of interest. One unique one is a $100 annual JetBlue Vacations statement credit.
I glossed over this the first time I reviewed the card benefits. Saving $100 off a vacation package when you never book vacation packages doesn’t seem like a great deal. I’d rather travel on points and miles. But I decided to see what sort of value you can get.
Finding the Cheapest JetBlue Vacation Package Possible
To get the greatest value out of the vacation package, I decided to look for cheap weekend trips, hoping that the $100 statement credit would cover most of the cost of the hotel. This likely meant that we’d be staying in a budget property. But hey, maybe there would be something reasonable. JetBlue only has a few routes from the West Coast, so it looks like we’re visiting Long Beach.
My initial searches yielded packages of $500-$600 at the cheap end. Cheap, but not cheap enough to turn my head. But then I noticed one little detail: you can change the hotel search to fewer nights than you need.
Searching for just one night of hotel yielded much better prices. The JetBlue Vacations statement credit should cover roughly the one night. I settled on a night at the Hyatt Place Anaheim Convention Center. If this was a real trip and not just an exercise, I’d be planning to use 12,000 Hyatt points per night for the remaining nights.
After the $100 statement credit I’m looking at $264.63 for the vacation package for two people. Not a bad deal.
Comparing Against Cash Costs
This wouldn’t be a fair comparison unless we take a hard look at what you could get booking hotel and airfare separately. With a going price of just $364 (which would be $264 after the rebate) for two people, this already seems like an excellent deal. But let’s crunch the numbers.
The flights with the JetBlue Vacations Package are booked into Blue class. The cheapest fare I could find for the same dates was ~$102, but this is Blue Basic. The comparable Blue fare is $131.60 per person.
For two people, we’re looking at $263.20. Looks like the hotel is already essentially free after the statement credit. However, the hotel is actually more, assuming you’d normally book a flexible rate. The cancellation policy of the vacation package let’s you cancel the Hyatt Place until 48 hours before arrival, so that a fair comparison.
With $263.20 in airfare and $148.87 in hotel, you’re looking at an all-in cost of $412.07 if you paid cash for the same trip. Instead, you’re getting this for $264.63 after the JetBlue Vacations statement credit. Solid deal for two people. And you’re steps from Disneyland!
Other Ideas for the JetBlue Vacations Statement Credit
You might wonder how helpful this really is when you don’t live near a JetBlue hub. And I can see the point. But there are a few markets where you may be able to get good value from the JetBlue Vacations statement credit on the JetBlue Business Card. Here are some other ideas:
- Weekend in Las Vegas, traveling from Long Beach
- Weekend in Boston, traveling from New York City
- Weekend in Niagara Falls, traveling from Boston
- Weekend in Florida, traveling from NYC or Boston
Here I’m mainly looking for the cheapest markets where you can fly for $100-$120 round-trip and find hotel for less than $150. Run the numbers on your particular package, but the savings for the one I found in Anaheim is pretty promising.
The JetBlue Vacation package $100 statement credit from the JetBlue Business Card lets you easily recoup the value of the annual fee. I’m still split where I’ll get the card (as we’re not actually based in the Bay Area, so this is less useful), but it is an interesting option if you’re in a JetBlue hub.