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On the heels of this week’s 2,000 Hilton point promo, Gilt announced another sign-up bonus for new members, this time for 1,000 JetBlue TrueBlue points with a first purchase of $50 or more, and 5 TrueBlue points for each additional $1 spent through the first six months of membership.
Per the promo terms and conditions, this offer is only valid for TrueBlue members who register with Gilt at www.gilt.com/trueblue and provide a matching name and TrueBlue number. The 1,000 points will be awarded within 8-10 weeks after registration and their first Gilt purchase within six months, which cannot be returned, of $50 or more, excluding gift cards, taxes, shipping/handling or other fees. As an added bonus, members will earn 5 points per $1 spent at Gilt for the first six months as well.
Ordinarily, TrueBlue members earn 3 points per $1 spent on airfare, and double points (so 6 per $1) on fares purchased on JetBlue.com. To earn 1,000 points, you’d need to spend $167. Members who have the JetBlue Amex earn an additional 2 points per $1 spent on fares at JetBlue.com for a total of 8 points per $1 (so you’d have to spend $125 to earn 1,000 TrueBlue points).
On the redemption side, one-way award flights start at 5,000 points plus $2.50 in taxes. Based on the value of a few fares I looked up, I’d peg the value of TrueBlue points at about 1.48 cents each, so those 1,000 points are worth just $14.80, but if TrueBlue is your program and you’re looking to top up your account with an extra 1,000 points (or 1,250 with the bonus points from a $50 purchase), this could be a good way to get to that award faster. Otherwise, I’d stick with the United Airlines/ Gilt promo, which I think is more lucrative. With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.
With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.