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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.