30% Bonus on Amex Membership Rewards to JetBlue Transfers

by on June 12, 2012 · 13 comments

in American Express, JetBlue

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Starting today and running through Sunday, June 17, 2012, US American Express Membership Rewards members will receive a 30% transfer bonus when transferring American Express Membership Rewards points to Jetblue TrueBlue points. While this is not as lucrative as the 50% Bonus On Amex To British Airways, this can still be a good deal if you are planning to book an award or need a few extra miles to top off your account.

30% Amex to JetBlue transfer bonus.

The usual ratio is 250 Membership Reward points : 200 TrueBlue points but with this bonus it is 250 Membership Reward points to 260 TrueBlue points. The bonus is hard coded into the transfer ratio.

JetBlue has hub cities in New York-JFK, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, San Juan, PR, and Long Beach. They also have a lot of Caribbean service especially from San Juan, so this could be another option.

TrueBlue points can only be redeemed for about 1.04-1.5 cents each in value for any available seat on the plane, just as though you were paying regular airfare, only using points instead of cash. TrueBlue points can now also be redeemed on Hawaiian Airlines over the phone by calling 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583). I generally reap more value from distance-based programs, but if JetBlue is your carrier of choice, or you’re planning to travel to or from one of their major hubs and were planning on using points anyway, you might as well get some extra value out of it.

Remember, you can also transfer Amex points to anyone else (simply log in to your account -> Points Summary -> Scroll to bottom right where you see accounts, scroll to bottom and select “Link additional accounts”), so this might be a good time to top up your family or friends’ accounts to get them to levels needed for awards. Amex will even let you advance points for free as long as you earn them back within a year – 15,000 for Premier Rewards Gold/Gold/Green and up to 60,000 points for Platinum.

So with this 30% bonus, you are valuing your Amex points between 1.08-1.56 cents each – not really spectacular. Especially considering that if you have the Amex Platinum card, you can use points towards buying any airfare at 1.25 cents per point and you earn points/miles and elite status on those redemptions as if you bought the tickets with cash. Even if you have a Premier Rewards Gold/Gold/Green card the Pay With Points program will give you a 1 cent per point valuation and you earn points/miles and elite status on those tickets. Still, if you’re near a JetBlue award level for a particular itinerary and you just need to top up your account, this could be a decent opportunity.

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  • Dee Tee

    Ughhh, when is AMEX coming up with a Delta bonus? Now I regret not taking advantage of the 25% Flying Blue bnous.

    Brian, do you think it has anything to do with the fact so many folks applied around June/July of last year? Maybe AMEX is playing the waiting game and will only reward those who pay at least one annual fee.

  • ClimbOn

    Hi Brian,
    I took advantage of some of the AMEX deals last year and will soon have to cancel my cards. Is there any way to retain my MR points without paying any annual fee? Is there another card that is linked with MR but carries no fee?
    Thanks always!

  • H. Jude Boudreaux, CFP®

    Hi Brian, I don’t have any travel plans immediately, but I do have 60k MR points sitting around. Is it worth transferring these out to BA in advance? I’ve already got 11ok BA miles, figure I could add 60+30 bonus and have 200k for something special? Would appreciate any thoughts you have!

  • Dee Tee

    The 50% bonus is over so you would only get 60K to pay hefty fuel surcharge fees. Like many bloggers have pointed out, there is value in short distance trips on OW partners by booking via BA.

  • H. Jude Boudreaux, CFP®

    Thanks for the response, guess I need to dig a bit deeper on these. I really appreciate the help!

  • Dee Tee

    You’re welcome and by the way, your site is not working.

  • thepointsguy

    What Dee said! I’d wait until a better transfer bonus comes along

  • thepointsguy

    All MR cards have an annual fee, but the Premier Rewards Gold card offers the first year free in case you don’t have that already

  • thepointsguy

    Well Flying Blue just hacked the benefits their frequent flyer program, so don’t feel bad you missed out on that bonus.

    As for Delta- who knows why there is such a drought. Never seen one this long

  • H. Jude Boudreaux, CFP®

    That’s odd, I just tried on my system and it came up, albeit slowly. Been thinking about switching hosting providers, probably should move on that! Can you try again?

  • thepointsguy

    It loaded for me.. although slowly.

  • Umut

    Brian I value JetBlue points more than 1.5 cents, Since they have daily flights between Anchorage, AK to Long Beach,CA in the summer time only. Anchorage has worst fares in US( thanks to Alaska Airlines)

  • Aarond1234

    One other angle here might be using your trueblue points on Hawaiian, with the new partnership, according to a thread on flyertalk you get award tickets for roughly 50 trueblue points per dollar of Hawaiian airfare. That is about 2 cents per point which is a little better than using them on jetblue. Hawaii fares seem to be really high lately so this may be a good deal.

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