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JetBlue announced a limited-time promotion where, when you redeem TrueBlue points for an award flight by 11:59pm EST tonight (August 1) for travel between September 4-October 31, you’ll save 25% on the points necessary down to a lower limit of 5,000 points for any redemption.
You can find details here, but departures must be Monday-Thursday or Saturday, and this is valid for new bookings only.
To take a couple example cities mentioned on the promo page, I priced out a roundtrip between Boston and Fort Lauderdale in August and my total came to $240. That same trip cost 16,200 TrueBlue points plus $5 in taxes and fees. So TrueBlue points on this itinerary worked out to 1.45 cents each.
The same itinerary a month later priced out at exactly the same $240, but in terms of points, it was just 12,200 TrueBlue points plus $5, roughly 25% less, so my points were worth 1.9 cents each. Getting better.
A trip to Nassau in the Bahamas in October (admittedly not the best time down there, but still, it’s the Caribbean) from New York is starting at around $323.
With this promo, it costs 11,000 TrueBlue points and $82 in taxes and fees, so points work out to a value of 2.2 cents each.
TrueBlue members earn 6 points per $1 spent on flight purchases at jetblue.com, and cardholders of the JetBlue Amex earn an additional 2 points, for a total of 8 points. In terms of flights, you’d have to purchase about $1,375 worth of tickets on jetblue.com to earn those 11,000 TrueBlue miles necessary for a flight. If you’re short on JetBlue points, you can transfer Amex points to TrueBlue at a ratio of 250 Membership Rewards points to 200 TrueBlue points.
JetBlue just announced a new “non-elite” perks program called Mosaic earlier this week that requires just 15,000 base flight points to qualify (12,000 if you’re already a TrueBlue member and have spent enough to earn those points within a calendar year) with perks such as the second checked bag free for members and everyone flying on their reservation, priority check-in and boarding, and bonus TrueBlue points based on spending. So if you’re hoarding your miles for another redemption, but are in line to be upgraded to TrueBlue Mosaic, remember, you’ll be raking in more points soon, so you could consider spending some points at a discount with this promo.