Amex Membership Rewards 25% JetBlue Transfer Bonus

by on August 15, 2014 · 8 comments

in American Express, JetBlue, Membership Rewards

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American Express Membership Rewards is running a promotion offering a 25% transfer bonus to TrueBlue, the frequent flyer program of airline partner JetBlue. The usual transfer ratio is 5 Membership Rewards points to 4 TrueBlue Points, but with the 25% transfer bonus, the ratio will instead be 1:1.  This offer ends September 15, 2014.

The best use of this promo would be to book in JetBlue’s new Mint business class, which is currently offered on service between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles, and between New York and San Francisco starting in October. Round-trip flights in Mint can be had for 69,800 TrueBlue Points, or 34,900 one way. That gives you a return of about 1.72 cents per point, which is a little below where I value Membership Rewards, but still reasonable.

You could also consider transferring points if you just need to top up for an economy redemption, though in general you’re only going to get about 1.1-1.4 cents per point, so it’s not the best use of Membership Rewards.

Here’s are some search results for a JetBlue itinerary between LAX and JFK on October 22-29, 2014:

jetblue fare amex promo
Transferring to JetBlue might not be the most effective use of Amex Membership Rewards. In comparison, domestic business class can be had on Delta for as few as 50,000 SkyMiles at the saver level, or on United (by transferring to Star Alliance partner Air Canada) also for 50,000 MileagePlus miles.

However, JetBlue is a better option than the 80,000 and 100,000 mile standard awards on Delta and United, respectively. For example, here are search results on Delta for the same dates as above:

Delta fare lax jfk business class

Saver availability is often hard to come by, so if you’re planning a transcontinental along one of these routes and can take advantage of the Membership Rewards transfer bonus, JetBlue is worth considering. At present, you can book JetBlue flights through the end of April, 2015.


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  • Redpanda

    I would only consider this to top off my current jet blue account mileage. I’m still waiting for that British Airways transfer bonus to come around again!

  • Scott C

    Same here, waiting on the BA bonus to come around again.

  • Blake

    Amen to that, Redpanda! Anyone have any educated guesses about when the BA bonus will come around?

  • summer

    Never… gasp

  • Lydia

    I now have around 52-53K points. I can’t decide which airlines to transfer the points to. I possibly will travel to France or Italy next year. Mostly, I travel to Taiwan or inside USA. What would be the good choice of airlines? Do all redemption allow one-way ticket, or some of them enforce round trip tickets only? Thanks!

  • Alan

    I will probably empty my Membership Rewards into BA miles if a decent transfer bonus comes around any time soon.

  • Alan

    I was look at the history for these bonuses. They seem to be getting smaller and more infrequent, but there always seems to be one near the end of the year. *fingers crossed*

  • Yada Ya

    What is the best way to swap AA miles for Jet Blue?

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