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JetBlue and Hawaiian have altered their partnership to allow TrueBlue members to redeem their points at set rates for award travel to Hawaii. Now, with the award chart, you can call JetBlue to book your travel to the 50th state from just 44,000 miles round-trip in economy.
You can continue to take advantage of travel from Hawaiian’s continental US destinations and book using your TrueBlue points — but now, at a set redemption rate. For example, if you’re traveling from the West Coast, it’ll cost 22,000 TrueBlue points one-way in economy or 45,000 TrueBlue points one-way in business (first class on Hawaiian’s metal) for travel to Hawaii. Alternatively, if you’re coming from the East Coast, you’ll pay 30,000 TrueBlue points one-way in economy or 70,000 TrueBlue points one-way in business (first) to the island state. Here’s a look at the full award chart for economy:
… and for business (first):
For all of these new award rates, you’ll be traveling on Hawaiian metal — you’re just booking using TrueBlue points. To New York, Hawaiian flies one of its A330 aircraft, including lie-flat seats in first — check out our reviews of first class and economy.
Previously, there was no set award chart structure to redeeming TrueBlue points with Hawaiian. TPG contributor Nick Ewen called to inquire how many TrueBlue points it would cost to redeem for Hawaiian travel and got a variety of answers. So, with this latest change, JetBlue and Hawaiian now have a consistent award chart for flyers. Of course, it could change at any time.
To book, you’ll need to call JetBlue at 1-800-538-2583. On a call I placed with the carrier, there seemed to be decent availability. At this point, there doesn’t appear to be any changes to how you’ll earn TrueBlue points with Hawaiian Airlines travel. Here’s the earning chart for flights from North America. Visit the Hawaiian partner page to see the earn rates for flights originating in other origins or destinations.
This new firm award chart for using TrueBlue points for Hawaiian travel is a plus for JetBlue flyers. Rather than getting a range of value out of your points, often between 1.07 and 1.9 cents apiece, you’ll have a better idea of how much value you’re getting out of your points. For example, if you’re booking a round-trip ticket from the East Coast in business class (first class on Hawaiian metal) that costs $3,091, you’re getting a valuation of 2.2 cents apiece — more than TPG’s most recent valuation of 1.3 cents apiece.
At the end of the day, being able to pay 44,000 TrueBlue points round-trip from the West Coast to Hawaii is a great deal. If you’re looking to increase the stash of TrueBlue points in your account, consider signing up for the JetBlue Plus Card. The card currently comes with a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days. Additionally, JetBlue is a transfer partner of both the Citi ThankYou and American Express Membership Rewards programs.
Featured photo by Nick Ellis / The Points Guy