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Maximizing JetBlue TrueBlue redemptions with Brex Rewards points (Plus, 75,000 bonus points when you sign up for Brex through TPG)

Nov. 02, 2019
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Last month, we saw big news from Brex when it announced the addition of Jetblue as its newest transfer partner.

Already, corporate travelers could transfer Brex points to Aeromexico Club Premier, Air France-KLM Flying Blue, Avianca LifeMiles, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Qantas Frequent Flyer and Singapore KrisFlyer, which represent each of the three major airline alliances (Oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance).

Brex customers can transfer points directly through the Brex rewards dashboard and book flights. Economy flights are included and customers can even book JetBlue’s Mint business class (which TPG considers the best domestic business-class product in the sky) directly.

Transfer Brex points to JetBlue TrueBlue points

Brex Exclusive customers will be able to transfer points at a 1:1 ratio, the same as every other Brex transfer partner. This puts it in line with Chase Ultimate Rewards, which also offers 1:1 transfer ratio. Amex transfers to JetBlue at a 5:4 ratio, and Capital One only offers a 2:1 transfer ratio. Brex Exclusive Rewards points are worth 1.7 cents each, according to TPG's most recent valuations. With a sizable welcome bonus (more on that later) you can score some great awards.

JetBlue Mint one-way to the Caribbean

TPG himself can't stop raving about JetBlue Mint ever since flying the product back in 2014. And now with your Brex card, you can experience it too. For instance, one-way flights from New York-JFK to parts of the Caribbean, such as Bridgetown (BGI) have Mint awards starting at just 35,000 TrueBlue points one-way.

Transcontinental round-trip

Transcontinental round-trip fares in Blue class can be as low as 6,400 points one-way or 12,800 round-trip, perfect for group travel or work conferences.

TrueBlue deals

JetBlue runs TrueBlue deals fairly often. If you are flexible with dates and locations, you can snag great deals around the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Sometimes deals can be as low as 400 points one-way, so make sure you check the deals page regularly!

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Is Brex right for you?

Brex caters to businesses across tech, e-commerce/CPG, life sciences and other industries, and has a slightly stricter set of guidelines around qualification. While you don’t have to be a registered business to be approved for most small-business credit cards, that isn’t the case for the corporate cards offered by Brex. You also need to have at least $100,000 in a business bank account to qualify for a card.

With that out of the way, the Brex Card for Startups — one of three cards that earn Brex points — offers an appealing rewards rate (and 10x-20x higher credit limits than many other business credit cards) for customers who can pass its selective application process and who use the card exclusively for corporate spending. Brex Exclusive cardholders with the Brex Card for Startups earn:

  • 7x on rideshare purchases
  • 4x on Brex travel
  • 3x on restaurants
  • 2x on recurring software
  • 1x on everything else

To earn at these rates, Brex must be your exclusive corporate card. Right now, Brex is offering 75,000 points to new cardholders after spending $1,000 on the card. Offer ends 3/31/20.

Even better, approved business owners will also receive waived annual fees for life, so you’ll be able to enjoy the full worth of the bonus without having to worry about an annual fee.

Bottom line

With a 1:1 ratio, Brex is in line with Chase as having the best transfer ratio to JetBlue, unlike American Express and Capital One. If you're a business owner, you may find yourself flying JetBlue often, especially if you live in (or near) one of its hubs. With the airline's frequent TrueBlue sales and low points needed for award redemptions, using Brex points is a solid option for flights.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards

1 - 10X points
10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases

Intro offer

80,000 bonus points
Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

Annual Fee

$550

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more
Best premium travel card for value
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

    80,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $550
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more