Get up to 40% discount when buying JetBlue points

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For a limited time, you can get up to a 40% discount when you purchase JetBlue TrueBlue points. The tiered promo lasts through Jan. 23, 2020. A discount kicks in when you purchase a minimum of 3,000 points, but the bonus grows the more points you buy.

JetBlue is known for offering targeted buy-miles offers, so your offer may vary. Here’s the discount offer I received:

  • Purchase 3,000 to 9,500 points: Get a 20% discount
  • Purchase 10,000 to 29,500 points: Get a 30% discount
  • Purchase 30,000 points: Get a 40% discount

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Buying points and miles without a bonus is rarely a good idea, but sometimes travelers can get enough value out of their miles and points that it can make sense. Several of us at TPG max out our points purchases from airlines and hotels, taking advantage when there’s a solid buy-points bonus — as we get more value from these points than what we pay by taking advantage of sweet spots.

That’s possible because many programs are region- or distance-based points/miles redemption programs, rather than strictly revenue-based programs. The problem with revenue-based redemptions is that there’s a fairly fixed value that you’re going to get from these points and miles.

And JetBlue TrueBlue is one of these types of programs.

That makes it easy for TPG to calculate a fixed value of TrueBlue points at 1.3 cents each. However, it also means you’re not going to get much more than this in value from any TrueBlue redemption.

Related: How to redeem points with the JetBlue TrueBlue program

TrueBlue points typically cost 3.8 cents each including the tax recovery fee, and this promotion only lowers the cost to 1.77 cents per point with the 40% discount points offer. So even with the largest discount, you’d still be paying far more than what these TrueBlue points are worth — making this promotion a skip for most travelers.

If you’re just a bit shy of an award flight, buying a small number of points to bridge the gap might make sense — and this promotion will at least let you do that at a discount.

However, you should consider other options first. You can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards (1:1, instant transfer) or American Express Membership Rewards (250:200, instant transfer). Or, you could pool your points with up to six other JetBlue TrueBlue members to get enough for the redemption.

Related: A guide to earning transferable points

Note that you can purchase a maximum of 30,000 points per transaction, and a maximum of 120,000 points per calendar year. That means you can buy a maximum of 30,000 points each in four consecutive transactions.

Which credit card to use

JetBlue point purchases are processed by Points.com, so these purchases won’t code as travel. You won’t earn bonus points from cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

So, you’ll want to use the best non-bonus category credit card for your situation. Based on TPG’s valuationsThe Blue Business®️ Plus Credit Card from American Express’s 2x Membership Rewards (on the first $50,000 per year; then 1x thereafter), or Chase Freedom Unlimited’s 1.5% cash back would be the most rewarding choices.

Related: The best travel rewards credit cards

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