Get a 30% discount plus 10% bonus when buying JetBlue points
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For a limited time, you can get up to a 30% discount plus 10% bonus points when you purchase JetBlue TrueBlue points. The tiered promo lasts through November 27, 2019. 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 3,000-14,500 points: Get 10% bonus plus 10% bonus points
- Purchase 15,000-29,500 points: Get 20% bonus plus 10% bonus points
- Purchase 30,000 points: Get 30% bonus plus 10% bonus points
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. Personally, I maxed out my points purchases from American Airlines, Choice, IHG and La Quinta in 2018, taking advantage when there was a solid buy-points bonus — as I got more value from these points than what I paid by taking advantage of sweet spots. That’s possible because each of these programs are region- or distance-based points/miles redemption programs, rather than 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 for his valuations. However, it also means you’re not going to get much more than this in value from any TrueBlue redemption.
TrueBlue points typically cost 3.8 cents each including the tax recovery fee, and this promotion only lowers the cost to 1.88 cents per point with the 30% discount plus 10% bonus 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.
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 the maximum of 30,000 points each in four consecutive transactions.
Which Credit Card to Use
So, you’ll want to use the best non-bonus category credit card for your situation. Based on TPG’s valuations, the 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.
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SIGN-UP BONUS: $150 after spending $500 on purchases in the first 3 months.
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $150
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: No annual fee + earn 1.5% cash back on all purchases
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn a $150 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
- Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases.
- 0% Intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers, then a variable APR of 16.74-25.49%.
- 3% intro balance transfer fee when you transfer a balance during the first 60 days your account is open, with a minimum of $5.
- No annual fee
- No minimum to redeem for cash back
- Cash Back rewards do not expire as long as your account is open