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For a limited time, you can get up to a 50% bonus when you purchase JetBlue TrueBlue points. The tiered promo lasts through June 19, 2019. The bonus kicks in when you purchase a minimum of 3,000 points — the more points you buy, the higher your bonus will be.
While JetBlue has offered targeted bonuses recently, we checked around the TPG office and everyone has the same offer this time around:
- Purchase 3,000-9,500 points: Get 20% bonus points
- Purchase 10,000-19,500 points: Get 30% bonus points
- Purchase 20,000-29,500 points: Get 40% bonus points
- Purchase 30,000 points: Get 50% 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 to buy points and miles. Personally, I maxed out my points purchases from American Airlines, Choice, IHG and La Quinta in 2018, taking advantage when there’s a solid buy points bonus — as I can get more value from these points than what I paid by taking advantage of sweet spots.
That’s possible on each of those programs as these are fixed 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, 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 1.97 cents per point with the 50% promotion. So even with the largest bonus, 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
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 or the Citi Premier Card. And while it’s historically earned 3x points per dollar spent on Points.com, recent reports indicate that the Ink Business Preferred Credit Card no longer earns a bonus.
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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This is The Points Guy’s permanent page about JetBlue “buy points” promotions, so you can bookmark it and check back regularly for the latest offer. Keep in mind you may see some reader comments referring to older deals below.
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