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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express
Earlier today, we covered the fantastic 30% transfer bonus for Amex to Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club program. Amex has launched another transfer bonus, this time offering a 25% bonus when converting Amex Membership Rewards points into JetBlue TrueBlue points.
Normally, you can convert Membership Rewards into JetBlue points at 250:200 ratio. With the promotion it changes that into 250:250 — effectively a 1:1 ratio.
JetBlue points have a fixed value ranging between 1.3-1.5 cents apiece, although TPG values them on the lower end at 1.3 cents each. Normally a $156 JetBlue flight would cost about 9,600 TrueBlue points or 12,000 Amex points — with the bonus it would require an even 9,600 Amex points.
So is this a good deal? It’s decent, but probably only makes sense if you specifically need to fly on JetBlue — it’s definitely a whole lot better than transferring without a bonus. The ability to transfer in small increments of points is an added plus, since award flights start at as low as a couple thousand points. JetBlue Plus cardholders can save even more, since they’ll receive 10% of their TrueBlue points back when making award bookings.
Keep in mind you can get more value by transferring Membership Rewards points to other Amex partners like Aeroplan or Virgin Atlantic and booking premium cabin awards.
How to Transfer
- Log in to your American Express account
- Under the Membership tab, click “rewards,” then click “transfer points,” and select JetBlue
- Connect your JetBlue account if you haven’t already
- Select how many points you’d like to transfer and hit transfer
- Wait for miles to credit to your JetBlue account, which should be near instant according to our tests
If you don’t have enough Membership Rewards for your preferred redemption, Citi ThankYou points also transfer to JetBlue (although at a pretty horrible ratio) — helping top off your mileage balance.
Earn Membership Rewards Points
Although you probably won’t be able to earn it before the transfer bonus ends, there are plenty of cards that are offering large sign-up bonuses. Regardless, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a transfer bonus like this, and it’s likely not the last.
- The Platinum Card® from American Express — 60,000 point welcome bonus after spending $5,000 in three months
- The Business Platinum® Card from American Express — 75,000 point welcome bonus; Earn 50,000 points after spending $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after spending an additional $10,000 in the first three months.
- Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express — 50,000 point welcome bonus after spending $5,000 in three months
- American Express® Gold Card — 25,000 point welcome bonus after spending $2,000 in three months
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), up to a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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