For a limited time, you can get up to a 50% bonus when you purchase JetBlue TrueBlue points. The tiered promo lasts through Feb. 4, 2019, and the bonus kicks in when you purchase a minimum of 3,000 points — the more points you buy, the higher your bonus will be.
Here’s how this promotion breaks down:
- Purchase 3,000-9,500 points: Get a 20% bonus
- Purchase 10,000-19,500 points: Get a 30% bonus
- Purchase 20,000-29,500 points: Get a 40% bonus
- Purchase 30,000 points: Get a 50% bonus
TrueBlue points typically cost 3.8 cents each including the tax recovery fee, but this promotion will lower the cost to as little as 1.97 cents per point when you buy 30,000 points for $887 (including tax) and end up with a total of 45,000 points after the 50% bonus.
In his most-recent valuations, TPG values TrueBlue points at 1.3 cents each. So even with the largest bonus, you’re still paying far more than what these TrueBlue points are typically worth. That means that this promotion should be 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, with one exception: We’ve noticed that the Ink Business Preferred Credit Card has earned 3x points per dollar spent on Points.com. If you don’t have that card yet, you’ll want to use the best non-bonus category credit card for your situation. Chase Freedom Unlimited cardholders with a Chase Ultimate Rewards-earning card can earn a 3% return by earning 1.5x Ultimate Rewards points on non-bonus purchases like this.
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