Published on June 28th, 2016 | by William Charles12
How Much Are JetBlue TrueBlue Points Worth?
In the post we’re going to look at how much JetBlue TrueBlue points are worth. JetBlue points can be used for the following things:
- Flights on JetBlue
- Flights On Hawaiian Airlines
- JetBlue Vacation Packages
- Newspaper Subscriptions
- Charity Donations
Let’s take a look at each of the options and see how much value you can get from your JetBlue points.
JetBlue doesn’t have an award chart like most other airlines, instead points can be used for all flights that are bookable with cash (there is a
3,500 1,000 point minimum that must be redeemed though). The amount of points that is required is tied to the cash value of the flight and some other factors as well. Wandering Aramean has a really in depth post on the value of points that I’d recommend reading. I’ll summarize the post into a quick few bullet points for quick reference.
- Points can be redeemed for a minimum of 0.97¢ per point
- Points can be redeemed for a maximum of 1.89¢ per point
- The average value per point is 1.41¢
- One of the best values is Mint fares (basically their business class product) priced at $599, you should get a value of 1.7¢ per point when these are priced at 34,900
- International redemptions provide a better average point value than domestic
Knowing that you can get a baseline value of 0.97¢ per point is useful, like most airline loyalty program the real value seems to be in their Mint products and also international redemption’s.
These maximum values don’t always seem to be accurate anymore, as recently you could get almost 5¢ per point on flights to Cuba.
Hawaiian Airline Flights
JetBlue points can also be used on Hawaiian Airline flights, there is no award chart for this either and as far as I know it follows the same valuations I’ve listed above for JetBlue itself.
It’s not possible to book a vacation package with only JetBlue flights, you must use a combination of points & cash. You also won’t earn any JetBlue points on these bookings, nor will you be able to use a promotional code with these bookings. I did a few searches and they all seemed to return a value of 1.55¢ per point (I’m not sure if that’s just a fixed rate of I got lucky).
Just keep in mind you’re missing out on 6x JetBlue points when using cash + points and that usually it’s going to be cheaper to book the hotel and flight separately (especially when you account for discounts you can get from third party hotel websites). It might be worth considering a Vacation Package if you have the JetBlue Plus (personal or business card) as you get a $100 statement credit annually.
Points can be redeemed for magazine and newspaper subscriptions. Let’s take a quick look at two options that might be popular:
- TIME Magazine (52 issues): 1,200 points (~$30 value for 2.3¢ in value)
- Wall Street Journal (304 issues): 3,200 points ($12 for 12 weeks introductory rate, rough value of 1.625¢ in value)
I compared to the RRP, nobody really pays the recommend price for these magazine or newspaper subscriptions these days. There will also be a limit to the amount of magazines/newspapers you want to be receiving.
It’s possible to donate JetBlue points to select charities. Unfortunately these donations are not tax deductible. There is a minimum of 500 points that can be donated and all of the points go directly to the charity.
Realistically the only thing you’ll want to redeem your JetBlue points are for flights with either JetBlue or Hawaiian Airlines, I don’t think any of the other options provide good value. At minimum you’re looking at about 1¢ in value and a maximum of about 1.8¢, JetBlue doesn’t provided outsized value on business/first class international flights like other airlines but they do provide some good value none the less. If anybody has any thoughts/corrections then let me know in the comments.
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