Posted by William Charles on April 3, 2019
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Published on April 3rd, 2019 | by William Charles

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How Much Are JetBlue TrueBlue Points Worth? (Mint Flights Devalued)

Update 4/3/19: When this was originally posted in June of 2016 Mint flights were getting 1.7¢ in value. At some stage this dropped to 1.4¢. TPG is now reporting that this has dropped even further and JetBlue Mint flights are getting approximately 1.09¢ in value.

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
  • Magazines
  • 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.

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JetBlue Flights

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¢
  • Mint fares (basically their business class product) 1.09¢ per point
  • 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.

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

Hawaiian Airline flights used to follow the same rules as above but on December 22nd, 2017 they added an award chart. The award chart is as follows:

More on this change here.

Vacation Packages

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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.

Magazine/Newspaper Subscriptions

Direct link to offer

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.

Charity Donations

Direct link to offer

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.

Our Verdict

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 1.4¢, 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.

You might also be interested in other posts in our valuation series:



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Audrey
Audrey

I know everyone always links to that Wandering Aramean post but in my experience points can be worth 2cpp or more. Two recent examples: one-way (last minute) flight from Colombia to NY, cash price $488/cost in points 11,300 + ~$82; one-way NY to Colombia, cash price $275, points price 8,300 + ~$20. Have seen it as low as 7400 points.
Sometimes it’s the reverse, cheap-ish price but costing more points. In truth it seems almost random.
Maybe it’s only Colombia that has the bargains (?) but for me the points have been great as their prices generally are not that low.
Just got the cc for the 10% back feature.

John
John

Has anyone emailed Jetblue since Saturday and received confirmation of their eligibility for the match promo? I emailed Saturday morning and have heard nothing. I heard the confirmations came pretty quickly on Friday, which is why I am interested in data points from people who emailed beginning Saturday.

Chris
Chris

I emailed on Saturday evening and received a response on Monday afternoon.

pete
pete

John-sent an email w/ screenshot on Sunday, no response from JetBlue yet

dan
dan

JB – not many flights & dest. out of houston; earlier contemplated to xfer SPG pts to VX for a match, but didn’t do it; for any folks who wants to do the xfer, maybe 2 late for this Fri deadline

harvson3
harvson3

Families can also pool JetBlue points which is huge for saving spare points.

D
D

I also looked into transferring points to virgin for the match, but they only fly to Boston and Fort Lauderdale out of Nashville, and the flight times are inconvenient to make a transfer to anywhere other than the east coast. Sad.

jim
jim

Hi doc, I want to transfer 6k Mr 10k ihg and 4.5k spg plus the 500 I have already in elevate to get the 30k jb bonus for 10k vx. Do you think that will all transfer in time? Tia

acslaterbro
acslaterbro

so if i am unable to take one of the flights can i book the roundtrip from my account for someone else?

Luke Bornheimer

For folks with Mosaic status (who can use Points to upgrade to Even More Space seats), upgrade seats is by far the best value for TrueBlue Points. On a recent cross-country flight, the price to upgrade to EMS was $95 or 1,100 Points—that’s 8.6cpp. Obviously, you can only redeem Points for EMS seats once you’ve booked a flight, but, in theory, you can book a flight using cash and upgrade your seat using Points.

David
David

Yeah except that other airlines give their elite flyers upgrades to these slightly better seats for free and Jetblue makes you pay points and think you got great value.

Marcopolo
Marcopolo

Any recent changes?

Jeremy
Jeremy

JetBlue can also be transferred to Amtrak using points.com at a 2:1 rate, which yields ~1.4 cent value on non-saver (and non-Acela) Amtrak reservations.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

The biggest problem I have with JetBlue is their “weather cancellations” when there is no inclement weather and their horrendous delays. JetBlue just hit a new low in the January 2019 DOT report as the lowest of the 10 US carriers in on time arrivals, even worse than frontier. As for cancellations, JetBlue ranked 13 out if 17 below every major US carrier and even below Southwest, who at least had an excuse for their cancellations because of the issue with their mechanic unions. So while the points may get you a cheap flight, you might want to factor in what it will cost you if you won’t get where you want because you will get there 5 hours late or won’t get there until 2 days later if they cancel your flight.

Bob
Bob

I also noticed that. I have been having lots of minor delays from 30 minutes – 2 hours which are really annoying when the weather is perfect and every other airline at the airport has no delays.

qmc
qmc

I think they have the Delta problem… Lots of planes go in or out of JFK/BOS at some point in the day, so any issues there cascade through the rest of the network.

12Hrs
12Hrs

Please don’t fall for bad TPG reporting. Higher flight prices have always been around 1c. They are comparing a cheap mint flight vs current expensive flights. Search expensive economy flights as well and you will see 1cpp there as well. Over a certain $ threshold the value goes down. (I don’t know this number exactly but I am sure with some work it could be figured out). Find a cheap mint flight and you will see 1.4 again

Saddy
Saddy

I just did a few searches out of BOS with Mint flights as cheap as $449, and it’s consistently getting right around 1. This is a sad development.

avi
avi

Will: Am I missing something here?

“Mint fares (basically their business class product) 1.09¢ per point” which seems to be towards the bottom of redemptions and then you write “real value seems to be in their Mint product”?

Chucks
Chucks

Possibly worth mentioning in all this is the 10%-20% in unlimited points rebates you can get by stacking the JetBlue credit cards.

Exactly how you want to compute this rebate is up to you, but if I’m considering where to transfer my, say, Citi points, knowing each point converted is actually worth 1.1 or 1.2 times the typical redemption value could change the best transfer partner.

Luis
Luis

There is no such thing as a 20% rebate, that is dead, wherever you read that from.

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