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Aug 22

A Few Updates On JetBlue

Nothing Earth shattering, but let’s take a look at what’s going on with my favorite airline that was named after a primary color.

Watch Your Redemption Rates

As a rule of thumb, assume that each TrueBlue point is worth about 1.5 cents. In other words, it costs about 10,000 points to buy a $150 ticket.

The exception to that rule, though, is when you are buying Mint, JetBlue’s premium long-haul cabin, the rate is much lower. For example, here are a couple of options:

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The cash fares

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The points fare

While prices aren’t fixed on JetBlue, the 1.5 cents ratio is generally a good one. But look at those Mint fares. $1,149 in cash is equivalent to 126,000 points. If the 1.5 cents ratio held true for Mint fares, that flight would only cost about 80,000 points. To buy the premium fare, you are getting less than a penny per point. Not all premium fares are that bad, but keep an eye on your exchange rate.

Win Travel with JetBlue. And Juice.

Airlines are always running one contest or another and I don’t have time to write about every single one, but how often does the prize include juice? That’s right, enter here to win two RT tickets on JetBlue, a $1,000 hotel credit and a case of mocktails. That’s a good thing, right?

Truthfully, I’m surprised that we haven’t seen more of these sponsorships in the industry, although I can certainly understand a product not wanting to be associated with airlines. Still, it’s a pretty good way to generate a lot of revenue.

No word, though, on whether you’ll be able to get the juice past the TSA.

TrueBlue Points for Shopping on Amazon

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Earn points with Amazon

Until recently, Amazon did not associate itself with cash back shopping sites, which can be a consumer’s most valuable tool to get back a few dollars when you spend.

That changed, though, when JetBlue launched its partnership with Amazon. You’ll earn three TrueBlue points per dollar spent at Amazon, and all you need to do is to access the shopping site through your link at JetBlue’s site. Bookmark your link, use it whenever you want to shop at Amazon and you’ll be earning miles.

 

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