The Ultimate Guide to JetBlue’s points match deal

Intro: JetBlue’s points match deal is arguably one of the best non-credit-card related deals we’ve seen in years.  While the deal itself is simple, figuring out the best way to “play the deal” is not.  Due to the very short amount of time available, I decided to publish this guide immediately despite it being a work-in-progress.  My plan is to follow up with additional strategy posts, and to update this guide as we go along…

Last Updated 6/30/2016 4:35 PM ET: Added info about reports of JetBlue denying some requests to enroll in Points Match, and a likely workaround.

Previously Updated 6/30/2016 3:30 pm ET: Added answer to question about how long it takes to get reply from JetBlue that you’ve registered (answer: about 3 days)

Previously Updated 6/29/2016 12:30 pm ET: Added link to post about status matching to JetBlue.

Previously Updated 6/28/2016 8:00 am ET: Added answers to timing questions for miles from Elevate portal (too long) and ScoreBig (less than 2 days)

Previously Updated 6/26 9:40 am ET: Added answers to questions about booking revenue flights

As reported via Quick Deals, JetBlue is currently offering to match the number of points in your Virgin America Elevate account simply by registering and then flying a JetBlue roundtrip flight.  Depending upon the number of points in your Virgin Elevate account, the points match ranges from 1 to 1 (get one JetBlue point for each Virgin Elevate point you have) to 10 to 1 (get 10 JetBlue points for each Virgin Elevate point you have).  If you don’t have Virgin Elevate points, it is still possible to get them, but you don’t have much time.  You must email JetBlue a picture of your Virgin America point balance by July 4th 2016.

JetBlue’s points match deal

Quick Take: Is this deal worth pursuing?  YES.  If you can slip a roundtrip JetBlue flight into your travel plans by August 31, then this is potentially a fantastic deal.

Basics of JetBlue’s points match deal

Here are the necessary steps:

  1. Acquire Virgin America Elevate points (details and options below), if you don’t already have them.
  2. Email a screenshot of their account dashboard to pointsmatch@jetblue.com by 7/4/2016. Screenshots must include first name, last name, and points balance.  Include your JetBlue TrueBlue number in the email.  If you don’t yet have an account, you can sign up here.
  3. JetBlue will assess your balance and eligibility and will email you to let you know if you’re officially registered.
  4. Book and fly one roundtrip JetBlue flight by 08/31/16

Here are the points match ranges:

JetBlue’s points match deal Match Ratios

Quick Q&A

Promo details:

  • How long does it take to receive a reply from JetBlue after emailing a screenshot? Most recent reports have said that it has taken just under 72 hours (e.g. 3 days).
  • I already have a JetBlue flight booked for this summer. Will that qualify? No. You must book your flight after successfully registering with this promo.
  • Can I book a flight to qualify, but not actually fly it?  No, you must fly to qualify.
  • Can I book the flight through a travel agency? Yes.  JetBlue says yes “As long as it is on JetBlue ticket stock (not a partner airline’s) and you have your TrueBlue number attached.”
  • When will the JetBlue points be awarded?  The terms state “TrueBlue points will be awarded within 4-6 weeks after round-trip flight.”
  • Can I pay for my qualifying JetBlue flight with JetBlue TrueBlue points? No. The terms state “Offer does not apply to non-revenue travel.”
  • Can I qualify for the round trip flight by flying a partner airline? No. You must fly JetBlue.
  • Can I qualify for the round trip flight by booking a vacation package? No.
  • Will JetBlue honor the deal even if I get Virgin America points by transferring them in from other programs?   I believe so. JetBlue has confirmed most requests to enroll in Points Match even for those who transferred points in, but there have been some reports to the contrary.  Please see this post for more details. [this question is purposely repeated in two sections]

About Virgin America Elevate Points:

  • What are Virgin America points worth?  Points are usually worth about 2.2 cents each (sometimes more) when used to buy Virgin America flights. Points can be worth much more when used to book awards on high value partners.
  • Do Elevate points expire?  Yes, after 18 months of inactivity.  Any activity in your account (earning or redeeming miles) resets the clock.
  • Can I move Elevate points from one family member to another?  Yes, you can transfer up to 30,000 points per calendar year, but they’ll charge you 2 cents per point to do so.  Not recommended.
  • Does Virgin America have a family pooling option?  No
  • Will Virgin America points be converted to Alaska Airline miles due to the acquisition?  Probably at some point, but we don’t know for sure.
  • If Virgin America Elevate points are converted to Alaska Airline miles in the future, what will the conversion rate be?  It could be anything from 1 to 1 to 1 to 2 (1 Elevate point becomes 2 Alaska miles), but we have no way of knowing for sure at this time.

About JetBlue TrueBlue Points:

Transfer points:

  • Will JetBlue honor the deal even if I get Virgin America points by transferring them in from other programs?  I believe so. JetBlue has confirmed most requests to enroll in Points Match even for those who transferred points in, but there have been some reports to the contrary.  Please see this post for more details. [this question is purposely repeated in two sections]
  • Can I move points from Virgin Atlantic (VS) to Virgin America (VX)? No
  • Which transferable points can I use to get Virgin America points?
    • SPG (1 to 1, or better yet, 20,000 to 25,000)
    • Citi ThankYou (2 to 1)
    • Amex Membership Rewards (2 to 1, plus $0.0006 per point fee with a max fee of $99)
  • How long does it take to transfer SPG points to Virgin America?  Reports vary from 9 hours to 14 business days.  The vast majority of reports show that the transfer completes in less than 2 days (usually less than 24 hours).
  • How long does it take to transfer Citi ThankYou to Virgin America?  Less than 24 hours.
  • How long does it take to transfer Amex Membership Rewards to Virgin America?  Instant (don’t forget that they tax $0.0006 per point, with a maximum fee of $99)
  • Can I transfer my SPG points to a family member’s Virgin America account?  Indirectly, yes. As recommended by Starwood Lurker on Flyertalk, you can transfer your SPG points to your family member’s SPG account (if they live with you), and then they can transfer SPG to VX.  BUT (this is a big but), the member to member transfer can take anywhere from 2 business days to 10 business days.

Buying Points:

  • How much does Virgin America charge to buy points?  5.2 cents per point.  Ouch.  If you want to do this despite the high price, shop through Yazing to get 15% cash back.
  • Can I buy transferable points instead, and then transfer to Virgin America?  Yes, as long as you have an existing SPG account.  Through July 1, SPG is offering 30% off points.  Get 2.5% cash back by navigating to Points.com via Giving Assistant (sign up with this link to get $5), or Yazing.  Note that you should get your points in less than 24 hours, but there is no guarantee that the transfer from SPG to Virgin America will happen in time.  Note that your SPG account must be opened for 14 days before you can buy points (thanks Audrey)

Other ways to get Virgin America Elevate points:

Strategy:

  • What is the best way to get points for this deal? SPG is probably the best option thanks to having a much better transfer ratio than the other transferable points programs, plus the fact that they’re selling points at a discount right now.  Click here to read an in-depth overview of my own personal strategy with this deal..
  • How many points should I acquire? The sweet spot in the transfer chart is arguably with just 500 Virgin America points, you get 5,000 JetBlue points. However, since the promotion requires a round trip flight, and it can only be done once per member, I think that the real sweet spots are at the middle and high end of the chart: 10,001 Virgin America points match to 30,000 JetBlue points (1 to 3 ratio!); 30,001 Virgin America points match to 50,000 JetBlue points; and 50,001 Virgin America points match to 75,000 JetBlue points.
  • Does it make sense to register for the deal, then transfer my Virgin America points to a family member so that they can register for the deal too?  It’s a great idea, but Virgin America limits transfers to 30,000 points per calendar year and they charge you 2 cents per point to do so.  It might make sense to do this 11,000 points at a time in order to secure 30,000 JetBlue points per person (but don’t forget the flight requirement).
  • JetBlue’s status match is currently available through June 30th, should I request a match since this promo will have me flying JetBlue soon? Maybe!  Please see: JetBlue Status Match.

Questions? Suggestions?

Please comment below with questions and suggestions. I’ll update this post with relevant information.

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Brad
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Start the countdown clock now for how long until they pull the plug on this one. My bet: the terms will be changed by end of day Monday (it would be tomorrow, but this was posted over the weekend, they’ll notice monday morning, and it will take a few hours to decide what to do and exactly how to kill it).

Anyone who had hoped to benefit from this can thank this blogger for causing this to crash and burn quickly.

I know, you can’t help yourself. You are driven by your overwhelming selfishness and greed. You just HAVE to destroy every single good thing, don’t you? You are scum.

jcb
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I recommend saving a copy of the terms on the day you apply

jcb
Guest

Edit: Fine print says offer can be changed or canceled at any time so at your own risk folks!

I counsel against blindly transferring that many points to Virgin if they aren’t a useful airline for you.

dbeach
Guest

Yes, definitely giving people advice on how they can benefit from a deal, rather than keeping it secret, is a sure sign of selfishness and greed.

Ken
Guest

Too bad JB only flies to Boston and NYC from Denver, and those RTs are incredibly expensive. People who can do the quick west or east coast RTs could really take advantage of this offer.

brteacher
Guest

Brad, since you obviously haven’t noticed, this is already all over the web. Lots of BoardingArea bloggers have also reported on it. There’s a Reddit thread in /r/churning with over a hundred comments. This post is not going to kill the deal. Get over your judgmental self and live in the world of reality.

This wasn’t a secret deal in the first place. It isn’t a loophole or something; it’s a promo that JetBlue themselves is promoting. They are doing it, because they know that, in the short term, the deal will mean more people flying on their planes. They hope that people will enjoy the experience and fly JetBlue more in the future, which will result in more revenue for them.

What this post actually has done is outline the math of the deal and the best strategies to maximize the reward. It is to be commended.

Kathy (Will Run For Miles)
Guest

Hi Greg. Do you know if someone has come up with a list of cheap Jet Blue rt destinations and fares for July/August?

Jan
Guest

depends on how long it takes to transfer from spg to virgin america. could be instant, within hours, days, and someone at FT reported over 2 weeks.

just hope Jetblue doesn’t pull the plug on this . i missed every good deal and want to get into this one.

Jan
Guest

actually i doubt they will pull it because you are required to fly one round trip as opposed to totally free for the promotion

Jay
Guest

but would u be able to book that round trip on jetblue using UR or TYP as a revenue flight? that way ur still using ur points to fly, but it shows as a revenue ticket on their end?

brteacher
Guest

That’s what I’m going to do. You could use MR too, but you’d only get 1 cent per point, not as good as what you’d get with UR or TYP.

Devils Advocate
Member

I have successfully booked a JetBlue Mint flight in the past with UR points. It requires calling in since JetBlue is not included in results on the UR online portal, but a Chase agent can do it.

V
Guest

could a friend book through my prestige for the 1.33 cpp rate and still get credit towards his own B6 account? TIA

Joey
Guest

This is great! I sent my email to JetBlue yesterday and got my registration notification roughly 5 hours later. I already have plans to go to Boston next month so I’ll fly JetBlue. Looks like their roundtirp price from JFK is roughly $150.

Mark
Guest

I too would argue that this is NOT a no-brainer for a lot of people. Both airlines have limited service and usually aren’t very competitive (most of the time legacy carriers beat them on price, at least in my experience). And don’t forget about the paid round-trip, which may easily set you back $200-300. So, yeah, great value for some, but not for all. Don’t lose your heads.

Howard S
Guest

Greg, you are not blogger scum. I met you on two different occasions and both times you treated me with respect and dignity. Thank you for helping the rest of us figure this stuff out.

Nancy O
Guest

Hi ya Greg – data point info:
requested transfer of 20K SPG yesterday 5pm, today 10am points have been transferred (25K) into my VX account (SPG transfer t&c actually say 4-6 business days).

In my experience (6 flights in past 2 months), VX points for flights flown usually show up in one’s account in about 3 days.

Audrey
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Note for those few who don’t already have spg accounts that you can’t buy points until your account has been active for 14 days.
Also, I have more than once gotten more than 2 cpp value with JetBlue. I don’t understand their pricing, seems really inconsistent.

Brian
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Anyone who got the recent 100k Amex Platinum sign up bonus might not be able to transfer these MR Points to Virgin America yet. I received my 100k bonus 6/10 and was told I would be unable to transfer any MR Points(including 50k from PRG card which I’ve had for a year) because they had to make sure the purchases for the $3,000 were legitimate and no returns took place, they said wait another 6-8 weeks.

Jordan
Guest

VX points have posted anywhere from 24 hours later to a few days after a flight. As far as revenue flight deals go, I’m flying SFO – LGB for $128 RT on 8/13. That means I’m netting around $870 minus half a day of my time for the mileage run.

Also, I know the orthodoxy among bloggers is to never delete comments unless they’re openly racist or whatever, but I wouldn’t mind a blanket ban on the “surfing sucks don’t try it” attitude. It’s not like JetBlue had no idea this would be a big deal.

Dave
Guest

I will say this – not a fan of the bloggers blogging loopholes or tricks (not this one because it’s open to the public so it’s no secret) but I can respect blogger for allowing opinions and critical comments without deletion. Hats and did to Frequent Miler and bowtie in that regards.

Frank
Guest

OK, so I took the plunge for myself and DW. Move 62,000 TY points to one new Elevate and 60,200 MR points to the other, sent requests in to JetBlue.

I hope it works as I also have booked flights on Southwest where I could use JetBlue instead – if they accept our applications for this Points Match. Of course I would be paying for two instead of one (due to Companion Pass) but still looks good to me as I can fly direct to JFK or BOS from West Coast.

In any event I’ll now have to look at best uses for these Elevate points.

So, FM, thanks for the posting. Even if JetBlue rejects out applications I won’t call you “blogger scum”.
🙂

Evan
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Brad – JetBlue creates a public offer and Greg does a fantastic job of outlining how to best act upon it. What’s the problem? You sound like a class A douchebag.

Mark O
Guest

Greg are you planning to do it since you are out of DTW? I am too and I just don’t find it worth it myself. Can fly to Bos or FLL from DTW but would need to use virgin points after flying southwest etc. maybe to hawaii. Not worth the risk to me. I think I’ll save my SPG points.

Al
Guest

How did you confirm the following??

Will JetBlue honor the deal even if I get Virgin America points by transferring them in from other programs? Yes

Manny
Guest

Wondering if you could book the return trip but not actually take it to satisfy the matching criteria.

Dave
Guest

Can the outbound be August 20th and the return leg after August 31st? If yes, do you get the points 4-6 after the first flight or the second?
I’m hoping this deal of the year doesn’t end up like last one (discover+Apple pay)

Dave
Guest

Do you have to be 18?
Can I transfer points from my SPG to my sons VA? Last name matches.
I’m having dreams of netting 75kX4 if I can do this for my whole family!!!

Jonathan
Guest

I know that you can create a new Jetblue account to take advantage of this deal, but what about a brand new Virgin America Elevate account? My screenshot clearly shows that I joined 6/24/16 lol. This concerns me because I know Jetblue is doing this to take Virgin customers away…and people that join Virgin for the sake of this promotion may not be the type of people they want to take.

Any reason to be concerned here?

will s
Guest

Jonathan, saw your question and concern — actually helped me look closer and a different my account status page. (which doesn’t show date joined, or account activity.) If you haven’t tried this yet, go back to the jetblue promotion, and use even the link they provide to a sample jetblue “dashboard” page for the purpose.

Jay
Guest

Hello Greg, what if i already have a jetblue RT booked in August before this promotion, if i register and complete that trip, will it count towards this promotion?

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[…] JetBlue is currently offering an amazing deal: they’ll match the number of points in your Virgin America Elevate account simply by registering and then booking and flying a JetBlue roundtrip flight by August 31.  Full details can be found in my “Ultimate Guide to JetBlue’s points match deal.” […]

Jan
Guest

I added my trueblue membership number next to the subject heading : Virgin America Match promotion- True blue memberhship # xxxxxxxxxx. And in the body of the email was the screen shot.

Am I good to go?

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will s
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Superb post, Greg — saw this after your more recent post of your own strategy. Thanks for the run-down, the q&a and the comments herein…. even the warnings about the potential for this to be shut down early. (while I’m fiddling with options — time to move)

Jan
Guest

I received my registration email from jetblue pointsmatch at 10 AM this morning . At 10:15 A.M I booked a round trip on Jetblue. (only 2 seats left) Will I qualify for?

Jerry
Guest

When did you sent the request email?

Li
Guest

I would like to use 20,000 US Bank FlexPoints to book an expensive ticket (<$400) on JetBlue. Since travel agent is allowed, I assume I am safe to do this to qualify. What do you think, Greg?

Dustin
Guest

I transferred some points so both my wife and I could take advantage of the promo, still waiting for confirmation (it has only been 2 hours). A couple data points, I’ve used the Elevate Fly Store, points do not post quickly so this is not a viable option (at least 45 days). I made transfers from Citi and Amex to VX and both were instant, I was pleasantly surprised about that.

Rob
Guest

Any idea if a JB multicity trip would count as a roundtrip for the promotion? Say PBI-DCA outbound and DCA-FLL on the return.

Sarah N.
Guest

I emailed them my screenshot yesterday at 11 am and haven’t received anything back. Is anyone else finding that it’s taking long to hear back. I know some people were hearing back in just a few hours.

Alf
Guest

I’ve done it yesterday at 4pm pacific time. No response still. Some people were saying it started taking JB load backed a bit.

Sarah N
Guest

Just wanted to follow up and say I got the email today around 5 am. So that was a 66 hour turnaround.

David
Guest

Anyone else waiting quite a while for a response to a points match request? I sent mine at 11am yesterday and still haven’t received a response at 9:30am the next day…

Rob
Guest

I was told by a Mosaic rep that they’ve been swamped with all the requests but that they hope to get back to everyone by tomorrow (Wednesday)

Wash
Guest

Chiming in..

I sent an email request to pointsmatch@jetblue.com on Sunday, June 26th at 1:40PM PST.
It is currently Tuesday, June 28th 12:52PM PST. No response yet.

Wash
Guest

FYI, as of 5:30PM today, I received confirmation of registration for this promotion. So it took about 76 hours for me.

Alf
Guest

I’ve sent my screenshot with 51000 points to jetblue’s promo email 18 hours ago and never heard back.
Does anyone have recent data on how long it takes them to respond?
Also, do I need to wait with booking the JB flight until after confirmed for the promo?

Gary
Guest

FYI:
I just got off the phone with JetBlue. Even without asking about one-way flights, the agent said that you could take 2 one-way flights to fulfill the flight requirement. She even reiterated it, when I mentioned that the requirements stated “round trip”.

airgypsy
Guest

Hi, Greg. It occurred to me, for those who have the Crystal Visa Infinite card, there’s $100 discount for booking 2 RT domestic tickets. They show Jetblue flights. Played around with it for a bit…on some short flights, it was actually cheaper to book 2 tix this way minus the $100 discount and take my spouse or friend, than if I were to buy one ticket and flew ALONE 🙂

I think the above works…can you confirm that going through the Infinite visa website for the $100 discount would work for the JB requirement? thanks!

Jan
Guest

I received the registration confirmation email on Monday, June 27th. I booked a RT flight for August 27th. Today, I cancelled and then booked a new RT flight for July 17th using the travel bank and credit card payment. Do I still qualify for the VX point match?

In the event you cancel your reservation or change your reservation so that it no longer complies with the terms of this offer, you will not receive any of the promotion bonus points.

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ras
Guest

FM,
I sent email on Monday and had 52412 points on Virgin account but not received confirmation yet. I also need to book a ticket on virgin america using points by tomorrow which results my point balance to become less than 50k. Is there any chance that jetblue verify points with virgin? In that case do you think they will deny me or just register with lower tier?

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[…] Full details about JetBlue’s points match deal can be found here: The Ultimate Guide to JetBlue’s points match deal. […]

Roni
Guest

Just a little confused about the June 30th deadline to register and the July 4th deadline to send the email. Since we’re operating on such a time crunch, thought I’d ask quickly! I don’t have Mosaic status with Jetblue… do I need to register somewhere for the July 4th deadline if status match isn’t the goal? I don’t want to miss the deadline today if I’m supposed to be doing something and only transferred our SPG points this morning (keeping fingers crossed that they transfer quickly). Thank you SO much for posting this. Really appreciate it and hope we make it in time.

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