(EXPIRED) Transfer bonus: Membership Rewards to JetBlue (Now 1:1)

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American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 25% bonus when you transfer points to JetBlue TrueBlue through 10/1/18. That makes the transfer ratio an effective 1:1 (though you must transfer in 250 point increments). That could be a good deal depending on how you value TrueBlue points.

The Deal

  • 25% transfer bonus when moving points from American Express Membership Rewards to JetBlue TrueBlue (with the bonus, transfer 250 Membership Rewards to 250 TrueBlue points)

Key Terms

  • Expires 10/1/18
  • For each conversion of points into the Frequent Flyer program of a U.S. airline, a fee of $0.0006 per point, with a maximum fee of $99, will be charged to your Card account

Quick Thoughts

You’ll get somewhere between about a penny and a half to a bit more than 2 cents in value per TrueBlue point depending on the fare you are redeeming against, so this is neither a great nor terrible use of Membership Rewards points. A revenue-based program like TrueBlue can be useful when fares are quite cheap, since your flight may require significantly fewer points than the traditional zone-based pricing instituted by most other carriers. Furthermore, if you’re traveling with a large family, you’ll have the ability to book everyone on the same flight. For those reasons, TrueBlue appeals quite a bit to some.

Keep in mind that Amex charges a small fee to transfer points to US-based airline programs (you do not pay this fee when transferring to foreign carriers).

Personally, I’ll probably pass on this one unless we see a really good Mint fare sale, in which case maybe this will turn out to be a pretty good deal. As always you should only consider transferring if you have a fairly immediate use for the points.

As always, we have added this to our Current point transfer bonuses resource page.

H/T: Running With Miles

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If one was going to book on Jet Blue for certain, would it be better to pay cash (I can currently get 5% back on Citi Dividend card) or transfer MR points assuming a half decent stock of MR?

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Completely different games! In one case you redeem MR at a very reasonable value, higher than the 1.25cpp through Schwab. In the other case you get a 5% CB but also have to pay the other 95% cash! Definitely go for the MR unless you’re one of those wishing for blog-worthy 5+cpp premium cabin redemptions. Cash is king, cpps are overrated.

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MR points are valued at 1.7 cents. JetBlue points at 1.3 cents.

How is this move getting reasonable value?

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But with the 25% bonus on MR transfers to Jet Blue, I was assuming the calculations change and the effective value of JB points increases due to the bonus. But I don’t know how to do the proper calculation with the bonus.