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Where Can You Travel for 40,000 JetBlue TrueBlue Points?

Where Can You Travel for 40,000 JetBlue TrueBlue Points?

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As a member of JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty program, you may have managed to accumulate a nice stash of points and are ready to redeem them for a flight. If you have at least 40,000 miles, they may be able to take you all over JetBlue’s route network.

TrueBlue is a dollar-based program with the price of award tickets in points linked to the cash price of the ticket. Compared to region- and distance-based programs, it’s very easy to figure out. The cheaper the ticket, the less it costs in points and vice versa.

Below are some ways you can redeem 40,000 TrueBlue points for JetBlue flights, based on travel departing on May 7 and returning May 11, 2019. We’ll also take a look at JetBlue’s two consumer credit cards, the perks they both have and how to earn TrueBlue points to redeem for travel.

A round-trip flight between New York City and Punta Cana, DR

*Punta Cana beach (Gettyimages.com)

When redeeming points on JetBlue, always remember to calculate the taxes. Most of its Caribbean and Central American destinations come with relatively high airport taxes, which are not included in the cost of an award ticket.

For this flight, we chose JetBlue’s Blue Flex fare — which includes two free checked bags, no charge for flight changes, fare difference or cancellations, free same-day ticket changes, free standby flights and access to dedicated security screening lines where available. In our example below, the lowest award flight we could find between New York and Punta Cana would cost 38,900 miles and $114.93 in taxes.

*Image Source: Jetblue.com

If you bought this trip for cash, the Blue Flex fare would be $680.63.

*Image Source: Jetblue.com

The Blue fare, the airline’s most restrictive (with no free checked bags and fees for any ticket changes or standby flights) would still run you $500.63 — versus 38,900 points and $114.93 in taxes — plus $30 for the first checked bag and $40 for the second each way.

*Image Source: Jetblue.com

Two round-trip flights between Fort Lauderdale and Quito, Ecuador

*Plaza de San Francisco in old town Quito, Ecuador (Gettyimages.com)

If you and a friend would like to fly between these two cities, a Blue Plus round-trip ticket between Fort Lauderdale and Quito will run you 32,000 points and $191.80 in taxes total. Blue Plus comes with a free checked bag, along with fees for the following:

  • Flight changes, fare difference or cancellations: $75 (fares up to $99); $100 (fares up to $149); $150 (fares up to $199); and $200 (fares $200+)
  • Same-day ticket changes: $75
  • Standby flights: $75
  • Access to dedicated security screening lines, where available: $10/$15

*Image Source: Jetblue.com

The same tickets would cost two travelers $703.20, including taxes.

*Image Source: Jetblue.com

Note that if each of you chooses to check a second bag, it will cost you another $160 total round-trip.

Two round-trip flights from Boston to Orlando

*Downtown Orlando, FL (Gettyimages.com)

If you’re coming from Boston and want to hit some amusement parks in Orlando with a companion, it will cost you 38,000 TrueBlue points, plus $22.40 in government taxes and fees for a basic Blue fare.

*Image Source: Jetblue.com

The same Blue flight would cost you both $610.60. Whether you use points or pay the full fare, you will be charged $30 for the first and $40 for the second bag you check.

*Image Source: Jetblue.com

You can also use JetBlue points to book Hawaiian Airlines flights, but award space is limited. You’ll have to call JetBlue at 1-800-538-2583 to book.

JetBlue credit cards

JetBlue offers two consumer credit cards — the JetBlue Plus Card and the JetBlue Card. Depending on what you want in an airline credit card, both should be considered if JetBlue is the carrier you fly the most.

The JetBlue Plus Card is best for those who want a card with some benefits that make travel smoother. New cardmembers Earn 40,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. You get 6X points on JetBlue purchases, 2X at restaurants & grocery stores, 1X on all other purchases. The annual fee is $99.

Other benefits include:

  • A free first checked bag for the primary cardmember plus up to three travel companions when you use the card to purchase your ticket
  • 10% of your points back every time you book an award
  • 5,000 bonus points every year after your account anniversary
  • 50% savings on eligible in-flight purchases including cocktails, food and movies
  • Mosaic elite status after spending $50,000 or more on the card in a calendar year
  • A $100 statement credit every year you buy a JetBlue Getaway vacation package of $100 or more
  • Friends and family points pooling

If you’re not concerned about perks, the $0 annual fee JetBlue Card may be a better option — however, note that this card doesn’t have most of the benefits that come with the JetBlue Plus Card.

New cardmembers Earn 10,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days from account opening. Earn 3X points on JetBlue purchases, 2X at restaurants & grocery stores, 1X on all other purchases. The only benefits with this card are a 50% discount on in-flight purchases including cocktails, food and movies and friends and family pooling.

Both cards allow you to redeem your TrueBlue points for JetBlue or Hawaiian Airlines flights, vacation packages or magazines. You can also transfer them to another True Blue member.

The bottom line

Like other airline loyalty programs, JetBlue’s TrueBlue offers travelers different options when it comes time to redeem points. But there are two caveats to be aware of when it comes to TrueBlue and JetBlue’s credit cards.

One, your TrueBlue points are only good on JetBlue or Hawaiian Airlines. Jetblue flies to around 100 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico and South America, while Hawaiian Airlines flies 250 flights a day in Hawaii, 12 U.S. cities and Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. This limits where you can go on these two carriers compared to legacy U.S. airlines. Plus be prepared to do some hunting — and be flexible — when it comes time to redeem your points for flights.

And two, there are other airline credit cards and travel credit cards that offer better points per dollar spent in popular spending categories, including broader travel, dining, gas and groceries. Neither card comes with any real airline perks, although the JetBlue Plus Card does come with a free checked bag.

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