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Prove to JetBlue you have 50,001 or more Virgin America points, take a roundtrip JetBlue flight by August 31, and 75,000 JetBlue points are yours for the asking thanks to the new JetBlue Point Match program.
JetBlue is matching the balances (plus more) of Virgin America Elevate accounts to try to win over Virgin America fliers who might be upset that Alaska is buying out Virgin America.
You can benefit with as little as 500 points according to the chart below:
How to get 125,000 points out of this…
To get the most out of this deal you want to show you have 50,001 Virgin America points to get 75,000 JetBlue points.
Since Virgin America is a better than 1:1 transfer partner with Starwood Preferred Guest®, you can leverage this deal to turn 40,001 Starpoints® into 50,001 Virgin America points AND 75,000 JetBlue True Blue points, for a total of over 125,000 points.
All that you pay is the price of a roundtrip JetBlue ticket before August 31st.
- Transfer 40,001 Starwood points into your Virgin America account (this could take up to a week, and the deadline to register with JetBlue is July 4, so get it done soon)
- You’ll then have 50,001 points in your Virgin America account because Starwood adds 5,000 points for every 20,000 you transfer
- Grab a screenshot of your account and email JetBlue at email@example.com with the information and your TrueBlue account number. Wait for an email that confirms it’s valid.
- Book a cheap JetBlue roundtrip flight, and fly it by August 31 (this will set you back about $100 – $150 if you weren’t planning on taking a trip and want to do something short / cheap)
You’ll then receive 75,000 JetBlue points about 4-6 weeks later, so you end up with a total of over 50,000 Virgin America points still in your account, plus the 75,000 JetBlue points, for over 125,000 points across the two programs. All from just 40,000 Starwood points.
The 75,000 JetBlue points can get you about $1,000 worth of JetBlue flights. JetBlue and Virgin America use points that work like cash to purchase their own flights, so there are no award seat restrictions or price charts to think about.
Thee 50,000 Virgin America points you’re left with can get you over $1,000 worth of Virgin America flights.
Or, use them for a one way Business Class ticket on their partner Virgin Australia. That clocks in at 45,000 points from Los Angeles to Sydney or Brisbane, with no fuel surcharges. You could also get a roundtrip from the East Coast to London in Upper Class for 35,000 points, but you also pay about $1,000 in fuel surcharges.
Considering 50,000 Starwood points are worth about $1,000, you’re almost doubling the value of your points with this deal even though you won’t be able to use them for a hotel stay any more.
Want to play smaller? Turn 10,001 Starwood points into 40,000 Virgin and JetBlue points
10,001 Starwood points transferred to Virgin America will get you 10,001 Virgin America points, which is good for about $200 in airfare.
And JetBlue will match those with 30,000 JetBlue points with this promotion, and those are worth about $450 in airfare.
So you’ll get about $650 in flight value out of your 10,001 Starwood points, and just need to pay for a roundtrip JetBlue flight to take advantage of it.
What’s the catch?
The catch here is you need to book and fly a cash ticket on JetBlue by August 31st to qualify for the match. So this isn’t worth it for really small point amounts if you weren’t planning to take a flight already. And you have to make sure the points you transfer into a Virgin America account are in the account by July 4, which is the last day to submit your match via email.
But if you’re worried about the value of your Starwood points with the Marriott merger, and like to fly Virgin America and JetBlue, this is a great way to boost their value quickly if you act fast.