JetBlue TrueBlue Selling Points With 50% Bonus

JetBlue TrueBlue Selling Points With 50% Bonus

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Deal History
Up to a 50% bonus on purchased points July 17, 2021 July 28, 2021
Up to a 30% discount on purchased points June 14, 2021 June 22, 2021
Up to a 70% bonus on purchased points April 21, 2021 April 27, 2021
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased points May 29, 2020 June 10, 2020

JetBlue TrueBlue has just rolled out its latest promotion on purchased points. I want to share the details of it, though also want to note that buying TrueBlue points almost never represents a good deal.

Buy JetBlue points with a bonus

Through Wednesday, July 28, 2021, JetBlue TrueBlue is offering a bonus on purchased points. Different accounts may be targeted for different bonuses, though it appears that the standard offer is for a 50% bonus. You’ll have to log into your TrueBlue account to see what you’re eligible for.

The accounts I manage all show a tiered bonus of up to 50%, as follows:

  • Buy 3,000-9,500 points, get a 15% bonus
  • Buy 10,000-29,500 points, get a 30% bonus
  • Buy 30,000 points, get a 50% bonus

JetBlue lets you purchase at most 30,000 points per transaction (pre-bonus), and at most 120,000 points per calendar year. If you maximized the bonus you could purchase a total of 45,000 points for $886.88, which is a cost of 1.97 cents per TrueBlue point.

Why buying JetBlue points probably isn’t worth it

Selling points can be huge business for loyalty programs. Many loyalty programs generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue annually by selling points directly to consumers. This can be a win-win for both programs and consumers.

But that’s not really something that works for JetBlue, because TrueBlue is a revenue based frequent flyer program. There are no efficient partner redemptions, and TrueBlue points can be redeemed for at most 1.5 cents each towards the cost of a JetBlue fare (I value TrueBlue points at 1.3 cents each).

There’s not really any way to get value out of TrueBlue beyond that. I’m not sure if JetBlue hopes that people will see a big percentage bonus or discount and assume it’s a good deal, or what exactly the model is for selling points.

The only circumstances under which this promotion might make sense is if you’re trying to top off an account for a redemption. Say you’re considering an expensive award and buying 1,000 points would get you enough to book that, I could see it being worthwhile.

Personally I’d probably just save for my next redemption, but I could see how that could make sense for some. Still, the biggest percent discount only kicks in when you purchase 30,000 points, which is a big purchase to make.

Back in the day Mosaic members could also redeem points to upgrade to Even More Space seats at a reasonable cost, but that’s no longer the case.

Buying JetBlue TrueBlue points is almost never worth it

Bottom line

JetBlue is selling TrueBlue points with a bonus. The accounts I manage are eligible for a 50% bonus, which is an opportunity to buy points for 1.97 cents each.

Given that TrueBlue is a revenue based program, there aren’t many circumstances under which this is a good deal. I can’t help but wonder the economics of this — are there people actually buying TrueBlue points at this price, or…?

Does anyone see value in TrueBlue points that I’m missing?

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