Should You Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To JetBlue With A 50% Bonus?

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You can receive a 50% points bonus when you convert Citi ThankYou points into JetBlue TrueBlue points between March 2 and April 30, 2017. The promotion goes live tomorrow, and you should see the bonus hard coded into the transfer ratio at that point. JetBlue is one of Citi’s newest transfer partners, as the ability to convert points was just added back in October.

JetBlue A321

As far as the value of transferring ThankYou points to TrueBlue points goes, those with the Citi Prestige® Card and Citi Premier℠ Card will receive 1.5 TrueBlue points per every 1.25 ThankYou points (you ordinarily receive 1 TrueBlue point per 1.25 ThankYou points). In other words, with the 50% bonus points convert at a rate of 1.2 TrueBlue points per ThankYou point.

Citi JetBlue Promo Offer

In October I wrote about how converting ThankYou points into TrueBlue points isn’t a good deal. Does the math on that change with a 50% transfer bonus?

TrueBlue is a revenue based frequent flyer program, and typically TrueBlue points can be redeemed towards the cost of a ticket at the rate of about 1.5 cents per point, and sometimes even more than that. In other words, with the current transfer bonus you can get roughly 1.8 cents per ThankYou point towards the cost of a JetBlue ticket.

But it potentially gets even better than that. If you have the JetBlue Plus Card (as I do), you get a 10% refund on all your points redemptions, which helps stretch your points even further. So assuming you have the card, you’ll be able to get almost two cents of JetBlue airfare per Citi ThankYou point, which is an excellent value.

All that being said, I wouldn’t speculatively convert ThankYou points into TrueBlue points. Much of the value from transferable points currencies comes from their flexibility. While it can sometimes make sense to take advantage of a transfer bonus, you’re losing a lot of flexibility when you transfer points.

Keep in mind that Citi ThankYou has several other airline and hotel transfer partners, including the following:

Air France/KLM Flying BlueN/A
Avianca Lifemiles
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
Etihad Guest
Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer
Jet Airways JetPrivilege
JetBlue TrueBlue
Malaysia Airlines Enrich
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Qatar Airways Privilege Club
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
Turkish Airways Miles & Smiles
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

My personal favorites are Air France/KLM FlyingBlue, Etihad Guest, and Singapore KrisFlyer.

Etihad-Apartment-First-Class - 1
As much as I love JetBlue, the Etihad First Class Apartments aren’t too bad either…

All that being said, if you do have a fairly short term use in mind for TrueBlue points, this is a very good deal. Perhaps it’s especially useful if you’re thinking of closing a Citi account, and need to transfer the points out.

Just keep in mind that this offer only goes live tomorrow, so you’ll have to wait another day.

Do you plan on taking advantage of Citi’s 50% transfer bonus to JetBlue?

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  1. I’m usually against speculative transfers, but I recently cleaned out my TYP account for a couple redemptions, and planning on product changing my Prestige once they remove AC access. I think for me (and perhaps there are others like me ditching the Prestige in July), a speculative transfer may make sense in this case, as 1.8cpp is pretty great for TYP when you don’t have a massive point balance.

  2. Thanks for the heads up I’ll probably bite on this deal.
    Although I already have a decent TrueBlue stash thanks to the points match promotion(wife and I) and the JB+ card were at 180k TB points in our family pool.
    So it’s really not like I need them but on the other hand I really have no use for the TY points anytime soon. With 2 young kids a first class trip to Europe or Asia is pretty much out the question but I do travel to the Caribbean once or twice a year and jetblue services most the places we visit including Fort Lauderdale too. I know TB are only valued at 1.4 by most blogs but I usually always get 1.6-1.8 value out of each point especially with the 10% points refund from have the Jb+ card. Only other real option to use my TY points for was for AA tickets at 1.6 on my prestige before July but AA doesn’t have a huge route out of my local airport and the last 2 times I flown them from Aruba we were delayed both times due to maintenance issues so I haven’t really been itching to fly them again and I find their planes pretty shitty. I’ve really grown to like JB a lot. I’m looking forward to my Mint flight from Boston-Aruba in April.

    BTW are you sure both the premier and prestige are going to transfer to TB at 1.2? I though only the prestige transfered 1000TY to 800TB and the premier was more like 1000 to 600?

  3. Will be closing the citi prestige in a few weeks so trying to figure the best option between transfering 60K Ty to trueblue or air france . Air france would be sweet for a Hawaii redemption, but the availability isnt that great for the dates I’m interested in. Also Air france miles expire in 20 months if theres no flight earning. So kinda confused now with the new jetblue offer

  4. I’ve really come to love JetBlue points even since they ran that Virgin America promo. Prior to that, I pretty much always relied on avios or AA miles to fly on AA to/from MIA. Naturally, the trouble with that is AA’s dismal sAAver award availability. Enter JetBlue to/from FLL. Award seats are always available since they’re based on the fare price, they fly to almost everywhere that I was using AA for in the first place, they have a superior in-flight experience to AA coach, and I pretty much always end up paying less in B6 points than I would in either Avios or disAAdvantage miles (often considerably less).

    Even better, by burning B6 miles for Caribbean/domestic jaunts, I can save more AA miles for probably the last bastion of somewhat-competitive advantage for the AA program, long-haul partner redemptions.

    Ergo, I value B6 miles well north of 1.5 cents per point.

  5. Plan to do it. Also love flying JB. But I will be keeping the prestige. it really only costs $100 because I have a citi bank account and I love the priority pass and 4th nite free. Have gotten a lot of flights on American at 1.6 pts.

  6. @Sanjay Patel I think Citi account holders get a break on the annual fee, plus when you add in the travel credit the annual fee ‘out of pocket’ costs are considerably less than $450.

  7. Relatively new to this so I am still concentrating on Chase cards before hitting 5/24. Hope this offer comes back down the road though. JetBlue is pretty much a no brainer flying out of Boston.

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