50% Transfer Bonus from ThankYou Points to JetBlue

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Transfers of Citi ThankYou Points to JetBlue TrueBlue points will have a 50% bonus through 11:59 PM ET April 30, 2017.

This could be a very good deal if you have an immediate use for TrueBlue points. In other words, if there’s a cheap JetBlue flight you want to book and you have ThankYou Points, pay attention.

You must transfer ThankYou Points in 1,000 point increments, so until March 2, ThankYou Points earned by the Citi Prestige, Premier, or Chairman Card transfer at the following rate:

  • 1,000 ThankYou Points = 1,200 TrueBlue points

If you have ThankYou Points earned by the ThankYou Preferred or Citi Forward Card, then the transfer rate after factoring in the bonus is 1,000 ThankYou Points = 750 TrueBlue points.

And if you have JetBlue Plus Card, you’ll get a further 10% rebate on redemptions.

I probably wouldn’t transfer ThankYou Points speculatively as they be can be redeemed via programs like Singapore or Flying Blue for a much higher, outsized value, but perhaps if you have some ThankYou Points on the verge of expiration and you live in a city served by JetBlue it would be a good idea.

How the TrueBlue Works

JetBlue’s loyalty program is revenue based, meaning the number of points you need is based on the ticket price. JetBlue points are worth roughly 1.5 cents each toward a ticket. Read this post to learn the basics about JetBlue awards.

The highest value award is for transcontinental Mint Class. For example, you can get a fully flat bed in a fully enclosed Mint Suite for 50,000 TrueBlue points (there are four of them in the front of the plane, first come first serve). With the current transfer bonus, you’d only need 42,000 TrueBlue points to book Mint Suite across the continent.

Getting ThankYou Points

Note that you wouldn’t have time to earn ThankYou Points from scratch in time to take advantage of the transfer bonus to TrueBlue, but if you want ThankYou Points for the future, the fastest ways to get them are the:

  • Citi Prestige Card: 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $4,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open. The card also earns 3x points on airfare and hotels, 2x points on dining out and entertainment, and has a host of benefits like lounge access and $250 in free airfare per year.
    • Note that there are two public offers out there right now for the Citi Prestige, 40,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in three months, as well as 50,000 bonus points for spending $4,000 in three months. If you don’t see that offer when you pull up the application page, try opening it in an incognito window or a different browser. I have seen both the 40k and 50k offer.
  • Citi ThankYou Premier Card: 30,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first three months the account is open. The card also earns 3x points on travel and gas and 2x points on dining and entertainment. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year.

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Transferring ThankYou Points

Check out this post to learn how to transfer ThankYou Points step-by-step.

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Bottom Line

You have until the end of April to transfer Citi ThankYou points with a 50% bonus to JetBlue TrueBlue points. The cutoff is 11:59 on April 30.

If you’re planning a trip to somewhere that JetBlue serves, I would check the prices of redeeming TrueBlue points. Normally transferring ThankYou points to JetBlue doesn’t make much sense with the 1,000:800 transfer rate, but with the current bonus the rate is 1,000 ThankYou Points: 1,200 TrueBlue points. If the flight is cheap enough this could be a good deal for you, although I probably wouldn’t transfer points speculatively.


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10 COMMENTS

  1. Your third sentence references ‘membership rewards’ vice ‘thank you point.’ Wants the value of a Cut&Paste Mile? 😉 love the blog.

    • Ha, actually not a cut & paste error, just been looking at different ways to spend my Membership Rewards lately so they’re on the brain! Thanks.

  2. Hi Sarah, I have 10k Thank You points on my Citi ThankYou Preferred. I have no plans to apply for a Prestige or Preferred card (5/24 woes), so the points are pretty useless to me and will expire in less than a year. If you were in this situation, would you settle for this with the 1,000:750 transfer ratio?

    • If you fly JetBlue often, maybe… but probably not. Transferring to a program like Singapore or FlyingBlue (both of which transfer 1:1 from ThankYou Preferred) is a better idea, but of course wait until right before expiration to maintain flexibility as long as possible.

      • Hi Sarah, thanks, but I’ve never seen an option to transfer to Singapore or Flying Blue. Is this a new feature?

        • Hi Sarah, seems transferring to airline partners other than JetBlue (at the princely rate of 1000:750) is a non-option for us holding ThankYou Preferred. Maybe because I have an ancient version of this card (got it ten years ago)? So I guess this is the best “deal” I’m gonna get 🙁

          • I wasn’t aware of that. In that case, go for it. Not a horrible deal and better than letting your ThankYou Points go to waste.

          • I’ve just read about a CitiBusiness ThankYou card with sign up offers between 20-40k. Apparently, it’s not advertised and only available in branch. Have you ever heard of it? That could be one way to “free” those ThankYou points without breaching 5/24, although I don’t know if these would be the “good” ThankYou points that can be transferred to airline partners, or the inflexible ones I’m stuck with.

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