I got an email today that flying three paid JetBlue roundtrips during 2013 will automatically earn a 5,000 point bonus.
“Here’s something to celebrate: We’re giving 5,000 bonus points to every TrueBlue member who purchases and flies three roundtrip JetBlue flights in 2013. It’s that easy. That’s 5,000 extra points to use toward any seat, anytime, on any flight operated by JetBlue. Period.”
I couldn’t find any more information on the promo, but it sounds pretty clear: no registration, no hassle. Fly three roundtrips, and get 5,000 points.
That’s actually a lot of JetBlue points, worth about $100. JetBlue has a revenue-based program, meaning you earn miles based on the cost of your ticket not the distance you fly. You earn six points per dollar of base fare, meaning you’d need to buy $833 worth of tickets to earn 5,000 points the butt-in-seat way.
JetBlue has my absolute favorite economy class. The seats have 34″ of pitch–a measure of leg room–which is 3″ inches more than the industry standard. That three inches is crucial for someone 6’4″ like me. And each seat has a TV with free DirecTV. All that plus a free checked bag. I’ve asked before: Do you need to earn United status just to get the perks JetBlue offers everyone?
I’ve only flown it for the hour flights between Long Beach or Burbank and Vegas, which are often around $100 roundtrip. Flights like that would be an incredible way to take advantage of this promotion. They would be a cheap 5,000 points, and buying United, American, Delta, or Southwest flights wouldn’t earn many miles anyway.