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JetBlue is running a Flash Fares sale right now. You can book a one way flight from New York City (JFK) to Liberia, Costa Rica on September 4, 2016 for a ridiculous 300 JetBlue points and $23.25 in taxes. You can also book a one way flight from New York City (JFK) to Puerto Porto in the Dominican Republic on September 4, 2016 for a silly 800 points and $36.90 in taxes. Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 5.54.45 PM

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There are a variety of flights on sale, those are just two of the best deals I spotted.

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The catch for these deals is that you have to fly on the date give, those prices don’t apply for any other day. The other catch is that the Blue fare doesn’t include a checked bag. One bag travel anyone?

Even if you do want to check a bag you only have to pay 1,200/1,100 more TrueBlue points more by purchasing the Blue Plus fare.

Or if you have the JetBlue Plus card, you and three travel companions get a free checked bag (not to mention 10% of your TrueBlue points rebated).

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The reality is that most of you won’t be able to take advantage of those crazy TrueBlue point prices, and that is why they’re so cheap. But if you can, wow. Please do.

If you don’t have any TrueBlue points, the cash prices are still pretty cheap for international travel:

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TrueBlue points are worth roughly 1.3 cents each (remember, they are tied to the cash price of the ticket). So use the points if you have them, it’s a better deal.

@JetBlueCheeps

The dirt cheap prices to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are JetBlue Flash Fares. Flash Fares are sales on a specific flight, i.e. a specific route on a specific day. When you can purchase isn’t time sensitive but as it’s only one flight, the sooner you purchase the better as it’s obviously highly capacity controlled by the amount of seats on that one flight.

Flash Sales are also time sensitive, just in a different sense. Flash Sales are discounts on a specific route, but not just one flight on a certain day. Usually there’s a span of months in which you can book a flight with the discount, like the labor day sale they had on August 17th last week. The time sensitive part is that you normally have about 24 hours to book until the sale expires.

Pro tip: To be the first to know about either of these types of sales, follow @JetBlueCheeps on twitter. 

Bottom Line

You can fly from New York City to either Costa Rica or the Dominican Republic on September 4 for an insane 300 points (to Costa Rica) or 800 JetBlue points (to the Dominican Republic). Book before those two planes fill up and then brag to all your friends that your international flight costs less than their dinner.

It’s deals like these that should make you think about getting the JetBlue Plus card. While the 30,000 TrueBlue point sign up bonus is comparatively small, those points could last forever if you stretched them on JetBlue’s very commonplace flash sales and flash fares. The free checked bag is a big money saver too.

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