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For years the JetBlue co-branded credit card was issued by American Express, and during that time JetBlue was also only a transfer parter with the Amex Membership Rewards program. However, as you likely know, the JetBlue co-branded cards switched over to Barclaycard this year and now there is a new JetBlue transfer partner in the game that isn’t even Amex or Barclaycard!
Transfer Your Citi ThankYou Points to JetBlue
As of earlier this week you can now transfer your Citi ThankYou points to JetBlue! The transfer rate if you have the Citi ThankYou Premier or Citi Prestige cards is essentially the same as the Amex transfer rate at 1,000 Citi ThankYou points = 800 JetBlue True Blue points.
The Amex Membership Rewards transfer rate is technically 250 Membership Rewards = 200 JetBlue True Blue points. Though since Amex charges a $0.0006 fee for each transferred point to a US airline the Citi deal is a little bit better with no transfer fees assuming you value ThankYou points and Membership Reward points equally.
JetBlue points can be used without blackout dates for JetBlue flights, though how much they are worth each towards those flights varies quite a bit depending on the flight selected. I have seen them worth 2.6 cents each and even higher, though I think getting in the range of 1.2 – 1.8 cents in value per JetBlue point is much more common, and it can go lower than that.
Do the Math to Find Best Value for JetBlue Flights
Assuming you were getting 1.6 cents in value per redeemed JetBlue point on a flight that otherwise would cost $160, you would need 10,000 JetBlue points at that rate. If you were transferring from Citi ThankYou, that would mean you need 12,500 Citi ThankYou points because of the transfer ratio of 1,000:800.
However, if you spend the same 12,500 Citi ThankYou points instead via the ThankYou flight booking site you would be able to simply book that $160 flight with either slightly less or slightly more ThankYou points depending on whether you had the Citi Prestige (1.33 cents each for flights) or the Citi Premier Card (1.25 cents for flights), and then you would also earn JetBlue points on the revenue booking.
In other words, there may be times when it makes sense to transfer your Citi ThankYou or Amex Membership Reward points to JetBlue to make an award booking, but do the math to see how much value you are getting for your redeemed JetBlue point before assuming that is the best course of action.
If you find yourself regularly wanting JetBlue TrueBlue points then it may be worth getting The JetBlue Plus Card.
The $99 per year JetBlue Plus Card earns 6x on JetBlue purchases, 2x at restaurant and grocery stores, and 1x elsewhere. It also awards 10% of your redeemed JetBlue points back, gives 5,000 bonus points at each anniversary, and a free checked bag on JetBlue flights.
Having more options to use your points is always a good thing, but in order to get the most value for each redeemed point you sometimes have to pull out the calculator to see which option is the best selection for your situation. There may be times you want to transfer your ThankYou points to JetBlue, but just be sure to do the math and make sure you come out ahead!
Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.