Citi Offers a 25% Bonus When Transferring Points to JetBlue

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For a limited time, Citi is giving a 25% bonus on ThankYou Rewards points transferred to JetBlue. While this sounds good, it's not for everyone, especially depending on which Citi card you have. This transfer bonus expires on October 19, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Is it a Good Deal?

On September 19, 2018 Citi increased the transfer ratio to JetBlue. For the following cards, 1,000 ThankYou Rewards will convert to only 800 JetBlue points:

If you apply the 25% bonus to these cards, you'll effectively be getting a 1:1 transfer ratio, which isn't a great value.

On the other hand, if you have any of the higher-end cards, the base ratio is 1:1, so you'll get 1,250 for every 1,000 ThankYou Rewards transferred with the current deal. These cards include:

Our Take

A conservative estimate might put the value of Citi ThankYou Rewards at roughly 1.7 cents per point. JetBlue points have a fixed value of around 1.3 to 1.4 since the number of points required is based on the cash price to buy a flight.  With the 25% bonus applied, you get closer to the bare minimum required for a decent Citi redemption, but there are far more lucrative ways to redeem your ThankYou points.

The major exception here would be for JetBlue Plus Mastercard® cardholders that can stack this promotion with the Award Flight Redemption Bonus—a 10% rebate on TrueBlue redemptions. One could also stretch the value of this transfer bonus with the Citi Rewards+ card's 10% rebate on points redeemed, but that would apply to other ThankYou transfer partners.

Before you make any transfers, it's worth a look at options through the Citi ThankYou Rewards portal to make sure you're not missing out on a better bargain. Here's our guide covering the other Citi ThankYou Transfer partners.

Citi Offers a 25% Bonus When Transferring Points to JetBlue
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Comments

  • Doesn’t sound like doing business with JetBlue is worth it.

    • It’s not a very rewarding type of points, but I know lot’s of folks love flying with them. If you are going to give JetBlue your business, you’re probably better off doing so with cash and saving transferrable points for a different partner.

  • Nice bonus bump for jet blue

  • Wow! Didn’t know how easy to track family members accounts. All in one place. Will never lose miles again. Keep it up Award Wallet!! Will be a member forever.

  • I have found that while Jetblue points generally are tied to the cost of a ticket, occasionally, they are not. For example, when Jetblue launched flights to Cuba a few years ago, the promotional award tickets were much lower than the cash price.

  • Citi is doing bonuses. Amex is doing bonuses. I know Chase did one to BA but I hope they continue this trend too.

  • Lovely offer! Always great to see so many good offers from Citi. Thanks for the information!

  • It is a good offer for the die hard Jetblue fans, and nothing more.

  • Thanks for the heads up! JetBlue doesn’t many flights to my home airport, so I probably won’t be able to take advantage of this.

  • I have always had good experiences with Jetblue Now that I live near an airport where they fly, I’m going to have to pay better attention to deals like this. Thanks

  • Appreciate the heads up, but as you said, this isn’t a good deal for most people, including me.

  • I like JetBlue points. I would still do the transfer.

  • 25% just might sway me to make the transfer….

  • Never flown Jet Blue before. Good opportunity for points.

  • I wish JetBlue would develop their frequent flyer program like Alaska where they create partnerships with other airlines for mileage earning & redemption.
    Then this promotion would be so much better…but for the time being, I don’t find this promotion that useful.

  • Thanks for the information. I’ll be holding onto my Citi points.

  • Citi’s transfer ratio is certainly better than AmEx. Wish JetBlue had a better network for the west coast.

  • I’d love to fly on JetBlue at some point. This at least tells me that maybe I won’t want to transfer points to JetBlue for that. I’ll have to look at the particular situation I’d be in at that point. Maybe it might be better to book through Chase or Amex instead.

    I see a lot of these promos with Amex and now Citi. Not so many from Chase. I would love to be able to take advantage of the transfer bonus someday.

  • Jetblue usually not a good use of points at all, but with the bonus makes it ok, better if you are a big Jet Blue flier or need to top off for an award, but not good enough to speculatively transfer.

  • I don’t go out of my way to earn extra JetBlue points but I will say that when I have done a point redemption with them, it has been painless and easy.

  • Stacy Y Liu says:

    I do love that they’re connected with JetBlue. The miles never expire so it’s definitely a good plus. Good to know for Citi CCs.

  • Not sure this is a good direction to transfer the points….

  • I want to know more about Jetblue points.

  • I dont think it’s worth it for the small exchange ratio 1:1

  • Jerblue playing the points game. More choices in this market.

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