Transferring points from credit cards to airline partners are a great way to get good value for your hard earned points. You can often book award tickets for fewer points than it would have cost if you’d used your points to book revenue tickets.
Starting March 2nd, eligible Citi ThankYou cardmembers will receive a 50% bonus when transferring ThankYou points to jetBlue’s loyalty program, TruBlue.
You’ll have to have one of the following Citi cards to avail of this promotion:
- Citi ThankYou Premier
- Citi Prestige
- Citi Chairman
- Citi Forward
- Citi ThankYou Preferred
Premier, Prestige and Chairman ThankYou members will receive 1.5 TrueBlue points for every 1.25 ThankYou Points transferred (versus the 1 TrueBlue point usually received). Preferred and Forward members will receive 1.5 TrueBlue points for every 2 ThankYou Points transferred (up from 1 TrueBlue point).
The promo runs through April 30, 2017, so if you find a jetBlue flight with a great award rate, you’ll want to make this transfer sooner rather than later.
According to Mary Hines Droesch, Global Head of Citi Rewards, the promo comes just as travel season is right around the corner.
“Through Citi ThankYou Rewards, we are consistently looking for ways to provide our cardmembers with increased choice and flexibility in how they use their points to fit their individual needs. With the travel season upon us, we felt this was a great time to leverage our valued relationship with JetBlue to give back to our customers and say thanks for being a valued ThankYou member. For those whose lifestyle leans towards travel, this means more adventure and more savings.”
jetBlue is a fairly new trasfer partner for Citi – they’ve only been partners since October 2016, so it looks like they’re trying to promote the transfer relationship with enticing cardmembers to move points over.
If you have a one of the eligible Citi cards and you’ve found a great award ticket, this is definitely a great promo to jump on. While the ratio isn’t the best one out there (aka it’s not), this is a decent bump up from what they typically offer. It’s worth noting that while Citi has other airline partners with a better (1:1) transfer ratio, they are all international carriers, so if you’re looking for a domestic flight in the United States, this offer will be your best bet (unless you transfer points to an alliance carrier then book with Delta or United that way).
On the subject of jetBlue, American Express cardholders also have the option of transferring to jetBlue at a 1:0.8 ratio (that is, 1,000 Membership Rewards points to 800 TrueBlue points). If you have points with both credit card companies, this comes out as the better option.
The timing of the promotion is prime – just in time for last minute tickets for a spring getaway. (I guess I’m not the only one who’s completely over winter.)
Before you jump on booking an award ticket, be sure to check how much the cost of buying a revenue ticket out of pocket costs – it might be a better deal (and you’ll be eligible to earn miles).
Are any Citi ThankYou card holders jumping on this promotion?
Featured image credit: jetBlue