I was going to wait and mention this deal next week, but this is just too good! You’ve probably heard about an incredibly generous offer from Jet Blue. Basically, if you currently have Virgin America points ( 500 or more), you can get at least 5,000 Jet Blue points after taking one paid flight by 8/31/16.
Those points would be worth $55-$70 toward Jet Blue flights. You’ll have to email a screenshot with your Virgin America account balance to Jet Blue by 07/04/2016.
Jet Blue program is similar to Southwest and is revenue-based, so you don’t have to worry about award availability. See the map of coverage here So, if you haven’t yet booked your airline tickets for summer travel, I strongly recommend you look into flying on Jet Blue. Of course, I’m assuming you currently have Virgin America points or are able to transfer them from Citi, Amex or SPG.
I wrote a post on why Virgin America/SPG partnership is the best thing since sliced bread. I also mentioned that it’s a great option for families looking to visit Hawaii. In other words, if you decide to transfer points from SPG to Virgin America in order to take advantage of Jet Blue match, it would be a win-win. Of course, it does depend on whether you have Jet Blue coverage where you live.
You can see the full terms of this offer here And here is how the offer stacks up:
So, if you have a lot of SPG points, definitely consider it. If you can find a cheap flight on Jet Blue, it could make for a fun getaway, and you would have a nice surprise waiting for you when you get home.
If both spouses transfer a little over 40,000 SPG points each, it could potentially give them 150,000 Jet Blue points. That amount is good for close to $2,000 in flights. Wow! Spend less than $300 on two roundtrip tickets, and this is definitely mileage-run worthy.
Plus, remember, you will also have a ton of points in Virgin America program, arguably, SPG most valuable transfer partner. You can combine points with your spouse for free by calling SPG, but it does take a few days to go through. If only one person is flying, then it makes sense to pool points together in order to get the maximum payout (75,000 points).
If both spouses are traveling, then see if you can get to 50,000 points’ level as specified by Jet Blue. It would require you to transfer a little over 25,000 SPG points into respective account since you get 5,000 points bonus on each 20,000 SPG points transfer.
Unfortunately, I won’t be doing it because I have other plans for my SPG points (another post on it later). And there is a decent chance it’s not right for you either. But I strongly recommend you at least think about it. Jet Blue has a good coverage to Caribbean, so you can potentially visit St. Thomas and Maui out of this deal.
Who is considering it?
Hat tip to The Points Guy.
Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.