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What’s The Best Credit Card For Buying JetBlue Tickets?

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Reader Paul messaged me to ask whether he’s better off using JetBlue Plus Card or The Platinum Card® from American Express for buying a JetBlue ticket.

In general the Amex Platinum Card is the all around best card for airfare purchases — the card offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, which is a huge return. I value Membership Rewards points at ~1.7 cents each, so that’s the equivalent of an ~8.5% return. However, you can potentially get a lot more value out of Amex points that that.

Meanwhile JetBlue Plus Card offers 6x points on JetBlue airfare purchases, which is the most points offered by any airline credit card for airfare purchases.

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JetBlue Is Offering Double Points On All Flights This Spring

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JetBlue has just announced a great promotion for travel over the coming months. TrueBlue members can earn double base points (which even count towards status) for flights through April 30, 2017.

In order to be eligible you need to register and book by March 23, 2017, and registration is required prior to booking eligible travel. That means that unfortunately previously booked travel doesn’t count towards this promotion.

Ordinarily you earn three base points per dollar spent on airfare, plus an additional three points per dollar spent on tickets booked through JetBlue’s website. That means through this promotion you’re earning a total of six base points per dollar spent, and a total of nine TrueBlue points per dollar spent. Mosaic members earn an additional three points per dollar spent.

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AvGeeks Will LOVE JetBlue’s New Special Livery

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A lot of airlines nowadays have planes with special liveries. Sometimes they’re to recognize a partnership, sometimes they just have a general theme, and sometimes they’re just for fun. All U.S. carriers have some sort of special livery aircraft, though I feel like I see the most special livery planes from Alaska and JetBlue. Alaska…

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Should You Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To JetBlue With A 50% Bonus?

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You can receive a 50% points bonus when you convert Citi ThankYou points into JetBlue TrueBlue points between March 2 and April 30, 2017. The promotion goes live tomorrow, and you should see the bonus hard coded into the transfer ratio at that point. JetBlue is one of Citi’s newest transfer partners, as the ability to convert points was just added back in October.

As far as the value of transferring ThankYou points to TrueBlue points goes, those with the Citi Prestige® Card and Citi ThankYou® Premier Card will receive 1.5 TrueBlue points per every 1.25 ThankYou points (you ordinarily receive 1 TrueBlue point per 1.25 ThankYou points). In other words, with the 50% bonus points convert at a rate of 1.2 TrueBlue points per ThankYou point.

In October I wrote about how converting ThankYou points into TrueBlue points isn’t a good deal. Does the math on that change with a 50% transfer bonus?

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Great Promotion For New JetBlue TrueBlue Members

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JetBlue’s TrueBlue program has a nice promotion at the moment for new members. Those who aren’t yet members of the TrueBlue program can earn 5,000 bonus points if they register, book, and fly by April 16, 2017.

Enrollment and registration is required prior to booking, and either a one-way or roundtrip flight will qualify for this promotion. Bonus points should be posted to your account within 4-6 weeks of the end of the promotion.

Personally I value TrueBlue points at ~1.4 cents each, which means I value those 5,000 points at ~$70. In many cases that’s more than the cost of a one-way ticket, meaning the value of the points you earn can exceed the cost of the ticket. TrueBlue is a revenue based program, meaning the number of points required for a ticket is directly correlated to how much it would cost in cash.

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No Surprise: JetBlue Downgrades Cuba

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In the second half of last year we saw the major U.S. airlines begin selling tickets for flights to Cuba. It’s no surprise that so many U.S. carriers requested rights to operate routes to Cuba, given that it’s the first time in decades that such flights are possible. I took advantage of that opportunity, and visited Havana in December. I had an… interesting time. I’m happy to have seen Havana, but don’t need to return anytime soon.

However, I also think we’re going from one extreme to the other in terms of airline capacity. While there’s certainly interest among Americans in visiting Cuba, the actual demand isn’t there, at least not to fill the thousands of seats per day that are now operating between the U.S. and Cuba.

While there was a lot of enthusiasm at first, over the past couple of months we’ve heard a lot of airline executives say that they’re in Cuba for the long run, and they don’t plan on making money flying there in the foreseeable future.

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Amazing Deal! Free Flights And Hotels With JetBlue Vacations! Act Fast!

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JetBlue currently has a really great promotional offer for flight plus hotel vacation packages. For a flight plus hotel package within the United States, you can save $150 off the total itinerary. If you book an international package, you can take $250 off.

The key is that there is no minimum spend requirement.

That means you can end up with a free or almost free vacation!

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JetBlue’s Entire Fleet Now Features Gate-To-Gate Wifi

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As far as I’m concerned, JetBlue has the best wifi product offering of any airline out there, with their Fly-Fi service. JetBlue offers free wifi for all passengers, no strings attached.

JetBlue has been working on progressively installing wifi throughout their fleet, a project which they started in December 2013. That project is finally complete, as JetBlue now offers wifi on all of their planes. This includes their fleet of 227 Airbus A320, Airbus A321, and Embraer 190 aircraft. They claim they’re “the only airline with free, high-speed wifi at every seat.”

What also makes JetBlue’s wifi offering unique is that it’s now available gate-to-gate. Unlike other airlines, you don’t have to wait until you reach a certain altitude before the service is activated.

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Former Senator Tells JetBlue Pilot To “Grow Some Balls,” Gets Kicked Off Plane

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Okay, so admittedly the way he handled the situation may not have been ideal, though he had the right idea.

Former New York Senator Al D’Amato was on a JetBlue flight on Monday from Fort Lauderdale to New York, which already had a delay of over six hours. Understandably people were agitated, and once the flight was boarded, the captain announced that 10 passengers seated at the front of the cabin needed to move to the back of the cabin for weight and balance.

At the front of the JetBlue cabin are the “Even More Space” seats, which presumably many people paid extra to sit in. Many people weren’t happy about moving. That’s when the former Senator took the situation into his own hands.

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Here’s Why You Don’t (And Shouldn’t) Have “Freedom Of Speech” On A Plane

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This seems to be the month where passengers just can’t for the life of them behave on planes. Yesterday we saw someone removed from a Delta flight between London and New York, and today a passenger was removed from a JetBlue flight that Ivanka Trump and her family were on.

Here’s what happened, per TMZ:

“Ivanka was on a JetBlue flight leaving JFK Thursday morning with her family when a passenger started screaming, ‘Your father is ruining the country.’ The guy went on, ‘Why is she on our flight. She should be flying private.’ The guy had his kid in his arms as he went on the tirade.”

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Fly JetBlue Mint Over The Holidays Starting At $264

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Everyone is obsessed with JetBlue nowadays. Their premium product named Mint has dramatically lowered the overall cost of coast to coast travel in business class on all airlines, even though JetBlue is probably still the way to go. Ben loves them, I love them, and most other people seem to feel the same way.

Their one-way tickets usually start at $549 when flying from Boston or New York to Los Angeles or San Francisco. All these flights are 5-6 hours in the air, which is the minimum amount of time you’d want to spend onboard an airline to truly experience their premium products. On weekdays, most flights start at a non-so-bad $599.

Well, I was looking up flights between coasts in business class, eyeing my options on JetBlue, and I came across the lowest JetBlue Mint fare I have ever seen. On a very limited set of dates around the holidays, you can fly JetBlue Mint from Los Angeles to Boston starting at $264 or 19,400 points one-way!

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Today Only: Earn 4x JetBlue Points On New Bookings

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For 12 days in December, JetBlue is offering what they’re calling “a December to Adventure” promotion. Basically every day at 1PM ET they have a special deal that’s valid just that day.

So far most of the deals have come in the form of discounted flights, like $20 domestic fares, $54 fares to Cuba, $50 international fares, etc. While those are great, JetBlue has sales all the time, and I didn’t find any of them to necessarily be worth writing about.

However, today JetBlue has a promotion that points addicts will like.

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The Best JetBlue Mint Fare I’ve Ever Seen

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JetBlue Mint is hands down my favorite way to fly within the U.S. I flew it for the first time this August from New York to Los Angeles, and was blown away by the product. Not only are the seats great (four of them are even fully enclosed suites with doors), but the food is excellent, and most importantly, the service is phenomenal.

JetBlue Mint flight attendants are specially chosen, and seem to be consistently excellent, which I don’t think can be said to the same degree about flight attendants at any other U.S. carrier.

The other thing about JetBlue Mint is that the fares are reasonable, and have caused the competition to improve their service and lower their prices. For example, fares from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco start at $549 one-way, which is good for a fully flat bed with a door.

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You Can Now Earn Bonus JetBlue Points For Amazon Purchases

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JetBlue has just announced a cool new partnership with Amazon, where they’re offering three bonus TrueBlue points per dollar spent with Amazon.

In order to earn the three bonus points per dollar spent you either have to go through the unique JetBlue link on this page, or make the purchase inflight with JetBlue through their Fly-Fi service. This works the same way as a shopping portal, meaning that there are cookies on your computer for 24 hours after you log in through the JetBlue Amazon link, so any purchases made during that time should qualify for bonus points.

You can always just save your customized JetBlue Amazon link in your browser, making it easy to return to every time you want to make an Amazon purchase.

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