August 27, 2018
Chase Adds JetBlue as its Newest Transfer Partner
Chase Ultimate Rewards added JetBlue as its newest airline transfer partner over the weekend. As a reminder, you can earn Chase UR points with credit cards like the Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, Ink Business Preferred, and more. I love Ultimate Rewards points because cardholders can instantly transfer them to 13 airline partners. This allows great flexibility and point diversification.
You can transfer points at a 1:1 ratio and must transfer at least 1,000 points at a time. I’m not a huge fan of JetBlue’s frequent flyer program since it’s revenue based. Point redemptions are typically locked around 1.4 cents per point. That means there’s no opportunity for lucrative redemptions like you’d find on many international First Class airlines. Still, this is a decent way to fly JetBlue Mint for free if you’re already close to having enough JetBlue miles in your TrueBlue account.
While it’s great that Chase is adding another partner, you can already redeem Chase UR points for 1.5 cents each when booking airfare through Chase’s travel portal. Booking through Chase instead of transferring points to JetBlue would get you 1.5 cents per point instead of 1.4 cents and you’d earn TrueBlue miles for the cash price of your ticket. I’d personally only transfer points to JetBlue if I were close to having enough points in my JetBlue account for an award and just needed to top it off.
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