Free JetBlue Flights Again For Jessie’s 2016 Swim Meet And A Savings Of $600

Posted 8/9/2015

Once again we plan to travel to St. Petersburg, Florida for Jessie’s swim meet.  Once again, I booked flights on JetBlue using TrueBlue points.  The flights I booked were 19,400 TrueBlue points per ticket.

And once again, you may be wondering how I always have so many TrueBlue points to book all of these tickets.  Well guess what, I don’t.

When I went to book these flights, I had about 3,000 TrueBlue points in my account and I needed 38,900 (19,400 x 2).  To make up the difference, I transfer points to my TrueBlue account from my American Express Membership Rewards account. JetBlue is an American Express Membership Rewards travel partner.  However, unfortunately, the transfer ratio is not 1:1.  At the time of this post, 250 American Express Membership Rewards points equal 200 TrueBlue points.  I transferred 45,000 American Express points to yield me 36,000 JetBlue TrueBlue points.

These flights would have cost about $600.  To me, it was worth the 45,000 Membership Rewards points to save $600. (really $573 keep reading).  Don’t forget, we easily earn a lot of Amex points because of Rob’s American Express Business Gold Rewards Card.

There was a small federal tax offset fee of $0.0006 per point of $27 that I needed to pay.  There is always a fee charged when Membership Rewards points are transferred to a domestic airline frequent flyer program, with a maximum fee of $99.  Amex charges this fee to offset the federal excise tax that they must pay on point transfers.