Off To St. Petersburg Once Again For Jessie’s Annual Swim Meet And Once Again For Free JetBlue Flights

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Once again we are traveling to St. Petersburg, Florida next month for Jessie’s swim meet.  Once again, I booked flights on JetBlue using TrueBlue points.  The flights I booked were 30,200 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.

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When I went to book these flights, I had about 25,000 TrueBlue points in my account and I needed about another 35,000 points.  To make up the difference, I transferred 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.

When I booked these tickets back in December 2016, I failed to note the actual cost of the tickets.  A search today, shows this tickets costing $478.80 per ticket.  So currently, these flights would have cost about $960  To me. it was worth the 45,000 Membership Rewards points to save close to $1000. (less $27 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.

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