JetBlue Announces Virgin America Points Match Promotion!

Back in April, Alaska Airlines announced they would be acquiring Virgin America for approximately $4 Billion. Before the announcement, Virgin America had also received a takeover bid from JetBlue. JetBlue was attempting to make an aggressive play for the airline as it would have made a ton of sense from an aircraft and routing network perspective. If JetBlue were to have acquired Virgin America, it would have given them a much larger presence on the West Coast, which would have been a great compliment to their strong New York and East Coast offering.

Needless to say, Virgin America was eventually acquired by Alaska Airlines as they came in with a stronger offer. Ever since this announcement, both JetBlue and Virgin America seem to be feuding in the form of elite member status matches, point matches, and free tickets to customers. Just this week, JetBlue announced a points match promotion that offers insane value and is unlike anything we have seen in the travel loyalty world.

 

What are the details of the points match promotion?

Below is an excerpt from the JetBlue website outlining the points match promotion.

If you’re a Virgin America® flyer and Elevate® member looking to spread your wings, but don’t want to lose out on any points – then you’ve met your match!

Earn with JetBlue, too – just for giving our award-winning experience a try! Show us your Elevate® Points balance by 7/4/2016, then book and fly one roundtrip JetBlue flight by 08/31/16 and we’ll match (or give you more) TrueBlue points!

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The following chart shown on the offer page lists how many TrueBlue points you can get after a qualifying round-trip flight by August 31, 2016:

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As is illustrated in the table above, you can end up with more TrueBlue points than your current Elevate points balance depending on the amount of points you have. For example, if you have 50,001 Elevate points, JetBlue will award you with 75,000 TrueBlue points if you are eligible for the promotion! Please see below for the full terms and conditions of the offer:

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Thrifty Tip: The T&Cs of the offer do not state that the points have to be earned via butt in seat miles. Back in April, Starwood Hotels and Virgin America announced a new points transfer partnership. One of the greatest things about SPG points is the versatility of how they can be used. One of those being the 25% transfer bonus to many partner programs. In theory you could transfer 41,000 SPG points into your Virgin America Elevate account and receive 51,000 Elevate points after the 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points transferred (25% bonus). After completing one round trip flight on JetBlue by 8/31/16, you would receive 75,000 TrueBlue Points! Points do not transfer instantly from SPG so it may be tough to clear by the end of the promo.

 

Bottom Line

While I have never flown JetBlue, flying in their highly rated “Mint” premium cabin is on my travel bucket list. Even if you have never flown Virgin America, it might make sense to transfer your Starwood points into your Elevate account for the purpose of this promotion, especially if you have travel plans in the near future. Even though you have to book a round trip flight on JetBlue to be eligible, we feel this offer provides incredible value, especially if you are a frequent JetBlue flyer. Don’t Wait! You have until July 4th to provide JetBlue with a snapshot of your Virgin America Elevate points balance!

 

Have you cashed in on this offer? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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