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JetBlue is running a Flash Fares sale right now. You can book a one way flight from New York City (JFK) to Liberia, Costa Rica on September 4, 2016 for a ridiculous 300 JetBlue points and $23.25 in taxes. You can also book a one way flight from New York City (JFK) to Puerto Porto in the Dominican Republic on September 4, 2016 for a silly 800 points and $36.90 in taxes. Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 5.54.45 PM

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There are a variety of flights on sale, those are just two of the best deals I spotted.

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The catch for these deals is that you have to fly on the date give, those prices don’t apply for any other day. The other catch is that the Blue fare doesn’t include a checked bag. One bag travel anyone?

Even if you do want to check a bag you only have to pay 1,200/1,100 more TrueBlue points more by purchasing the Blue Plus fare.

Or if you have the JetBlue Plus card, you and three travel companions get a free checked bag (not to mention 10% of your TrueBlue points rebated).

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The reality is that most of you won’t be able to take advantage of those crazy TrueBlue point prices, and that is why they’re so cheap. But if you can, wow. Please do.

If you don’t have any TrueBlue points, the cash prices are still pretty cheap for international travel:

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TrueBlue points are worth roughly 1.3 cents each (remember, they are tied to the cash price of the ticket). So use the points if you have them, it’s a better deal.

@JetBlueCheeps

The dirt cheap prices to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are JetBlue Flash Fares. Flash Fares are sales on a specific flight, i.e. a specific route on a specific day. When you can purchase isn’t time sensitive but as it’s only one flight, the sooner you purchase the better as it’s obviously highly capacity controlled by the amount of seats on that one flight.

Flash Sales are also time sensitive, just in a different sense. Flash Sales are discounts on a specific route, but not just one flight on a certain day. Usually there’s a span of months in which you can book a flight with the discount, like the labor day sale they had on August 17th last week. The time sensitive part is that you normally have about 24 hours to book until the sale expires.

Pro tip: To be the first to know about either of these types of sales, follow @JetBlueCheeps on twitter. 

Bottom Line

You can fly from New York City to either Costa Rica or the Dominican Republic on September 4 for an insane 300 points (to Costa Rica) or 800 JetBlue points (to the Dominican Republic). Book before those two planes fill up and then brag to all your friends that your international flight costs less than their dinner.

It’s deals like these that should make you think about getting the JetBlue Plus card. While the 30,000 TrueBlue point sign up bonus is comparatively small, those points could last forever if you stretched them on JetBlue’s very commonplace flash sales and flash fares. The free checked bag is a big money saver too.

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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If you book by tonight at 11:59 PM ET, you can find JetBlue fares for as little as $29 one way or 1,200 TrueBlue points for flights this labor day weekend, September 3 & 4.

The sale is on select routes only, but there are lots of options to choose from. See the full route list and the rest of the details about the flash sale here. Sale fares are not restricted to domestic itineraries– there are some really cheap international deals as well.

Here are some of the routes that are on sale:

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Examples

Boston to New Orleans: $28.90 or 1,200 TrueBlue points and $5.60

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New York City to Cartagena, Colombia: $58.90 or 1,200 TrueBlue points and $20.60 in taxes

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New York City to Burbank, California: $28.90 or 1,200 TrueBlue points and $5.60

 

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Note these sale fares (“Blue fares”) do not include a checked bag.  If you need to check a bag, it will probably be cheaper to buy the Blue Plus fare than pay the $20 cost web check-in or $25 in person at the airport.

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The Card to Purchase it With

If you don’t have the JetBlue Plus card which gives you 6 TrueBlue points per dollar spent on JetBlue airfare (and a 10% rebate on TrueBlue point redemptions), then purchase the flight with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that would offset the entire cost of this ticket.

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

Bottom Line

Book by tonight on jetblue.com and you can spend as little as $29 or 1,200 TrueBlue points on a one way flight. As travel is only good for September 3 & 4, you’ll probably only be able to take advantage of the sale for one direction– but the savings potential is still large.

If you choose to redeem TrueBlue points on this sale and you have the JetBlue Plus card, you’ll also get a 10% rebate, bringing the price down from 1,200 TrueBlue points to 1,080 TrueBlue points for many flight options.

While I can not directly link to JetBlue Plus offer, you may find it by clicking below if you decide to apply. (I receive a commission, and your support keeps this blog going.) It comes with 30,000 TrueBlue points after spending $1,000 within the first three months of card membership.

Hat tip Secret Flying

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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Book any JetBlue award by 11:59 PM ET TOMORROW (August 4, 2016) for travel between September 7 and November 16, 2016, and you’ll get 25% discount off the normal award price. Unlike some past promotions we’ve seen from JetBlue, you don’t have to wait to get the discounted points rebated to your TrueBlue account– the discount is built in when you book.
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There are blackout dates and days of the week that the discount doesn’t apply to. Here are the conditions of the promotion:

Head to jetblue.com, where all eligible Award Flights fares will automatically include the 25% discount. Book between now and August 4th Fly September 7 – November 16, 2016 (Blackout dates 10/6 – 10/16/16) Fly Mon – Thurs and Sat. (not valid for flights on Fri. or Sun.)

JetBlue’s loyalty program is revenue based, meaning the number of points you need is based on the ticket price. JetBlue points are worth roughly 1.5 cents each toward a ticket. Read this post to learn the basics about JetBlue awards.

For example, a one-way ticket between New York and Los Angeles would cost $139:
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With the current 25% discount, you can pay just 7,000 TrueBlue points:

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You’d be getting 1.9 cents of value per TrueBlue point, which is excellent.

Mint Class

One of the highest value awards is for Mint Class between New York and Los Angeles and New York and San Francisco. During the valid sale dates, you can get a fully flat bed in a fully enclosed Mint Suite for only 34,000 TrueBlue points instead of the normal 45,300 TrueBlue points:

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I wrote extensively about the amenities and price that make Mint “By Far The Best Deal on Domestic Business Class” so check out that post for more information on why I’d take advantage of this discount to book Mint Class.

How to Get TrueBlue Points Fast

If you didn’t get a surplus of TrueBlue points from the Virgin America/JetBlue points match promotion last month, you can transfer 250 Membership Rewards to 200 JetBlue points if you’re short of the award you want. With this 25% discount on awards, that may make sense.

Terms and Conditions

*Restrictions: Fares must be purchased using TrueBlue points between now and 8/4/16 (the earlier of 11:59 PM EST or local) for flights on Mon through Thurs and Sat. only between 9/7/16 and 11/16/16 (Blackout Dates 10/6 – 10/16/16). Fares will automatically include a 25% discount on the base fare point requirement for Award Flight redemption. Fares are subject to availability; may not be available on all flights; may change without notice; must be purchased at time of reservation; and are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Offer is limited to registered TrueBlue members in good standing redeeming Award Flight fares using TrueBlue points for new bookings only; offer not valid in connection with monetary flight fares, purchases on partner airlines or code share or interline flights, JetBlue Getaways vacation packages, previously booked Award Flights or any other product or service. Offer cannot be partially redeemed, is not redeemable for cash, and has no cash value. Government taxes and fees apply to Award Flights, are the responsibility of the passenger, and will vary based on your departure and destination cities. The amount of government taxes/fees required for an Award Flight is listed next to the applicable point requirement and is subject to change as required by law. View more information on taxes and fees. Award Flight fares are one-way (unless otherwise indicated) and nonstop; point requirement and government taxes/carrier fees may be higher for roundtrip flights, for flights from destination city to origin city or for connecting itineraries. Checked Baggage Allowance/Fees: For Blue fares, first checked bag is $20 by web check-in and kiosk or $25 at check-in counter and second bag is $35.  For Blue Plus, first checked bag is included and second bag is $35.  For Blue Flex fares, two checked bags are included. For Blue and Blue Plus fares for flights to or from Santa Domingo, Santiago, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Kingston, Cartagena, Medellin, Bogota, Lima, Mexico City and Quito: one checked bag is included and the second checked bag fee is $35. Additional Baggage Terms (all fares):Additional bags (over two) are $100 each. Weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights operated or marketed by other airlines also apply.  Fares do not include fees for oversized, overweight or extra baggage or other fees for products/services sold separately. View baggage fees and other optional services and fees. Change/Cancellation Fees: All reservations made one week or more prior to a flight’s departure may be cancelled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made. Changes and cancellations made 60 days or more prior to departure date: Blue: $70 per person fee plus difference in fare. Blue Plus: $60 per person fee plus difference in fare. Blue Flex: difference in fare only for changes. Changes and cancellations made less than 60 days from departure date: (i) Blue: fares under $100, $70 per person plus difference in fare; fares between $100 and $149.99, $90 per person plus difference in fare; and fares of $150 or more, $135 per person plus difference in fare. (ii) Blue Plus: fares under $100, $60 per person plus difference in fare; fares between $100 and $149.99, $80 per person plus difference in fare; and fares of $150 or more, $120 per person plus difference in fare. (iii) Blue Flex: difference in fare only. Additional Change/Cancellation Terms (all fares): For changes, there may be a fare adjustment. Cancellations receive JetBlue travel credit, valid for one year.  Changes/cancellations must be made prior to scheduled departure (otherwise all money for fare is forfeited).TrueBlue Terms and Conditions apply. View terms applicable to Getaways, Mosaic, and Mint changes/cancellations. Proper documentation required for boarding. Flight terms and conditions apply.

Bottom Line

Book your 25% off JetBlue awards by TOMORROW, 11:59 PM ET at the latest. The discount is valid on travel Monday through Thursday and Saturday (not Friday or Sunday) between September 7 and November 16, 2016 (blackout dates are October 6 through 16).

If you have the JetBlue Plus card, then you’ll get an additional 10% rebate of TrueBlue points on your redemption.

While I can not directly link to the JetBlue Plus offer, you may find it by clicking below if you decide to apply. (I receive a commission, and your support keeps this blog going.)

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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Starting March 20, 2017 you will be able to fly JetBlue Mint Class, the nicest Business Class experience on a transcontinental flight in the United States, between Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale.

At the moment, you can fly Mint Class on the following routes:

  • New York <-> Los Angeles
  • New York <-> San Francisco
  • Boston <-> Los Angeles
  • Boston <-> San Francisco
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Click here and scroll down until you get to the “Routes” section to see where Mint Class is planned to expand to in the future.

You can already book Mint Class between Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale on jetblue.com. What’s really exciting are the introductory prices. You can find flights for $399 one way.

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What’s the Fuss Over Mint Class About?

Mint seats extend to fully flat 6’8″ beds, the longest on domestic routes, and four out of the 16 Mint seats are fully enclosed suites, which are available for no extra charge (just first come first serve). Mint Class is available on select Airbus A321 flights (listed above).

Mint passengers get everything you’d expect in business class on a premium route:

  • Priority check in, security, and boarding
  • Free multi-course meal
  • Free alcohol
  • Two free checked bags

Mint passengers also receive some amenities that few or zero airlines match:

  • Free wifi
  • Free DirecTV (100 channels)
  • Birchbox Amenity Kit

Mint can be pricey, but far cheaper than competing business class seats. Thanks to Mint’s lower price point, JetBlue’s competitors have generally decreased the price of domestic premium cabin tickets–a very welcome change. 

Check out JetBlue’s page about Mint for more details on the product.

Do You Have to Pay Extra for the Enclosed Suites?

No. Even on the cheapest flights (like the $399 fares between Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale), you have the opportunity to select the enclosed suites in rows 2 and 4 at no additional cost.

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But remember these are first come first serve, so if you want one you’ll probably have to book pretty far in advance.

Mint Class = Most Superior Product and Cheapest

The next cheapest option in a premium cabin between Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale is on United.

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That flight has a connection and does not have flat bed seats (and it certainly does not have enclosed suites).

Availability

Below are calendars (taken from ITA Matrix) of the lowest prices between Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles in Mint Class, from March 20 through April 20, 2017.

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Phew! If you look at the circled price in the drop-down menu of the above calendar, you can see that Virgin America’s price on this route (the only other airline that provide non-stop service) is $849! 10 points for Gryffindor! And by Gryffindor I mean JetBlue.

Here is April 21 – May 21, 2017:

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Those are the extent of the days I see that still have one way fares for $399. Low fare calendars for the other direction (Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale) look very similar.

The $399 fares are appearing only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at this point, but the A321’s with Mint Class will fly daily between the city pair (and increase the frequency to twice daily beginning late April, 2017).

Using TrueBlue Points

TrueBlue point redemptions are based on the cash price of the ticket, so this is also good news for those of you that want to use TrueBlue points.

The cheapest Mint Class tickets between Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles ($399) are pricing at 29,800(?) TrueBlue points, which means you would be getting a value of about 1.3 cents per points. That is about how much I value TrueBlue points, so I would consider this a good use of points– however, there are instances you can get up to as much as 1.6 cents of value per point on economy redemptions.

While I can not directly link to the current JetBlue offer, you may find it by clicking below if you decide to apply. (I receive a commission, and your support keeps this blog going.)

How to Get TrueBlue Points

  • You earn 6 points per dollar spent on airfare at jetblue.com.
  • Membership Rewards transfer 250 Membership Rewards to 200 TrueBlue points. There is also a $0.60 fee for every 1,000 Membership Rewards transferred to US-based airlines. This is probably not the best way to get JetBlue points as there are better Membership Rewards transfer partners, but run your own numbers to figure out if it’s worth it.
  • The JetBlue Plus card offers 30,000 TrueBlue points after spending $1,000 within three months of opening the account. If you haven’t already, read why the JetBlue Plus card is much more interesting if you also applied for JetBlue’s Virgin America points match promotion.  If you didn’t do the points match and you’re not a frequent JetBlue flyer, than I probably wouldn’t bother with the card as there are much better offers out there.

Bottom Line

JetBlue’s awesome Mint Business Class is expanding to include service between Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale as of March 21, 2017, and you can already book tickets on jetblue.com for prices starting as low as $399 one way. That is far and away the cheapest, highest quality transcontinental premium cabin fare I have ever seen. Fares at that price point will not last so act now if you’re going to act at all.

Hat Tip One Mile at at Time

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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Update July 7, 2016: You can fly two one ways (or an open jaw) on JetBlue to qualify for the points match, you do not have to fly a classic roundtrip.

The qualifying date to register in this points match promotion has already passed. If you registered, congratulations on all the free JetBlue points coming your way! To clarify the second half of what is necessary to earn the TrueBlue points: You are not restricted to having to fly an actual roundtrip on JetBlue by August 31, 2016. You can, and that will still qualify, but you can also fly two one ways (or an open jaw itinerary) by August 31, 2016. This was confirmed with me by two TrueBlue agents over the phone. It may be best to call and check yourself before counting on your desired itinerary as qualifying, but know that you should not be restricted to a traditional roundtrip.

JetBlue and Virgin America have been caught in a competitive flurry ever since Alaska Airlines won the bidding war over JetBlue and announced the planned purchase of Virgin America. The latest play by JetBlue could be very lucrative for you, so read carefully.

JetBlue TrueBlue will (at least) match whatever points you have in your Virgin America Elevate account if you fly a qualifying roundtrip (or two one way) flight(s) on JetBlue by August 31, 2016.

This is one of (if not the best) deal I’ve seen all year. Status matching is relatively common, but never have I seen competition get so stiff that point matches are brought to the table.

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The Deal

As long as you have a balance of points in your Virgin America Elevate account, no matter where they came from, JetBlue will give you at least that many TrueBlue points and probably more. Check out the chart to see how many TrueBlue points you could qualify for depending on how many Elevate points you have:

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You just have to show them proof of your Elevate account balance and then fly a roundtrip (or two one way) JetBlue flight(s).

Perhaps the most amazing part of this promotion that makes it actually accessible to many of us is that TrueBlue isn’t discriminating between whether the points in your Elevate account were earned from flying, from the Virgin America co-branded credit cards, or even if they’re transferred in from a program like Starwood Preferred Guest, Ultimate Rewards, or Membership Rewards.

What it’s Worth

This promotion is obviously worth more the more Virgin America points you have. I value JetBlue points at about 1.3 cents each, so to me it’s worth:

  • $65 if you have between 500 and 5,000 Elevate points
  • $130 if you have between 5,001 and 10,000 Elevate points
  • $390 if you have between 10,001 and 30,000 Elevate points
  • $650 if you have between 30,001 and 50,000 Elevate points
  • $975 if you have more than 50,000 Elevate points

TrueBlue uses a revenue-based redemption system, so the award prices depend on the cash price of the ticket. Elevate also uses a revenue-based redemption system, at least on their own flights. You can redeem Elevate points on some partners for outsized value though, since partner redemptions have fixed values (check out the award calculator tool).

Transferring Points to Elevate

Unless you just happen to have a bunch of Elevate points lying around from flying or their co-branded credit cards (that will not apply to the majority of us), you have to ask yourself if the opportunity cost of moving some or all of your transferrable points (i.e. Membership Rewards, ThankYou Points or SPG points) to Virgin America is worth it. It depends on how much you value Elevate points, and how much you value the miles of the other transfer partners you have the option to move your points to.

First of all, I would not transfer Membership Rewards or ThankYou Points to Virgin America. Those programs have a 2:1 transfer rate to Virgin America that essentially destroys the value (unless they happen to whip out a transfer bonus before this promotion is over).

But we were hit with huge news in April that Virgin America Elevate was added a transfer partner to Starwood Preferred guest, at a ratio of 1:1. Personally, I value Virgin America points VERY highly (2.3 cents each) so I would have no qualms moving my points over, especially since the transfer ratio is effectively 1:1.25 if you transfer 20,000 SPG points at a time (you’ll get a 5k Elevate point bonus). Unfortunately my travel schedule at the moment doesn’t allow time to take the qualifying JetBlue flights in time. Sad face.

The Qualifying “Roundtrip” Flight

And taking a little mileage run on a JetBlue flight would certainly be worth the nearly $1,000 that 75,000 TrueBlue points are worth to me, even if you weren’t previously planning a trip to any of the 97 destinations that JetBlue flies to. Depending on how cheap you could find a the flights for for, it could be worth it for the 50k or 30k point match tiers as well. Here’s a roundtrip between Boston and New York for $100, and I’m sure you can find cheaper:

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So what exactly qualifies as a “roundtrip flight” on JetBlue for this promotion?

You can either fly:

  • a traditional roundtrip
  • two one ways (this should also mean open jaw itineraries)

The other conditions are:

  • Must be a newly booked flight(s), purchased after you are registered for the promotion
  • Travel must be finished by August 31, 2016

I originally thought (and wrote in the original version of this post) that a standard roundtrip flight was necessary to qualify for the points match, but after speaking to multiple JetBlue representatives over the phone,  I was told that two one ways would also suffice.

How to Register

The process is overly simple:

1. Send a screenshot of your Elevate account dashboard (including first name, last name, and points balance) to pointsmatch@jetblue.com by July 4, 2016**. Example of an acceptable screenshot:

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2. Wait for the email that says you’re officially registered in the promotion.

3. Book a roundtrip (or two one way) flight(s) on JetBlue and complete travel by August 31, 2016.

4. Watch the free money roll in.

Like I said, the process is really, really simple.

There is already a FlyerTalk thread forming about this promotion, and it looks like JetBlue is ready to rumble. This FlyerTalker heard back from TrueBlue just three hours after completing the steps above to register.

**You have to show JetBlue your Elevate Account dashboard (with points balance) by July 4, 2016. But don’t worry, you still have time to transfer SPG points to Virgin America Elevate. One Mile at a Time just did a few days ago and it only took 17 hours to complete.

Bottom Line

If you have a lot of Virgin America points (or can get them by transferring SPG points), then I would seriously consider a mileage run to qualify for this promotion. You could get up to a thousand dollars worth of JetBlue points for doing it. I would do it if I could.

Show TrueBlue your Virgin America Elevate points balance by July 4, and fly a roundtrip (or two one ways) on JetBlue by August 31, and get a ton of JetBlue points. Awesome.

Terms & Conditions

*This offer is available to new or existing TrueBlue members. To qualify, members must send an email including their TrueBlue number and a picture of their Elevate® account dashboard showing first name, last name, and points balance to pointsmatch@jetblue.com by 7/4/2016, await receipt of an email to confirm registration for the promotion and then book new roundtrip flights operated by JetBlue and completed all travel by 08/31/2016. Number of points awarded will be based on Elevate® points balance evidenced by submitted proof. Proof is are subject to verification. TrueBlue number must be provided at the time of booking. Offer can only be redeemed one (1) time by any individual. Points awarded in conjunction with this promotion are considered bonus points and do not count towards earning Mosaic status. Offer does not apply to non-revenue travel; is not valid on flights operated by airline partners; is not valid in connection with any Getaways vacation packages, cruises, or any other product or service and may not be combined with other special offers. In the event you cancel your reservation or change your reservation so that it no longer complies with the terms of this offer, you will not receive any of the promotion bonus points. TrueBlue points will be awarded within 4-6 weeks after round-trip flight. Offer can be cancelled or modified at any time. TrueBlue Terms and Conditions apply.

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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If you haven’t heard yet, JetBlue’s frequent flyer program TrueBlue is running an incredible promotion right now– read this learn how to enter. They will match your Virgin America Elevate points balance for simply sending them a screenshot of the dashboard of your Elevate account, and then purchasing and flying a roundtrip flight on JetBlue before August 31, 2015.

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The screenshot you send to JetBlue should look like this.

The fact that you can easily pad your TrueBlue account balance (with up to 75,000 more TrueBlue points) if you have any Virgin America or SPG points (you can transfer SPG points to Virgin America Elevate at 1:1) makes the JetBlue Plus by Barclaycard a lot more interesting.

Why You Should Apply for the JetBlue Plus Card if You’re Doing the TrueBlue Points Match

On March 10 Barclaycard announced the issuance of four new JetBlue credit cards:

  • one that will replace the American Express JetBlue card that will now be called the JetBlue Rewards Card
  • The JetBlue Card
  • The JetBlue Plus Card
  • The JetBlue Business Card

Here is the summary of their benefits:

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Read my post comparing these cards here.

JetBlue uses a revenue-based redemption system, so the award prices depend on the cash price of the ticket. One TrueBlue point is generally worth about 1.3 cents, sometimes more and sometimes less. That makes the sign-up bonus on the JetBlue Card worth about $130 (womp, womp), and the sign-up bonus on the JetBlue Plus card worth about $390 (not totally captivating, but somewhat more interesting).

As One Mile at at Time aptly pointed out, if you look at the rest of the benefits that come with the JetBlue Plus, you’ll see what makes having a large balance of TrueBlue points from the current points match promotion worth a lot more: a 10% redemption bonus. This means you get 10% of your TrueBlue points rebated after every redemption.

Let’s assume for a second that you sign up for the JetBlue Plus card. If you…

  1. rake in the maximum amount of TrueBlue points from the JetBlue/Virgin America points match promotion (75,000),
  2. meet the JetBlue Plus card’s minimum spending requirement of $1,000 in 90 days, and you get 30,000 TrueBlue points for that,
  3. redeem all 105,000 TrueBlue points over time, and get the 10% rebate for being a JetBlue Plus card holder (an additional 10,500 TrueBlue points)
  4. redeem those 10,500 TrueBlue points over time, and get the 10% rebate for being a JetBlue Plus card holder (an additional 1,050 TrueBlue points)
  5. etc, etc, until the end of time

…that means all in all, you would earn 116,550+ TrueBlue points worth $1,515+ in travel, of which 41,550 TrueBlue points ($540) would be thanks to the JetBlue Plus card.

I haven’t factored in the $99 annual fee that is not waived the first year, but the free checked bag and 50% discount on inflight purchase benefits should make up for it. If you want to keep the card past the first year, you get a 5,000 point bonus (worth about $65) on every account anniversary that helps balance out the annual fee that much more.
Screen-Shot-2016-03-10-at-3.20.02-PMIt may or may not be worth it you to sign up for the JetBlue Plus card, depending on how many points you’ll be earning from the JetBlue/Virgin America points match and how often you fly JetBlue, but I certainly think the card is worth more investigation now. Run your own evaluation with your own numbers to see for yourself.

Bottom Line

When I wrote about my opinion of JetBlue’s new credit cards back in March, I said the only card worth consideration is the JetBlue Plus– and pretty much only if you are a regular JetBlue flyer (three to four roundtrips per year). But with the current promotion JetBlue is running that can easily boost your TrueBlue account balance quickly, the value of the 10% rebate on redemptions you receive with the JetBlue Plus card would be magnified.

While I can not directly link to the JetBlue Plus offer, you may find it by clicking below if you decide to apply. (I receive a commission, and your support keeps this blog going.)

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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Book any JetBlue award by 11:59 PM EST TODAY (May 10, 2016) for travel from now to June 30, 2016, and you’ll get 15% of the points back a month to six weeks after your flight.

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JetBlue’s loyalty program is revenue based, meaning the number of points you need is based on the ticket price. JetBlue points are worth roughly 1.5 cents each toward a ticket. Read this post to learn the basics about JetBlue awards.

The highest value award is for Mint Class between New York and Los Angeles and New York and San Francisco. You can get a fully flat bed in a fully enclosed Mint Suite for 45,300 TrueBlue points, plus you’d get 6,795 TrueBlue points back for use on a future flight.
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I wrote extensively about the amenities and price that make Mint “By Far The Best Deal on Domestic Business Class” so check out that post for more information on why I’d take advantage of this rebate to book Mint Class.

You can transfer 250 Membership Rewards to 200 JetBlue points if you’re short of the award you want. With this 15% rebate on awards, that may make sense.

And if you have the JetBlue Plus card already, this refund offer stacked with the 10% rebate you automatically get on every award makes for a pretty 25% off total!

Terms and Conditions

*Offer valid only for JetBlue flights purchased using TrueBlue points between 5/9/16 and 5/10/16 (the earlier of 11:59 PM EST or local) for flights between 5/9/16 – 6/30/16. TrueBlue number must be entered at time of booking. New bookings only. Offer not valid for previously booked flights or changes to a previously-booked flight. Points will be automatically deposited to the TrueBlue account used to book travel. In the event you cancel your reservation, or change your reservation so that it no longer complies with the terms for this offer, you will not receive any TrueBlue points back. Please allow 4-6 weeks after your flight for points to be posted to your TrueBlue account. Offer is limited to registered TrueBlue members in good standing redeeming Award Flight fares using TrueBlue points and is not valid in connection with monetary flight fares, taxes/fees, purchases on partner airlines or code share or interline flights, JetBlue Getaways vacation packages, previously booked Award Flights or for any other product or service; offer cannot be partially redeemed, is not redeemable for cash, and has no cash value. Additional restrictions apply. See TrueBlue Terms and Conditions for details.

Bottom Line

Register here to book your 15% off JetBlue awards by TONIGHT, 11:59 PM EST at the latest. The discount is valid on travel from now through June 30, 2016.

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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Today Barclaycard announced the issuance of four new JetBlue credit cards.

Until recently American Express issued the JetBlue credit card. Barclaycard has taken over the contract. When a contract like that switches, a number of transitions are possible. In this case, American Express JetBlue cards are being converted to Barclaycards called “The JetBlue Rewards Card,” a card for which no can directly apply. It keeps the same annual fee as the American Express version while adding benefits like more points for certain categories of spending, no foreign transaction fee, and a 5% rebate on redeemed JetBlue points.

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Existing cardholders will be mailed new cards that they can activate starting at 6 AM ET on March 21.

On top of that conversion, Barclaycard now offers three new JetBlue cards:

Here is a summary of their benefits:

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Keep in mind that JetBlue points are worth 1 to 1.4 cents toward the purchase of any JetBlue flight with no blackouts, so the 30,000 point bonuses are worth around $400.

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I don’t see any reason to get The JetBlue Card. Why waste a credit pull for only 10,000 points worth at most $140 on a card that doesn’t have very good earning power?

I do see reasons to get The JetBlue Plus Card or The JetBlue Business Card. If you fly JetBlue a lot, the 6x earning on JetBlue purchases is a huge rebate (8.4%), the 10% rebate on award redemptions will really add up, the free checked bag will save a lot of money, and the 50% discount on inflight purchases will really add up.

How do I define “a lot”? Maybe 3-4+ roundtrips per year make the cards and their $99 annual fee a good value.

Bottom Line

Barclaycard is taking over JetBlue credit card issuing from American Express. Existing American Express cardholders are getting a new Barclaycard with the same annual fee and better benefits.

Future cardholders are getting three options for JetBlue cards. Skip the no annual fee card, and get the JetBlue Plus Card or JetBlue Business Card if you are a regular JetBlue flyer.

Some airline credit cards like the United, Delta, and American Airlines cards make sense even if you never fly those airlines because you can use the miles on dozens of partners. The JetBlue cards are not like that. You will only get enough value to make the $99 annual fee make sense if you use benefits like 6x points on JetBlue purchases, a 10% rebate on award redemptions, a free checked bag, and a 50% discount on inflight purchases.

 

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitterand follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Travel from Fort Lauderdale to Cartagena, Colombia (on the Caribbean coast) for $198 roundtrip this Fall. One way travel is available for $84.

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Even if you don’t live in South Florida, you may be able to combine this with the Southwest fare sale to Fort Lauderdale to book a fantastic trip from your home airport.

Contents:

  1. When are the $84 fares?
  2. Why Cartagena, Colombia?
  3. Combine the Award with the Southwest fare sale
  4. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
  5. JetBlue Baggage Policy

$84 One Way to Cartagena, Colombia, $198 Roundtrip

Sample Dates: FLL-CTG, Friday September 11 – Sunday September 21 on JetBlue

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Search JetBlue.com and you are automatically shown one week at a time in each direction. Find an $84 fare to Cartagena. I see availability September through December.

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Find a $115 return.

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Combined, they price at $198.

One ways are available for $84. Multiple city trips are very cheap too. Fort Lauderdale to Cartagena, returning to Pittsburgh is $336 total.

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Why Cartagena, Colombia?

Cartagena is a major colonial, waterfront destination and Santa Marta, the gateway to Parque Nacional Tayrona and the Ciudad Perdida hike is a half day away by bus.

I’ve been to Colombia three times in the last year, but only Bogota and Medellin. My next trip, I want to go to the northern coast to hike the Ciudad Perdida and camp in Parque Nacional Tayrona.

Combining the Deal with Southwest Sale

If you don’t live in Fort Lauderdale, this still might be your ticket to a super cheap trip to Cartagena. Here are the destinations on sale to/from Fort Lauderdale with Southwest if you book today and fly this Fall.

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For instance, if you live in Pittsburgh, you could fly to Fort Lauderdale for $99, enjoy South Florida for a few days, then fly the $336 ticket in the last section to Cartagena and back to Pittsburgh. That would be $435 for a trip to Miami and Cartagena.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement, so a roundtrip would be totally free.

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

My second choice would be the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which offers 3x on all travel and gas purchases and also has no foreign transaction fees. The card comes with 50,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

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JetBlue Baggage Policy

You can take one carry on, one personal item, and one checked bag up to 50 pounds for free.

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Hat Tip Secretly Flying

 

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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Two amazing JetBlue promotions are stackable today and tomorrow that allow you to fly JetBlue Mint Class, the best Business Class Suite in the United States for only 26,250 points Membership Rewards.

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Enclosed Suite, Live TV, Free WiFi
  • What are the two stackable promotions?
  • How good of a deal is this?
  • How can you ensure that you get an enclosed suite (not all Mint seats are)?
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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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This is the nineteenth post in a monthlong series that started here. Each post will take about two minutes to read and may include an action item that takes the reader another two minutes to complete. I am writing this for an audience of people who know nothing about frequent flyer miles, and my goal is that by the end, you know enough to fly for free anywhere you want to go.

I’ve covered how to earn miles and the redemption options for miles. Now I’m giving the basics on several major airline programs where you can quickly collect miles for amazing trips. Today: the Southwest Rapid Rewards, JetBlue TrueBlue, and Virgin America Elevate programs. I’m taking all three together because they are similar programs.

Why Collect Southwest, JetBlue, and Virgin America Points?

All three types of airline points can save you big on your next domestic trip or near international trip.

All three types of points can access every flight on their respective airlines with no blackouts.

  • What airlines can you fly with Rapid Rewards, TrueBlue points, and Elevate points?
  • What are the special features of each program?
  • How can you book Rapid Rewards, TrueBlue, and Elevate awards?
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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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Book any JetBlue award by 11:59 PM ET tomorrow (July 25, 2014) for travel from September 2 to October 31, 2014, and you’ll get 20% of the points back in November or December 2014.

If you have Fall travel planned but not booked, this is a nice rebate.

You can transfer 250 Membership Rewards to 200 JetBlue points if you’re short of the award you want. With this 20% rebate on awards, that may make sense.

The highest value award is for Mint Class between New York and Los Angeles and, starting October 26, New York and San Francisco. You can get a fully flat bed in a fully enclosed Mint Suite for 34,800 TrueBlue points, plus you’d get 6,960 TrueBlue points back for use on a future flight.

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I wrote extensively about the amenities and price that make Mint “By Far The Best Deal on Domestic Business Class” so check out that post for far more information on why I’d take advantage of this rebate to book Mint Class.

  • What are the full terms and conditions of the 20% rebate?
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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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JetBlue Mint Class is a fully enclosed suite between New York and Los Angeles, and New York and San Francisco starting October 26, 2014. JetBlue Mint Class is the nicest Business Class experience on a transcontinental flight in the United States–by far–and it is available for $599 each way or 35,000 TrueBlue points.

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Mint seats extend to fully flat 6’8″ beds, the longest on domestic routes, and four out of the 16 Mint seats are fully enclosed suites, which are currently available for no extra charge.

Mint passengers get everything you’d expect in business class on a premium route:

  • Priority check in, security, and boarding
  • Free multi-course meal
  • Free alcohol
  • Two free checked bags

Mint passengers also receive some amenities that few or zero airlines match:

  • Free wifi
  • Free DirecTV (100 channels)
  • Amenity Kit

Mint is pricey, but far cheaper than competing business class seats at as little as $599 each way. The seats can also be booked for 35,000 TrueBlue points or 43,750 American Express Membership Rewards each way.

  • What flights have the special $599 / 35,000 point price?
  • Can you select an enclosed suite for that price?
  • How can you get TrueBlue points?
  • Is this a good deal?
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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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JetBlue has announced a 5x points promo on flights booked by Tuesday.

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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Edit: Airfare deals come and go quickly. This is dead. But type in your email address on the top left of the page for one, free daily email to your inbox with tips and tricks to travel cheap or free!

The offers for the cards listed in this post have also expired, so the links have been removed. Click here for the top current credit card sign up bonuses.
And if you want to go to Peru for even less than $302, that’s easy too.

Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® with 40,000 American Airlines miles after spending $3k in three months. The US to anywhere in Peru roundtrip is only 35k American Airlines miles + about $50 in government taxes.

  • For a limited time, Earn 40,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of cardmembership*
  • Your first eligible checked bag is free*
  • Priority Boarding with Group 1 privileges* and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases*
  • Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount every cardmembership year with qualifying purchases and cardmembership renewal*
  • Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year*
  • *See full terms and conditions

Application Link: Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard®

My favorite country–Peru–is on sale!

JetBlue is launching a new Fort Lauderdale to Lima route November 21, marking JetBlue’s first foray into the Southern Hemisphere. To drum up business for the route, JetBlue is selling oneway flights for $139. A roundtrip is $302.

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months that you can transfer to United miles, Singapore miles, Southwest points, British Airways miles, or use for 1.5 cents each toward any flight, hotel, or car rentals.

Plus the card offers $300 in credits toward any travel purchase each calendar year, which is $600 in your first 12 months of cardmembership, $100 toward Global Entry, and worldwide lounge access. Basically it's the best credit card ever, even with a $450 annual fee.

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