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If you follow many of the travel blogs, you’ll have probably heard of the recent promotion that JetBlue is offering, where they will match (PLUS some) any balance that you have in your Virgin America Elevate account.  I assume this is an attempt to woo Virgin America travelers who may not be happy with the airline’s upcoming purchase by Alaska Airlines.

Jet Blue / Virgin America Promotion details

You can look at the full details of the promotion here.  Basically, it’s fairly simple though – based on however many Virgin America Elevate points you have, Jet Blue will give you a certain amount of JetBlue TrueBlue points


Note that this is not a point TRANSFER – it’s just a straight out GIFT from JetBlue.  One other thing I’ll mention is that I have heard talk of some unscrupulous folks trying to somehow photoshop or alter their Elevate point balance in order to reach the maximum value.  While I realize sometimes these types of deals involve grey area, to me at least, that would be straight out wrong.

Depending on how many Virgin America points you have, some people have talked about transferring in points from SPG or Citi ThankYou points

The only other thing that you have to do is book and fly a roundtrip JetBlue flight by August 31st.  Note that you have to book the flight AFTER you successfully register for the promotion.  Miles to Memories has some additional details on the promotion.

Why I’m passing up on the 75,000 TruBlue points (~$1050 in value)

I thought long and hard about doing it, since 75,000 TrueBlue points has a value of somewhere around $1,050.  In the end, I’ve decided I’m going to pass

I liked Free-quent Flyer’s take – “let me gently remind my readers that the point of travel hacking is not to accumulate as many points as possible in as many programs as possible, but rather to pay for the trips you actually want to take, while spending as little money as possible”

And the fact of the matter is, not only would the requirement to take a JetBlue flight be fairly onerous for me (closest airports would be CLE or PIT, both 3-4 hour drives just to GET there), even then the points themselves would not be as useful, since I’d have to make my way to a JetBlue served city in order to USE them.

Did you enroll in the JetBlue point match?  Is my reasoning way off?

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