JetBlue launched the ability to use points+cash on award redemptions today.
For example if you want to fly from LaGuardia to Orlando on August 19 it would cost $38.10 in basic economy or $53.10 in economy.
Unfortunately JetBlue doesn’t give the option to book a basic economy tickets with points, so an award cost 3,300 points+$5.60, a value of 1.44 cents per point compared to a paid regular economy ticket, but a value of just 0.98 cents per point compared to a paid basic economy ticket.
When you select a points redemption you’ll be given the option to select a points+cash combo, which also only has a regular economy option.
- For this redemption options include:
- 500 points+$48.60
- 1,000 points+$44.10
- 1,500 points+$39.60
- 2,000 points+$35.10
- 2,500 points+$30.60
- 3,000 points+$26.10
- 3,299 points+$23.41
- 3,300 points+$5.60 (traditional redemption option)
Those numbers represent a value of just 0.9 cents per point compared to a paid regular economy ticket, a full 0.54 cents less value per point compared to a traditional award ticket. That’s a truly terrible value and you should pretty much always transfer points from AMEX, Capital One, Chase Citi, or Marriott to JetBlue to avoid using points+cash.
I found the same value of 0.9 cents per point on other routes with points+cash.
If you would otherwise book basic economy then the value per point dips into negative territory.
Thanks, but no thanks JetBlue!