Transfer Times to JetBlue from AMEX Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You Points & Chase Ultimate Rewards

Good morning everyone.  A few days ago, Frequent Miler wrote a post that Citi Thank You Points Transfers to JetBlue were getting better (1,000 : 1,000 transfers), so I wanted to check out transfer times from all the major credit card programs.  I wrote a similar post about Transfer Times to KLM / Air France and Transfer Times to Singapore Airlines.  I tested transfers from American Express Membership Rewards Points, Citi Thank You Points, and Chase Ultimate Rewards Points.  I was going to try a transfer from Marriott Rewards to JetBlue, but the conversion was so bad, I couldn’t do it (see the screenshots below).  JetBlue TrueBlue Points do not have a fixed value and they can range in value from 1 cent up to 2.5 cents, if you find the right redemption.  In some cases, you are better off paying for JetBlue travel than redeeming JetBlue TrueBlue Points.

But with that said, sometimes it makes sense to transfer points into your JetBlue account.  I started with a transfer from American Express Membership Rewards Points since you can transfer in 250 point increments.  Unfortunately, since JetBlue is an American airline, American Express charges a fee for the transfer, either 30 Membership Rewards Points or 15 cents.  The amount of the fee varies depending on the number of points you transfer.

For this test, I paid 15 cents to convert 250 American Express Membership Rewards Points into 250 JetBlue TrueBlue Points.

Up next, I converted 1,000 Citi Thank You Points into 1,000 JetBlue TrueBlue Points.

This transfer did not cost anything, thank you Citi.

Up next, I converted 2,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points into 2,000 JetBlue TrueBlue Points.

That transfer was very easy and didn’t cost any money either.

Lastly, I looked into transferring Marriott Rewards Points into airline miles and found the exchange rate was 6 Marriott Rewards Points = 1 JetBlue TrueBlue Point.  That conversion ratio is ugly!

The minimum transfer amount was 3,000 Marriott Rewards Points and I would only get 500 JetBlue TrueBlue Points, so I bailed on this transfer.  It was just too bad to test.

I did the 3 transfers above roughly 1 minute after each other and then refreshed my JetBlue account.  I didn’t even need to sign out and sign back in to see the points post to my JetBlue account.  All 3 transfers posted instantly, but the category tag, activity name, and details for each transfer were different.  That is really strange.  It looks like Citi bought the points for me.  I also wonder if the transfer from Chase will count toward Mosaic status.

If you have any questions about transfers to JetBlue, please leave a comment below.  Have a great day everyone!

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