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Deal alert: Cheap TrueBlue redemptions for spring break trips

If you’re in the market for a warm-weather destination in the final weeks of winter or plotting a spring break trip, you may want to check your stash of JetBlue TrueBlue points.

JetBlue is offering some pretty intriguing late winter and early spring deals to places like Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

In some cases, you may be able to find a one-way flight to a destination like Cancun, Mexico, or Aruba for as little as 4,000 TrueBlue points.

You may need to act quickly: Some of the best award availability — at least at this price point — falls over the next couple of weeks.

In fact, if your weekend plans this weekend are free, you may be able to snag a last-minute ticket to somewhere warm … and near the ocean.

Sunset on the beach in Turks and Caicos. SEAN CUDAHY/THE POINTS GUY

Deal basics 

Airline: JetBlue

Routes: New York to various destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America

Travel dates: February through March, April or May, depending on the route

How to book: Directly with the airline

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Advice for this deal

In keeping with the nature of dynamic pricing, JetBlue’s award pricing fluctuates from one day to the next and from one route to the next.

However, what we found are TrueBlue prices that are generally trending in the 4,000- to 7,000-point range one-way.

Most of the availability is for the New York City area, though if you live in New England or South Florida, you may want to plug in some destinations out of JetBlue hubs Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and see what you can find.

Specifically, in New York, the best deals seemed to be out of John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), so if you’re open to flying from either, just put “New York City” as your origin instead of a specific airport.

Finally, because this deal is fairly widespread, we recommend casting a wide net and plugging in various destinations JetBlue serves in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America to see what appeals to you.

Sample flights

Here’s an example of a round-trip flight from JFK to Cancun International Airport (CUN) in early March that’s currently available. It’s priced at 4,100 TrueBlue points in each direction.

TPG values TrueBlue points at 1.4 cents per point, so the value of that 8,200-point round-trip itinerary is around $114.


Considering Jamaica? Here’s one-way pricing out of EWR to Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay starting at 5,800 points.


That comes to 11,600 points round trip.

You can also score a one-way flight from JFK to Providenciales International Airport (PLS) in Turks and Caicos for only 7,500 points.


And for 6,100 points, you could fly nonstop from EWR to Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) in Aruba.


Keep in mind that with JetBlue, the prices for the outbound and return trips are priced separately, so you may find the award pricing is higher on the return trip or vice versa.

Deals to Europe and in Mint

In addition to warm-weather, spring break-type destinations, you may want to run some searches for JetBlue’s slate of transatlantic flights.

Here’s a one-way option from JFK to London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) for next month for 23,700 points. Comparatively impressive is the 93,700-point one-way pricing in JetBlue’s lie-flat Mint cabin.


Again, be sure to check the pricing in both directions before you get your hopes up too high.

Maximize your purchase

Though you’ll pay for the bulk of your purchase with TrueBlue points, you will have to pay the taxes and fees.

If you book this deal, use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases. Frequent JetBlue flyers can use the JetBlue Plus Card for 6 points per dollar spent on eligible JetBlue purchases, the JetBlue Card for 3 points per dollar spent on eligible JetBlue purchases or the JetBlue Business Card for 6 points per dollar spent on eligible JetBlue purchases.

Otherwise, try The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar spent on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year, then 1 point per dollar), the Citi Premier® Card (3 points per dollar spent on air travel; see rates and fees), the Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar spent on airfare), the American Express® Gold Card (3 points per dollar spent on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through amextravel.com) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar spent on travel).

The information for the JetBlue Plus Card, JetBlue Card and JetBlue Business Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line


If you’re itching to plan a late winter or early spring getaway and have been waiting for the right opportunity to use some TrueBlue points, now may be your opportunity.

Hop on the airline’s booking site, and run a few searches for February, March or even April and May to some destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America you’ve been hoping to visit. You may be able to find a redemption for just a few thousand points each way.

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