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JetBlue Is Changing Up Its 3x Amazon Rewards Deal via TrueBlue Bonus Points

by on Fri March 16, 2018 • 4 Comments
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JetBlue dealt a blow to members of its TrueBlue loyalty program this week. In an email sent to cardmembers March 13, the carrier announced a big cutback in its points partnership with Amazon. TrueBlue members can still earn 3 points for every $1 spent on Amazon.com — but now only while using Fly-Fi, JetBlue’s high-speed inflight internet. That means any Amazon shopping they do on the ground won’t pack any extra reward benefit.

TrueBlue members can continue to earn triple points for ground and Fly-Fi purchases until March 27.

“Starting March 27, 2018, earning points will be restricted to purchases in eligible categories while on Fly-Fi and logged in as a TrueBlue member during JetBlue flights,” said spokesman Morgan Johnston confirmed in an email to CompareCards.

The popular program, which the company rolled out in December 2016, originally allowed TrueBlue members shopping at this special Amazon.com link to earn 3 points for every eligible $1 spent whether they were in the air or on the ground. Plus you could get an extra point — for a total of 4 points per $1 spent — if you used the JetBlue Card* for your purchases.

With or without the JetBlue Card, the program was seen as a great way for TrueBlue members to boost their points totals while doing their usual shopping at Amazon.com, especially since there were no limits on how many points you could accumulate. There were only a few non-eligible items, including products sold through the Amazon Appstore for Android, items on fresh.amazon.com, restaurant takeout, Amazon gift cards or digital Kindle product purchased as a subscription.


Not surprisingly, customers weren’t thrilled with the change but it isn’t uncommon for credit issuers to make changes to their rewards programs. At a time when rewards offers are more generous than ever, we have seen other credit card issuers, such as Chase and Discover, roll back lucrative rewards offerings not long after debuting them.


Still a good deal for JetBlue flyers

But the news is not all bad for TrueBlue members. They will still be able to get the bonus 3 points per $1 spent while on a flight. If you happen to be flying from New York to San Francisco, that’s plenty of time to do your Amazon shopping and get those bonus points.

The Amazon partnership not only includes the 3X TrueBlue points program, but also allows Prime members to use their devices to access movies and television programs on Amazon Video. Once you’re done shopping, you can relax and binge watch shows or movies on Prime Video if you’re a member or surf JetBlue’s free DirecTV channels.
Amazon, Vice, Time Inc. and the Travel Channel are among the partners that help sponsor JetBlue’s robust in-flight wifi service, FlyFi, which makes it free for all customers.
JetBlue is always working with its partners to explore promotions to benefit its customers, said Johnston.

“Our focus is on delivering a great on-board experience for our customers, who are welcome to use our free high-speed Fly-Fi on board to surf, shop, and continue to earn 3 TrueBlue points per eligible dollar spent on Amazon purchases when logged on to Fly-Fi as a TrueBlue member during JetBlue flights,” he told CompareCards.

If you want to earn the extra points while you still can, head over to the special TrueBlue Amazon website and shop on the ground to get the 3 bonus points before the deal ends on March 26.

Alternatives for earning points on Amazon

Amazon has two cards — the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card and the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card — that allow you to earn points while shopping on the site. Neither card has an annual fee, although you do have to join Amazon Prime, at $99 a year (or $49 a year if you’re a student) for the Prime Visa card. You can get an instant $70 Amazon gift card once you’re approved for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card, which helps offset the Prime membership fee. You get a $50 gift card upon being approved for the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card.

The Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card gives you 5% points at Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market, while the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card gives you 3% points. Both cards give you 2% at restaurants, gas stations and drugstores and 1% on all other purchases. You can use those points — 100 for every $1 — for purchases at Amazon.com. You can also redeem the points through the Chase Ultimate Rewards® website for travel, gift cards, cash back, experiences and more.

The information related to the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card and the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card has been collected by CompareCards.com and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card.

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Benét J. Wilson is Associate Editor, Credit Cards at MileCards.com. She's also the founder of Aviation Queen LLC, an aviation/travel writing, multimedia and consulting business.

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4 thoughts on JetBlue Is Changing Up Its 3x Amazon Rewards Deal via TrueBlue Bonus Points

  1. Tom

    Sorry, but this is not “changing up” its Amazon deal, it is effectively killing it. Tell it how it is, be a straight shooter, don’t try to sugar coat it.

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