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JetBlue now lets you transfer miles to anyone…with some limits

by on Thu October 10, 2013 • 2 Comments

JetBlueOne of the most frustrating things about miles and points is not quite having enough points in your own account to redeem a free trip, but having miles laying around in the accounts of friends and family who want to help out but can’t transfer them to you.

British Airways gets around this by offering household accounts, where you designate members of your household to pool your points with.

Chase Ultimate Rewards lets you transfer your points to other family members who share your billing address, which includes United and Southwest miles accounts

American Express Membership rewards points also let you transfer to the airline accounts of others, including JetBlue, Delta, and British Airways.

But U.S. airlines haven’t allowed transfers from their own mile accounts to friends and family without substantial fees that often make it not worth the expense.

Until now…

JetBlue has announced ‘Family Pooling’ of points, and here’s how it works.

  • First you designate yourself a ‘head of household.’ Anyone over 21 years old can do this.
  • Then, you select up to 2 adults and / or up to 5 children under 21 to be members of your ‘household.’ The good news is they don’t have to live with you and don’t have to be legal family members. Friends can be family too.
  • Once you’ve selected them, you have one chance to transfer as many miles as you’d like from the household members’ accounts into the ‘head of household’ account free of charge, no fees involved.
  • Then, you have to designate what % of future points earned you want pooled into the family account from each member. Each member of the ‘household’ must deposit at least 10% of earned miles during the year to the pooled account.

Here are the catches…

  • You can only change these designations ONCE PER YEAR, starting on the anniversary of the date the family account was formed
  • You can only join one ‘family’ so once you’ve joined one you are locked in. If you choose to leave the family account the points you contributed will stay with the family account, and you can’t join another family account for ONE YEAR.

You can learn more about family pooling here from JetBlue and apply for a family account here.

While JetBlue points can’t be used for big exotic international first class trips, they are valuable for the flights JetBlue flies, with points often worth nearly 2 cents a piece, a good deal overall.You can also use JetBlue points to fly in first class on JetBlue flights that have its new ‘Mint’ premium cabin service. It’s also a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards.

But a tip is that Membership Rewards points can be transferred to anyone’s JetBlue account with no need to create a family account.



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2 thoughts on JetBlue now lets you transfer miles to anyone…with some limits

  1. Chrissy

    My sister needs to fly to another state because our cousin is on life support and wanted to know how can I help her with my points


      @Chrissy – Sorry to hear about that. You can book tickets for anyone you’d like with your points. Just enter her name as the passenger.


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