JetBlue has a very exciting promotion running, generating tons of buzz going after customers with points in a Virgin America account.
They will match whatever balance is in your Virgin America Elevate account by July 4 (up to 50,001 points but and in some cases matched better than 1:1) if you register and take a single roundtrip with them by August 31.
While I’m sure they didn’t intend for folks to go out and secure Virgin America points just to be eligible to participate – buying points, transferring them in from Citibank, American Express, or Starwood – it shows just how big a deal the offer is — the kind of excitement that JetBlue can be proud of.
By transferring points to Virgin America for a balance of 50,001 or more and taking one roundtrip you’ll get those 50,000 Virgin America points plus 75,000 JetBlue points. At a value of 1.4 cents apiece, 75,000 JetBlue points are worth over $1000.
Dan’s Deals yesterday flagged problems that some people were reporting registering for the promo, and suggested that JetBlue had “added a clause [to their terms and conditions] that the points must have been earned via Virgin America flights.” Several commenters mentioned similar problems registering.
So I reached out to JetBlue’s Director of Loyalty Marketing who confirmed for me that:
- There have been no changes to the terms and conditions of the promotion
- There is no requirement to have points from flying in your Virgin America account
He tells me that he shared my note with customer support to reinforce this message as well, and invites folks to reach out to them if there has been a denial in error.
My sense is that there may have been some confusion here as JetBlue wanted to ensure the submissions they received were real, not like someone who wanted help doctoring a screen shot. Send a full screenshot taken from a desktop as an attachment to be safe.
Virgin America points are worthwhile, the JetBlue points will be great for paid airfare, I really love this one. And remember:
- Their ‘Mint’ product is fantastic on premium routes, at a fair price
- JetBlue points don’t expire and they offer family pooling of points
- They have reasonable change fees