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Bill Randell’s FlyORH: A JetBlue TrueBlue Member Speaks His Mind

Thursday, July 11, 2013

 

This week's column is an interview with Jose Pereira. I have never actually met him, but feel like I know him through many years of blogging and Tweeting about the Worcester Airport. (If anyone want to ask him a question, it's @pereira4785.)

As a new TrueBlue Member, are you satisfied with the JetBlue frequent flier program?

Really can’t answer yet. Only been a member 4 or 5 months but I have never heard of a frequent flier program that has points that never expire! In fact I had a conversation with @airfarewatchdog two weeks ago, who was surprised to hear this also.

Did you apply for the JetBlue AmEx card and take advantage of the initial promotion to get 20,000 points, if you charge $1,000 over the first three months?

Yes and yes.

Recently took a trip out of Boston to San Juan with JetBlue, did you use any TrueBlue points?

No, but I did earn approximately 20,000 more points with JetBlue website getaway package which credits you 8 points for each dollar spent, including the car rental. I want to visit the Sequoia National Park in California. I should be pretty close to having enough points to pay for the flight. Just pay cash for the taxes. I do have other flight plans with a friend who never flown before to Philly, and an England winter trip, I plan on using my card.

Are you planning a trip back to San Juan?

We agreed while in the San Juan airport that we should return for a long weekend this winter, but stay in San Juan. After looking at the prices between Boston and Worcester, it is about half the price to fly from Worcester, but it will take longer due to the lay-over in Fort Lauderdale. That's fine if we save hundreds on the price of the flight, plus we don't need take the MBTA, pay for a taxi, or find a friend to do it. My girlfriend lives about a 15-minute drive from the airport.

Anything I missed?

  • The flight to San Juan was delayed 4 hours in Boston. Don't know if JetBlue did this for everyone, or because I tweeted to them, but I was given a $100 credit to be used in the next 12 months. Not bad since I do plan on flying again.
  • Anyone who flies out of Logan or one of the other focus cities and owns an iPhone, you can download the JetBlue app, download your boarding pass which JetBlue scans off your phone.
  • Flying over the Atlantic to San Juan, you will lose Direct TV, but the in-flight movie was good. You may want to keep that in mind.

An update on TrueBlue cheat notes:

  • Earn 8 per points per dollar spent with JetBlue Getaway Vacation Packages.
  • Earn 6 points per dollar spent on tickets that you by for yourself booked on-line.
  • If you books tickets over the phone, you only earn 3 points and are charged $20 person per flight.
  • If you use your JetBlue Amex card, you earn approximately one point for each dollar spent. Eight points, when you buy JetBlue tickets.
  • JetBlue has a currently has a great promotion. If you open a JetBlue AmEx card and spend $1,000 over the first 3 months, you will get a 20,000 TrueBlue points.
  • Points never expire
  • No blackouts
  • You do not earn points for tickets that you by for someone else. If you are buying tickets for children, open TrueBlue account for them.

 

Bill Randell is the President of Advantage Benefits, an insurance brokerage house specializing in employee benefits with an emphasis on health insurance, based in Worcester since 1992. He can be contacted at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter (@FlyORH).

 

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