As reported by Award Wallet, you can now book at least some Qatar Airways flights with JetBlue TrueBlue points. This launches on the heels of Qatar temporarily enabling redemptions of Qatar Avios on JetBlue last week (which they later took away and brought back at much higher award prices). So far, it looks like one-way flights to Doha cost 34,000 TrueBlue points in economy class or 70,000 TrueBlue points in business class, which both represent very good value for JetBlue points.
- JetBlue TrueBlue members can now book Qatar Airways flights using JetBlue TrueBlue points. Prices vary based on distance and seem to start at 34K in economy or 70K in business class from the US to Doha and then increase based on how far you continue from Doha.
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JetBlue TrueBlue points have long been a more or less fixed-value currency. The addition of the ability to book Qatar Airways flights using TrueBlue points based on what appear to be relatively fixed award costs adds a way for TrueBlue members to get outstanding value for their points.
That said, JetBlue isn’t going to offer better value than other currencies like American Airlines miles or British Airways or Qatar Avios (at least on routes loaded thus far). JetBlue is charging the same 70,000 points one-way from the US to Doha in business class that you’ll pay through British Airways or Qatar. Longer itineraries cost more points. JT Genter at Award Wallet has more on example prices on various routes.
Award Wallet reports that not all Qatar Airways routes are yet bookable and JetBlue doesn’t appear to have access to more award space than American Airlines, but this nonetheless adds another way to redeem points for Qatar flights and could be very exciting news for anyone with a lot of JetBlue points.