Does JetBlue 3X at Amazon Still Work? TravelSort reader Alex writes “Does JetBlue TrueBlue still earn 3X at Amazon? I haven't seen any points post since late January, even though it's now March, and I've clicked through from JetBlue to make Amazon purchases in February. Seems to be taking longer for points to post.”
I was beginning to wonder the same thing, since until today my most recent Amazon shopping points that posted to JetBlue TrueBlue were from January 22.
JetBlue Points Post About 30 Days After the Shipping Date
Keep in mind that JetBlue points don't post anywhere near immediately after you place your order. Amazon Prime may take just 2 days for free shipping, but it takes about a full month for points from your Amazon purchases to post to your JetBlue TrueBlue account, if tracked correctly. Just today, my purchases that shipped Feb. 6 and Feb. 7 posted:
Be Sure You're Clicking Through JetBlue EACH Time
Early on, when the program was just launched, I made the mistake of thinking the unique link was static and could be bookmarked. Not so. Each time, you need to go to the JetBlue Amazon link, login to TrueBlue, and click through to your Amazon account.
Don't Pre-Add Items to Your Shopping Cart
Only items that you add to your Amazon shopping cart and purchase within 24 hours of having clicked on your unique TrueBlue Amazon link are eligible to earn points. That means you don't want to have any items in your shopping cart already, before clicking on the link.
Make Sure Cookies Are Enabled on Your Web Browser
The tracking only works if cookies are enabled on your browser, so if you've opted out of cookies your purchases won't be tracked and you won't receive points.
Don't Use the Amazon Mobile App
While most companies are trying to get you to download and do more with their app, here's a case where you'll want to stick with your laptop or desktop, or at least ensure that you're using a Web browser on your phone to shop through Amazon, since there's no tracking from the JetBlue TrueBlue link to the Amazon mobile app.
Some Amazon Items Are Not Eligible to Earn TrueBlue Points
Note that some Amazon purchases don't earn TrueBlue points:
- Products or services sold on a site linked to from Amazon (e.g., a product or service listed through our “Product Ads” program or sold on a site linked to from a banner ad, sponsored link, or other link displayed on the Amazon Site);
- Any wireless service plan offered through the Amazon Site and not sold or fulfilled by Amazon
- Any product sold through the Amazon Appstore for Android;
- Any product sold on fresh.amazon.com
- Restaurant takeout
- Amazon Gift Cards
- Any alcoholic beverage
- Any digital Kindle product purchased as a subscription (e.g., Kindle newspaper subscriptions, magazine subscriptions, blog subscriptions, etc.);
- Any free trial subscription
- Any purchases made through an Amazon Business Account
Earn an Additional 5X Ultimate Rewards Points on Amazon Spend
Don't forget that in addition to 3X JetBlue points, if you have an Ink Cash (or an old Ink Plus) business card, you can earn 5X Ultimate Rewards points per dollar of Amazon spend. Just purchase Amazon gift cards from an office supply store, earning 5X on the purchase, and load them into your Amazon account, and the gift card balance will automatically be used for your Amazon spend.
If you've activated your Chase Freedom 5X, you can also currently earn 5X at Staples or other office supply stores that accept Apple Pay to buy those same Amazon gift cards, thanks to the current 5X on Apple Pay for Q1 2018, for up to $1500 per card for the quarter, until March 31, 2018.
As long as you have an Ultimate Rewards-linked card, you can transfer points out to Ultimate Rewards partners such as Korean SkyPass, Singapore KrisFlyer, United MileagePlus, Iberia Plus, Air France/KLM Flying Blue, etc.
Unfortunately for Alex, Amazon and JetBlue do not provide points retroactively, so the best thing to do is to read the tips above and ensure that you're following them so that your purchases do earn points.
Have you had any issues with points from Amazon shopping posting to your JetBlue TrueBlue account?
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