3/27/2018 Update: This deal is no longer active. Details here.
I was doing my online reading rounds the other day, and happened upon an article by one of my favorite travel bloggers, Lucky from One Mile At A Time. He was talking about how the Amazon Credit Card now offers 5% back at Whole
Paycheck Foods. So as I kept on perusing on down to the comments, I broke into a spontaneous happy dance upon learning that one of my shopping dilemmas was solved by a commenter by the name of Pete H. The problem is how to reliably use a shopping portal to get rewards out of buying at Amazon.
Here’s a solution: the Jetblue Amazon shopping portal.
What Are Online Shopping Portals?
Online shopping portals are just sites that link to online stores. When you click on the link, you get a benefit if you buy something at the store. For example, if you use Ebates (which I highly recommend), you can get cash back just by shopping like you normally would, so long as you’ve activated Ebates beforehand either via their portal or browser extension.
There’s all sorts of portals, from cash back to airline and hotel points and miles. For example, here’s the one for American Airlines, called AAdvantage Eshopping:
The Problem With Amazon and Most Online Shopping Portals
In a couple of words: reliability and consistency. It’s notoriously hard to use portals together with Amazon, because, although some (but not many) can work, they tend to be category-specific. What I mean by that is that the benefits only apply within certain categories of products, so it’s much harder than just going through the portal and buying whatever you need.
Take, for example, the portal for Swagbucks. It has a specific disclaimer warning that it only works with certain categories.
Oy, what a pain! There’s gotta be a better way!
Enter the Jetblue Amazon Shopping Portal
As I found out, Jetblue actually has a reliable shopping portal whereby you can click through and earn 3 Jetblue TrueBlue points for almost every dollar you spend on Amazon. Those are points in Jetblue’s frequent flier program which never expire, and which you can redeem for travel on Jetblue, including its amazing Mint Business Class. The value of Jetblue TrueBlue points is 1.3 cents each, per The Points Guy’s February 2018 valuations.
So, by using the portal, you are getting a value of around 3.9% back. Yay!
And, there are only a few restrictions. You can’t use the Amazon mobile app (since you have to click through the portal), and a few purchases, such as gift cards, are excluded.
But other than that, its pretty much a straight 3 points per dollar!
How to Easily Use the Jetblue Amazon Shopping Portal
To take advantage of this Amazon Trueblue deal, first, create a JetBlue Trueblue account, if you don’t already have one. Make sure to save your login credentials in your web browser in order to make logging in quick and easy.
Next, bookmark this URL in your web browser.
Finally, when you want to shop, just go to the bookmarked site, and click “shop and earn” to take you to Amazon:
Sometimes, it gets a little finicky, and the bookmark doesn’t take you directly to the Amazon link page. In that case, log in and then click on “our partners” in the left sidebar, and then on Amazon:
And that’s it! On to free points!
(By the way, this should stack with any coupon codes you may have, and will also stack with any credit card rewards you get from your credit card issuer, so you can double (or triple) dip).
In my book, every little thing adds up. Getting 3 Jetblue Trueblue points for most every dollar you spend on Amazon may not be life-changing, but it gets you that much closer to your next getaway. So click on through that portal, rack up those points, and pack your bags!
How does this Amazon Trueblue deal sound to you? Do you fly Jetblue?