The JetBlue TrueBlue program is one of the simplest airline loyalty programs out there. The program’s TrueBlue points are extremely easy to earn and redeem, and all reservations booked with points are fully refundable.
Similar to the Southwest Rapid Rewards program, there are no blackout dates, you can always use your points as long as there’s a seat available and the number of points required to book a seat is loosely tied to the fare price.
JetBlue TrueBlue points also never expire and a unique benefit allows you to pool points with other friends and family members.
Let’s dive into how you can earn and redeem TrueBlue points, as well as an overview of the levels of elite status in the program.
If you’re looking to grow your JetBlue TrueBlue points balance, earning points is incredibly easy. As with most airline programs, you’ll not only earn points by flying with JetBlue, but also by taking part in partner activities, such as shopping online and dining out.
But before you begin, you’ll need to enroll in the JetBlue TrueBlue program. There’s no cost to be a member and enrollment takes just a moment.
There are a few different ways to earn JetBlue points while flying, but the main way is to earn points on a paid fare. You’ll earn points based on four components: the ticket price, the fare class, how you book your flight and your elite status.
Before jumping into how many points you’ll earn, note that JetBlue offers five different fare classes: Blue Basic, Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Extra and Mint. While Mint fares will book you into Jetblue’s premium-cabin seat, all of the other fares are traditional economy-class seats. However, they all offer their own perks, such as included luggage, waived change fees and advance seat selection.
Blue Basic fares will earn you one point per dollar spent, while all other fares booked will earn you three points per dollar spent. Then, as long as you book your flight directly with JetBlue, your points will be doubled. So a Blue Basic fare will earn two points per dollar spent when booking direct, while all other fares will earn six points per dollar spent.
Those with elite status — Mosaic or Mosaic+ — will also earn an additional three points per dollar spent, regardless of fare class.
If you put it all together, this means you can earn anywhere between one point per dollar spent all the way up to nine points per dollar spent.
For example, if you’re a regular member booking a Blue Basic fare that costs $60 pre-tax (since you don’t earn points on government taxes and fees), you’ll earn 120 JetBlue TrueBlue points. However, if that same flight costs $100 pre-tax for the Blue fare, you’ll earn 600 points — assuming you’re booking directly with JetBlue.
JetBlue then also runs incentives for its members to fly more. With these bonus opportunities, you can earn the following:
- Take 3 Bonus: Earn 5,000 bonus points when you purchase and fly three round-trip JetBlue flights in the calendar year.
- Lucky 7 Bonus: Earn 7,000 bonus points when you purchase and fly seven round-trip JetBlue flights in the calendar year.
- Go Long Bonus: Earn 10,000 bonus points when you purchase and fly 10 one-way JetBlue flights that are 1,600 miles or more in the calendar year.
In addition to earning points with your JetBlue flights, you can also earn with JetBlue Vacations and Paisly by JetBlue, allowing you to earn JetBlue points on vacation packages, hotels, car rentals and even activities while traveling.
And lastly, you can earn extra points by reserving an Even More Space seat on your flight or taking your pet with you on a JetBlue flight. Even More Space seats — which give you 7 inches of extra legroom, early boarding and access to a fast lane at the security checkpoint — will give you an extra 200 JetBlue TrueBlue points. And, if you’re paying the extra fee to bring a pet on board with you, that’ll earn an extra 300 JetBlue TrueBlue points.
Earn JetBlue TrueBlue points with a co-branded credit card
One of the easiest ways to earn JetBlue TrueBlue points is by opening — and using — a JetBlue co-branded credit card. There are three cards that allow you to earn points through a welcome bonus offer and your everyday spend: the JetBlue Card, JetBlue Plus Card and JetBlue Business Card.
The JetBlue Card is JetBlue’s no-annual-fee card that’ll earn you three points per dollar spent on JetBlue purchases, two points at restaurants and eligible grocery stores and one point on all other purchases. New card members will also earn 10,000 points after spending $1,000 on the card within the first 90 days. The main benefit of this card is that there are no foreign transaction fees, which isn’t always the case with cards that don’t carry an annual fee.
The JetBlue Plus Card and JetBlue Business Card both extend many more benefits, but both also come with a $99 annual fee. With both of these cards, you’ll earn six points per dollar spent on JetBlue purchases, two points at restaurants and then one point on all other purchases. With the JetBlue Plus Card, you’ll also earn two points per dollar at restaurants, while with the Business Card, you’ll earn two points per dollar at office supply stores. You’ll also receive 5,000 points on your account anniversary, which is worth about $65, according to frequent flyer website The Points Guy’s valuations of TrueBlue points at 1.3 cents each.
Both the JetBlue Plus Card and Business Card extend complimentary first checked bags for the primary card member and up to three companions on the same reservation. You’ll also receive a $100 statement credit when you make a purchase of $100 or more through JetBlue Vacations, a 10% rebate on all points redeemed, no foreign transaction fees and 50% in-flight savings on eligible food and drink purchases. Additionally, if you spend $50,000 on either of the cards in a given calendar year, you can automatically earn Mosaic status without stepping foot on a plane. Or, if you have incredibly large credit card spend, you can earn Mosaic+ status with $150,000 spent on either card in a calendar year.
JetBlue partners with many airlines — both domestic and international — which means you can credit your flights with those partners to JetBlue instead of earning points in the airline’s own loyalty program. Although you can only redeem your JetBlue points with Hawaiian Airlines (and, coming soon, American Airlines), you can earn TrueBlue points with the following airlines: American Airlines, Emirates, Hawaiian Airlines, Icelandair, JetSuites X, Qatar Airways, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines and South African Airways.
The amount of points you’ll earn with each partner depends on the cabin fare and booking class with the respective airline. Each partner credits points slightly differently, but you can check to see the number of JetBlue points you’ll earn with a partner reservation here.
Additionally, select car rentals and hotel stays will also earn you JetBlue points. For example, when renting an Avis or Budget rental car at a participating location, you can earn 100 TrueBlue points (200 points for Mosaic or Mosaic+ members). Meanwhile, stays at IHG properties will earn you up to two points per dollar spent (stays at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas earn a flat 500 TrueBlue points per stay).
Earn JetBlue TrueBlue points by shopping and dining out
If you aren’t flying JetBlue often, there are still many options to grow a healthy TrueBlue account balance.
JetBlue offers a shopping portal and dining program, which allow you to earn points with your everyday spending. With the shopping portal, you’re able to earn points for both online and in-store purchases (as long as you link your credit card) at participating merchants. And for those who love to shop at Amazon, you can earn JetBlue points when physically flying on a JetBlue plane and connecting to the free Fly-Fi in-flight Wi-Fi network. You’ll earn three points per dollar spent on Amazon while in flight, so if you make a $50 purchase at Amazon, this could result in an extra 150 JetBlue TrueBlue points.
With the airline’s dining program, you’ll earn one point per dollar spent at a participating restaurant, but you’ll need to link your debit or credit card to JetBlue’s dining program in advance. Additionally, there are times when new members can earn bonus points for dining out within a certain number of days from enrolling in the program.
JetBlue has a semi-fixed redemption program where the number of points required to redeem for a free flight is directly tied to the price of the ticket. This makes redeeming your points extremely simple and straightforward and allows you to redeem points for any flight without having to worry about blackout dates or capacity controls. In short, as long as a seat is available to pay with cash, you can always use your points — they’re typically worth around 1.3 cents apiece.
To see the number of points required when searching for a flight, you can easily toggle between “TrueBlue points” or “Dollars” under the Payment Options section.
When using points, all three fare options are fully refundable, which means if you need to cancel for any reason before the flight departs, your points will be deposited right back into your account without any fee. However, the taxes and fees paid will go into your JetBlue Travel Bank and will expire a year from when they are deposited. Even though the credits aren’t transferable to another person’s JetBlue TrueBlue account, they can be used to book a ticket in any passenger’s name.
The main difference between a Blue and Blue Extra fare is that a Blue Extra fare allows you to switch your flight the same day for no fee and extends early boarding benefits. Both fare classes charge baggage fees, unless you have Mosaic or Mosaic+ status or an eligible JetBlue credit card.
JetBlue also offers points pooling where you can pool your points with up to seven friends and family members. This allows you to combine your points to redeem for free flights easier and faster. This is great for families as they can track their overall account balance easier and can redeem for a flight on a single reservation. However, you are required to contribute 100% of your points earned, so you’ll only want to pool your points with friends and family members that you trust.
If you’re low on points, fortunately, JetBlue offers a Cash + Points option where you can essentially “buy” the remaining points required to redeem for your free flight. There is no fixed value at the rate you are purchasing the points, but ultimately, the more points you apply to cover the cost of the ticket, the more expensive the remaining points cost to purchase.
For example, a round-trip itinerary costs 320,000 points, but there are only 280,661 points in your account. JetBlue will allow you to use the full amount of points, but you are paying close to 2 cents a point for the amount remaining — as you’re being charged $761.52 for 39,339 points. This is a premium cost per point and only worth it if you are shy just a few points.
As of time of publication, you can only redeem JetBlue points on Hawaiian Airlines. However, with American Airlines and JetBlue’s newly announced partnership, you’ll soon be able to use your TrueBlue points on American Airlines as well.
For Hawaiian Airlines flights, there’s a region-based award chart for redeeming your TrueBlue points. For example, a one-way flight from the West Coast to Hawaii in economy will cost 22,000 JetBlue points, while a one-way flight from the East Coast will cost 30,000 points. This can actually be a great redemption opportunity, depending on flight costs and availability.
To redeem your JetBlue TrueBlue points on a Hawaiian Airlines flight, you’ll have to call JetBlue directly, as this can’t be done online.
The JetBlue TrueBlue program comes with two levels of elite status: Mosaic and Mosaic+. The latter of the two was just introduced in December 2021, and gives frequent flyers even more benefits when flying with JetBlue.
Earning JetBlue’s Mosaic status and benefits
JetBlue’s Mosaic status has been around for years — and until recently, was the only level of elite status. In 2022, the status levels are going back to normal pre-pandemic requirements, but a few new benefits have been added.
There are three different ways to earn Mosaic status:
- Earn 15,000 Mosaic qualifying points
- Earn 12,000 Mosaic qualifying points + fly 30 segments
- Spend $50,000 on purchases with either the JetBlue Plus Credit Card or JetBlue Business Credit Card within the calendar year
Mosaic qualifying points are earned from flying JetBlue on a paid fare, JetBlue Vacations packages and Paisly reservations. And with the new JetBlue and American Airlines partnership, you can earn qualifying points on American Airlines-operated flights as well.
Once you earn Mosaic status, you’ll receive the same perks that have come along with this status for many years, such as bonus points on qualifying flights, free same-day switches, two complimentary checked bags, free in-flight alcoholic beverages, early boarding and expedited security lanes at participating airports.
And starting Jan. 5, 2022, instead of receiving same-day upgrades to Even More Space seats, those with Mosaic status will be able to book these seats in advance at no additional cost. Currently, you can upgrade to one of these seats for 200 TrueBlue points, but if a Mosaic member books the seat, they’ll receive a 200-point rebate. While you need to have the points in your account initially to reserve the seat, the points will be credited back to your account, ultimately giving you a complimentary larger seat. This benefit extends to all passengers on the same reservation as a Mosaic member.
Another new benefit coming in 2022 is that Mosaic members will receive a FoundersCard membership valid for 12 months.
Also new for 2022 for those traveling to London, Mosaic members will receive a complimentary Business First upgrade on the Heathrow Express train.
Earning JetBlue’s Mosaic+ status and benefits
Mosaic+ is a brand new — and higher — status level that will give travelers even more perks when flying on JetBlue.
There are two ways to earn Mosaic+ status:
- Earn 45,000 Mosaic qualifying points
- Spend $150,000 on purchases with either the JetBlue Plus Credit Card or JetBlue Business Credit Card within the calendar year
As of time of publication, Mosaic+ status will only be available in 2022. In other words, once you earn this status, it’ll expire on Dec. 31, 2022. JetBlue hasn’t yet shared whether or not Mosaic+ status will extend past 2023.
Although earning this status will be difficult for most, the benefits that come with Mosaic+ status are quite impressive. In addition to the regular Mosaic status perks that we’ve detailed above, you’ll also earn seat upgrades and a FoundersCard Elite membership, where you’ll receive VIP travel privileges, such as elite status with other airlines and car rental programs as well as discounts on top hotels and resorts worldwide.
The best perk of this status is that flyers will earn four one-segment Mint upgrade certificates. Mint is JetBlue’s premium-class equivalent where you’ll receive a lie-flat seat in a private space at the front of the plane. These certificates can be applied for any route that offers these seats, except for London, between Jan. 5 and Dec. 31, 2022.
With JetBlue and American Airlines recently sealing the deal on their partnership, JetBlue Mosaic and Mosaic+ members will receive special perks when booking an American Airlines-operated flight through JetBlue directly.
These perks include priority check-in, expedited security lanes, group four priority boarding, priority bag delivery, up to two free checked bags and more.
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