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When JetBlue first launched in 1999 with flights out of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), the airline was the first to offer free satellite TV at every seat. With reasonable fares, roomy cabins and (still) free in-flight television, JetBlue has made a name for itself as one of the top airlines in the U.S. today, ranking eighth according to The Points Guy.
TV isn’t the only thing you can enjoy at no charge, either. You can also earn points to fly free when you join the JetBlue TrueBlue frequent flyer program.
Read on to find out how the JetBlue TrueBlue program stacks up against competitors, along with how to earn and redeem points. You’ll see why you might want to consider the frequent flyer program to save money on business travel, family vacations and more.
Understand the TrueBlue point structure
The JetBlue points structure is easy to understand and, incidentally, similar to the competing Southwest Rapid Rewards structure.
Earn 3 base TrueBlue points for every eligible dollar you spend when you fly JetBlue. Unlike Southwest, however, you can earn double the points when you book online through JetBlue.com. You can also earn bonus points depending on which fare type you choose. JetBlue offers four different types of fares, each with different prices, restrictions and benefits.
|Fare type||Points per dollar (booked on jetblue.com)||Total points for $300 fare||Checked bags|
|Blue||3 bonus points||1,800||0|
|Blue Plus||4 bonus points||2,100||1|
|Blue Flex||5 bonus points||2,400||2|
|Mint||3 bonus points||1,800||2|
The main difference in the types of fares seems to be the number of bags you can check. Mint fares also provide more of a first-class experience with lie-flat seats on coast-to-coast flights.
Even More Space = even more points
JetBlue offers a unique perk to flyers willing to pay a little bit more — specific seats with up to 7 inches more leg room. Booking one of these Even More Space seats may offer benefits like early boarding (for the first few rows), priority security lines and a bonus of 200 more JetBlue TrueBlue points.
More ways to earn TrueBlue points
- When you fly with your pet, you’ll earn an extra 300 TrueBlue points.
- You can also earn 6 points for every dollar when you book a JetBlue vacation experience.
- The more you fly, the more you can earn in any calendar year. When you fly 3 roundtrip JetBlue flights, you’ll earn 5,000 bonus points. Get 7,000 bonus points when you fly 7 times, roundtrip.
- Long-distance travelers can earn 10,000 bonus points for purchasing and flying 10 one-way JetBlue flights that are 1,600 miles or more.
Take advantage of JetBlue partner programs
JetBlue has a long list partners that allow you to trade points or increase your earning:
- Marriott. When you book a hotel stay through a Marriott property, including Ritz-Carlton or Starwood Preferred hotels, you’ll also earn JetBlue TrueBlue points. Book flights through partner airlines like Emirates or Hawaiian Airlines and earn points for JetBlue flights.
- Amazon. When you shop Amazon using JetBlue’s free high-speed inflight Wi-Fi service, FlyFi, you’ll earn three TrueBlue points for every dollar you spend. For instance, purchase Kindle books and earn points, since JetBlue flights are a great time to catch up on your reading. Or order a treat for yourself, from a new travel bag to your favorite shampoo, and have it shipped straight to your hotel room to enjoy during your trip.
- Lyft. Connect your Lyft and TrueBlue accounts and earn bonus points, plus TrueBlue points for travel to and from the airport.
- Credit cards. JetBlue has partnered with several major credit card companies, including American Express, Citi, and Chase, permitting you to transfer rewards points between accounts, giving you more flexibility to spend your points on merchandise, exclusive experiences, and more.
Earn Mosaic status
Flying is the best way to earn points, because once you achieve Mosaic status, the highest tier of the frequent flyer program, you’ll gain even more perks, including 15,000 bonus miles.
Qualify for TrueBlue Mosaic by earning 15,000 base flight points within a calendar year, or by flying 30 segments plus earning 12,000 base flight points. As a Mosaic member, you’ll earn an additional three JetBlue TrueBlue points for every flight.
Among other benefits, Mosaic status offers:
- Two checked bags free
- No change or cancellation fees
- Complimentary alcoholic beverages on flights
- Early boarding
- Special pricing on Even More Space seats
- Dedicated 24/7 customer service by phone
How to redeem TrueBlue points
Redeeming JetBlue TrueBlue points is as easy as earning them. Simply choose “points” instead of “dollars” when you book online through jetblue.com. When flights go down in price, so does the number of points you need to book.
You can also use your points for magazines, travel through Hawaiian airlines, or charitable donations. If these options don’t appeal, you can always transfer points to one of JetBlue’s partners and use the points on virtually anything.
Points never expire, and there are no blackout dates to fly with your JetBlue TrueBlue points.
Use your TrueBlue credit card to earn points faster
JetBlue offers two Mastercard credit cards issued through Barclays bank. The JetBlue TrueBlue credit card and the JetBlue TrueBlue Plus credit card allow you to earn even more on JetBlue flights, (3X points for the regular card and 6X points for the Plus card), along with 2X points per dollar at restaurants and grocery stores and 1X points on all other purchases.
|Credit card||Annual fee||Signing bonus after spending $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days|
|Jet Blue Card||0||10,000 bonus points|
|Jet Blue Plus||$99||40,000 bonus points|
Both cards have no foreign transaction fees and special introductory offer for balance transfers, as well as other perks when you fly JetBlue. APRs vary based on creditworthiness.
The information for the Jet Blue Card and Jet Blue Plus has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
How TrueBlue compares to other programs
JetBlue was recently ranked third of the best airline rewards programs, behind the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and Delta SkyMiles, by U.S. News & World Report. JetBlue also ranked No. 1 in a recent J.D. Power study.
JetBlue doesn’t provide as many options for points redemptions as competitors like Southwest, and it doesn’t fly to as many locations as larger carriers, but the added benefits and the fact that points never expire set it apart from many other programs.
How to sign up
Signing up for JetBlue TrueBlue rewards is easy. Join online by providing your email address, a password, and some information, including security questions, and then use your TrueBlue rewards number or sign-in to earn and redeem JetBlue TrueBlue points.
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