Considering that JetBlue was only founded in 2000, most would consider it a “newer” discount airline on the scene. At the moment, you can book JetBlue flights within the United States and to select global destinations. JetBlue offers more than 1,000 daily flights to choose from and serves more than 40 million customers annually (despite its smaller service area).

Like other popular airlines, JetBlue also has a frequent flyer program that lets customers rack up points for free flights. If you’re interested in learning more about the JetBlue TrueBlue program, keep reading.

JetBlue TrueBlue basics

The JetBlue TrueBlue rewards program is a frequent flyer program that lets consumers earn rewards points for free flights across the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.K. Members will earn TrueBlue points each time they fly with JetBlue or one of JetBlue’s partners. Points in this program never expire, and they can be redeemed for any seat with no blackout dates. This program even lets you pool your points with up to seven friends and family members, allowing you to earn free flights faster.

Who is JetBlue TrueBlue best for?

JetBlue TrueBlue is best for anyone who prefers to fly with JetBlue, travels frequently to JetBlue’s service destinations or wants to pool points with other TrueBlue members. However, the program is easy to use and free to sign up for, so there’s no excuse to ignore it if you don’t mind flying with a discount carrier. With so many ways to earn miles, you may even find the JetBlue TrueBlue program makes it easier to earn free flights than other major airlines.

How to earn JetBlue TrueBlue points

Earn points by flying with JetBlue

The number of points you’ll earn for flying depends on the fare you choose and how you book your trip. You can earn up to 3X base points for each dollar you spend with the airline, but you can earn more points when you fly if you’re a JetBlue cardmember or an elite status member. Note that you can also boost the number of JetBlue TrueBlue points you earn by booking a seat with more legroom (200 points) or flying with your pet (300 points).

The following chart shows how you can earn points by flying based on fare — Blue Basic, Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Extra and Mint — and other factors:

Blue Basic Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Extra or Mint
Base points 1X points 3X points
Direct booking bonus 1X points 3X points
JetBlue cardmember bonus 3X to 6X points 3X to 6X points
Mosaic bonus 3X points 3X points
Total points earned per dollar 8X to 11X points 12x to 15X points

Earn points with airline and travel partners

You can also earn JetBlue TrueBlue points when you book with airline partners like American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines and with various hotel and car partners like IHG Rewards, Avis and Budget.

Earn points with shopping partners

The JetBlue TrueBlue shopping portal is an online marketplace that lets you earn points with select online merchants. You’ll earn 3X points for each dollar you spend, provided you click through the portal before you make a purchase. Participating merchants change over time, but some currently include Lowes, Old Navy, Macy’s, The Home Depot and more.

If you’re a big Amazon shopper, you can also earn 3X points per dollar on select Amazon purchases.

Earn points with TrueBlue Dining

The JetBlue TrueBlue Dining program makes it easy to earn points when you dine with participating restaurants. All you have to do to start earning is to sign up for the program, dine with participating restaurants in your area and pay with a linked credit or debit card. You can earn 3X points per dollar spent.

Earn points by completing surveys

Finally, Jet Opinions will award you with points for answering survey questions from the comfort of your home. Signing up is free and easy, and you’ll earn 400 points for the first survey you take.

How to redeem JetBlue TrueBlue points

Redeem for JetBlue flights

The best way to redeem points is for flights. When you begin searching for JetBlue flights, you’ll notice right away that the points required for a flight are tied to the cash price of each fare. This means that you can book cheaper flights for fewer points than more expensive flight options. You can also use points to book one-way flights or round-trip tickets, which makes them even more versatile.

Redeem for Hawaiian Airlines flights

Interestingly, TrueBlue members have the option to redeem their points on Hawaiian Airlines flights. This strategy unlocks new destinations you can visit with your points, but you should know that availability is often limited. Fortunately, JetBlue makes it easy to find out how many points you’ll need for the flight you want. When you take a peek at the award chart, you’ll see that a one-way economy flight from the East Coast to Hawaii sets you back 30,000 points, whereas the same flight in business class requires 70,000 points.

Redeem for JetBlue Vacations

JetBlue Vacations that include both your flight and hotel stay can also be a good value, and you can choose from destinations such as the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America, among others. Some of the most popular hotels and resorts include RIU Hotels & Resorts, Walt Disney World Resorts, Sandals, Universal Orlando Resorts and more. You can even use your TrueBlue points to book all-inclusive resorts.

JetBlue TrueBlue elite status

The JetBlue TrueBlue program keeps things simple by offering a single tier of elite status called Mosaic status. You can achieve this level of status in one of three ways:

  • Earn 15,000 base flight points within a calendar year
  • Earn 12,000 base flight points and fly 30 segments within a calendar year
  • Have the JetBlue Plus Card or JetBlue Business Card and spend $50,000 on eligible purchases within a calendar year

Once you reach Mosaic status, you’ll get the chance to enjoy some sweet frequent flyer perks. Here are the main elite status benefits you can look forward to:

  • Earn an extra 3X points per dollar on JetBlue flights
  • Free same-day flight changes
  • First two checked bags free for you and eligible flight companions
  • Free alcoholic beverages
  • Access to seats with extra legroom (based on availability)
  • Early boarding
  • Expedited security lane at select airports
  • 24/7 dedicated customer service line

Also, note that you can reach Mosaic status with JetBlue TrueBlue through credit card spending alone. If you want the benefits of elite status without having to fly a single mile, JetBlue is one of the few airlines that make this possible.

How much are JetBlue TrueBlue points worth?

According to recent points valuations by Bankrate, JetBlue TrueBlue points are worth approximately 1.4 cents each. This makes them worth more than points from competing programs like United MileagePlus and Frontier Miles. However, JetBlue TrueBlue points are worth less on average compared to other programs like Southwest Rapid Rewards and American Airlines AAdvantage.

Because JetBlue TrueBlue award fares are based on the price of a ticket, the worst value redemptions are always going to be flights on peak travel dates when prices are higher. Also, be aware that Cash + Points redemptions will usually net you less than the average of 1.4 cents per point, so you should only use them sparingly.

JetBlue TrueBlue travel partners

Airline partners

JetBlue has quite a few airline partners around the world. Partner airlines let you earn points in the JetBlue TrueBlue program each time you fly, and you may even be able to enjoy some reciprocal benefits.

      • Aer Lingus
      • American Airlines
      • Cape Air
      • Emirates
      • Hawaiian Airlines
      • Icelandair
      • JSX
      • Porter
      • Qatar Airways
      • Seaborne Airlines
      • Silver Airways
      • South African Airways

Hotel partners

JetBlue partners with IHG Hotels & Resorts, meaning you’ll get the chance to earn JetBlue TrueBlue points for each night you stay at an IHG property. The IHG Rewards program lets members earn TrueBlue points at more than 6,000 properties across the globe. You’ll generally get either 1X or 2X TrueBlue points per dollar on stays with qualifying properties, and you can also get 500 points for each qualifying stay at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.

Car partners

JetBlue partners with Avis and Budget, allowing you to save on base rates and earn 100 to 200 base points per day on eligible car rentals.

Transfer partners

The only airline program you can transfer JetBlue TrueBlue points to is Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles. However, note that points will generally not transfer at a 1:1 ratio.

Top credit cards that earn JetBlue TrueBlue points

One of the easiest ways to earn JetBlue TrueBlue points is with one of the airline’s co-branded credit cards. However, you should spend some time comparing cards since they vary based on their annual fees, earning rates and included benefits.

Also, note that some other credit card rewards programs let you earn rewards that you can transfer to the JetBlue TrueBlue program. If you’re looking for alternative ways to earn more TrueBlue points, you may want to consider general top travel credit cards that earn American Express Membership Rewards points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points, Citi ThankYou points or Capital One miles, all of which transfer to JetBlue TrueBlue.

JetBlue Card

The JetBlue Card is an excellent option to consider if you want to earn points in this program without paying an annual fee. Cardholders can get started with 10,000 bonus points after they spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 90 days. They’ll also earn 3X points on eligible JetBlue purchases, 2X points at restaurants and eligible grocery stores and 1X points on all other purchases. Just keep in mind that this card doesn’t come with any major frequent flyer perks outside of a 50 percent off discount on eligible in-flight purchases.

JetBlue Plus Card

The JetBlue Plus Card offers a higher earning rate and more benefits in exchange for a $99 annual fee. For a welcome bonus, new cardholders can earn 50,000 bonus points when they spend $1,000 and pay the annual fee within 90 days of account opening. Cardholders will earn 6X points on eligible JetBlue purchases, 2X points on restaurant and eligible grocery store spending and 1X points on all other purchases.

As for benefits, cardholders will receive 5,000 bonus points each year on their account anniversary, a free checked bag (for the cardholder and up to three companions on the same reservation), Mosaic status with at least $50,000 in credit card spending within a calendar year, a 50 percent discount on in-flight purchases and more.

JetBlue Business Card

Business owners who sign up for the JetBlue Business Card can earn points on their spending while enjoying some frequent flyer perks, all for a $99 annual fee. The welcome bonus on this card is generous — new cardholders can earn 80,000 bonus points and a $99 statement credit after spending $2,000 in the first 90 days. Cardholders also earn 6X points on eligible JetBlue purchases, 2X points at restaurants and office supply stores and 1X points on all other purchases.

Frequent flyer benefits include a free checked bag for the cardholder and up to three companions on the same reservation, 5,000 bonus points every account anniversary, a 50 percent discount on eligible in-flight purchases and more. You can also qualify for a $100 statement credit when you book a JetBlue Vacation package and you can earn Mosaic status when you spend $50,000 on your card within a calendar year.

FAQs about JetBlue TrueBlue

    • Since JetBlue TrueBlue points never expire, you should never feel pressured to use them. If you’re patient and willing to spend some time accruing points in this program, you can keep searching until you find the flight you want for a reasonable redemption value.
    • Yes, you can gift or transfer JetBlue TrueBlue points to other program members. Otherwise, you can share points through TrueBlue’s points pooling feature, which allows you to share points with up to seven friends and family members.
    • Yes, you can buy points through your account. Also note that JetBlue frequently offers promotions that allow you to buy points for a discount.
    • Since JetBlue doesn’t have a strict award chart, there is no standard for the number of points you’ll need for a flight. However, you should know that awards earned with this program are frequently a good deal and that you won’t have to deal with blackout dates or capacity controls. Not only that, but the JetBlue TrueBlue program even lets you pay with a combination of points and cash. JetBlue Cash + Points bookings start at just 500 points.

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