The combination of a low-cost carrier and an easy-to-understand rewards program seems as believable as a pie in the sky. Yet JetBlue does this with a sprinkle of free snacks on top.
What is JetBlue TrueBlue?
The JetBlue TrueBlue rewards program ensures passengers get value for money and a fair distribution of rewards points, as the rewards are tied to the cash price of the flight. This means a simpler calculation method that doesn’t require a specialized formula. JetBlue miles are not actually miles; instead, they work as a points system.
While passengers can choose between 102 flight destinations across the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, JetBlue has six core cities it flies to. These include Boston, New York, San Juan, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Long Beach. In this JetBlue rewards program review, we tackle unique selling points of why travelers should consider becoming a JetBlue TrueBlue member.
How much are JetBlue TrueBlue points worth?
The current JetBlue points value is 1.3 cents per point, according to The Points Guy, which places TrueBlue not too far off from some heavy-hitters in the rewards program world.
Capital One rewards currently have a value of 1.4 cents, and Avios points are worth 1.5 cents. However, the TrueBlue points value is still a long way off from industry leaders such as Amtrak Guest Rewards, which are valued at 2.5 cents and American Express Membership Rewards at 2 cents.
These calculations were done by considering the cost of a reward if you were to buy it versus the overall cost in points. This amount may fluctuate as the market and demand change. JetBlue points to dollars also shift in value when there is an offer by the airline for purchases at a reduced rate.
How many TrueBlue points do I need for a free flight?
JetBlue requires a minimum spend of 3,500 JetBlue rewards for a free flight. To give you an idea of where that will get you, a one-way trip from New York (JFK) to Boston (BOS) will set you back between 11,400 and 16,800 points. (Keep in mind that this can change, as the points needed are determined by the ticket price.)
How to earn TrueBlue points
Passengers have several flight options to choose from: Blue, Blue Basic, Blue Plus, Blue Extra and Mint. These flight options range in price and conveniences offered.
For example, you get one free checked bag with Blue Plus and two free checked bags with Mint (the other levels don’t include any checked bags). Mint and Blue Extra passengers also board early, while Blue Basic passengers board last. Blue and Blue Plus receive general boarding.
JetBlue flights are considered the best way to get JetBlue points. Here’s a look at the points you can earn with each fare level.
Blue Basic Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Extra and Mint
Base points 1 3
JetBlue app, JetBlue.com booking bonus 1 3
JetBlue Card bonus 3 3
Mosaic bonus 3 3
Maximum points earned per $1 8 12
Members can also earn points with the help of their loved ones. The system allows up to seven friends and family members to combine points to earn awards faster. Members can contribute points to the Points Pooling account, and there are zero transfer fees. The Pool Leader can redeem points for award flights to a destination.
JetBlue credit cards
The JetBlue Card offers many ways to earn points. Cardholders can earn 10,000 bonus points after they spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 90 days. They also earn 3X points on eligible JetBlue purchases, 2X points at grocery stores and restaurants and 1X points on all other purchases.
JetBlue Plus Card
The JetBlue Plus Card is slightly more exclusive than the JetBlue card. It offers 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. It also comes with a $99 annual fee.
Cardholders earn 6X points on eligible JetBlue purchases, 2X points on restaurant and grocery store spending and 1X points on all other purchases. Customers also earn 5,000 bonus points every year on the account anniversary.
JetBlue Business Card
Business owners can let their business spending work for them and earn TrueBlue points with the JetBlue Business Card. For a limited time, cardholders can earn up to 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days. They can earn an additional 10,000 points when making a purchase on an employee card, also within the first 90 days.
Cardholders also earn 6X points on JetBlue purchases and 2X points at restaurants and office supply stores.
By accessing the TrueBlue Dining site, diners can make a reservation at one of the restaurants that fall within the rewards program. Diners earn 3 points for every dollar spent at the participating restaurant.
JetBlue Shopping through participating retailers, such as Macy’s and Ray-Ban USA, gives TrueBlue members three points for every dollar spent.
Members can share their opinions through targeted surveys and get rewarded as much as 400 points for the first survey.
Members earn JetBlue points (up to 3 points for every eligible dollar) on in-flight purchases made on Amazon.com.
TrueBlue has partnered with AVIS and Budget to allow travelers the opportunity to earn points on every leg of the journey. Members earn 100 points per day and save around 35 percent on base rates.
Buying TrueBlue points
JetBlue sometimes runs promotions where it makes bulk points available to travelers at discounted fees. These are great for travelers who are just a few points off from a free ticket. These offers are usually only available for a limited time period.
JetBlue TrueBlue also has a points pilot system, allowing passengers the opportunity to earn TrueBlue points with their spare change. The pilot system is available to JetBlue Plus cardholders and is called Pennies for Points. It rounds up your purchases, so the difference buys points. This means that a purchase of $9.50 will be rounded up to $10.00. The extra $0.50 will then be used to buy points, at a rate of one or two cents per point—depending on the offer.
Bonuses and badges
Take 3 Bonus
This bonus enables travelers to earn 5,000 bonus points when they purchase and fly three roundtrip JetBlue flights in one calendar year.
Lucky 7 Bonus
Travelers who fly seven roundtrip JetBlue flights in a calendar year can earn 7,000 bonus points.
Go Long Bonus
Travelers can earn 10,000 bonus points when they purchase and fly 10 one-way JetBlue flights. These flights need to be 1,600 miles or more and need to take place in one calendar year.
JetBlue travel partners
JetBlue TrueBlue mileage partners are situated across the world and provide travelers with more access to far-off destinations. The type of ticket and the distance of the flight will determine whether your chosen flight qualifies for TrueBlue points. Even if you don’t rack up too many points, you’ll get the same bag allowance as you’d have on JetBlue, meaning you won’t have to shell out extra cash or worry about transfers if you book with different airlines on the same trip. Partners include the following airlines.
South African Airways
IHG Rewards Club
This group has over 5,000 properties in just under 100 countries across the globe. You’ll get either 1 or 2 TrueBlue points per dollar depending on where you’re staying.
Members enjoy special benefits at nearly 6,700 hotels across the world. In most cases, you’ll also get 1 TrueBlue point per dollar spent on qualifying charges, though some properties do only provide 1 point per $2 spent.
Credit card rewards partners
JetBlue TrueBlue has partnered with other credit card rewards programs to give members even greater flexibility with their points. Partners such as the American Express Membership Rewards program and the Citi ThankYou program allow members to transfer their points with ease.
With Chase Ultimate Rewards, members can transfer points at a 1:1 ratio. Capital One also has select travel credit cards that allow users to transfer miles to JetBlue TrueBlue points.
How to redeem TrueBlue points
One of the selling points of a TrueBlue membership is that there are no blackout dates, and points can be used for any seat on any flight.
Best value redemption options
One of the best ways to enjoy TrueBlue points is by redeeming them for a JetBlue flight ticket. The points are tied to the value of the ticket, meaning lower flight prices require fewer points to book. The points can be used to purchase both one-way and roundtrip tickets.
JetBlue vacations work similarly to JetBlue flights, as members simply need to look for packages using their TrueBlue points. Destinations include travel hotspots such as the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Some of the most popular hotels and resorts include RIU Hotels & Resorts, Walt Disney World resorts, Sandals, Universal Orlando resorts and more.
TrueBlue members can also redeem their points on Hawaiian Airlines flights and enjoy the additional destinations this carrier unlocks. Award tickets are available on all Hawaiian Airline flights; however, availability may be limited. The award chart is available online, and travelers will know upfront how many points they need. For instance, a flight that originates from Hawaii to the East Coast will cost 30,000 points.
Cash and points
Members who are just a few points shy from an award ticket can make up the difference with cash. The offer starts from as little as 500 TrueBlue points, which can be purchased online or through the JetBlue app.
Worst value redemption options
TrueBlue points never expire, which means there’s really no opportunity to use them incorrectly or unwisely. The redemption options are designed to suit travelers, and all options are at fair value for the points.
That said, just make sure you’re doing your research before booking a flight. Because award tickets are tied to ticket prices, book your travel early or during sale periods to get the best value.
JetBlue Mosaic elite status
Mosaic is JetBlue’s frequent flyer program and the highest level of TrueBlue membership. JetBlue Mosaic benefits include additional points and perks that enhance the travel experience.
Benefits of elite status
Members who qualify for Mosaic status can earn up to 15,000 bonus TrueBlue points upon qualification. They will also earn an additional 3 points per dollar on their JetBlue flights — for at least 5 points per dollar if they book through jetblue.com or the JetBlue app.
Members don’t have to fork out change or cancel fees for themselves or eligible travel companions on most fares.
The first two checked bags are free to the member and everyone else on their itinerary.
More comfort onboard
Members who travel long distances and want more space can enjoy the upgrade at reduced rates. There is also a complimentary alcoholic beverage onboard.
Streamlined airport experience
There’s no waiting in long lines, thanks to expedited security checkpoints. Members also enjoy early boarding and a dedicated customer service line.
How to achieve JetBlue Mosaic elite status
There are two ways to qualify for Mosaic status.
Accumulate 15,000 flight points within a calendar year.
Fly 30 segments and earn 12,000 points within a calendar year.
Frequent questions around JetBlue points
Do JetBlue points expire?
JetBlue points never expire, meaning you can save them up for a big trip or wait until you’re ready to travel.
How to get JetBlue points?
Just sign up for the JetBlue TrueBlue program, and you’ll start earning through flights. You can also open credit cards or shop and dine through JetBlue and participating brands.
How many JetBlue points for a free flight and how many TrueBlue points for a domestic flight?
JetBlue TrueBlue points are linked to the value of the ticket, meaning the pricier the ticket, the more points you need. Similarly, lower-priced tickets require fewer points for an award flight.