The Ultimate Guide to Booking (& Maximizing) Jetblue Getaways and Vacations

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When you think of JetBlue you might just think it’s another low-cost carrier. But this airline, founded in 2000 with the goal of “bringing humanity back to air travel,” has become a customer favorite known for great service and an awesome in-flight experience.

Like many other airlines, JetBlue offers vacation packages. These package deals consist of flights and hotels that offer greater savings over booking everything individually.

JetBlue Vacations offers packages to destinations in the United States, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, and even a few locations in South America.

In this post, I will show you how to book a JetBlue Vacation and why it’s beneficial to you.

Why JetBlue Vacations?

With all of the vacation package options out there why book one with JetBlue?

1. Best Price Guarantee: If you find the same price for your vacation package on another website within 48 hours of booking, JetBlue will refund the price difference. This guarantee only applies to the flight and hotel portion of your package.

The lower priced itinerary must be identical in every way and not utilize any unpublished fares, opaque fares, promo codes, or special discounts. To submit a best price guarantee claim, call JetBlue Customer Support at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) and choose option 3.

2. Earn Bonus Points on Your JetBlue Vacation: You’ll earn 6 TrueBlue points per eligible dollar on your JetBlue Vacation. Eligible dollars consist of the base price spent on flights and hotel as well as the base price spent on car rentals and activities purchased at the time of booking.

Things like taxes and insurance aren’t included. However, if you are booking with Cash + Points, you will NOT earn any TrueBlue Points.

3. Points Pooling: Earn and redeem your TrueBlue points faster by utilizing Points Pooling.

When you use Points Pooling, you and your group can transfer each person’s TrueBlue points to the pool with no transfer fee. Then the Pool Leader can redeem those points.

4. No Phone Booking Fee: JetBlue offers a U.S. based reservations crew that can help you book your vacation package 24/7 with no additional fees. They can be reached at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583), option 3.

How To Book a JetBlue Vacation Package

To book a JetBlue Vacation package, visit jetblue.com/vacations.

From the home page of JetBlue Vacations, you’ll see a simple search box. Input your departure and destination cities, dates of travel, and the number of rooms and people, then click on Find It.

JetBlue Vacation Packages
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The search results page might look a bit different than other websites. You’ll find the sorting and filtering options on the right side of the page.

etBlue Vacations filtering and sorting
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You can filter your results list by many different options:

  • TrueBlue points or dollars
  • Hotel name
  • Star rating
  • Package price per person
  • Distance from the center of town
  • Hotel type (resort, condo, inn, etc.)
  • Hotel preferences (room service, pool, free parking, etc)

Then you can sort your results by best picks, price, star rating, hotel name, and savings. You’ll find these options to the upper right of the search results.

If you prefer to choose a hotel based on location, you can click on the Map View tab at the top left of your search results.

This is a really helpful tool when you know the general area you want to stay in but aren’t sure about a specific hotel.

JetBlue Vacations map view
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Search Results

Each listing in the search results gives you a lot of information.

JetBlue Vacations Search Results Details
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You’ll see a large price highlighted in blue. While this is important, it’s good to realize that this is the price per person. If you want to know the total package price, including taxes and fees, look at the smaller number underneath it.

Underneath the package price, you’ll see the number of TrueBlue points you’ll earn when you book the selected vacation package.

To see more details about the hotel, including pictures and room types, click on Hotel Details.

Each hotel will have a flight component listed. To see the other flight options or to make a change to your flights click on Change Flight. You’ll then be able to see any other flight options.

If a flight will change the price of your package, you’ll be able to see the price difference when you select the new flight.

JetBlue Vacation Package - Change your flight
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Once you’ve selected your hotel and flights, click on Choose This Deal to continue.

Add Tours, Activities, and Extras

Next, you’ll be able to review your hotel and flight choices — plus, add on extras you might want. Scroll down underneath your trip summary to find different tours and activities you can add to your package.

Using the arrows, you can scroll through the different tours offered. If you want more information about a tour or to add it to your package, click on Details.

Use the dropdown box to navigate through the different types of activities offered, including sightseeing, watersports, and ground transportation.

Once you’ve made your selection, click Continue.

JetBlue Vacations Tours and Activities
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Next, you’ll be prompted to log-in to your TrueBlue account, if you have one, and to fill out your passenger information. Then, after selecting your seats, you’ll be asked if you want to add any extras.

Even More Speed: This option offers expedited security and is already included if you purchased an Even More Space or JetBlue Mint ticket.  The cost is $15 per person

Trip Hold: This allows you to hold your itinerary until 11 p.m. EST of the same day for a $25 deposit. If you choose to purchase the held itinerary, you need to call JetBlue to complete the purchase. If you don’t complete the purchase by 11 p.m. EST, your $25 deposit will be forfeited.

Complete Your JetBlue Vacation Purchase

Right before the final payment screen, you’ll be prompted to purchase trip protection. Purchasing travel insurance is a personal choice and coverage varies based on where you purchase it.

JetBlue’s coverage offers reimbursement for a canceled or interrupted trip due to things like illness or injury. It also offers coverage for emergency medical care while abroad and a 24-hour emergency hotline.

JetBlue Vacations Insurance
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If you’re using the right credit card, an extra insurance policy might not be necessary. Lots of credit cards come with different types of travel insurance.

Here are a few of the most popular credit cards that offer travel insurance:

Credit CardTypes of Included Insurance
Chase Sapphire Preferred® CardTravel accident, global assist hotline, trip cancellation, lost luggage, baggage delay, trip delay
Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit CardTravel accident, global assist hotline, trip cancellation, lost luggage, baggage delay, trip delay
The Platinum Card® from American ExpressTravel accident, global assist hotline, lost luggage
The Business Gold Rewards Card from American ExpressTravel accident, global assist hotline, lost luggage
Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®Travel accident, trip cancellation, baggage delay
Citi Double Cash CardTravel accident, trip cancellation,

Hot Tip: For a full list of credit card insurance options check out our guide to credit card insurance.

After you decide about trip insurance, all you need to do is decide how you’ll pay for your trip and input your payment information. When that’s finished, your purchase is complete!

JetBlue Vacations payment methods
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Split Payment: You can split your JetBlue Vacations payment between 2 or more credit cards.

JetBlue Funds: This allows you to apply a JetBlue Vacations credit to your purchase.

Promo Code: If you have a promotion code or certificate, enter it right above the payment section.

Changing or Cancelling Your JetBlue Vacation

Changing Your JetBlue Vacation

Changes to your JetBlue Vacation package must be made at least 7 days prior to departure. (However, some hotels have a different penalty period so be sure to refer to your package’s exact terms.)

If the change involves an increase in price, payment is due at the time of change.

Canceling Your JetBlue Vacation

Cancellation policies vary by hotel, so it’s important to know your specific terms. If you need to cancel your vacation, call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) and choose option 3.

A per person cancellation charge of $200 will apply.

The remaining funds, after the cancellation fees are deducted, will be held as a JetBlue Vacations credit for 1 year from the date of cancellation. These funds can be applied to another JetBlue Vacation package, but not for individual flights on JetBlue.

If a cancellation is not made at least 7 days prior to the date of departure, the entire cost of the vacation package will be forfeited.

Bottom Line: Changing or canceling your JetBlue vacation package at least 7 days prior to departure will result in a $200 per person fee. Any increase in price as a result of the change is due at the time of change. Any trip canceled less than 7 days prior to departure will result in the loss of the entire purchase price.

JetBlue Vacations Top 10 Deals

If you’re looking for a great deal and also have some flexibility in your travel plans, check out JetBlue Vacation’s Top 10 Deals. You can find these by clicking Top 10 Deals in the main menu bar.

JetBlue Vacations Top 10 Deals
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These deals may offer great prices, but they’re also offered on very specific dates and often from a select airport only. Be sure to read the specifics of each deal.

JetBlue Vacations Top 10 Deals
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When you search for the deal, the results list doesn’t automatically put the specific hotel deal you were searching for at the top of the list. I also found that if you sort by price, you can often find even lower prices than the ones that are being promoted.

So, while these Top 10 Deals offers are a good starting point, they aren’t always the absolute best deal you can get.

Using TrueBlue Points To Pay For Your JetBlue Vacation Package

You might be wondering if you can use your TrueBlue points to pay for a JetBlue Vacation package. The answer is yes — sort of.

You can opt to pay for your vacation package using cash and points, however, there’s no option to use TrueBlue points to pay for the entire package.

When you’re doing your initial search, click the box that says Cash + Points right above the search fields.

JetBlue Vacations Cash and points
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Then, you’ll see the price in cash and TrueBlue points instead of just cash.

JetBlue Vacations Points + Cash
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Hot Tip: When you use the Cash + Points option to pay for your JetBlue Vacation package, you’ll get a 1.3 cents per point value.

How To Earn More TrueBlue Points

If you like the idea of using TrueBlue points to help pay for your vacation package, but are short the points you need, you’re in luck. There are lots of different ways to earn the extra TrueBlue points you need for your next vacation, without stepping foot on an airplane.

JetBlue Credit Cards

JetBlue offers 3 credit cards through Barclays — 2 personal and 1 business. Using these credit cards for your everyday purchases helps you to earn JetBlue points.

Additionally, if you have the JetBlue Plus card, you can enjoy an annual $100 statement credit when purchasing JetBlue Vacations of $100 or more!

Transfer American Express Membership Rewards

American Express Membership Rewards points transfer to JetBlue at a 1:1 ratio. There’s a minimum of 2,000 points to initiate a transfer which happens almost instantly.

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards

Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to JetBlue at a 1:1 ratio. The transfer is almost instant and there’s a minimum of 1,000 points required.

Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)

Recommended Chase Cards (Business)

Transfer Citi ThankYou Rewards

Citi ThankYou points can be transferred to JetBlue at a 1:1 ratio. The transfer is almost instant and there’s a minimum of 1,000 points required.

Bottom Line: All of the major transferable currencies — Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Points — transfer at a 1:1 ratio to JetBlue TrueBlue points.

Earn TrueBlue Points Through Partners

JetBlue has lots of partners that you can earn points from.

While JetBlue is not part of an airline alliance, they do have airline partners which allow you to earn JetBlue TrueBlue points.

Shopping and Dining

You can also earn TrueBlue points on your everyday shopping and dining.

Before you make an online purchase, be sure to click through the ShopTrue shopping portal. You’ll be able to earn JetBlue points on all of the purchases you make through this portal.

ShopTrue by JetBlue
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You can also earn points each time you dine out through the TrueBlue Dining program. Once you sign up, register your credit card and use that credit card at participating restaurants. You’ll earn 3 points for every dollar you spend.

Bottom Line: For a comprehensive guide to earning JetBlue TrueBlue points check our list of 22 ways to earn lots of TrueBlue points.

Are JetBlue Getaways and Vacations a Good Deal?

Let’s get to the dollars and cents now. Will booking a JetBlue Vacation package actually save you money? I’ve priced out a few examples to see how the money all works out.

The first example is for a week-long stay at the Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa for 2 people plus roundtrip flights from Philadelphia to Barbados.

Total Package Price from JetBlue VacationsFlight Cost on JetBlueHotel Cost on Hotel’s Own WebsiteHotel Price on KayakTotal Price If Booked SeparatelyTotal Package Price On Priceline (same hotel, similar flights)Total Package Price on Expedia (same hotel, similar flights)
$2,429.41$1,542.66$3,080.00$903.84$2,446.50$1,628.43$3,215.55

JetBlue’s package deal beats out booking the flight (through JetBlue) and hotel (through Kayak) separately, but not by much.

The package deal on Priceline doesn’t include identical flights, but they’re similar. With a savings of about $800 over the JetBlue Vacation package, Priceline is the clear winner here. But, booking through JetBlue would still save you money over booking the hotel and flight separately.

Marriott Aruba
JetBlue Vacations can save you money on your next vacation. Image courtesy of Marriott.com.

The next example is for roundtrip flights for 2 from New York to Aruba plus a 7-night stay at the Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino.

Total Package Price From JetBlue VacationsFlight Cost on JetBlueHotel Cost on Hotel’s Own WebsiteTotal Price If Booked SeparatelyTotal Package Price on Priceline (same hotel, similar flights)Total Package Price on Expedia (same hotel, similar flights)
$4,921.00$1,043.06$4,720.33$5,763.39$5,278.36$5,438.15

In this example, JetBlue Vacations will save you money versus booking the hotel and flights separately and versus booking the package through an online travel agency (OTA) like Priceline or Expedia. By booking this package through JetBlue, you’re saving $842.39 over booking separately.

One thing to note is that you’ll generally not earn any hotel loyalty points when you book through an airline or online travel agency. If you’re loyal to one brand like Marriott or Hyatt and the price difference is negligible, it’s often better to just book directly through the hotel’s own website so you can earn points for your purchase.

Bottom Line: Booking a package deal through JetBlue Vacations can save you money — but not always. It’s a good idea to price out the package separately and through a metasearch engine or OTA like Kayak, Priceline, or Expedia before booking.

Final Thoughts

JetBlue is more than just a low-cost carrier. Like many other airlines and online travel agencies, they offer vacation packages — deals consisting of a hotel and flights booked as a bundle to save money.

In addition to destinations in the U.S., JetBlue Vacations can take you to Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, and even South America.

JetBlue Vacations can save you money, but it’s not always a guarantee. It’s a good idea to price out a package separately before you purchase, to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible.


Featured Image: Courtesy of JetBlue Vacations

FAQ

What are JetBlue Vacations?

JetBlue Vacation packages are bundled deals that consist of flights and hotels plus other additional options that are sold as a package to save you money. Every JetBlue package will earn TrueBlue points. You can even use points to pay for a portion of your package.

What Caribbean islands does JetBlue fly to?

JetBlue flies to lots of locations in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America including: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and the US Virgin Islands.

Does JetBlue Vacations offer packages including all inclusive resorts?

Yes, you can book an all inclusive resort as part of a JetBlue Vacation package.

Katie Seemann

About Katie Seemann

Katie is an Ohio native who caught the travel bug after spending a semester in college in Nottingham, England. In addition to exploring England, she visited Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands during that time and loved every minute of it (everything except the hostel in Scotland - that's an experience she doesn't intend on repeating!). In late 2015, Katie discovered the world of points and miles, and it literally changed her life.

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2 comments

  1. Another great way I think to book JetBlue vacations is for short duration trips. The JetBlue plus MasterCard offers a $100 credit of any package that $100 or more. A one-night stay in a hotel with round trip air, will save you $100 with a JetBlue plus MasterCard. That can turn a $198 package into a $98 package.

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