The Ultimate Guide to Booking and Maximizing JetBlue Vacations [2020]

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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 U.S., Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, and even a few locations in South America.

In this post, we will show you how to book with JetBlue Vacations 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 The lower-priced itinerary must be identical in every way and not utilize any unpublished fares, opaque fares, promo codes, or special discounts.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 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 flight and 1 TrueBlue point per dollar on accommodations and car rentals. 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. It can be reached at 844-JB-VACAY (528-2229).

How to Book a JetBlue Vacations Package

To book a JetBlue Vacations package, visit jetbluevacations.com.

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 Search flights + hotel.

JetBlue Vacations Home Page
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The search results page might look a bit different than other websites. You’ll find the sorting at the top of the results and filtering options on the left side of the page.

JetBlue Vacations Search Results
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You can filter your results list by many different options:

  • Price range
  • Tripadvisor rating
  • Star rating
  • Distance from the center of town
  • Amenities
  • Hotel type (resort, condo, inn, etc.)

Then you can sort your results by best picks, price, star rating, Tripadvisor review, and hotel name. 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 Search Results map view
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Search Results

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

You’ll see a small 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 larger 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 Choose this Deal.

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The next page will be for Hotel Details & Room Selection. Click Select Room at the top which will jump you further down the page to select your preferred room type. Any upgrades to the room will indicate a change in the price. Click Book to proceed.

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You will next be able to select your departing flight. At the top of the screen, you will see the preselected flights at the previously indicated price. If you are happy with these flights click Continue to Checkout. Otherwise, scroll down.

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If you’d like to explore departing flight times, you can see availability at the bottom of this page, including any incremental costs. Select Keep this Flight or Select this Flight to continue.

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You’ll follow the same steps for return flights, then click Continue to Checkout.

Complete Your JetBlue Vacations Purchase

Next, you’ll be prompted to fill out your passenger information. If you have a promo code, enter it at the top below the total due and click Apply.

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A Trip Hold 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.

You can also reserve your package price with a non-refundable $200 per person deposit with the balance paid at a later date. Call 844-528-2229 or click here to learn more.

Hot Tip: You will select your seats after your booking is complete.

After you decide about trip insurance (more on that below), all you need to do is decide how you’ll pay for your trip and input your payment information. When that’s finished, click Purchase Trip & Book and your purchase is complete!

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Travel Insurance

Right before the final payment step, 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 from Allianz 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 CardIncluded Travel Insurance
Chase Sapphire Preferred® CardTravel accident, global assist hotline, trip cancellation, lost/delayed luggage, trip delay
Ink Business Preferred® Credit CardTravel accident, global assist hotline, trip cancellation, lost/delayed luggage, trip delay
The Platinum Card® from American ExpressTravel accident, global assist hotline, lost luggage
American Express® Business Gold CardTravel accident, global assist hotline, lost luggage
Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard®Travel accident, trip cancellation, baggage delay

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

Changing or Cancelling Your JetBlue Vacations Package

Changing Your Package

Changes to your JetBlue Vacations package must be made over the phone at least 7 days prior to departure. 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.

Hot Tip: If you have a JetBlue Vacations package scheduled anytime through February 28, 2021, you’ll be able to change or cancel it without a fee. If you choose to cancel, you’ll receive a JetBlue Vacations Credit valid for 18 months.

Canceling Your Package

Cancellation policies vary by hotel, so it’s important to know your specific terms. If you need to cancel your vacation, call 844-JB-VACAY (528-2229). 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 Vacations 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 Vacations 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 Deals

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

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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.

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While these deals are a good starting point, they aren’t always the absolute best deal you can get.

Using TrueBlue Points to Pay for Your JetBlue Vacations Package

You might be wondering if you can use your TrueBlue points to pay for a JetBlue Vacations 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 Use TrueBlue Points right above the Search flights + hotel button.

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

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Hot Tip: When you use TrueBlue points to pay for your JetBlue Vacations package, you’ll get a 1.3 cents per point value, slightly more than our regular valuation.

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 of 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 TrueBlue 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!

Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Cards

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to JetBlue at a 1:1 ratio.

Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)

Chase Sapphire Preferred® - This is our favorite beginners travel rewards card, which is currently offering a 60,000 point bonus after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

In addition, the card earns 2x points on dining at restaurants including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel and 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases. With offering other travel benefits such as excellent travel insurance coverage and no foreign transaction fees , this card is a very rewarding Chase credit card.

The sign up bonus is worth $750 in travel purchases (flights, hotels, car rentals etc) when you redeem your points through Chase's travel portal, which works like Expedia.
Chase Sapphire Reserve® - This premium card will get you access to 1,000+ airport lounges. as well as a number of other card benefits. The current sign up bonus is 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You'll also get a $300 travel credit per year which wipes away a big chunk of the $550 annual fee. As an extra bonus, from 6/1/20 through 6/30/21, gas station & grocery store purchases will also count towards earning your Travel Credit.
Chase Freedom Unlimited® - A fantastic, no annual fee card that earns you a $200 bonus after you spend $500 in your first 3 months. Earn 5% cash-back on travel purchases through Chase Ultimate Rewards, 3% cash-back on dining and drugstore purchases, and 1.5% cash-back on all other purchases, but you won't get any travel benefits with this card.

There are also a number of Chase business credit cards.

Citi ThankYou Credit Cards

You can transfer Citi ThankYou Points to JetBlue at a 1:1 ratio.

You’ll need either the Citi Prestige® Card or the Citi Premier℠ Card to transfer at that ratio. Cardholders of the Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card and Citi Rewards+℠ Card, which otherwise cannot transfer points to airline miles, can transfer to JetBlue at 1:0.8 ratio.

Amex Membership Rewards Credit Cards

You can transfer Amex Membership Rewards to JetBlue at a rate of 1:0.8. Sometimes you can take advantage of promotional periods that bump up the transfer rate to 1:1.

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a new welcome bonus offer of 75,000 Membership Rewards Points after spending $5,000 on purchases in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Plus, earn 10x points in the first 6 months on eligible purchases at U.S. Gas Stations and U.S. Supermarkets (on up to $15,000 in combined purchases).

This is our #1 card for accessing 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass). We leverage ~$3,000+ in benefits and perks from the card every year. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum Card, click here.
American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery, and 4x points at U.S. supermarkets (up to $25,000 per calendar year; then 1x. Terms Apply). There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly; and you'll have access to many benefits and perks.

With a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after you spend $4,000 in your first 6 months, it's a strong choice. For rates and fees of the Amex Gold Card, click here.

Business owners have a choice of Amex business credit cards to choose from.

Capital One Miles

You can transfer Capital One miles to JetBlue TrueBlue at a 2:1.5 ratio.

Make sure you have a Capital One card that has the transferable miles feature. Here are our picks:

Bottom Line: All of the major transferable currencies — Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and Capital One miles — transfer to JetBlue TrueBlue points.

Earn TrueBlue Points Through Partners

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

  • Amazon (in-flight purchases)
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • jetOpinions
  • IHG Rewards Club
  • Marriott Bonvoy

While JetBlue is not part of an airline alliance, it does have airline partners that allow you to earn JetBlue TrueBlue points.

  • Emirates
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Icelandair
  • JSX
  • Silver Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways

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 TrueBlue Shopping portal. You’ll be able to earn TrueBlue points on all of the purchases you make through this portal.

TrueBlue Shopping
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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 ways to earn lots of TrueBlue points.

Are JetBlue Vacations a Good Deal?

Let’s get to the dollars and cents now. Will booking a JetBlue Vacations package actually save you money? We’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 Holiday Inn Resort and Casino Aruba Beach for 2 people plus roundtrip flights from Philadelphia (PHL) to Aruba (AUA).

Total Package Price from JetBlue VacationsFlight Cost on JetBlueHotel Cost on Hotel’s Own WebsiteHotel Price on KayakCheapest Total Price If Booked SeparatelyTotal Package Price On Priceline (same hotel, similar flights)Total Package Price on Travelocity (same hotel, same flights)
$3,278.96$1,264.10$2,149.36$2,039.72$3,303.82
$2,972.84

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

The package deal on Priceline doesn’t include identical flights, but they’re similar and direct on American Airlines, compared to JetBlue’s stopovers. With a savings of over $300 over the JetBlue Vacations package, Priceline is the clear winner here. But, booking through JetBlue would still save you money over booking the hotel and flight separately and you’d receive a $125 resort credit.

JetBlue Vacations also has a Best Price Guarantee, so if you find the same price for your vacation package on another website within 48 hours of booking, JetBlue will refund the price difference.

Marriott Aruba
JetBlue Vacations can save you money on your next vacation. Image Credit: Marriott

The next example is for roundtrip flights for 2 from Atlanta (ATL) to Montego Bay (MBJ) plus a 3-night weekend stay at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall.

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 Orbitz (same hotel, same flights)Total Package Price on Travelocity (same hotel, same flights)
$2,175.84
$1,285.98
$1,360.80
$1,361
$2,646.78

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 Orbitz or Travelocity. By booking this package through JetBlue, you’re saving over $470 over booking separately and over $60 compared to the OTAs.

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 1 brand like Marriott Bonvoy 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, it offers 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 guaranteed. It’s a good idea to price out a package separately before you purchase, to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible.


Frequently asked questions

What are JetBlue Vacations?

JetBlue Vacations packages are bundled deals that consist of flights and hotels that are sold as a package to save you money. Every JetBlue Vacations 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, including Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Does JetBlue Vacations offer packages including all-inclusive resorts?

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

Does JetBlue Vacations have a Best Price Guarantee?

Yes. 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 800-JETBLUE (538-2583) and choose option 3.

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 2015, Katie discovered the world of points and miles, and since then she’s earned countless points and has an embarrassingly large number of credit cards in her wallet (which she needs a spreadsheet to keep track of!)

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8 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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  2. What about when using the JetBlue MasterCard to actually pay for the vacation package. Don’t you get something like an extra 6 points per dollar there as well? (On top of the points you get for getting the vacation through JetBlue?)

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    • Hi Greg,
      Yes, depending on which JetBlue card you have you can earn an additional 3-6 points per dollar spent on any JetBlue purchases (including vacation packages).

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  3. Tracey Harvey December 2, 2019

    Can I select my seat when booking a JetBlue package?

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  4. Can I book the hotel or resort for 4 days and return flight on a later date? I have a cruise booked and would like to stay at the hotel four days before the cruise. Then fly back after the cruise ends?

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    • Hi Bob,

      Yes, there should be no problem with you doing that. Feel free to get in contact with a representative at JetBlue getaways to clarify though before finalizing your booking.

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