Update: Some offers mentioned below for the JetBlue Card and JetBlue Plus Card are no longer available.
According to JetBlue, 11 million people are using their TrueBlue Dining program. Are you one of them?
With a few extra clicks, you could be earning bonus points on your meals, whether it’s dining out, grabbing take-out, or sitting on your couch enjoying delivery!
This article will walk you through the details of the JetBlue TrueBlue Dining program so you can start racking up the points! Plus, we’ll note which credit cards to use to get bonus points on top of bonus points!
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How to Sign up & Log in
In order to earn points for eating at your favorite TrueBlue Dining restaurants, you first need to join the program.
Even if you’re an existing TrueBlue member, you still need to officially join TrueBlue Dining. In accordance with the prompts, remember to use the same email address that’s linked to your main TrueBlue account.
If you’re not an existing TrueBlue member, you’ll need to sign up there first before you can sign up for TrueBlue Dining.
In order to complete the sign-up process, users are required to link a credit card so TrueBlue can track your dining transactions. Don’t worry—the program itself is 100% free, and you can edit or add different cards later.
Basics of Using the Program
As a TrueBlue member you’ll now earn 3 points per $1 spent. This is across the board for all members which has changed from their previous tier structure of 1 point per $ spent for standard members and 2 points per $ spent for Mosaic members.
Additionally, in order to earn bonus points for dining, your transactions must be made at a participating TrueBlue Dining program restaurant. TrueBlue Dining makes it easy to search for participating restaurants by city, state, zip, or restaurant name.
Once you’ve searched a location, you’re then presented with a map + list view so you can check out your options. TrueBlue Dining also lists additional details for each restaurant such as type of cuisine, general price, TrueBlue Dining member rating, photos, which days benefits are applicable, and a link to True Blue Dining member reviews.
Clicking on a specific restaurant shows additional details including hours, an “About” section for the restaurant, menu photos if applicable, rating breakdowns, and other features. The whole process is extremely user-friendly and the interface is so slick, it’s actually enjoyable to search!
Plus, TrueBlue prides itself on their TrueBlue Dining member reviews.
Each review is from a verified restaurant visit…rather than a friend who’s heard from a friend that the pizza place down the road isn’t all that great.
Once you’ve chosen a participating restaurant, the rest is easy! Simply dine as you normally would, pay for your meal with your linked credit card, and earn bonus points for your total—including tax and tip!
Note that some restaurants are a little picky about which days you can earn points, so make sure you aren’t dining on a black-out day.
The points you earn through TrueBlue Dining should appear in your main TrueBlue account within 6-8 weeks from your initial transaction date.
We’ll also note here that some restaurants may enforce a maximum spend amount per month.
At the time we wrote this article, TrueBlue Dining wasn’t offering an introductory bonus like many other dining programs. However, they’re sure leading us to believe something special is in the works!
Hmmm…what have you got up your sleeve, JetBlue???
JetBlue Dining boasts over 10,000 participating restaurants across the U.S.
At this time, all participating restaurants earn the same ratio of points (3 points per $ spent). This means spending $60 on sushi will get you the same number of points as spending $60 on sandwiches.
Let’s take a look at Austin, TX for some example restaurants. When we wrote this, Austin had 107 participating TrueBlue Dining restaurants within 30 miles of the city center. Cuisines range from burgers to steaks, pizza to omelets, and everything in between!
As with other airline and hotel dining programs, most of these restaurants are smaller, more local spots. This means your selections will vary quite a bit from city to city.
Similarly, depending on your location, you may have a varying degree of available options. For example, as of November 13, 2018, Jersey City had a whopping 797 participating restaurants within 30 miles of the city center, while Boston had 202 and Denver had 146.
While most TrueBlue Dining establishments are of the smaller, more local type, make sure to note the address when you’re searching. In some instances there are local chains, but not every restaurant with the same name is always participating in the program.
This also applies for the few regional or national chains listed—check the address!
Here are a couple of larger chain restaurants we saw listed in Austin:
- Jack in the Box
- Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
- Souper Salad
- Dickey’s BBQ Pit
Using Credit Cards to Earn Extra Points
There are several options to earn True Blue points with credit cards, but both Membership Rewards and ThankYou Points transfer at a subpar 1:0.8 ratio.
The JetBlue cards, however, are an awesome way to earn True Blue points.
Barclays JetBlue Cards
|CREDIT CARD||CARD INFO|
|The JetBlue Plus Card|
|The JetBlue Card|
|The JetBlue Business Card|
Hot Tip: Check out the most valuable benefits of the JetBlue Plus Card!
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® Card - This is our favorite beginners travel card that earns valuable points and it comes with a big 60,000 sign up bonus (highest ever & valued at $750), after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. The annual fee is $95.|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited® - A simple, no annual fee card that earns you 1.5% cash back on all purchases. A good card to get after the Sapphire Preferred because then you can transfer your cash-back into points (which is how you maximize value).|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve® - This is a premium travel rewards card with a higher annual fee, but it'll get you into a lot of airport lounges (Priority Pass). 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 $450 annual fee.|
Recommended Chase Cards (Business)
|Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card - This is our #1 recommended business card and comes with a whopping 80,000 sign up bonus after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. This bonus is worth $1,000. You can earn lots of points by leveraging the cards bonus categories.|
|Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card - earn $500 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. In addition, get up to 5% cash back on a range of business expenses. A simple, $0 annual fee card.|
Citi ThankYou Points 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 ThankYou® Premier Card to transfer at that ratio. Citi ThankYou® Preferred card holders, which otherwise cannot transfer points to airline miles, can transfer to JetBlue at 1:0.8 ratio.
Recommend Citi Cards
|CREDIT CARD||CARD INFO|
|Citi ThankYou® Premier Card|
|Citi Prestige® Card|
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 welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months. This is our favorite card for getting into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass) and we get about $1,500+ in value from the card every year. |
Plus, get up to $200 in Uber credits annually ($15 per month and a $20 bonus in December) — and up to $200 in annual credit for airline incidental charges (e.g. baggage fees). For rates and fees of the Platinum Card, click here.
|American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide and 4x points at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x). |
With a welcome bonus of 35,000 points after you spend $2,000 in your first 3 months and a $100 airfare credit per year, for many this is an easy addition to your wallet. For rates and fees of the Gold Card, click here.
Recommended Amex Cards (Business)
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Even though this card carries a hefty annual fee, we get ~$1,250+ in value per year by leveraging as many of the benefits/perks card. |
Get access to 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide, $200 in airline fee credits for incidentals (e.g. baggage fees) and a lot more. Also, earn a welcome bonus of up to 75,000 points (terms apply). For rates and fees of the Business Platinum, click here.
|American Express® Business Gold Card - probably our favorite Amex business card because we earn 4x points across the top 2 select categories that we spend the most money in each month. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. This means you'll max out at a (whopping) 600,000 points per year. After that, you earn 1x. For rates and fees of the Business Gold Card, click here.|
|The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express - This is a real simple card that earns you 2x points on business purchases up to $50,000 annually (then 1x). There's no annual fee. For rates and fees of The Blue Business Plus, click here.|
Capital One Miles
You can transfer Capital One miles to JetBlue TrueBlue at a 2:1 ratio.
Make sure you have a Capital One card that has the transferable miles feature. Here are our picks:
Recommended Capital One Cards That Earn Miles (Personal)
|Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This is an excellent card for those looking to earn 10x miles per $1 across thousands of hotels. With a 20,000 mile sign up bonus (worth $200) after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months and no annual fee, it's a strong choice.|
|Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - A card for the more serious traveler. Earn a 50,000 mile sign up bonus (worth $500) once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening — and 10X miles per $1 spent across thousands of hotels. The annual fee is $0 intro for the first year, then $95 after that.|
Recommended Capital One Cards That Earn Miles (Business)
|Capital One® Spark® Miles Select for Business - This no annual fee card has a 20,000 mile sign up bonus after meeting the minimum spend of $3,000 within the first 3 months. Save on interest with 0% intro APR on purchases for 9 months; 15.24% - 23.24% variable APR after that.|
|Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business - Earn 50,000 miles once you spend $4,500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening. Annual fee: $0 intro for first year; $95 after that.|
If you enjoy dining out at restaurants, there are plenty of reasons you should sign up for the TrueBlue Dining Program—10,000 of them to be exact.
You’ll be signed up in just a few clicks. With a bit of extra effort to search participating restaurants, you’re well on your way to bonus point heaven!
Plus, if you’re one of the smart ones who uses a credit card that’s optimal for dining, bravo! Bonus + Bonus = Winning. Happy dining!