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 rewards card which has a 60,000 point bonus (highest ever) after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. |
This 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. The bonus alone could get you multiple round-trip flights or hotel stays.
|Chase Sapphire Reserve® - Consider this premium card if you want to get into a lot of airport lounges. 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.|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited® - A simple, no annual fee card that earns you a $150 bonus after you spend $500 in your first 3 months. Earn 1.5% cash-back on all purchases, but you won't get any travel benefits or the ability to earn bonus points with this card.|
Recommended Chase Cards (Business)
|Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card - This is our #1 recommended business card and comes with a large 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 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards for travel purchases (flights, hotels etc). Pay your cell phone bill with this card to receive up to $600 in cell phone insurance coverage per year.|
|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. This no annual fee business card earns up to 5% cash back on a range of business expenses such as office supply stores, internet, cable, and phone services.|
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.
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, worth at least $600. |
This is our #1 card for accessing 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass). We leverage ~$2,700+ in value from the card every year. For rates & 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). There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly.|
With a welcome bonus of 35,000 points after you spend $4,000 in your first 3 months and a $100 airfare credit per year, it's a strong choice. For rates & fees of the Gold Card, click here.
Recommended Amex Cards (Business)
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Right now, there's a welcome bonus of up to 75,000 points. Earn 50,000 points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 after you spend an additional $10,000, on purchases within the first 3 months. |
See how we get ~$5,525+ in value per year by leveraging many of the benefits & perks, including access to 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide. For rates & 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, such as Facebook or Google ads. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. After that, you earn 1x. For rates & fees of the Business Gold Card, click here.|
|The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express - A super simple, no annual fee card that earns you 2x points on any business purchase, up to $50,000 annually (then 1x). That makes for an easy 100,000 points per year. For rates & 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® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - This card is packed with a lot more benefits and perks. Earn a 50,000 mile sign up bonus (worth $500 toward travel) once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening. We recommend this as a no-brainer card if you even semi-regularly stay at hotels.|
|Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This is an excellent card for those looking to earn 1.25x miles per $1 on every purchase. With a 20,000 mile sign up bonus (worth $200 toward travel) after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months and no annual fee, it's a strong choice.|
Recommended Capital One Cards That Earn Miles (Business)
|Capital One® Spark® Miles Select for Business - This no annual fee card earns unlimited 1.5x miles per dollar on every purchase and has a 20,000 mile sign up bonus [worth $200 in travel] 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; 14.49% - 22.49% variable APR after that.|
|Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business - This card earns unlimited 2x miles per dollar on every purchase, everywhere, and has a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles [worth $500 in travel] after spending $4,500 on purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, earn 5x miles on hotel and rental card bookings through Capital OneSM using a Spark Miles card. Annual Feel: $0 intro for the 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!