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® - 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. |
Plus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred earns 2x points per $1 on travel and dining worldwide, eligible delivery services, take out and dining out, plus other travel benefits such as excellent travel insurance coverage and no foreign transaction fees.
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.|
For business owners, consider one of Chase’s business credit cards.
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 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.
If you’re a business owner, we recommend a number of Amex’s business credit cards.
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.
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!