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& Kellie Jez
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In this article, I’ll describe the best ways to use your JetBlue TrueBlue points that will give you the highest value rewards.
There are a few different options available to earn JetBlue TrueBlue points. The most conventional way to earn JetBlue reward points is through flying, but you’ll be able to earn more points a lot quicker through various credit cards. Below are all of the credit cards you can use to earn JetBlue points.
JetBlue has 3 co-branded credit cards that you can use to earn JetBlue points. These cards are provided by Barclays.
You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to JetBlue at a 1:1 ratio.
A fantastic travel card with a huge welcome offer, good benefits, and perks for a moderate annual fee.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® card is one of the best travel rewards cards on the market. Its bonus categories include travel, dining, online grocery purchases, and streaming services, which gives you the opportunity to earn lots of bonus points on these purchases.
Additionally, it offers flexible point redemption options, no foreign transaction fees, and excellent travel insurance coverage including primary car rental insurance. With benefits like these, it’s easy to see why this card is an excellent choice for any traveler.
A top player in the high-end premium travel credit card space that earns 3x points on travel and dining while offering top luxury perks.
If you’re looking for an all-around excellent travel rewards card, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® is one of the best options out there.
The card combines elite travel benefits and perks like airport lounge access, with excellent point earning and redemption options. Plus it offers top-notch travel insurance protections to keep you covered whether you’re at home or on the road.
Don’t forget the $300 annual travel credit which really helps to reduce the annual fee!
If you’re a business owner, see our list of recommended Chase business credit cards.
JetBlue is an American Express transfer partner at a rate of 1:0.8. Sometimes you can take advantage of promotional periods that bump up the transfer rate to 1:1.
The Amex Platinum reigns supreme for luxury travel, offering the best airport lounge access plus generous statement credits, and complimentary elite status.
If you're approved and accept this Card, your credit score may be impacted.
When it comes to cards that offer top-notch benefits, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better card out there than The Platinum Card® from American Express.
Make no mistake — the Amex Platinum card is a premium card with a premium price tag. With amazing benefits like best-in-class airport lounge access, hotel elite status, and tremendous value in annual statement credits, it can easily prove to be one of the most lucrative cards in your wallet year after year.
This is the best card for food lovers who dine out at restaurants (worldwide), order take-out and want big rewards at U.S. supermarkets!
If you're approved and accept this Card, your credit score may be impacted.
The American Express® Gold Card is a game-changer.
With this card, you can earn 4x Membership Rewards points at restaurants and you’ll also earn 4x Membership Rewards points at U.S. supermarkets on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1x.
There isn’t another card on the market that offers a 1-2 punch like this. Of course, there are several other benefits of the Gold Card as well, including extra monthly dining rewards and more.
Business owners can review our list of recommended Amex business credit cards in our guide.
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 cardholders, which otherwise cannot transfer points to airline miles, can transfer to JetBlue at 1:0.8 ratio.
New York-based low-cost carrier JetBlue is the fifth largest airline in the United States, and TrueBlue is its frequent flyer program.
Similar to Southwest Airlines’ program, any seat on any JetBlue flight can be booked with points as long as it’s available to be booked with cash–no blackout dates! Points can be used on one-way and round-trip flights.
Redemption rates correlate to airfare prices, meaning the cheaper the fare, the fewer TrueBlue points required to redeem an award flight.
A unique feature of the TrueBlue program is that families can pool reward points into a family account. Most airlines allow just 1 account per person, but this option provides an opportunity to keep miles in a single account.
Upon enrolling in the option, family members can earn TrueBlue points more quickly.
The main benefit of doing this is not having to transfer points between accounts or pay fees associated with a member-to-member point transfer. One person designated as the head of the household manages point accumulation and can book award flights for anyone in the family.
I’ve compiled and highlighted some of the best travel redemptions available to book with your JetBlue points here; these are the options that will help you take your JetBlue points to the next level!
This isn’t a completely exhaustive list, but it does include a lot of options traveling to different regions in different classes of service.
Of course, there may be other great redemptions available. Depending on how and where you like to travel, you may have some other favorite award options; feel free to share these with us!
We will work to keep this information as up to date as possible; now onto the best ways to use JetBlue points.
Mint is JetBlue’s version of a premium cabin, and it’s available on transcontinental flights within the U.S. as well as on some flights to the Caribbean.
JetBlue Mint class includes fully lie-flat seats, some of which are suites that will be perfect for flyers who value personal space and look for a little more privacy in-flight.
In-flight perks include free internet access (known as Fly-Fi on JetBlue flights), unlimited entertainment, tapas menu, and amenity kits.
Currently, Mint is offered on routes originating in Boston and New York (JFK) for travel to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Aruba, and Barbados. Future routes include Fort Lauderdale, Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Diego, as well as Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Maarten.
Here’s the complete route map currently available:
All Mint seats are available for TrueBlue point redemptions.
Flight prices vary quite a bit for Mint, but the lowest price I was able to find for flights between JFK and LAX was 52,000 reward points one-way. It’s possible to fly Mint for less on the Boston to Aruba, route which starts at 39,400 points one-way.
Need Help Booking? Read our guide on how you can book JetBlue Mint Class using points
JetBlue is among the few U.S. carriers that have been approved to operate to Cuba. In fact, JetBlue was the first U.S.-based carrier to operate a commercial flight to the forbidden island in almost 50 years. It turns out that flying to the island is also a great use of frequent flyer points!
JetBlue operates to 4 Cuban destinations: Camaguey, Holguin, Santa Clara, and Havana. Departures from New York City and Orlando fly to Havana only, while Fort Lauderdale serves all 4 Cuban destinations.
Please keep in mind that U.S. citizens are required to select one of the approved reasons for travel to Cuba, including family visits, journalistic activity, or official business, among others.
Hot Tip: Note: As of June 5, 2019, the United States is eliminating two main categories: people-to-people travel and educational purposes travel. This is a huge blow, as now it’s nearly impossible to visit Cuba for tourism.
It is possible to book a one-way ticket, but passengers must provide proof of onward travel upon check-in at the airport.
Using JetBlue presents great value for these flights in comparison to other U.S.-based carriers. For example, flights from New York (JFK) to Havana can be booked for as few as 5,500 TrueBlue points per leg or 11,000 round-trip.
JetBlue elite flyers, known as Mosaic Members, can redeem their TrueBlue points for an upgrade from a purchased economy ticket to a premium economy seat with extra legroom.
Even More Space seats are those roomy seats located either in emergency exit rows or at the front of a plane that offers passengers 38 inches of pitch. In comparison, regular economy seats provide 32 inches.
In some markets, early boarding and access to overhead space are included with a purchase of an Even More Space seat.
Even More Space costs vary by route, beginning at $10 per leg and increasing based on the distance. Mosaic Members can upgrade their economy seat to Even More Space for just 800 TrueBlue points, so it’s a relatively good use of those miles.
JetBlue sells an array of vacation packages (air + hotel) to travelers who are looking for a getaway that doesn’t involve a lot of planning. Prices vary depending on the length of stay and lodging option included.
Most of these vacations depart from the East Coast: Boston, New York, and Fort Lauderdale. The best part is that you can redeem TrueBlue points toward one of these packages!
Passengers can select a cash and reward points option when browsing for the right getaway, allowing them to apply a combination of both toward a trip. Unfortunately, there’s no option to book a vacation package with TrueBlue points alone.
For example, booking January flights between Fort Lauderdale and Aruba with 3 nights at the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino comes to $1,357 per couple, or 22,600 TrueBlue points + $954 per couple when booked with the cash and points option.
This would net you a value of 1.78 cents per JetBlue point, which is pretty good value.
In another example, booking December flights between New York and Cancun with 3 nights at the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort comes to $1,148 per couple, or 25,600 TrueBlue points + $703 per couple using cash and points (a value of 1.74 cents per point).
Generally speaking, JetBlue Plus points are worth around 1.4 cents per point, so you’d be receiving 20-25% outsized value over the norm when spending points on JetBlue Getaways.
JetBlue Getaways include domestic destinations such as Daytona Beach, Las Vegas, and Walt Disney World. International destinations in the Caribbean include the Bahamas, Curacao, St. Thomas, and many others.
Hot Tip: If you’re booking a vacation with cash, be sure to use The JetBlue Card or The JetBlue Plus Card in order to earn more points while booking! You could even use an American Express card like the American Express Gold Card to earn points that are transferable.
JetBlue operates quite a multitude of flights to the Caribbean islands. Destinations include Antigua, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Dominican Republic, and St. Lucia, to name a few. Most recently, JetBlue has added Cuba as a Caribbean destination.
Both United Airlines and Delta Air Lines currently begin pricing flights at 35,000 miles for a round-trip ticket from New York to Grand Cayman, while American Airlines requires 30,000 AAdvantage miles.
With JetBlue, travelers can find round-trip flights for 16,400 TrueBlue points, or about half of the mileage that flagship airlines charge for a similar flight (based on our research for December departures).
If you think about it, with the same number of miles as a flagship carrier requires, you can take 2 people to paradise on JetBlue instead of 1!
Prices during other times of the year can be even lower, dipping down to around 11,000 TrueBlue points round-trip.
In this case, the numbers speak for themselves: using frequent flyer program points on some routes can save you many, many miles!
Hot Tip: Sometimes unexpected things come up and you need to cancel your flight. Here’s our step-by-step guide to canceling your JetBlue flight.
JetBlue serves multiple destinations in South America, including Bogota, Medellin, and Cartagena, Colombia, as well as Quito, Ecuador, and Lima, Peru.
Award redemptions to the northern South America region cost quite a bit on flagship carriers: 35,000 AAdvantage miles (round-trip ticket on American Airlines), 40,000 MileagePlus miles on United Airlines, and 45,000 SkyMiles on Delta Air Lines…and these are at the lowest award levels in economy class.
Flights to that region using JetBlue miles can be found for fewer than 15,000 each way, depending on the dates and departure cities. Of course, being flexible with travel times can help passengers maximize those redemptions even further!
Hot Tip: Before traveling internationally, you should consider the Global Entry program, which will offer you TSA PreCheck to speed up security on the way there plus Global Entry to more quickly clear customs on the way back!
Award redemptions to Central America originating in the U.S. come to 35,000 miles for round-trip flights on United Airlines and on Delta Air Lines. American Airlines requires 25,000 AAdvantage miles during the off-peak dates and 30,000 AAdvantage miles for a MileSAAver redemption.
In comparison, JetBlue offers award flights to Costa Rica for between 10,000 and 15,000 TrueBlue points per leg, depending on the dates. Again, the number of miles required for a redemption depends on the ticket cost, so it pays to be flexible!
It isn’t widely known, but JetBlue operates seasonal flights from Seattle to Alaska between May and September. A round-trip flight to the last frontier can be booked for as little as 12,000 TrueBlue points depending on when you go.
American charges 15,000 AAdvantage miles per leg during the summer months and throughout the rest of the year. United lists its Saver Award level as 17,500 miles per leg. Interestingly enough, Delta has wide availability in the summer for just 14,000 SkyMiles round-trip. If you’re flexible on dates, JetBlue still presents the best value for your miles.
This post suggests some of the best ways to use TrueBlue points. Although in most cases reward points represent a fixed value, there are still great redemptions to be had when flying JetBlue.
As demonstrated earlier, a little flexibility and a bit of creativity can go a long way. You’ll be flying to incredible destinations at fraction of the mileage required with other airlines.
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JetBlue points are the points you will earn when flying JetBlue or from using their co-branded credit cards. JetBlue points can be used to book flights or vacation packages through JetBlue, among other options.
You can expect to redeem your JetBlue points for around 1-1.4 cents each. There may be cases when the value you derive from your points is outside of this range, so it’s always worth it to do a quick calculation before you redeem!
In order to use your JetBlue points to fly to Hawaii, you will need to make use of JetBlue’s partnership with Hawaiian Airlines. It is not possible to book awards with Hawaiian Airlines online, so you will need to call JetBlue reservations at 1-800-JETBLUE.
JetBlue now publishes a Hawaiian Airlines award chart on its website. Award tickets are priced zone-by-zone, so the longer the flight, the more you’ll pay for an award ticket.
It is not possible to use your JetBlue points to fly to Europe.
JetBlue partners with a handful of airlines, but some airlines are only partners in terms of being able to earn miles. You can earn JetBlue points while flying with the following airlines:
Of these, it is only possible to redeem your JetBlue points for flights on Hawaiian Airlines (in addition to JetBlue operated flights of course).
There are more than 10 Membership Rewards credit cards: the American Express Gold® card, The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express, and more!
The length of time it takes for JetBlue points to post in your account depends on how they were earned.
If you earn points from your JetBlue credit card, those should post within 3 days of your statement closing date as long as your account is current.
Transfers from American Express Membership Rewards can take up to 48 hours to complete, but are usually instant.
Points earned from flying JetBlue can take up to 14 days to be added to your account, while flights on partners can take up to 30 days.
JetBlue points don’t expire.
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Caroline Lupini always enjoyed traveling, but it became her goal to do as much as possible after a 3-week trip around Europe in 2011. In March 2014, Caroline left her job and embarked on nearly full-time travels.
As a frequent traveler, frequent flyer miles have played a large role in planning her trips. Caroline has enjoyed discovering the ins and outs of how to maximize different types of miles, hotel points, and transferable points currencies.
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