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.
When you think of JetBlue, you might think it’s another low-cost carrier. But this airline, founded in 2000 to “bring humanity back to air travel,” has become a customer favorite known for great service and an awesome in-flight experience.
This post 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?
- Best Price Guarantee: JetBlue will refund the price difference if you find the same price for your vacation package on another website within 48 hours of booking. This guarantee only applies to the flight and hotel portion of your package. The lower-priced itinerary must be identical and not utilize any unpublished fares, opaque fares, promo codes, or special discounts.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.
- 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. Taxes and insurance don’t earn points. However, if you are booking with Cash + Points, you will NOT earn any TrueBlue points. And base points and flight segments earned on JetBlue Vacations packages now count toward Mosaic status.
- 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.
- 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
From the home page of JetBlue Vacations, you’ll see a simple search box. Input your departure and destination cities, travel dates, and the number of rooms and people, then click on Search flights + hotel.
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.
You can filter your results list by many different options:
- Price range
- Tripadvisor rating
- Star rating
- Distance from the center of town
- 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 helpful tool when you know the general area you want to stay in but aren’t sure about a specific hotel.
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.
You’ll see the number of TrueBlue points you’ll earn under the package price when you book the selected vacation package.
To see more details about the hotel, including pictures and room types, click on Choose this Deal.
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.
You will next be able to select your departing flight. You will see the preselected flights at the top of the screen at the previously indicated price. If you are happy with these flights, click Continue to Checkout. Otherwise, scroll down.
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.
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.
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 later.
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!
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 perils including illness or injury. It also offers coverage for emergency medical care while abroad and a 24-hour emergency hotline.
If you’re using the right credit card, an 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 Card||Included Travel Insurance|
|American Express® Business Gold Card||Travel accident, global assist hotline, lost luggage|
|Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card||Trip cancellation and interruption, trip delay, lost luggage (see our guide to the card’s full travel insurance benefits)|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card||Travel accident, global assist hotline, trip cancellation, lost/delayed luggage, trip delay (see our guide to the card’s full travel insurance benefits)|
|Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card||Travel accident, global assist hotline, trip cancellation, lost/delayed luggage, trip delay|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||Travel accident, global assist hotline, lost luggage (see our guide to the card’s full travel insurance benefits)|
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
To avoid a JetBlue Vacations fee, changes to your JetBlue Vacations package (excluding tours and activities) must be made over the phone at least 1 day before departure. Some hotels have a different penalty period, so be sure to refer to your package’s exact terms.
There are no change fees when you book round-trip flights and hotels together. If the change involves a price increase, payment is due at the time of change.
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).
JetBlue Vacations has eliminated its cancellation fees for cancellations made at least the day before departure. Customers are responsible for any increases to the price (including airfare increases) resulting from canceling.
After the cancellation fees are deducted, the remaining funds 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.
Bottom Line: Changing or canceling your JetBlue Vacations package at least 1 day before departure no longer results in any JetBlue Vacations fees. Any increase in price due to the change is due at the time of change.
JetBlue Vacations Deals
If you’re looking for a great deal and have some flexibility in your travel plans, check out JetBlue Vacations Deals. You can find these by clicking Deals in the main menu bar.
These deals may offer great prices, but they’re also offered on specific dates and often from a select airport. Be sure to read the specifics of each deal.
While these deals are a good starting point, they aren’t always the 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 doing your initial search, click the box that says Use TrueBlue Points right above the Search flights + hotel button.
Then, you’ll see the price in cash and TrueBlue points instead of just cash.
Hot Tip: When you use TrueBlue points to pay for your JetBlue Vacations package, you’ll get a 1.3 cents per point value, which is on par with 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 many different ways to earn the extra TrueBlue points you need for your next vacation without stepping foot on an airplane, including travel partners, the TrueBlue Shopping portal, and the TrueBlue Dining program.
Here are some of the best credit cards for JetBlue flyers:
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 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!
Transferrable Point Credit Cards
Most of the major transferable currencies — American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Points — transfer to JetBlue TrueBlue points.
You can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards at a 1:1 ratio, Citi ThankYou Rewards at a 1:1 ratio or 1:08 ratio (depending on the card you hold), and Amex Membership Rewards at a rate of 1:0.8.
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 works out.
The first example is 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 Vacations||Flight Cost on JetBlue||Hotel Cost on Hotel’s Own Website||Hotel Price on Kayak||Cheapest Total Price if Booked Separately||Total Package Price on Priceline (same hotel, similar flights)||Total Package Price on Travelocity (same hotel, same flights)|
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.
The next example is roundtrip flights for 2 from Atlanta (ATL) to Montego Bay (MBJ) and a 3-night weekend stay at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall.
|Total Package Price From JetBlue Vacations||Flight Cost on JetBlue||Hotel Cost on Hotel’s Own Website||Hotel Price on Kayak||Total Price if Booked Separately||Total Package Price on Orbitz (same hotel, same flights)||Total Package Price on Travelocity (same hotel, same flights)|
In this example, JetBlue Vacations will save you money versus booking the hotel and flights separately or booking the package through an online travel agency (OTA) such as Orbitz or Travelocity. By booking this package through JetBlue, you save over $470 over booking separately and over $60 compared to the OTAs.
You’ll generally not earn any hotel loyalty points when you book through an airline or online travel agency. If you’re loyal to a brand like Marriott Bonvoy or Hyatt and the price difference is negligible, it’s often better to book directly through the hotel’s own website to 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.
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 ensure you’re getting the best deal possible.
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