When you think of JetBlue, you might just think it’s another low-cost carrier. But this airline, founded in 2000 with the goal of “bringing humanity back to air travel,” has become a customer favorite known for great service and an awesome in-flight experience.
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.
In this post, we 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: If you find the same price for your vacation package on another website within 48 hours of booking, JetBlue will refund the price difference. This guarantee only applies to the flight and hotel portion of your package. The lower-priced itinerary must be identical in every way and not utilize any unpublished fares, opaque fares, promo codes, or special discounts.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. Things like taxes and insurance aren’t included. However, if you are booking with Cash + Points, you will NOT earn any TrueBlue points.
- 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
To book a JetBlue Vacations package, visit jetbluevacations.com.
From the home page of JetBlue Vacations, you’ll see a simple search box. Input your departure and destination cities, dates of travel, 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 really 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.
Underneath the package price, you’ll see the number of TrueBlue points you’ll earn 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. At the top of the screen, you will see the preselected flights 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 at a later date. Call 844-528-2229 or click here to learn more.
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 things like 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 extra 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|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card||Travel accident, global assist hotline, trip cancellation, lost/delayed luggage, trip delay|
|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|
|American Express® Business Gold Card||Travel accident, global assist hotline, lost luggage|
|Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard®||Travel accident, trip cancellation, baggage delay|
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
Changes to your JetBlue Vacations package (excluding tours and activities) must be made over the phone at least 1 day prior to departure to avoid a JetBlue Vacations fee. 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 roundtrip flights + hotel together. If the change involves an increase in price, 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 increases in airfare) resulting from canceling.
The remaining funds, after the cancellation fees are deducted, 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 prior to departure no longer results in any JetBlue Vacations fees. Any increase in price as a result of the change is due at the time of change.
JetBlue Vacations Deals
If you’re looking for a great deal and also 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 very specific dates and often from a select airport only. Be sure to read the specifics of each deal.
While these deals are a good starting point, they aren’t always the absolute 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 you’re 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, slightly more than 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 lots of different ways to earn the extra TrueBlue points you need for your next vacation without stepping foot on an airplane.
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 to 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!
Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Cards
You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to JetBlue at a 1:1 ratio.
Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)
|Credit Card||Benefits & Info|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred®|
(at Chase's secure site)
- Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
- Enjoy beneﬁts such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
- With Pay Yourself BackSM, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
- Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
- Good to Excellent (670-850)
- Annual Fee: $95
Must Reads: For more info on the Chase Sapphire Preferred, see our thoughts on its benefits and travel insurance coverage, which includes primary car rental insurance. Take a look at our full review to see why it’s one of our favorite cards.
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®|
(at Chase's secure site)
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
- Earn 5x total points on air travel and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
- Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 50,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
- With Pay Yourself BackSM, your points are worth 50% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority PassTM Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
- Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more
- Excellent (740-850)
- Annual Fee: $550
Must Reads: For more on the Chase Sapphire Reserve, see our thoughts on its benefits, global airport lounge access, and travel insurance protection. Take a look here for our full review.
There are also a number of Chase business credit cards.
Citi ThankYou 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 Premier℠ Card to transfer at that ratio. Cardholders of the Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card and Citi Rewards+® Card, 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 American Express Cards (Personal)
|Credit Card||Key Benefits & Info|
The Platinum Card® from American Express
(at Amex's secure site)
- Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum Card®, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.
- Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
- $200 Hotel Credit: Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
- $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
- $155 Walmart+ Credit: Cover the cost of a $12.95 monthly Walmart+ membership with a statement credit after you pay for Walmart+ each month with your Platinum Card. Cost includes $12.95 plus applicable local sales tax.
- American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
- $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
- $300 Equinox Credit: Get up to $25 back each month on the Equinox+ digital fitness app, or eligible Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $179 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $179 back per year on your CLEAR® membership.
- Good to Excellent (670-850)
- Annual Fee: $695
- Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum card, click here.
Must Reads: For more info on the Amex Platinum, see our thoughts on the cards incredible benefits and perks, which includes travel insurance coverage, and so much more. Check out our full review to see why it’s one of the best travel credit cards.
|American Express® Gold Card|
(at Amex's secure site)
- Rose Gold is here to stay. Card Members can choose between a Gold or Rose Gold Card.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® Points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
- $120 Dining Credit: Earn up to a total of $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Boxed, and participating Shake Shack locations. This can be an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Good to Excellent (670-850)
- Annual Fee: $250
- Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Amex Gold Card, click here.
Must Reads: For more info on the Amex Gold Card, see our guides on its benefits and perks, as well as our full review.
Business owners have a choice of Amex business credit cards to choose from.
Bottom Line: All of the major transferable currencies — Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points — transfer to JetBlue TrueBlue points.
Earn TrueBlue Points Through Partners
JetBlue has lots of partners that you can earn points from.
- Amazon (in-flight purchases)
- IHG Rewards
- Marriott Bonvoy
While JetBlue is not part of an airline alliance, it does have airline partners that allow you to earn JetBlue TrueBlue points.
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Silver Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airways
Shopping and Dining
You can also earn TrueBlue points on your everyday shopping and dining.
Before you make an online purchase, be sure to click through the TrueBlue Shopping portal. You’ll be able to earn TrueBlue points on all of the purchases you make through this portal.
You can also earn points each time you dine out through the TrueBlue Dining program. Once you sign up, register your credit card and use that credit card at participating restaurants. You’ll earn 3 points for every dollar you spend.
Bottom Line: For a comprehensive guide to earning JetBlue TrueBlue points check our list of ways to earn lots of TrueBlue points.
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 all works out.
The first example is for 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 for roundtrip flights for 2 from Atlanta (ATL) to Montego Bay (MBJ) plus 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 and versus booking the package through an online travel agency (OTA) like Orbitz or Travelocity. By booking this package through JetBlue, you’re saving over $470 over booking separately and over $60 compared to the OTAs.
One thing to note is that you’ll generally not earn any hotel loyalty points when you book through an airline or online travel agency. If you’re loyal to 1 brand like Marriott Bonvoy or Hyatt and the price difference is negligible, it’s often better to just book directly through the hotel’s own website so you can 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 make sure you’re getting the best deal possible.