Often voted as the best low-cost carrier in the United States, there’s a lot to be excited about with JetBlue Airways. The airline not only offers the most legroom of any airline in its price range (a spacious 32 to 34 inches), it also provides delicious snacks and free Wi-Fi in every seat. Plus, the carrier has an easy-to-use frequent-flyer program that offers some great value if you use it correctly.

While the JetBlue TrueBlue program is often overlooked in the world of points and miles, TrueBlue points are easy to earn and redeem.

Currently, JetBlue operates almost exclusively in the Americas. However, the airline recently began operating transatlantic flights to London. Still, if you’re looking to utilize the JetBlue TrueBlue program, you should be aware that it won’t do you much good if you’re looking to fly around Europe, Asia or Africa.

However, if you want to book some award flights on this side of the Atlantic, JetBlue TrueBlue offers some high-value redemptions, especially when you take advantage of the flash sales.

Let’s go over everything you need to know about the JetBlue TrueBlue program: airline partners, elite status, how to earn points and how to get the most value out of those points.

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JetBlue TrueBlue Overview

JetBlue serves more than 100 destinations across the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. However, the carrier recently added London to its network, representing its first route in Europe.

Unlike many airlines that cut back their routes during the COVID-19 pandemic, JetBlue actually added about 30 more routes in the last few years, most of them out of Newark (EWR) and the Florida area.

JetBlue is also one of the youngest airlines in the United States, so it’s a new player in the world of points and miles. The earnings and redemptions rates are based on the cash price of the flight. However, you can also rack up TrueBlue points without ever stepping on an airplane through credit card spending, dining, shopping or staying with one of their hotel partners.

While JetBlue is not part of any airline alliance, it has several partner programs that you can earn and redeem points with. Here’s the full list of JetBlue’s hotel and airline partner programs:

  • Aer Lingus
  • American Airlines
  • Cape Air
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Icelandair
  • IHG One Rewards
  • JSX
  • Qatar Airways
  • Silver Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways

You can earn JetBlue TrueBlue points by flying any of the airline partners above. However, you can redeem TrueBlue points only for Hawaiian Airlines flights. It’s also worth noting that you can earn 100 points per day (or 200 points per day with JetBlue TrueBlue Mosaic elite status) for rental car bookings through Avis or Budget.

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JetBlue TrueBlue Mosaic Elite Status

JetBlue had just one elite status tier: Mosaic. A second, elevated elite status tier called Mosaic+, was created in 2021. However, JetBlue has announced that Mosaic+ will be available until the end of 2022 only. While it might possibly revamp it after the end of 2022, we’re going to cover only Mosaic elite status in this article.

You can earn JetBlue Mosaic elite status in the following ways:

  • Flying 30 segments and earning 12,000 base points in a calendar year
  • Earning 15,000 base points in a calendar year
  • Spending $50,000 on a JetBlue co-branded credit card in a calendar year

JetBlue Mosaic status is one of the easiest elite statuses to earn in the entire airline industry. And it doesn’t lack valuable perks. Mosaic elite status members get the following benefits:

  • An extra 3X points per dollar spent on JetBlue flights
  • Free same-day switches for you and eligible companions on the same itinerary
  • Two free checked bags for you and eligible companions
  • Free wine, beer and liquor on JetBlue flights
  • Exclusive ability to redeem points for Mint Studio tickets
  • Early boarding and early access to overhead bins
  • Access to expedited security lane so you can get to your gate faster
  • 24/7 access to a dedicated customer service phone line

As part of JetBlue’s partnership with American Airlines, Mosaic members also gain access to elite perks on American Airlines flights, including two free checked bags, priority boarding and free same-day flight change, among others.

How to Earn TrueBlue Points

Obviously, the most straightforward way to earn TrueBlue points is to book JetBlue flights. However, there are several other ways to earn points that you’ll want to be aware of, from spending on JetBlue co-branded credit cards to shopping on Amazon.

Flying with JetBlue

The most obvious way to earn TrueBlue points is by flying JetBlue. The number of points you earn depends on the cost of your ticket, the fare type and where you make your booking.

If you’re flying in fare classes Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Extra or Mint, you’ll receive at least 3X TrueBlue points per dollar spent on base fare. If you make your booking directly through JetBlue, you’ll also earn an additional 3X points.

If you book a Blue Basic ticket (the lowest fare class), you’ll earn 1X point per dollar spent and an additional 1X point for booking directly through JetBlue.

No matter what fare class you book, you will earn an additional 3X points per dollar spent if you have Mosaic elite status. Plus, you can earn another 3X to 6X points for paying with a JetBlue credit card.

Here is a breakdown for the earnings bonuses that you can earn with JetBlue:

Blue/Blue Plus/Blue Extra/MintBlue Basic
Mosaic-qualifying base points31
Direct booking bonus31
JetBlue Card/Plus Card bonus3/63/6
Mosaic bonus33
Total points earned per $112/158/11

As you can see, if you book a flight in Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Extra or Mint fare class directly through JetBlue with a JetBlue Plus card as a Mosaic elite member, you could earn as many as 15X points per dollar on that flight. This means that you can rack up a large balance of TrueBlue points with just a few flights.

If you frequently fly with a pet, you will have to pay $125 each way to add your pet to your booking. However, you will earn an extra 300 TrueBlue points for flying with your furry friend. You will also earn 200 bonus points if you pay the additional fee for an Even More Space seat.

Flying with Partner Airlines

In addition to earning TrueBlue points by flying with JetBlue, you can also earn TrueBlue points by flying with some of JetBlue’s partner airlines. Here are the seven domestic and international airlines on which you can earn TrueBlue points:

Partner AirlineEarnings Rate
Hawaiian AirlinesMinimum 0.5 point per 2 miles
IcelandairMany coach flights don’t earn points. Flights that do earn points earn a minimum of 1 point per 2 miles.
JSX150 to 250 points per flight
Silver Airways250 points per flight
Singapore AirlinesMinimum 1 point per 2 miles
South African AirlinesMinimum 1 point per 2 miles

The earnings rates listed above are the minimum earnings rates on each partner airline. However, the exact earnings rate will vary by airline, booking class and distance. You can access the earnings chart for each partner through JetBlue’s partner directory.

If you want to credit a flight from one of the aforementioned partners to your JetBlueTrueBlue account, simply enter your TrueBlue account number when booking your flight.

As part of JetBlue’s partnership with American Airlines, you can earn TrueBlue points on American Airlines flights just like you would on a JetBlue flight—3X points per dollar on all fare classes, except basic economy, which earns 1X point.

You can also get your 3X additional points for holding Mosaic status. However, American Airlines flights aren’t eligible for direct booking or JetBlue credit card payment bonuses.

You can book American Airlines flights through JetBlue’s website and receive TrueBlue points. Alternatively, you can also book qualifying flights through American Airlines’s website, select JetBlue Airways for the frequent-flyer program and then enter your TrueBlue account number.

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Spending with JetBlue Credit Cards

One of the best ways to earn TrueBlue points without ever actually stepping on a plane is to sign up for one of JetBlue’s three co-branded credit cards, all of which are issued by Barclays. With these cards, you can earn TrueBlue points for everyday spending and unlock special benefits when flying with JetBlue.

Here are the three JetBlue co-branded credit cards and what you should know about them:

Annual feeSpending bonusesNotable perks
JetBlue Card$0• 3X points on eligible JetBlue purchases
• 2X points at restaurants and grocery stores
• 1X points on everything else
• 50% rebate on in-flight food and beverage purchases
• No foreign transaction fees
JetBlue Plus Card$99• 6X points on eligible JetBlue purchases
• 2X points at restaurants and grocery stores
• 1X points on everything else
• Free checked bag on JetBlue
• Unlimited 10% rebate when you redeem points
• 50% rebate on in-flight purchases
• No foreign transaction fees
• 5,000 points every cardmember anniversary
• Ability to earn Mosaic status after spending $50,000 in a calendar year
• Annual $100 statement credit toward JetBlue Vacations packages
JetBlue Business Card$99• 6X points on eligible JetBlue purchases
• 2X points at restaurants and office supply stores
• 1X points on everything else
• Free checked bag on JetBlue
• Unlimited 10% rebate when you redeem points
• 50% rebate on in-flight purchases
• No foreign transaction fees
• 5,000 points every cardmember anniversary
• Ability to earn Mosaic status after spending $50,000 in a calendar year
• Annual $100 statement credit toward JetBlue Vacations packages

Another great way to earn a lot of TrueBlue points quickly is with the welcome bonuses offered by all three of these cards. To get the bonus, you’ll need to spend a certain amount of money within a specified amount of time after opening the card.

Earning with Other Partners

Outside of their airline partners, JetBlue is also partnered with several other hotel, rental car, shopping and credit card programs that can help you boost your TrueBlue points balance. However, you should be aware that earning TrueBlue points with some of these programs will prevent you from earning that program’s own rewards currency.

Amazon

You can earn 3X points per dollar spent on Amazon when you shop onboard a JetBlue flight via Fly-Fi. To do so, log in to Fly-Fi using your TrueBlue account credentials and then go to Amazon.com to earn 3X points on eligible purchases that you make during your flight. Note that you won’t earn TrueBlue points if you make purchases through the Amazon mobile app.

Avis and Budget

By providing your TrueBlue account number when booking a rental car through Avis or Budget, you can earn 100 TrueBlue points per day. Mosaic elite status holders will earn an additional 100 points per day, totaling 200 points per day.

For certain rentals, TrueBlue members may earn discounts on rental car base rates through Avis and Budget.

IHG One Rewards

At most hotel brands that participate in the IHG One Rewards program, you can earn 2X TrueBlue points per dollar spent on qualifying room rates. You’ll earn 1X point at participating Candlewood and Staybridge Suites and earn 500 points per qualifying stay at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.

Jet Opinions

As a member of JetBlue TrueBlue, you can earn 400 points for completing your first survey on Jet Opinions. You can then continue to fill out surveys and be rewarded with points. The amount of points you’ll earn varies by survey.

Credit Card Transfer Partners

If you want to boost your TrueBlue account quickly and you have a large balance of points that you’ve earned with a major credit card issuer, you can transfer points from all major transferable points programs at varying rates.

Here are the standard transfer rates from partners to JetBlue:

Transferable Points ProgramTransfer Ratio
American Express Membership Rewards1.25:1
Capital One Rewards2:1.5
Chase Ultimate Rewards1:1
Citi ThankYou Rewards1:1 for Chairman, Citi Prestige® Card and Citi Premier® Card cardholders and 1:0.8 for Citi ThankYou Preferred and Citi Rewards+® Card cardholders

If you have a JetBlue flight on your radar and you don’t have enough TrueBlue points in your account, you might want to consider transferring points from one of the aforementioned programs to top off your balance.

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TrueBlue Dining

You can earn 3X points per dollar spent at participating restaurants (whether eating out or ordering in) when you sign up for TrueBlue Dining and link a card. Every time you dine at a participating restaurant and use that card, you’ll automatically earn TrueBlue points.

It’s worth noting that you can link your credit card to only one airline dining rewards program at a time, so you might want to research which airline dinings rewards program offers the best earnings before signing up for TrueBlue Dining.

With any airline dining rewards program, you will earn points or miles in addition to the points or miles that your credit card earns. So, make sure that you use whatever credit card offers the best dining rewards when linking to TrueBlue Dining or a similar program.

TrueBlue Shopping

You can earn 3X points per dollar on purchases made through the TrueBlue Shopping portal. You can simply log in with your TrueBlue account credentials and browse products from hundreds of merchants worldwide. Whenever you place an order through the portal, you’ll be rewarded with TrueBlue points.

You can also earn points by shopping in stores at certain merchants. To do so, navigate to the in-store offer page, link a credit card and earn points when shopping in-store at participating merchants. Current participants include Lowe’s, Banana Republic and Old Navy, to name a few.

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How to Redeem TrueBlue Points

JetBlue uses a dynamic pricing model for its award flights, meaning that the price you pay in points is tied pretty closely to the cash rate. Unlike some other airlines, you can use points to book any seat on any flight across JetBlue’s entire route network. With most seats, the average value per point is about 1.3 cents. Unfortunately, redemption values tend to be a bit lower with booking in Mint fare class.

However, on top of redeeming your points for JetBlue flights, you can also book Hawaiian Airlines flights with TrueBlue points. You also have the option to book vacation packages through JetBlue Vacations and use your points to pay for a portion of the bundle.

Booking JetBlue Flights

If you want to book a JetBlue award flight, just search for your flight itinerary on JetBlue’s website like you normally would and check the “Use TrueBlue Points” box. Then, you’ll see the available flights on your selected dates and their respective costs in points. You can compare the cost in points to the cash fare by searching the same dates and destination again without checking the “Use TrueBlue points” box.

Booking JetBlue Flights

As a reminder, if you have the JetBlue Plus Card or the JetBlue Business Card, you’ll receive a 10% rebate on all award flights, so you should factor that in when calculating the value of a redemption.

JetBlue also gives you the option to pay for award flights with Points + Cash, meaning you can use TrueBlue points to cover a portion of the fare and cash to cover the rest. Unfortunately, your points typically don’t go as far when redeeming this way, yielding an average value of 0.9 cent per point.

So, if you really need to book a flight but you’re short on points, it might be worth using Points + Cash. In any other case, it’s probably better to use all points or all cash to pay for your flight.

Booking Hawaiian Airlines Flights

Despite JetBlue’s long list of airline partners, Hawaiian Airlines is the only partner airline that allows you to book award flights with TrueBlue points. It’s worth noting that you can’t currently book American Airlines flights with TrueBlue points. However, JetBlue has said that it’s working to make that an option in the future.

If you want to book a Hawaiian Airlines flight with TrueBlue points, you will need to call JetBlue customer service. You can’t book Hawaiian Airlines flights through JetBlue’s website. JetBlue has stated that award tickets are available on all Hawaiian Airlines flights. However, award availability may be limited.

Hawaiian Airlines serves 30 destinations across eight countries. It uses a fixed award chart to price its award flights, meaning that you’ll pay a fixed number of points based on the fare class, origin and destination of your reservation.

Here’s the award chart to redeem JetBlue miles for Hawaiian Airlines economy class flights:

OriginDestination
HawaiiWest Coast U.S.East Coast U.S.International Destinations
Hawaii6,00022,00030,00030,000
West Coast U.S. 22,000XX50,000
East Coast U.S. 30,000XX50,000
International Destinations30,00050,00050,000X

Here's the award chart to redeem JetBlue miles for Hawaiian Airlines business class flights:

OriginDestination
HawaiiWest Coast U.S.East Coast U.S.International Destinations
Hawaii12,00045,00070,00070,000
West Coast U.S. 45,000XX120,000
East Coast U.S. 70,000XX120,000
International Destinations70,000120,000120,000X

As you can see, flights within Hawaii can be purchased for as few as 6,000 TrueBlue points. However, if you’re flying out of the continental United States, you’re going to pay a minimum of 22,000 points. Still, you can find some redemptions through Hawaiian Airlines that offer solid value, especially if you’re looking to fly to or out of Hawaii.

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JetBlue Vacations

In addition to just booking flights, you can also book hotel and flight packages using TrueBlue points through JetBlue Vacations. While in the past you could use TrueBlue points only to discount the price of a JetBlue Vacations package, it’s now possible to pay for the entire vacation package. However, you still will have to pay a modest amount of cash in fees and taxes.

You can also purchase flight and cruise packages through JetBlue Vacations, but, unfortunately, they don’t allow you to pay for any portion of these packages with points.

If you want to book a hotel and flight package using points, you can search your desired dates, origin and destination on the JetBlue Vacations website and check the “Use TrueBlue Points” box. Then, you’ll be presented with your hotel and flight options and the amount you’ll have to pay in points and cash.

JetBlue Vacations

As you can see above, some of these JetBlue Vacations packages do allow you to pay almost entirely in points. So, if you have a large sum of TrueBlue points sitting in your account, you may want to look into JetBlue Vacations as a redemption option.

The Bottom Line

While there aren’t many redemptions within the JetBlue TrueBlue program that offer exceptionally high value, this is still a frequent-flyer program worth participating in. First of all, JetBlue is one of the highest-rated airlines in the United States, and it puts a lot of effort into maximizing the onboard experience of their passengers.

On top of that, Mosaic elite status is one of the easiest airline elite statuses to achieve in the entire industry. Plus, you can earn TrueBlue points by dining, filling out surveys and several other ways that don’t involve stepping on an airplane. So, there’s really no downside to joining the TrueBlue program.