How to earn points in the JetBlue TrueBlue program
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JetBlue’s loyalty program, TrueBlue, has been around since the airline’s inception. It’s one of the most straightforward mileage programs in the sky but tends to fly under the radar. That may change soon, as the airline has made some splashy moves, like announcing future service to London from New York and Boston in 2021. Additionally, the carrier boasts the best domestic business and economy class products, winning both categories at last year’s TPG Awards.
But did you know you can earn JetBlue TrueBlue points without flying? That’s right: While you’re in quarantine, you can earn JetBlue points through hotel stays, dining and more. Here’s everything you need to know about earning JetBlue TrueBlue points.
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Earn JetBlue points by flying
One of the easiest ways to quickly get a ton of points is by taking JetBlue flights. JetBlue awards TrueBlue points based on three factors: how much your flight costs, the fare type you book and where you book.
Earning points on JetBlue flights
If you’re booking a JetBlue flight for travel on the airline, you’ll earn at least 3 TrueBlue points per dollar spent in Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Extra or Mint.
If you book the flight on JetBlue.com (or through the app), you’ll earn an additional 3x points. Additionally, those with JetBlue Mosaic elite status earn another 3x points spent on all paid JetBlue flights, no matter the fare booked.
Last year JetBlue rolled out its version of basic economy, dubbed “Blue Basic.” If you book a Blue Basic ticket, you’ll earn fewer base points (1x) and a lower bonus for booking directly through JetBlue or the app (1x). You’ll still earn 3x if you’re a Mosaic or JetBlue cardholder, no matter what fare you book.
JetBlue also has a bonus program that lets you earn even more points after taking a certain number of flights.
- Take 3 Bonus: Earn 5,000 bonus points when you fly three round-trip JetBlue flights per calendar year.
- Lucky 7 Bonus: Earn 7,000 bonus points when you fly seven round-trip JetBlue flights per calendar year.
- Go Long Bonus: Earn 10,000 bonus points when you fly 10 one-way JetBlue flights that are 1,600 miles or longer in the calendar year.
Earning points on partner flights
JetBlue has several domestic and international airline partners. While you can only redeem your TrueBlue points on one of them (Hawaiian Airlines), you can easily earn points on all of them by adding your TrueBlue number to your flight reservation. Currently, JetBlue partners with the following airlines for earning points:
- Hawaiian Airlines
- JetSuite X
- Silver Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airways
The number of miles you’ll earn per partner flight depends on the airline and booking class. You can determine your mileage earning by finding the airline on JetBlue’s partner directory and clicking on its logo. Then, find your partner booking class on the earnings chart. The “TrueBlue Point Accrual” column will tell you how many points you’ll earn per mile flown.
IHG Rewards Club
You can earn 2x JetBlue points per dollar spent on qualifying room rates at most IHG brands. At Candlewood and Staybridge Suites, you’ll earn one 1 point per dollar spent. Meanwhile, you’ll get a flat 500 TrueBlue points per stay at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.
You can earn 1x TrueBlue point per dollar spent on all qualifying charges at JW Marriott, Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Marriott and Marriott Vacation Club hotels.
For stays at Ritz-Carlton, Edition and Gaylord Hotels, you’ll earn 1 TrueBlue point per dollar on the room rate only. You’ll also earn 1 TrueBlue point per $2 spent on the room rate at Courtyard by Marriott, AC Hotels, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, TownePlace Suites by Marriott and Marriott Executive Apartments.
Related: Complete Guide to Marriott hotel brands.
Earn JetBlue points with credit cards
Outside of flying, the easiest way to earn JetBlue TrueBlue points is by opening a co-branded credit card.
The JetBlue Plus Card is currently offering new cardholders up to 100,000 bonus points. You’ll earn 50,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days and paying the annual fee, plus an additional 50,000 points after spending a total of $6,000 on purchases within the first 12 months. That’s worth a whopping $1,300 based on our valuations, which is the best offer this card has seen.
Even if you just go for the 50,000-point bonus, the spending requirement is lower than most travel rewards cards. In reality, the welcome bonus is worth slightly more, as the card offers a rebate on all award bookings, stretching your points further.
Related: JetBlue Plus Card review
- Welcome bonus: Earn up to 100K points – 50K after you spend $1K and pay the annual fee in the first 90 days plus another 50K after spending a total of $6K in the first 12 months
- Rewards: 6x points on eligible JetBlue purchases; 2x points at restaurants and office supply stores; 1x points on all other purchases
- Why you should consider it: The card has no foreign transaction fees. You get the first checked bag free for you and up to three companions on the same reservation when you book JetBlue-operated flights with your card. 50% savings on eligible inflight purchases on JetBlue-operated flights. 5,000 points every account anniversary.
- Annual fee: $99
The information for the JetBlue Plus Card, JetBlue Card and JetBlue Business card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
You can transfer points to JetBlue from all major transferable points programs: American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, Capital One and Brex, although the ratio varies.
We value JetBlue points at 1.3 cents each, which means you will likely give up value if you transfer in from any of these programs. However, if you need to top up your JetBlue account for a specific award, you may want to use Citi or Chase points for a 1:1 transfer since the other transfer rates are lower. Just keep in mind that if you have a Citi ThankYou® Preferred or Citi Rewards+SM Card, the transfer ratio is 1,000:800.
JetBlue lets you pool points with up to seven people to earn awards faster. There must be at least two people in a Points Pooling account. After accepting the invite, members of the pool contribute 100% of their points to the pool. Note that you can’t join more than one pool.
Buy JetBlue points
JetBlue isn’t running a buy-points promotion right now, but they have in the past. Historically, most JetBlue buy-points bonuses have been targeted, with varying bonuses.
Right now, if you want to purchase TrueBlue points, they start at $35.10 for 1,000 points. Buying points and miles without a bonus is rarely a good idea, but sometimes travelers can get enough value out of them that it can make sense.
Related: Should I buy airline miles?
Earn JetBlue points by shopping and dining
JetBlue Shopping portal
JetBlue has its own shopping portal called TrueBlue Shopping. This site lets you earn extra TrueBlue points in addition to any credit card earnings. To use the portal, just sign up for an account and find the merchant you want to shop with. Click on the link, and TrueBlue will award you points based on spending.
TrueBlue shopping also has Card Linked Offers. These enable you to collect TrueBlue points at participating merchants by registering and using your credit card to pay for those purchases. You can see which retailers are participating in the program under the Card-Linked Offers tab.
JetBlue Dining rewards
If you’ve been ordering out lately as restaurants have closed to foot traffic, you might want to consider ordering through JetBlue’s TrueBlue Dining program.
It doesn’t currently offer a bonus, and there are no elite status tiers. But after registering a credit card and using it at participating restaurants, all members will earn 3x JetBlue points per dollar spent.
Other retail partnerships
Earn JetBlue points with travel partners
You will earn 6x points per dollar on flights and 1 point per dollar on accommodation and car rentals on the JetBlue Vacations package.
When you rent a car through Avis or Budget, you can earn 100 TrueBlue points per day. Just keep in mind that you’ll also pay a $1 frequent flyer surcharge. The value of these points exceeds the surcharge, but just be aware of it.
While you won’t earn points for charitable donations, you can donate TrueBlue points to a good cause. There are over 20 charities to choose from, such as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Make-A-Wish. All donations to TrueBlue charities are not tax-deductible for TrueBlue members or JetBlue.
JetBlue is a TPG favorite, taking home the 2019 TPG Awards Best Domestic Business-Class Product and Best Domestic Economy Product. And JetBlue TrueBlue points are some of the easiest domestic airline points to earn, meaning that JetBlue Mint is more attainable than ever. With its solid inflight product and occasionally dirt-cheap fares, it’s easy to earn and redeem points with the carrier.
You can use a combination of the methods above to jumpstart your TrueBlue balance and, before you know it, you could be flying across the country (or the Atlantic) in the airline’s economy class or award-winning Mint business class.
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