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Sweet Spot Sunday: Save on JetBlue Mint awards by booking with Emirates miles

Feb. 06, 2022
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Editor's Note

This post has been updated with new information.

JetBlue's Mint is one of the best business-class products in the skies, with excellent service and top-notch seats. Better yet, the airline recently rolled out all-new Mint Studios and Suites on planes operating JetBlue's London routes and a handful of domestic jaunts too.

That said, booking JetBlue Mint is tough if you're on a budget. Cash tickets are expensive on most routes, and JetBlue's own TrueBlue loyalty program prices Mint awards accordingly. In most cases, this means you'll need tons of points.

Thankfully, there's a workaround: Booking with Emirates Skywards. Let's take a closer look at how to leverage JetBlue's partnership with Emirates to get a great deal on JetBlue Mint business-class awards.

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Why it's a good value

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JetBlue TrueBlue prices award tickets based on the cost of a cash ticket. Mint tickets aren't cheap, so you'll often find sky-high award prices as a result. For example, this mid-January flight from New York-JFK to Los Angeles (LAX) costs a whopping 82,200 points one-way.

(Screenshot courtesy of jetblue.com)

Thankfully, there's a way around this: Using miles from Emirates Skywards. Emirates and JetBlue have a long-standing partnership, and Emirates recently revamped its JetBlue award chart to include Mint flights. This isn't to say that Mint flights are cheap this way, but you can expect predictable pricing that's consistently lower than booking with TrueBlue points.

Here's a look at Emirates' JetBlue award chart. The JFK to LAX example above clocks in at 2,465 miles flown, so Emirates would charge just 52,000 miles for the same flight. This is a huge saving, especially if you need to transfer points from a credit card to book your ticket. By opting to transfer to Emirates Skywards instead of JetBlue TrueBlue, you could save over 30,000 points.

(Screenshot courtesy of emirates.com)

Or, you can book shorter routes like New York-JFK to Aruba (AUA) — which clocks in at 1,951 miles flown — for 40,000 points in business class. Again, this is usually far cheaper than booking with JetBlue TrueBlue.

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But perhaps the best deal is booking JetBlue's new flights to or from the U.K. These flights weren't initially bookable with Skywards miles when Mint redemptions went live, but that changed in early 2022. You can now book transatlantic Mint flights between the Northeast and London for a very reasonable 64,000 miles each way. These tickets typically cost around $1,500 each way when booking a round-trip ticket, so you will get well over two cents in value per mile.

(Screenshot courtesy of emirates.com)

There's one downside to booking with Emirates, though. Emirates Skywards has access to more limited award space than JetBlue TrueBlue, so you may need some flexibility to find bookable Mint award space.

Related: The cheapest ways to fly in JetBlue’s premium Mint cabin

How to book JetBlue awards with Emirates Skywards

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Booking JetBlue awards through Emirates is pretty straightforward and can be done online — here's a step-by-step look at how to do so.

Step 1: Log in to your Emirates Skywards account

You’ll need an Emirates Skywards account before you can search for an award ticket. If you don’t have an account yet, you can create one easily.

Step 2: Search for award availability

In the search box on Emirates' homepage, click "Advanced search: multi-city, promo codes, partner airlines."

(Screenshot courtesy of emirates.com)

Then, click the "Book Classic Rewards Flight" and "Search partner flights only" buttons and enter your desired itinerary. Based on our experience, you shouldn't check the “Flexible dates” box as that results in an error message. Also, make sure to select "Business Class" to find Mint seats.

(Screenshot courtesy of emirates.com)

Step 3: Pick your flight

You'll then be shown all of the flight options available for your date. As long as there is "I" fare availability, it should be bookable through Emirates. Your best bet would be to use ExpertFlyer to search inventory and set alerts if there's no availability. (ExpertFlyer is owned by TPG’s parent company, Red Ventures.) If you see a flight you'd like to book, click on it to start the booking process.

(Screenshot courtesy of emirates.com)

Step 4: Confirm and pay

Now, follow the on-screen prompts to book your ticket. Although minimal, you'll want to pay the taxes and fees with a card like The Platinum Card® from American Express or Chase Sapphire Reserve so that you’re protected if something goes wrong during your trip.

Related: 6 award chart ‘sweet spots’ that will save you money on domestic flights

How to earn miles for this award

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The beauty of this sweet spot is how easy Emirates Skywards miles are to earn. You can transfer points to the Dubai-based carrier from all the major transferable points programs. This includes Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, Capital One Miles and Marriott Bonvoy. All transfers are at a 1:1 ratio, with the exception of Marriott, which transfers at a 3:1 ratio with a 5,000-point TrueBlue bonus for every 60,000 Marriott points transferred.

If you need to stock up on points to book your own JetBlue Mint ticket, consider earning Capital One miles. Here’s a look at our favorite credit cards that earn these miles and their respective welcome offers:

Related: Why are transferable points worth more than other rewards?

Bottom line

JetBlue Mint is one of the best business-class products in the sky, and the airline's partnership with Emirates makes booking the premium product a lot cheaper. Keep this redemption in mind the next time you need to fly transcontinental or across the pond — you'll have an excellent experience and save points at the same time.

Additional reporting by Benji Stawski.

For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum card, click here.

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  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
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10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023