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

Oct 31, 2021

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Sweet Spot Sunday is a weekly series highlighting the best-value award redemptions across loyalty programs.

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 new 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 (read: 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.

New to The Points Guy? Sign up for our daily newsletter and check out our beginners guide.

In This Post

Why it’s a good value

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

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.

JFK to LAX JetBlue Mint award price
(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.

Emirates Skywards award chart for JetBlue flights
(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.

There are two downsides to booking with Emirates, though. Unfortunately, you cannot book JetBlue’s new flights to or from the U.K. using Emirates Skywards miles. Additionally, 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

(Photo by Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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. For a limited time, new members can get 2,020 bonus miles by signing up using the invite code EXPO2020. Once you have an account, sign in to start the booking process.

Step 2: Search for award availability

In the search box on Emirates’ homepage, click “Advanced search: multi-city, promo codes, partner airlines.”

Emirates award booking
(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.

Emirates award search
(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.

JetBlue Mint award flights on the Emirates website
(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

(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)

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 RewardsAmex Membership RewardsBilt RewardsCiti ThankYou RewardsCapital 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, consider opening a Citi Premier® Card to start building your Citi ThankYou balance. The card currently offers 60,000 ThankYou points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. This is more than enough points to book a one-way JetBlue Mint ticket on any route.

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 cheaper and easier. Keep this redemption in mind the next time you need to fly transcontinental — you’ll have an excellent experience and save points at the same time.

Additional reporting by Benji Stawski.

Featured photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy.

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

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants in the first three months of card membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 Bonus Miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.