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Having the ability to share points and miles with family members isn’t anything new — JetBlue’s offered such a program since 2013. Soon, the airline’s Family Pooling option will be expanded dramatically, though, giving members many more opportunities to buddy up and redeem.
The airline will soon replace its Family Pooling program with “Points Pooling,” letting you share points with anyone you want, not just your immediate family members. You’ll be able to create a pool of up to seven members, and while each account will maintain its own separate balance, the Pool Leader (and anyone else they designate) will have have access to the combined balance until a member decides to leave the group. The Pool Leader position replaces the current “Head of Household,” and can be any individual age 21 or older.
JetBlue will also be rolling out a new interface for its TrueBlue portal, with easier navigation across devices. Unfortunately this shift will require disabling the current TrueBlue Badges, however — as the airline explains, they’ll be “going on vacation.”
“Although TrueBlue Badges will be going on vacation, we are planning to enhance this experience as well and bring them back in the coming months. And when we do, TrueBlue members will find that all of their badges will still be there when the program comes back with a fresh, new look.”
Since the new Pool Leader will have full control over your points, you’ll want to choose your Points Pool carefully — fortunately, it’s easy to leave if things don’t work out, and you’ll still have any unused points in your individual account.
This new option could potentially enhance Chase’s latest partnership, too, opening up a new option to share points after a transfer from Ultimate Rewards.
Points pooling isn’t unique to JetBlue, but it is somewhat uncommon within the US airlines with only JetBlue, Frontier, Hawaiian and Sun Country allowing free point pooling or transfers between friends or family. None of those other domestic programs have the requirement that pool members be related or live in the same household, but several of them have elite status or co-branded card requirements. With this change to permit up to seven TrueBlue members to pool points without family restrictions, JetBlue has officially become the US frequent flyer program with the most generous points pooling program.
Featured image of JetBlue’s A321 by Nick Ellis.
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