JetBlue Transfer Partners: How to Earn and Redeem TrueBlue Points Beyond JetBlue

JetBlue partnerships with Avis, IHG, and airlines including American Airlines gives you options to earn points.
June Casagrande
By June Casagrande 
Edited by Mary M. Flory

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JetBlue may have a largely domestic presence, but its TrueBlue loyalty program partners with airlines, hotels, car rental agencies and financial services firms to allow you to earn and redeem points for a broad range of rewards, including international flights.

Unlike many of the other major airlines, JetBlue isn't a member of a major airline alliance. Instead, JetBlue has developed one-off partnerships with various airlines. And JetBlue transfer benefits vary from partner to partner. For example, while you can earn or redeem TrueBlue points on Hawaiian Airlines flights, you can only earn TrueBlue points via Singapore Airlines, (no redeeming).

If you want to earn TrueBlue points by converting other rewards currencies, turn to financial services partners like Chase and American Express let you transfer points to TrueBlue, often at a 1:1 ratio.

Here’s an overview of how to make the most of all JetBlue's travel partnerships and other points-earning avenues so you can earn the most JetBlue points possible, and spend them on the most lucrative redemptions:

Earn bonus TrueBlue points through JetBlue Vacations and Paisly

JetBlue Vacations is a branch of the airline that offers package deals on your whole trip including hotels and, yes, JetBlue flights to many places where JetBlue flies. Then there's also Paisly, a separate online travel site run by JetBlue that offers customers hotel rooms, car rentals, theme park tickets.

Book either of those two things, and you'll earn points that count toward Mosaic elite status. The points earning rate is:

  • 3X on flights booked as part of a JetBlue Vacations package.

  • 1X on hotels, cars and transfers booked as part of a JetBlue Vacations package.

  • 1X on hotels and activities booked through Paisly.

When you book a flight + hotel package, you'll earn points as a TrueBlue member. Points are earned on the base price (air + hotel) of the package and on the base price of any additional product purchased at the time of the package booking. Here's how those earning rates shake out:

  • For TrueBlue members: Earn 6 TrueBlue points per dollar on airfare and 1 TrueBlue point per dollar spent on hotels, car rentals and transfers as a part of your individual per-person portion of a JetBlue Vacations package.

  • For Mosaic members: Earn 9 TrueBlue points per dollar spent on airfare and 1 TrueBlue point per dollar spent on hotels, cars and transfers booked as a part of a JetBlue Vacations package.

JetBlue partner airlines and hotel partners

JetBlue currently has the following airline partners with which members can earn points:

  • Aer Lingus.

  • Cape Air.

  • Hawaiian Airlines.

  • Icelandair.

  • JSX.

  • Qatar Airways.

  • Silver Airways.

  • South African Airways.

JetBlue also has a partnership with IHG One Rewards, the hotel loyalty program that powers IHG brands including Holiday Inn, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

Additionally, JetBlue TrueBlue points can be transferred from the following programs:

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines is the only JetBlue airline partner that lets you both earn and redeem points for flights. To redeem TrueBlue points for a flight on Hawaiian Airlines, make your reservation over the phone at (800) JETBLUE.

Before you call, you can view Hawaiian’s routes and itineraries here and check JetBlue’s Hawaiian Airlines partner page to get a sense of how many TrueBlue points you need for your preferred Hawaiian route.

To earn TrueBlue points for Hawaiian Airlines flights, simply provide your TrueBlue number during the booking process.

The number of points you earn depends on the distance flown and the class of service. The rate varies from 0.5 - 1.5 points per 2 miles flown.

Icelandair

You can book Icelandair flights directly on Icelandair's website or on JetBlue.com. And as with all the other airlines, you’ll need to add your TrueBlue number to an Icelandair reservation to earn points, no matter which website you book from.

When you choose to earn TrueBlue points for your Icelandair flights, you'll earn a percent of the miles flown based on your class of service. Here's the TrueBlue points earnings rate based on the fare type you spring for:

  • Economy Light: 25%

  • Economy Standard: 50%

  • Economy Flex: 100%

  • Saga Premium: 125%

  • Saga Premium Flex: 150%

JSX and Silver Airlines

JSX and Silver Airlines are both regional jet carriers, with Silver Airways focusing on Florida, the Caribbean and a few East Coast cities. JSX offers routes in cities including Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland and Phoenix.

For every Silver Airways flight, you’ll earn 250 TrueBlue points when you provide your membership number during booking.

JSX flights will earn you 125 or 250 TrueBlue points depending on the type of fare.

Qatar Airways

TrueBlue members can earn TrueBlue points on all qualifying Qatar Airways-operated flights, and earnings rates vary based on the fare type and distance. Economy tickets earn between 25% and 100% of the percent of miles flown. Once you start to book in premium classes, you start to rake in points bonuses. Business class tickets get a 125% bonus, while first class nets you a 150% bonus.

As with all the other airlines, input your TrueBlue number when booking your Qatar Airways flight.

How to earn or redeem TrueBlue points with other JetBlue travel partners

You don't just need to fly to earn JetBlue TrueBlue points for your travels. JetBlue has other travel partners that can net you more points for your hotel stays and rental car trips.

If you opt to earn JetBlue TrueBlue points in lieu of IHG points, you'll earn 500 points per qualifying stay at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.

IHG Rewards Club

Stay at a hotel in the IHG portfolio to earn bonus points. From your IHG rewards account, you'll need to update the earning preference on your Account Status page to JetBlue to get the credit.

You'll earn two points per $1 spent on qualifying room rates at most IHG hotels, though there are a few exceptions. You'll earn just $1 per point spent at Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites. And for stays at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, it doesn't matter how much you spend. You'll earn a flat 500 points (worth about $7.50) per qualifying stay — which can be a nice way to earn JetBlue points if you're staying just one night and scored one of those sub-$100 weeknight room rates.

Just note that you can't double dip and earn both IHG and JetBlue points. Typically the earning rate in the form of IHG points is actually better, so only go for this if you really want to build up your JetBlue balance, or you've found yourself at an IHG but don't intend to stay at one again (or at least enough to accrue any meaningful amount of IHG points).

Avis and Budget Rent-a-Car

TrueBlue members earn 100 TrueBlue points per rental day through Avis and Budget. Plus, all members can enjoy discounts up to 35% off base rates.

Just navigate to Avis/Budget from the JetBlue partner page and when you reserve your car, you’ll see a field to enter your TrueBlue membership number.

A word of warning though: both companies charge you $1 per day to earn those points under what's called a "frequent flyer surcharge." The rental car companies say they collect this fee to offset a portion of their annual cost of participation in frequent flyer programs. Given that NerdWallet values 100 TrueBlue points at about $1.50, you lose a significant portion of the point value to such a fee. If you really want JetBlue TrueBlue points, go ahead and link your accounts. But temper your expectations.

Transfer points to your TrueBlue account from Chase, Citi or American Express

JetBlue TrueBlue is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards®, Citi ThankYou and American Express Membership Rewards. Transfer rates vary by program:

  • 250 American Express Membership Rewards transfer to 200 TrueBlue points.

  • 1,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards® transfer to 1,000 TrueBlue points.

  • 1,000 Citi ThankYou points transfer to 1,000 TrueBlue points for Citi Premier® Card, Citi Prestige® Card and American Express Chairman cardholders. For all other cardholders, 1,000 ThankYou points transfer to 800 TrueBlue points.

The information related to the Citi Prestige® Card and American Express Chairman has been collected by NerdWallet and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer or provider of this product or service.


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