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The Complete Guide to Earning JetBlue Points

May 14, 2020
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The great thing about JetBlue’s loyalty program, TrueBlue, is that your points never expire. Sign up, fly once and years later the points will still be in your account (assuming you haven’t redeemed them yet). That means you always have a foundation on which to start building your points balance and get closer to your next award redemption — at your own pace. When you’re ready to get serious about racking up TrueBlue points, you have a number of ways to earn them:

  • Take a JetBlue flight.
  • Attain elite status.
  • Fly with your pet.
  • Apply for a JetBlue credit card.
  • Stay at a Marriott or IHG hotel.
  • Fly a JetBlue partner airline.
  • Rent a car from Avis or Budget.
  • Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards® points.
  • Transfer Capital One Miles.
  • Transfer AmEx Membership Rewards points.
  • Transfer Citi ThankYou points.
  • Shop through JetBlue’s virtual mall.
  • Eat out with TrueBlue Dining.
  • Pool with friends.
  • Book JetBlue Vacations.

» Learn more: JetBlue TrueBlue rewards program: The complete guide

Fly with JetBlue

JetBlue’s loyalty program awards points based on how much you paid for your ticket, rather than distance flown. The number of points per $1 depends on the type of fare you book and your status with the airline. All fares earn 3 points per $1 spent, except for Blue Basic, which earns 1 point.

Make your reservation directly on jetblue.com or the JetBlue app and you’ll get an additional 3 points per $1. Blue Basic fares booked on these platforms earn an extra 1 point per $1 spent.

Blue Basic fares do not include advance seat selection or cancellations.

Fly a JetBlue partner airline

When you fly on a JetBlue partner airline, you can choose to earn JetBlue points instead of the miles of the airline flown. Those partner airlines include the following:

  • Emirates.
  • Hawaiian Airlines.
  • Icelandair.
  • JSX.
  • Silver Airways.
  • Singapore Airlines.
  • South African Airways.

Provide your TrueBlue member number when you book your flight on one of these partners to earn points for your flight. Payouts vary by airline, but in most cases expect to earn about 1 TrueBlue point for every 1-2 miles flown.

Earn elite status

JetBlue’s elite tier is called Mosaic, and you earn it either by racking up 15,000 flight points in a year or flying 30 segments and earning 12,000 flight points. Flight points are simply the 1-3 points per $1 you earn when booking JetBlue tickets.

Once you’ve qualified for Mosaic status, you’ll earn an extra 3 TrueBlue points for every $1 you spend on all JetBlue fares, including Blue Basic. There are other perks to Mosaic status, like free checked bags, early boarding and waived cancellation fees on most fares.

Fly with a pet

With the JetPaws program, you can bring a small dog or cat into the flight cabin with you, provided you and your furry friend meet certain criteria. The cost is $125 each way and members earn a flat 300 TrueBlue points.

Apply for a JetBlue credit card

As is true for just about every loyalty program in existence, the fastest way to earn TrueBlue points is by applying for a co-branded credit card and earning a welcome bonus. With the JetBlue Card, you get the following welcome bonus: Earn 10,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.

The card earns 2 points per $1 spent at restaurants and grocery stores. Plus, every time you use the card to make a reservation on JetBlue, you’ll earn an additional 3 points per $1 spent. For those keeping score at home, that means regular members who book flights on the JetBlue website or app using this credit card will earn up to 9 points per $1 spent. And there’s $0 annual fee.

The JetBlue Business Card earns 6 points per $1 spent on JetBlue purchases. Restaurant and office supply store purchases earn 2 points per $1 spent. Here’s the welcome bonus: Limited Time Offer: Earn 50,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days and earn 10,000 points when a purchase is made on an employee card in the first 90 days.

And the JetBlue Plus Card offers the following: Earn 40,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 90 days. Cardholders also earn 6 points per $1 spent on JetBlue purchases and 2 points per $1 at restaurants and grocery stores.

Both of these cards carry a $99 annual fee.

» Learn more: JetBlue card review: No annual fee, but also few key perks

Stay at a Marriott or IHG hotel

JetBlue’s hotel partners offer accommodations for every budget around the globe. To earn TrueBlue points staying at a property in the Marriott Bonvoy or IHG Rewards program, first you have to be a member of the hotel program, then you have to set your earning preference in your hotel membership account to TrueBlue points.

Instead of earning hotel points, you’ll earn TrueBlue points. For properties in the Marriott Bonvoy program, you’ll earn either 1 TrueBlue point per $1 spent or 1 point per $2 spent, depending on the hotel brand.

For most IHG brands, including Holiday Inn, Intercontinental and Kimpton, you’ll earn 2 TrueBlue points per $1 spent. A few properties have lower rates, like Candlewood Suites, which pay 1 TrueBlue point per $1.

Rent a car from Avis or Budget

This one’s simple: Every time you want to rent a car from Avis or Budget, book through the JetBlue partners page. You’ll see a field where you can enter your JetBlue member number to earn 100 TrueBlue points per day.

Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards® points

Have some points gathering dust in a Chase Ultimate Rewards® account? Transfer them to your TrueBlue account at a 1:1 ratio. This might not be the most exciting way to use Chase points, but it offers a decent value given that NerdWallet values JetBlue points at 1.3 cents each.

To transfer, log into your Chase account, navigate to the Ultimate Rewards® portal, then to “Transfer Partners” and finally to the JetBlue transfer page.

Transfer Capital One Miles

JetBlue is also a transfer partner for Capital One Miles, meaning you can convert Capital One miles to JetBlue points (but not the other way around). Unfortunately, the transfer ratio is 1,000:750, meaning 1,000 Capital One miles transfer to 750 JetBlue points. Capital One occasionally runs promotions that improve these ratios; otherwise this transfer partnership won’t make sense in most scenarios.

To transfer, navigate to the Capital One rewards page, choose “transfer your miles” then look for the JetBlue option:

Transfer AmEx Membership Rewards points

American Express Membership Rewards points transfer to JetBlue at a 250:200 ratio, so this option only makes sense if you’re trying to get rid of a few remaining Membership Rewards points or have a specific JetBlue redemption in mind.

To transfer, navigate to the “Transfer Points” tab in the Membership Rewards portal, select “View All,” then look for the JetBlue option.

Transfer Citi ThankYou points

Finally, you can transfer Citi ThankYou points to JetBlue TrueBlue at a 1:1 ratio for Citi Chairman, Citi Prestige® Card and Citi Premier Card holders, and a 1,000:800 ratio for Citi ThankYou® Preferred and Citi Rewards+℠ Card holders.

Shop through JetBlue’s virtual mall

TrueBlue Shopping is a shopping portal that lets you earn TrueBlue points at participating online retailers. You’ll earn 3 points per $1 spent by clicking through the TrueBlue Shopping portal. You can also earn points on in-store purchases.

Most big-name stores participate, including Macy’s, Gap, Apple and Bed Bath & Beyond. The points will usually appear in your account within 30 days.

Dine out with TrueBlue Dining

You can earn 3 points per $1 spent at over 10,000 participating restaurants just by registering a credit or debit card with TrueBlue Dining and using it to pay for your meal. It doesn’t have to be a JetBlue credit card, and you can register multiple cards.

Even if it doesn’t seem like a lot of good participating restaurants are in your area, you can still sign up, link your card, then be pleasantly surprised when the points appear in your account.

Pool points with friends

While not technically a way to “earn” JetBlue points, TrueBlue does offer a unique “pooling” option that lets you add points to a mutual pool with up to seven other friends. Each pool has a “leader” who manages members and points. (To our knowledge, there are no checks and balances on this potential tyrant, so choose your leader wisely.)

Keep in mind: Once you join a pool, you contribute all your points to it. So those with a big stash should think twice before plunging in.

Book a JetBlue Vacation

Finally, you can earn a few extra points by booking a JetBlue vacation, which bundles airfare with hotels, car rentals and other activities. You earn 6 points per dollar spent on the airfare portion of the bundle (twice the usual earning rate) and 1 point per dollar spent on the hotel and car rental portions.

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