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INSIDER SECRET: JetBlue uses a revenue-based award chart like Southwest. No matter how you earn your points, you should spend them whenever you get the chance — you’re not going to get a significantly better redemption value by hanging on to your points.
Despite its smaller size and route network, JetBlue is giving the big US legacy carriers a run for their money with its Mint business class. JetBlue was already popular for low fares and generally good service, and Mint takes that to an extreme. Offered on select A321 aircraft, the 12-seat Mint cabin includes four solo “throne” seats with closing doors, and undercuts Delta, American and United on price by as much as 50% on select routes.
Although JetBlue has chosen to focus on building a customer base in a few hub cities rather than rapidly expanding across the country, I am excited to see JetBlue launch its Mint class on flights to Europe in the coming years, where premium tickets have gotten outrageously expensive. Whether JetBlue is your airline of choice or you’re saving up to splurge on a Mint trip, here are the best ways for you to earn JetBlue points in 2019.
All the Ways to Earn JetBlue Points
1. Earn JetBlue Points With Credit Cards
JetBlue offers two credit cards issued by Barclays: the JetBlue card and the JetBlue Plus Card. The Plus card is the only one that makes a lot of sense, with a 40,000-point welcome bonus and 6x points on JetBlue purchases, but you can do much better by leveraging transferable points instead.
JetBlue is a transfer partner of both Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou Points. With these points you have the flexibility to fly on other airlines and instant point transfers if you are taking JetBlue. The best credit cards for earning JetBlue points and their current sign-up bonuses are:
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card: Earn 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 in the first three months
Chase Sapphire Reserve®: Earn 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 in the first three months
Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card: Earn 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 in the first three months
Amex Membership Rewards points also transfer at a 1:.8 ratio to JetBlue. While this is far from the best way to redeem your Amex points, it can be a good way to top up your account if you’re low. You can quickly earn Membership Rewards points by signing up for The Platinum Card® from American Express which is offering 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in purchases in the first three months. You can also transfer points from Capital One and Marriott Bonvoy to JetBlue, but the abysmal ratios make these options very unappealing.
2. Earn Miles By Flying
Earning miles by actually flying in an airplane has taken a backseat to points earned by using credit cards, but it can still be a way to pad your account balance especially if you have large amounts of reimbursable business travel.
You can earn anywhere from 3 to 11 TrueBlue points per dollar spent, depending on your fare type, elite status, and where you book. Every JetBlue ticket will earn at least 3x TrueBlue points per dollar spent, plus the following fare-type bonuses if you book on jetblue.com:
It’s disappointing that customers buying Mint tickets aren’t rewarded at all and earn the same number of points as those buying the cheapest economy tickets. JetBlue does a good job of pricing the Mint product competitively, but it’s surprising not to see any additional points for premium-cabin passengers, something you’ll find on almost every other airline.
If you have Mosaic status, JetBlue’s only elite status tier, you’ll also earn an additional 3x points per dollar on your flights, giving you a very solid return of 9x points or higher for flights booked through jetblue.com.
Whether or not you qualify for Mosaic status, JetBlue also offers a number of tiered bonuses each year that let you earn extra miles. The Take 3 and Take 7 bonus give you 5,000 or 7,000 bonus points after purchasing and flying 3 or 7 JetBlue round-trip tickets per calendar year. Meanwhile the Go Long bonus offers a nice 10,000 bonus points for purchasing 10 one-way JetBlue flights that cover 1,600 miles or more in a calendar year.
Despite not being a member of a major alliance, JetBlue has a number of individual airline partnerships. You can credit paid flights from Emirates, Singapore, Hawaiian Airlines, South African Airways and more to JetBlue to earn TrueBlue points. You’ll see a slightly different chart for each airline partner, but they all earn based on the distance of your flight and not the cost of your ticket, which can be good for the long-haul routes many of these partner airlines operate.
3. Earn Points By Dining and Shopping
For those looking to earn additional JetBlue points, there are a number of retail partnerships you can take advantage of. JetBlue runs a dining portal at truebluedining.com, where you can earn 3x points per dollar by linking your credit card and then dining at eligible restaurants. Similarly, you can earn 3x points by shopping at select retailers at trueblueshopping.jetblue.com. Most shopping portals offer a different bonus depending on what store you’re shopping at, but JetBlue offers the same 3x miles for all merchants.
JetBlue also has a great partnership with Amazon, allowing you to earn 3x bonus points on inflight Amazon purchases. Simply connect to the JetBlue Wi-Fi and log in to the Amazon website (note that this offer is only valid through a web browser and not the Amazon mobile app). If you frequently fly with JetBlue, it might be worth saving your non-urgent Amazon purchases in your cart and waiting to check out until you’re mid-flight in order to earn these bonus points.
Earning JetBlue points is incredibly easy, through a number of cobranded credit cards, transfer partners and dining and shopping portals. Many of these options make it easy to earn bonus JetBlue points on everyday purchases you already planned to make, letting you double dip and increase your earnings without increasing your cost.
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