How Much Are JetBlue Points Worth?

The value of one JetBlue TrueBlue point averages between 1.3 and 1.6 cents. You earn bonus points when you achieve Mosaic status and through co-branded JetBlue credit cards.

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The JetBlue loyalty program follows a revenue-based model and doesn’t have a fixed redemption chart. The number of points you will need to redeem to book a flight or other perks depends on the price of the ticket in question. Even so, the average value of one point varies from 1.3 to 1.6 cents. And while not always the case, you often get better value for your points when you redeem them for flight tickets instead of a JetBlue Vacations package.

There are several ways to earn TrueBlue points. Each time you fly with JetBlue or any of its partner airlines, you can earn points — and booking directly on jetblue.com or via the app earns you double the points. You also earn points when you opt for Even More Space, fly with your pet on a JetBlue flight, book a vacation package through JetBlue Vacations, book hotels or cars through Paisly and use a co-branded JetBlue credit card.

You may redeem your points to book flights with JetBlue or Hawaiian Airlines and for discounted JetBlue Vacation packages. Using a combination of points and cash to make JetBlue bookings is possible.

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The average value of each JetBlue TrueBlue point stands between 1.3 cents to 1.6 cents.

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The JetBlue rewards program lets you earn points when you fly with JetBlue or any of its airline partners.

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You earn points faster by qualifying for Mosaic status and by using a co-branded JetBlue credit card.

How Much Are JetBlue Points Worth?

Each JetBlue TrueBlue point has an average value ranging from 1.3 to 1.6 cents. So if you plan to use your JetBlue TrueBlue points to book flight tickets, you should strive to redeem them for a value of at least 1.3 cents per point.

Calculating how much JetBlue points are worth is relatively straightforward. All you need to do is divide the cost of a ticket or a vacation package by the number of points required to make the reservation. For example, if a flight ticket that costs $300 requires 25,000 points, divide 300 by 25,000. That gives you 0.012 or 1.2 cents.

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POINT VALUATION EQUATION

Ticket Cost / Equivalent Points = Points Value

Bear in mind there is no official JetBlue award chart to refer to because the value of your points depends on the fluctuating prices of flight tickets. Given this revenue-based model, you need fewer points when ticket prices are low, and the converse holds true as well.

How JetBlue Points Compare to Other Airlines

A JetBlue TrueBlue point's value is on par with what you may expect via most popular frequent flyer programs. While some do better, there are others that don't perform as well.

JetBlue vs. Other Frequent Flyer Programs
  • Airlines
    Value per Mile
  • JetBlue TrueBlue
    1.3 cents to 1.6 cents per point
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
    1.2 cents to 1.8 cents per mile
  • Air Canada Aeroplan
    1.5 cents to 1.9 cents per mile
  • Air France / KLM Flying Blue
    1.2 cents to 1.4 cents per mile
  • American Airlines AAdvantage
    1.5 cents to 1.7 cents per mile
  • British Airways Avios
    0.8 cents to 1.5 cents per point
  • Delta Air Lines SkyMiles
    1.4 cents to 1.5 cents per mile
  • Emirates Skywards
    1 cent to 1.4 cents per mile
  • Frontier Miles
    0.9 cents to 1.1 cents per mile
  • Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
    0.9 cents to 1 cent per mile
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
    1.1 cents to 1.3 cents per mile
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
    1.3 cents to 1.5 cents per point
  • United Airlines MileagePlus
    1.2 cents to 1.6 cents per mile
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
    1.1 cents to 1.5 cents per point

How Many JetBlue Points Do You Need to Get Free Flights?

How many JetBlue points you need for a free flight depends on the actual price of the ticket. At 1.4 cents per point, you’ll need around 21,400 points for a ticket that costs $300. On average, it will cost approximately 7,700 points to 16,000 points to travel with a Blue fare ticket (one of the airline’s economy-class tickets) and 82,000 to 165,000 points for a Mint fare (or business/first-class) ticket.

Remember that when you decide to fly affects the cost of the ticket, whether you decide to pay in cash or travel rewards. Consider these examples:

  • A one-way flight on a Blue fare from New York City to San Francisco in December can set you back by anywhere between 10,300 points to upward of 90,000 points.
  • A one-way flight on a Blue fare from Chicago to Miami in December may require anywhere from 7,700 points to 70,000 points.

You may use the JetBlue Best Fare Finder to check how many points you need for a free flight across different sectors and fare classes.

How to Earn & Maximize Points From JetBlue

You must enroll in the JetBlue frequent flyer program to earn TrueBlue points. Then, you earn points every time you fly with JetBlue or any of its partner airlines. Using co-branded JetBlue credit cards enables you to earn points faster. You can also earn points through JetBlue Vacations, Paisly by JetBlue and TrueBlue Dining, among other ways.

Earning Points Using Travel & JetBlue Co-Branded Credit Cards

You may get a JetBlue co-branded card as an individual or a business owner. Barclays Bank issues these cards. Residents of the Dominican Republic may get a co-branded JetBlue card issued by Banco Popular Dominicano (BPD).

Should you apply for one of these cards, you can earn bonus points as a new cardholder if you meet certain spend-based requirements. And when you use these cards for everyday spending, you may be able to earn points faster through category-based spending bonuses. Whether or not you need to pay an annual fee depends on the card you select.

For those interested in getting a travel credit card that isn’t tied to a specific airline, it’s also possible to transfer points earned with other cards to your JetBlue TrueBlue account. But that depends on the rewards program. For example, JetBlue TrueBlue is one of Chase’s Ultimate Rewards Points transfer partners, and you can transfer your Chase points to your JetBlue TrueBlue account at a 1:1 ratio.

If you’re an American Express cardholder participating in the Membership Rewards program, you’re also in luck: TrueBlue is an American Express transfer partner. So you can transfer your Membership Rewards points to your JetBlue TrueBlue account. But keep in mind that it won’t be at a 1:1 ratio — 250 Membership Rewards points are worth 200 TrueBlue points.

Earning Points Through JetBlue Co-Branded Cards
  • Credit Card Name
    Points/Miles Earned per Dollar Spent
    How to Increase Points/Miles Earned
  • The JetBlue Card

    • 3X points per dollar on
      eligible JetBlue purchases
    • 2X points per dollar on
      restaurant and eligible
      grocery store purchases
    • 1X points per dollar on
      all other purchases
    • Spend $1,000 on purchases
      within the first 90 days to
      earn 10,000 bonus points
  • The JetBlue Plus Card

    • 6X points per dollar on
      eligible JetBlue purchases
    • 2X points per dollar on
      restaurant and eligible
      grocery store purchases
    • 1X points per dollar on
      all other purchases
    • Spend $1,000 on purchases
      and pay your annual fee
      within the first 90 days to
      earn 80,000 bonus points
    • Redeem your points for a
      JetBlue-operated flight and
      get 10% of the points back
    • Receive 5,000 bonus points
      after each account
      anniversary
  • The JetBlue Business Card

    • 6X points per dollar on
      eligible JetBlue purchases
    • 2X points per dollar on
      restaurant and office
      supply store purchases
    • 1X points per dollar on
      all other purchases
    • Spend $2,000 on purchases
      within the first 90 days to
      earn 80,000 bonus points
      (plus a $99 statement credit)
    • Receive 5,000 bonus points
      after each account
      anniversary
  • Mastercard JetBlue From BPD

    • Up to 8X points per dollar (or
      its equivalent in Dominican
      pesos) on eligible JetBlue
      purchases
    • 1X points per dollar (or its
      equivalent in Dominican
      pesos) on all other purchases
    • Get 2,000 bonus points once
      you make your first purchase

The JetBlue Card

The JetBlue Card comes with no annual fees. New cardholders can earn 10,000 bonus points if they spend $1,000 or more within the first 90 days. You get up to 3X points per dollar through category-based spending. You also can save 50% on eligible JetBlue in-flight food and beverage purchases. Using this card outside of the U.S. comes with no foreign transaction fees.

The JetBlue Plus Card

The JetBlue Plus Card, with its $99 annual fee, is best-suited for frequent JetBlue flyers. As a new cardholder, you can earn 80,000 bonus points if you spend $1,000 and pay your annual fee within the first 90 days. Category-based spending lets you earn up to 6X points per dollar. You get 10% points back when you use them to get an award flight with JetBlue. You also receive 5,000 bonus points after each account anniversary.

You, along with up to three passengers on the same booking, get your first bags checked for free. Buying a JetBlue Vacations package worth $100 or more brings with it a $100 annual statement credit. Spending at least $50,000 in a calendar year gives you access to Mosaic benefits. This card comes with no foreign transaction fees.

The JetBlue Business Card

The JetBlue Business Card charges a $99 annual fee. If you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 90 days, you get 80,000 bonus points as well as a $99 statement credit. Spending on bonus categories lets you earn up to 6X points per dollar. On each account anniversary, you will receive 5,000 bonus points.

You and up to three other travelers on the same reservation get your first bags checked for free. Spending at least $50,000 on purchases in a calendar year gives you access to Mosaic benefits. In-flight food and cocktail purchases on JetBlue-operated flights come with a saving of 50%. Purchasing a JetBlue Vacations package brings with it a $100 statement credit.

Mastercard JetBlue From BPD

The Mastercard JetBlue from BPD is meant for residents of the Dominican Republic, and it is linked to the JetBlue mileage program. This card charges an annual fee of RD$1,600. Once you make the first purchase with your new card, you get 2,000 bonus points. Using this card to make JetBlue purchases lets you earn up to 8X points per dollar (or its equivalent in Dominican pesos). All other purchases earn 1X points per dollar.

Buying Airline Tickets From JetBlue and Affiliates

You can earn points when you book a flight ticket with JetBlue Airways or any of its airline partners. These include American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Icelandair, JSX, Qatar Airways, Silver Airways and South African Airways.

Depending on the fare you select, you may earn up to three Mosaic Qualifying base points per dollar on eligible purchases. If you make your booking through the JetBlue app or jetblue.com, you will receive double the points. In addition, JetBlue Plus cardholders and/or Mosaic members stand to earn up to 15 points per dollar. Consider this example. You make a booking with a Mint fare for which you earn three Mosaic Qualifying base points. You earn three additional points each for booking through the JetBlue app and (if applicable) as a Mosaic member. You also have the JetBlue Plus Card, which earns six points per dollar on eligible JetBlue purchases. Add these together, and you can earn a total of 12–15 points per dollar — 12 points if you’re not a Mosaic member and 15 if you are.

Bear in mind that the TrueBlue points you earn depend on the amount you spend on a flight ticket and not on the distance you travel. There are a few other ways to earn additional points:

  • When you opt for Even More Space, you will receive 200 points.
  • Traveling with your pet on a JetBlue-operated flight earns you 300 points.

In addition, you earn one point per dollar when you book hotels through Paisly after making a JetBlue booking. Finally, you can receive up to 200 points per day when you book a rental car through Paisly.

Earn Points Through JetBlue Partner Merchants

You can earn JetBlue TrueBlue points when you spend through any of the program's partner merchants and linked programs. These include hotels, car rental companies, dining options and more.

Earning JetBlue Points Through Partner Merchants
  • Partner Merchants
    Description
  • Hotel Accommodations
    Qualifying stays at select IHG hotels and resorts earn 2X points per dollar
  • TrueBlue Dining
    You earn 3X points per dollar at select restaurants, clubs and bars
  • Car Rentals
    As a Mosaic member, you earn 200 points per day when you rent a car from AVIS or Budget. All other members earn 100 points per day. You also get a 25% discount on base rates
  • Amazon In-flight Purchases
    You earn 3X points per dollar on eligible in-flight Amazon purchases after you connect to Fly-Fi

Buying Points From JetBlue

Buying TrueBlue points is possible, and you need to do so in 1,000-point increments. The program also runs promotions from time to time, offering bonuses of up to 50%. The more points you buy, the better the value you stand to get. For example:

  • 1,000 points for $35.10 (you pay 3.51 cents per point)
  • 5,000 points for $160.50 (you pay 3.11 cents per point)
  • 10,000 points for $298 (you pay 2.98 cents per point)
  • 50,000 points for $1,375 (you pay 2.75 cents per point)
  • 75,000 points for $1,925 (you pay 2.56 cents per point)

Given that you may use the Cash + Points option to book JetBlue-operated flights, this alternative might be better than buying points to cover the airfare.

Even if you plan to buy TrueBlue points to cover a shortfall when booking a Hawaiian Airlines flight or for a discounted vacation package, take a look at the value you stand to receive ahead of time.

How to Redeem JetBlue TrueBlue Points

Using your TrueBlue points to get reward flights with JetBlue is straightforward. Start by visiting the JetBlue website or its app and choose the Book option. Select “Use TrueBlue points” and look for flights based on the route and the date you wish to fly. If you don’t have enough points to cover your fare, you may pay the rest with cash.

You also have the option to redeem your points with Hawaiian Airlines and through JetBlue Vacations.

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    Book Flights With Hawaiian Airlines

    To redeem your JetBlue TrueBlue points to make a Hawaiian Airlines reservation, you must contact JetBlue. The JetBlue award chart for Hawaiian Airlines gives you an indication of how many points you’ll need to make a booking. For example, flying one-way economy from Hawaii to the West Coast, or vice versa, requires 22,000 points. A one-way economy flight from Hawaii to the East Coast or an international destination requires 30,000 points.

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    JetBlue Vacations

    When you book a vacation package through JetBlue Vacations, you may use your points to pay for part of the purchase.

When Best to Redeem JetBlue Points

The number of points you need to redeem for a JetBlue award flight depends on the cash price of the ticket, which is subject to vary based on when you wish to travel. For instance, you can expect fares to be considerably higher than usual if you plan to travel during the peak holiday season. As a result, you’ll need to shell out more points.

So, to get the best value for your points, it may be worth your while to make your reservation when fares are typically the lowest. While not foolproof, a good rule of thumb is to book your flight sometime between three weeks to three months before the intended travel date.

Even so, the fare class you select has more of an effect on the value of your JetBlue points. For example, using your points to book economy-class domestic and international flights often yields a value of around 1.35 cents to 1.4 cents per point. However, when you use them to book Mint flights, the value may drop to around 1 cent per point.

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MONEYGEEK EXPERT TIP

When it comes to redeeming JetBlue points, it’s advised to always run the numbers of what kind of value you're ‘earning for your points’. While it's always advised to use your points over cash, you also want to make sure you're stretching the value of your points as far as possible. Use this formula to determine the value of your points when booking a flights:

[Number of points needed] / [cash value of flight minus taxes] = value of points

Brett Holzhauer, contributing expert for MoneyGeek

How to Get JetBlue Mosaic Elite Status

To reach Mosaic status, you must earn 15,000 Mosaic Qualifying points in a calendar year. Alternatively, you may reach Mosaic status if you earn 12,000 Mosaic Qualifying points and fly 30 segments in a calendar year. If you have the JetBlue Plus Card or the JetBlue Business Card, you can reach Mosaic status by spending $50,000 on eligible purchases in a calendar year. Bear in mind that the points you earn reset every year.

The benefits of getting Mosaic status include:

  • 15,000 bonus points once you qualify
  • 3X bonus points on JetBlue flights
  • 100% rebate when you use points for Even More Space
  • Two free checked bags
  • Same-day switches on all fares are fee-free
  • Complimentary in-flight beer, wine and spirits
  • Dedicated boarding lanes
  • Expedited security lane
  • Ability to redeem points for Mint
  • Complimentary membership to FoundersCard
  • Perks such as free checked bags and same-day flight changes with American Airlines

JetBlue TrueBlue Mosaic+ Status

The JetBlue awards program introduced the Mosaic+ membership level just for 2022. You may get to this level if you spend $150,000 on purchases using your JetBlue Plus Card or JetBlue Business Card or if you earn 45,000 Mosaic Qualifying Points in 2022. As of now, the perks on offer are valid only for 2022.

The benefits of achieving this elite status include:

  • Four certificates that you may redeem for any Mint flight (excluding London)
  • Four complimentary BLADE Airport helicopter transfers between Manhattan and JFK or Manhattan and Newark
  • Complimentary membership to FoundersCard Elite

How We Determined the Value of JetBlue Points

Our experts have arrived at the average value of JetBlue TrueBlue points after accounting for multiple factors. These include different redemption methods, how many points you’ll need to book a flight through JetBlue or Hawaiian Airlines, fare classes and destinations.

Other Questions You May Have About JetBlue Points

Understanding the answers to other commonly asked questions about how you can use your JetBlue points may help you decide if this rewards program is for you. Or, if you’re already a JetBlue TrueBlue member, it can help ensure you're getting the best value for your points.

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