Pros and Cons of Being a JetBlue Fan

Membership has its privileges. At least that’s what the folks at JetBlue want you to think. The discount carrier is offering select holiday bonuses to individuals who are members of its TrueBlue frequent flyer rewards program. What’s more, JetBlue is on the brink of entering into a partnership with American Airlines, so additional changes, and possibly more perks, are on the horizon for members.

Those unfamiliar with JetBlue’s TrueBlue program may be surprised to learn that it doesn’t function in the same capacity as traditional frequent flyer programs. Rather, after spending $834 on airfare at jetblue.com, you’ll qualify for the lowest-fare one-way tickets.

But don’t let the dollar amount fool you, the program still features points. For example, six points are awarded for every dollar spent on airline tickets purchased online. Once you reach 5,000 points you can redeem them for travel rewards; however, the points required for free seats vary according to the route, date of travel, and availability, which means you’ll need a ton of points for unrestricted round-trip tickets.

Many people find the point system to be confusing at first, namely because the number of points needed for award travel is determined on a flight-by-flight basis. Consequently, it is next to impossible to predict how many points you’ll need for a specific trip. On the bright side there are no blackout dates to worry about.

In regards to fees, you will not have to shell out additional funds to cover membership fees; however, you’ll have to pay $100 to cancel and redeposit an award. Also, you are responsible for paying all taxes and security fees for award tickets.

Finally, Jet Blue’s TrueBlue program also allows you to earn additional points through three partnerships it has with Hertz, Hilton, and power company Energy Plus. You can also accrue points by signing up for and using the JetBlue AmEx card.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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