JetBlue Mosaic elite status: What it is and how to get it

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Unlike other airlines that offer multiple levels of elite status, JetBlue offers just one: TrueBlue Mosaic status. Having Mosaic status not only offers more rewards when you book flights, but you’ll also get seat upgrades when available, free same-day flight changes and other perks.

What JetBlue Mosaic offers

The JetBlue TrueBlue rewards program has just one status level to reward its loyal customers. Here are some features you can earn beyond basic membership with the TrueBlue Mosaic program.

  • Earn an extra 15,000 points — Once you achieve status, you’ll receive a 15,000-point bonus. You can use those and other points you’ve earned to book flights or upgrade to an “Even More Space” seat at a reduced rate. If you request an upgrade on the date of your flight and one is available, there’s no charge. Take note: You don’t qualify for Even More Space upgrades if your original fare is a Blue Basic fare — but that will change soon, according to the airline.
  • Bonus points on JetBlue flights — As a rule, JetBlue TrueBlue members earn three TrueBlue points per $1 on most flights, plus an additional three points per $1 when they book those flights through the airline’s website. Mosaic members also get an additional three points on top of that, for a total of up to nine points per $1.
  • Extra perks — The airline offers a lot of standard elite status perks like early boarding, expedited security at certain airports, complimentary beverages and a dedicated customer service line. Your first two checked bags are free, too. Additionally, you’ll have the chance to change your flight within 24 hours of departure to another flight on the same day and not have to pay the difference in the fare or a fee. That works for you and others on your reservation.

How to get JetBlue Mosaic

There are three ways you can earn JetBlue’s TrueBlue Mosaic status in a calendar year. And in 2021, the airline is making it even easier to meet those requirements, requiring only half the points to reach Mosaic status.

  • Earn 15,000 points Mosaic-qualifying points are the points you can earn when booking JetBlue flights — that’s one point per $1 on Basic Blue fares and three points per $1 on all others. You can also earn qualifying points when you fly American Airlines, but you’ll have to book on or through the JetBlue app to earn the same amount of points as a JetBlue flight. But remember, in 2021 you’ll only need to earn half the points, or 7,500, to qualify.
  • Fly 30 segments and earn 12,000 points If you fly a lot, you can still earn Mosaic status with 12,000 qualifying points as long as you fly at least 30 segments. And in 2021, with JetBlue’s reduced requirement, you’ll only need 6,000 qualifying points and 15 segments.
  • Spend $50,000 with an eligible JetBlue credit card If you have the JetBlue Plus Card or the JetBlue Business Card, you can earn Mosaic status by spending $50,000 or more on the card in a calendar year. But in 2021, you can also get there by spending just $30,000 on the card and earning at least 4,000 qualifying points.

Once you reach the threshold to earn Mosaic status, you’ll keep it for the remainder of the current calendar year and the following calendar year.

Is JetBlue Mosaic status right for me?

The Mosaic program is simple — you don’t have to worry about achieving multiple levels of status. But it still generally requires that you fly with JetBlue (or American Airlines) relatively often to achieve it.

If you’re already loyal to JetBlue, making it a goal to earn TrueBlue Mosaic status may be a no-brainer. But if you’re the type of person to always choose the cheapest flight that’s available, regardless of the airline, the savings you get from that strategy may be worth more than the perks you’d get by sticking with just JetBlue.

That said, if you’re a big spender and you can meet the $50,000 spending requirement on one of the eligible JetBlue credit cards, you probably don’t have to worry about picking the airline every time you fly — though it may be an easier choice to go with JetBlue more often once you’ve reached Mosaic status.

Finally, if you live in a region where JetBlue doesn’t offer many destinations, you’ll have a harder time earning and enjoying the perks the program offers. Domestically, the airline primarily serves the East Coast, but it does have destinations on the West Coast and across the rest of the country. Before deciding if you want to have TrueBlue Mosaic status, it may be a good idea to think about your general travel habits and weigh whether the benefits of Mosaic are worth what it takes to earn them.

JetBlue TrueBlue credit cards

As previously mentioned, you can take a shortcut to elite status just by using one of the airline’s eligible credit cards. But while the JetBlue Card doesn’t offer this benefit, you can earn Mosaic status if you spend enough with the JetBlue Plus Card and the JetBlue Business Card.

About the author: Ben Luthi is a personal finance freelance writer and credit cards expert. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and finance from Brigham Young University. In addition to Credit Karma, you can find his wo… Read more.