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We’ve seen quite a few promotions lately from both JetBlue and Virgin America, which is likely due to Alaska’s takeover of Virgin America. Virgin America has improved status benefits and added status matches for JetBlue elites, while JetBlue has offered free tickets to residents of New York and California who haven’t flown JetBlue before.
Well, for those looking to earn JetBlue Mosaic status, JetBlue has brought back both a status match and status challenge program, which is valid through May 31, 2016. You can qualify through two different methods.
Benefits of JetBlue Mosaic
Under normal circumstances you can qualify for JetBlue Mosaic status in one of three ways:
- 30 segments plus 12,000 flight points (which equates to $4,000 of spend)
- 15,000 flight points (which equates to $5,000 of spend)
- Spend $50,000 on JetBlue Plus Card in a year, which comes with many other benefits as well
The benefits of JetBlue Mosaic status include the following:
- No change or cancelation fees on tickets
- First and second checked bag free
- Expedited security
- Priority boarding
- An additional three points per dollar spent on JetBlue (for a total of nine points per dollar spent on jetblue.com)
- Complimentary alcoholic beverages onboard
- Dedicated customer service phone number
- Discounted upgrades to Even More Space seating
- 15,000 bonus points when you qualify for Mosaic status (though you don’t get that if you earn it through a status match or challenge)
Specific to the upgrades, Mosaic members can upgrade to Even More Space seating for the following number of points:
- A $10 seat upgrade costs 200 points
- A $25 seat upgrade costs 300 points
- A $45 seat upgrade costs 500 points
- A $90 seat upgrade costs 1,000 points
JetBlue points are worth ~1.4 cents each, so that represents a huge discount over the paid cost of an upgrade. That means you can upgrade a New York to Los Angeles flight to Even More Space seating for just 1,000 points, which are worth ~$14.
JetBlue Mosaic Status Match
You’re eligible for a Mosaic status match if you hold one of the following status levels with a competing airline:
- Virgin America: Elevate Silver, Elevate Gold
- Alaska Airlines: Mileage Plan; MVP Gold or MVP Gold 75k
- American Airlines: AAdvantage Platinum or Executive Platinum
- Delta: SkyMiles Medallion Gold, Platinum or Diamond
- Southwest Airlines: Rapid Rewards A-List Preferred or Companion Pass
- United: MileagePlus Premier Gold, Platinum or Premier1K
- Emirates: Emirates; Skywards Silver, Gold or Platinum
To request a status match you simply have to fill out the form on this page, including your name, TrueBlue number, and proof of status with another program, which could include a copy of your statement or current credentials card with a competitor. Processing the status match could take up to two weeks.
Status matches are valid through the end of 2016, and you’ll then automatically be enrolled in a status challenge to maintain your status through 2017.
JetBlue Mosaic Status Challenge
If you don’t have status with a competitor you can still do a status challenge. The challenge is open to any TrueBlue member. Upon registering you’ll have 90 days to earn 3,750 base flight points, which will get you status through the end of 2017.
You earn three base flight miles per dollar spent, meaning you need to spend $1,250 on JetBlue (before taxes & fees) to qualify for the status.
This is an extremely generous promotion. If you have status with another program you might as well match, so your status will be valid through the end of 2016. Then if you spend $1,250 on JetBlue within 90 days of enrollment, you’ll receive the status through the end of 2017.
Do keep in mind there’s potentially one downside to registering. You don’t earn the 15,000 point bonus if you qualify for Mosaic status through a match or a challenge, so if you’re close to qualifying for Mosaic status without the challenge, you might not want to sign-up for this, since you’d be forgoing 15,000 points.
Do you plan on signing up for a JetBlue Mosaic status match or challenge?