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In early May I wrote about JetBlue’s status match & challenge, which was supposed to run through May 31, 2016. I figured it was worth revisiting this, given that the offer has been extended, and also in light of JetBlue’s current points match promotion.
As of now, JetBlue’s status match & challenge promotion is valid for enrollment through June 30, 2016, though it may very well be extended, as has been the case in the past.
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 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 can typically be redeemed for ~1.6 cents towards the cost of airfare, 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 could otherwise only be redeemed for ~$16 worth of travel.
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.
What does this mean in the context of JetBlue’s points match promotion?
As you guys know, JetBlue is offering a ridiculously generous promotion at the moment, where you can earn up to 75,000 TrueBlue points just by showing your balance of Virgin America points and taking a single roundtrip flight on JetBlue.
With that in mind, I’m now considering whether I should do a JetBlue status match & challenge:
- I’d get Mosaic status through the end of 2016
- If I spend $1,250 on JetBlue in the next 90 days, I’d earn Mosaic status through 2017
I’m not sure if I’d actually spend enough to qualify for Mosaic in 2017 (though I do have an upcoming paid ticket in JetBlue Mint), but I do think having Mosaic status would be nice, for the free drinks, cheap upgrades to extra legroom seating, and perhaps most importantly, free ticket changes (which could come in handy with all those points I have to redeem). So it’s certainly something I’m considering.
The reason I’m especially tempted is because as of now the JetBlue status matches & challenges aren’t once in a lifetime, but rather can be done multiple times. The terms very well may be changed in the future, though it’s also possible the offer will be discontinued altogether. But based on the current terms, there’s not much downside to partaking in a match or challenge.
This is an extremely generous promotion, for many made even more compelling by the current points match promotion. If you have status with another program you can submit a match so you have status through the end of 2016. Then if you spend $1,250 on JetBlue within 90 days of enrollment, you’ll receive status through the end of 2017.
It’s certainly worth considering a match & challenge more than ever before in light of the points match promotion.
Do you plan on signing up for a JetBlue Mosaic status match or challenge?