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How To Redeem Points For JetBlue Mint

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JetBlue is quickly expanding their Mint product, which is their competitively priced fully flat bed business class product on a growing number of routes. While JetBlue started by offering Mint from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco a couple of years back, they have expanded it nicely since then, and have even loftier expansion goals.

So, given JetBlue’s lack of frequent flyer program partnerships, what are the best ways to redeem points for JetBlue Mint?

To start, I should probably explain what makes Mint special. I flew JetBlue Mint for the first time this August from New York to Los Angeles, and was blown away. The JetBlue Mint cabin has four “suites,” which can be reserved by Mint customers on a first come first serve basis.

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JetBlue Is Causing Delta To Raise Their Game On Transcon Flights

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I’ve reviewed JetBlue Mint before, which is JetBlue’s premium cabin product available on select A321 aircraft. It’s really quite extraordinary what JetBlue has done here, as they’ve shaken up first class within the US.

JetBlue’s Mint is probably the best value first class product in the country, as it’s a fantastic fully flat product (which even has some fully enclosed suites), and they’ve even undercut other airlines with worst products on price.

While the JetBlue Mint product was initially just introduced from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco, JetBlue has big aspirations for Mint, and plans on growing it significantly, especially on transcon flights. Eventually JetBlue may even add flights to Europe.

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Limited Time: Save Up To 25% On The Cost Of JetBlue Awards

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JetBlue has a revenue based frequent flyer program, meaning the number of points required for a redemption is directly correlated to the revenue cost of a ticket. Therefore thereā€™s not really a best time to redeem points, since youā€™ll always get roughly the same amount of value per point.

Well, the one exception is when JetBlue is offering an award sale, as they are now.

JetBlue is offering a 15% refund on points when you redeem by 11:59PM EST on Monday, November 14, 2016.

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You Can Now Earn JetBlue Points For Lyft Rides

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I think the gold standard of ridesharing partnerships is the one between Uber and Starwood, where members can earn Starpoints for all their Uber rides. It’s one of the most straightforward and beneficial ridesharing partnerships, especially since Uber is a service many of us use everyday anyway.

Since then we’ve seen a few other hotels partner with ridesharing apps in one way or another (including Hilton and IHG), though none have been especially valuable, in my opinion.

Well, Lyft and JetBlue just announced a partnership, and it’s worth being aware of, though not really as useful as I would have hoped.

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Earn Bonus Points For JetBlue’s Boston To New York LaGuardia Flight

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JetBlue is in the process of launching flights in the competitive Boston to New York LaGuardia market. While they’ve long flown from Boston to Newark and Kennedy, they’re now launching a dozen daily weekday nonstop flights between Boston and New York LGA.

Best of all, if you fly this route in the coming months, you can earn up to 6,000 bonus TrueBlue points. In order to be eligible for this bonus you need to register, book, and fly between now and January 31, 2017. If you do, you can earn bonus points as follows:

— Fly 1 roundtrip flight (or 2 one-way flights) and earn 1,000 bonus points
— Fly a second roundtrip flight (or 2 more one-way flights) and earn an additional 2,000 bonus points
— Fly a third roundtrip flight (or 4 more one-way flights) and earn an additional 3,000 bonus points

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Great Deal: Book Now To Get 30% Off JetBlue Flights

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While JetBlue has fare sales pretty often, they have an especially good one right now that’s valuable if you’re planning travel for the rest of the year.

JetBlue is offering 30% off flights booked by 11:59PM ET on October 19, 2016 (tomorrow), or while supplies last, so this could very well be pulled earlier.

The basic terms of the promotion are as follows:

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Why You Shouldn’t Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To JetBlue

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Citi ThankYou points can be earned through cards like the Citi PrestigeĀ® Card and Citi ThankYouĀ® Premier Card. This is a points currency which has become more useful over the past couple of years, as Citi added over a dozen airline and hotel transfer partners. As of now, you can transfer Citi ThankYou points to the following programs:

My personal favorites are Air France/KLM FlyingBlue, Etihad Guest, and Singapore KrisFlyer, as I find they have the best redemption values. However, those looking to book travel within the US may be happy to learn that you can now transfer Citi ThankYou points to JetBlue TrueBlue at a 1,000:800 ratio. At least that’s the transfer ratio for cards accruing premium Citi ThankYou points, like the Citi PrestigeĀ® Card and Citi ThankYouĀ® Premier Card.

JetBlue’s TrueBlue program is revenue based on the redemption side, meaning the number of points required for a ticket is directly correlated to the cost of a ticket. In general, one TrueBlue point can be redeemed for ~1.5 cents towards the cost of a ticket on JetBlue. That means in this case you’re getting ~1.2 cents per Citi ThankYou point towards the cost of a ticket.

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JetBlue Wants The DOT To Revoke Alaska’s Route To Cuba

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US airlines are just in the process of launching flights to Cuba for the first time in decades. There are a limited number of available slots, so the Department of Transportation had to go through a selection process to award the routes.

This was done in stages. The airlines had to put in requests for the slots they wanted. First the DOT awarded slots for all Cuba flights not to Havana, since the number of requests didn’t exceed the number of available slots. After that the DOT granted the rights for Havana slots, which was a much trickier selection process, given that there was a lot more demand from airlines than available slots.

Here are the Havana routes that got selected:

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JetBlue Plus Vs. Barclaycard Arrival Plus: Which Card Should You Apply For?

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Barclaycard has really raised their game the past few months in terms of their US card offerings.

A few months ago Barclaycard introduced JetBlue Plus Card, which I find to be fantastic, and also recently applied for. Meanwhile this past week they’ve increased the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Arrival Plusā„¢ World Elite MasterCardĀ® by 25%.

With that in mind, I’ve been getting some questions from readers about which card is more compelling. Given that you typically have to wait a while between Barclaycard applications, are you better off applying for JetBlue Plus Card or the Barclaycard Arrival Plusā„¢ World Elite MasterCardĀ®?

The Barclaycard Arrival Plusā„¢ World Elite MasterCardĀ® is offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 within 90 days. Those miles can be redeemed for one cent towards the cost of a travel purchase, and you get a 5% refund on miles every time you redeem. Given that the card’s annual fee is waived the first year, I value the sign-up bonus at $525.

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5 Things I Love About JetBlue Mint!

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I flew JetBlue Mint for the first time in early August, and instantly fell in love. From the Mint Suite, to the food, to the service, to the little touches, the experience was incredible. With all three US legacy carrier loyalty programs now being revenue based, I’m questioning my loyalty more than ever before, and am finding it worthwhile in many cases to just outright book what I want.

Well, yesterday morning I had my second flight in JetBlue Mint, from New York to San Francisco, and I was curious to see if this one would be as good as the last one.

Could the crew really compare to the one I had on my last Mint flight, which was incredible? Could the food on a breakfast flight be as good as the food on a dinner flight?

Well, the answer is “for the most part, yes.” After my second flight in JetBlue Mint I figured I’d share my overall impressions of the product based on this flight, in the form of a “5 things I love about Mint” post. Because I really really do love JetBlue Mint, in case you haven’t noticed.

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Hello, Live From The Fastest Inflight Wifi I’ve Ever Experienced!

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Some people are surprised to learn that I’m actually extremely technologically illiterate, despite the fact that I work online. I rely on fast wifi while traveling in order to work, though I couldn’t tell you the difference between types of wifi offered on various airlines, etc. I do know the difference between broadband and dial-up, though. That counts for something, right?

Anyway, inflight wifi has transformed my life, in the sense that it allows me to stay productive while traveling. I review airlines and write online for a living, so an airplane with wifi feels like my office more than anywhere else.

Now, wifi quality and pricing varies greatly across airlines. Some airlines, like Emirates, give you virtually unlimited wifi for $1, though it’s almost unusably slow. Then there are airlines like Etihad and Lufthansa, which have reasonably fast wifi, and let you buy wifi for a fixed cost with no data caps, which I love. On the other end of the spectrum you have airlines like Singapore, which quite literally charge you a fortune to use their wifi.

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6 Thoughts On Yesterday’s JetBlue Points Match Trip To Las Vegas

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As some of you may recall, in late June JetBlue came out with their Points Match promotion, where they basically offered to match the points balances of Virgin America Elevate members.

This presented quite an opportunity, as Starwood is transfer partners with Virgin America, meaning you could transfer Starpoints to Virgin America, and then get those points matched.

In my case I was lucky to have just over 50,000 Virgin America Elevate points, which JetBlue would match to 75,000 points. The one catch was that I had to take one roundtrip flight by August 31.

I’ve had a busy few weeks of travel, so only took my roundtrip flight on JetBlue yesterday, given that the promotion expires on Wednesday.

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