JetBlue’s “status challenge” is worth a look

Earning elite status with an airline is can be a cumbersome task, given that it involves flying at least 25,000 miles in a year and/or comes with a dollars-spent component. If you’re US traveler, however, who flies mainly within the country and doesn’t care about upgrades (i.e., I want to get from here to there without any hassle.), JetBlue “Mosaic” status is probably more helpful to you than anything you could get from the major airlines. Normally, it  would involve spending $5,000 on them in a year (or $4,000 plus flying 30 segments), but they just made it a little easier by offering a status challenge. These challenges are often targeted to particular individuals, but I see nothing here to indicate that is the case.

Sign up here by September 7 and you will get Mosaic status through 12/31/16 if you earn 3,750 flight points in the 90-day period after signing up. As a reminder, you get three flight points per dollar spent (not including taxes and fees), so it would involve $1,250 worth of flights. That sounds like a lot (and, for that matter, is the equivalent of spending $5,000 in a year), but for those who travel heavily during the quarter and/or have some expensive vacations, the number is certainly doable.

This particular status challenge is better than the ones that I have seen in the past.

  • First, it does not exclude flights that you had previously booked. In the past, you had to book and fly during the promotion period. Now, you only have to fly during those 90 days.
  • In the past, passengers who earned Mosaic Status through the challenge did not receive the standard 15,000 point bonus for becoming Mosaic. Now, you do.

What’s the big deal about Mosaic status

Mosaic status is one of the few programs that’s as much about leisure passengers as it is business passengers. Some of the best benefits include:

  • You’ll get a free checked bag. Two of them, in fact.
  • Priority security clearance and early boarding. While not quite pre-check, you will get to use the fast(er) line at security. You will also get to pre-board, meaning that there will always be a place for your bag.
  • You’ll get an extra three points per dollar you spend, meaning that if you get the three point bonus for booking at JetBlue’s website, you’ll earn nine points per dollar spent. Points generally translate to flights at a value of 1.3c-1.6c per point, meaning that you’re getting back 12-15% credit on every flight purchase.
  • You earn the previously mentioned 15,000 bonus points (value of ~$225) and get a dedicated customer service phone number. The Mosaic phone team is excellent.
  • But my favorite Mosaic perk is that the airline will waive change and cancellation fees for you, as well as anyone else on your itinerary. So you can book a trip and then sign up at Yapta, which will alert you when the price of your flight goes down. Then, just call JetBlue and get a credit for the discount. Are you kidding me?! Alaska charges no fees if you cancel more than 60 days in advance, but trying asking your average network carrier to waive the fee for you. They’ll laugh at you until your face turns blue and then charge you an additional “face recoloration” fee.
  • It’s not a Mosaic benefit, but as you try to achieve status, you might earn the additional bonus they give you after you fly five or seven roundtrip flights in a year.

Additional Mosaic benefits can be found at the airline’s site here. It costs you nothing to sign up. Might as well take advantage of it.

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    • Mike on September 3, 2015 at 6:30 am
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    There should be a link highlighted in the first sentence of the second paragraph above, but you can also click on the link below. At the bottom of that page is the registration button. You do need to sign up, though, it won’t do it automatically.

    • Ann on September 2, 2015 at 7:57 pm
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    Hi Mike

    Do you have to sign up for this challenge if you are already a member or would it be automatic in that case.
    I am a TrueBlue member and cant find a way to sign up for the challenge?

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