What Is JetBlue Elite Status Worth? January 2017 | Real World Machine

What Is JetBlue Elite Status Worth? January 2017

Unlike most other U.S. airlines, the JetBlue TrueBlue program has only one elite status level: Mosaic. There are also no complimentary seat upgrades for elite members.

Real World Machine values JetBlue points at 1.2 cents each, after factoring in the limited availability of premium service options (JetBlue’s “Mint” service is only available on a handful of routes) and the limited number of mostly-domestic destinations that JetBlue serves.




Elite Status Value

JetBlue TrueBlue Elite Status Value
Mosaic $1,504

You quality for Mosaic elite status based on achieving either (a) 30 flight segments plus 12,000 base flight points, or (b) 15,000 base flight points in a given year. You earn three (3) TrueBlue base flight points per dollar spent (excluding taxes and most fees). While you earn bonus points depending on the class of service (and you earn a minimum of three bonus points regardless), these bonus points do not count towards elite status.

Related: How much are my JetBlue TrueBlue points worth?

Assumptions

Valuations are provided for each elite status level below and assume that (1) you already have the respective elite status for point bonus purposes and (2) that you hit the minimum threshold needed to achieve the status, and (3) that you never purchase anything other than discount economy (“Blue”) airfare. If necessary, values are rounded up to the nearest dollar. Valuations do not include the regular non-elite-bonus points you earn for TrueBlue spending, since you would get these points regardless of your elite status.

As always, elite status valuation can often be more of an art than a science…and certain benefits may be more or less valuable to you than they are to the average passenger.


Mosaic = $1,504

This valuation is based on having Mosaic status, spending $4,000 on airfare (before most taxes and fees), and obtaining 30 flight segments in discount economy airfare during the year. You need to earn (a) 30 flight segments plus 12,000 base flight points, or (b) 15,000 base flight points annually to qualify.

TrueBlue +3 Points Bonus = $144
This works out to nine points per dollar spent (3 base points + 3 regular bonus points + 3 Mosaic bonus points), which represents a 50% mileage bonus versus non-elite members who receive six points per dollar spent (3 base points + 3 bonus points). Valuing TrueBlue miles at 1.2 cents a piece, you will earn a bonus of 12,000 miles, worth $144, during your travels.

Mosaic 15,000 Points Bonus = $180
You receive 15,000 bonus points upon (re-)qualifying for Mosaic status. Valuing TrueBlue miles at 1.2 cents a piece, you will earn a bonus worth $180, during your travels.

Priority Phone Number = $35
While not a huge perk, you do get priority call handling for all of your (re)booking needs when you call into customer service, but you’re probably going to utilize the website a lot more than the phone.

Priority Security and Priority Boarding = $150
You get priority security lane access at larger airports, but honestly, you probably already have TSA Precheck. As a Mosaic member, you also get to be among the first to board the plane.

Overall, there is some modest benefit to be gained from the priority check-in lanes and a bigger benefit from priority boarding if you regularly bring a larger carry-on with you. I value this benefit at $150.




Complimentary Checked Bags (2) = $200
You get two free complimentary checked bags as a Mosaic member. For comparison, JetBlue Plus Card holders receive one free checked bag (and other benefits) in exchange for a $99 annual fee.

Obviously, this can really add up to a lot of value if you frequently check a bag (perhaps because you remember the not-so-long-ago days when JetBlue used to offer everyone a free checked bag). For simplicity’s sake, I have doubled the aforementioned credit card’s annual fee and rounded up the value of this benefit to $200.

Even More Space Seats Discount = $390
Even More Space seats have, you guessed it, more legroom than the standard JetBlue seat (which are already better than most U.S. airlines). As a Mosaic member, you can use your TrueBlue points to upgrade to an Even More seat. Points cost range from 200 to 1,000 points for an upgrade that would otherwise cost non-elite members between $10 and $90. At the high end, this makes your points worth nine cents each on Even More seat upgrades.

For valuation purposes, I assume you will use this benefit on five longer flight segments and that you spent 5,000 TrueBlue points on upgrades that would have otherwise cost you $450. Since your TrueBlue points are worth about 1.2 cents on average (excluding Even More seat upgrades), I value this benefit at $450 less $60 (the value of 5,000 points) which equals $390.

Waived Change and Cancellation Fees = $270
Mosaic members can change and cancel their flights without any additional fee (although they remain responsible for any change in airfare). These fees range from $70 to $135, depending on the price and class of the ticket, for non-elite members.

This can be a potentially valuable benefit if your schedule is always in flux, but I assume you’ll use it twice per year with a maximum value of $135 for each instance.

Complimentary Beverages = $135
Drink your heart out (responsibly) with unlimited free alcoholic beverages on all JetBlue flights that offer alcohol (flight segments of 340 miles or longer) to go along with JetBlue’s already-delicious complimentary snacks. Non-elite members pay between $6 and $9 for each alcoholic beverage.

While a useless benefit of teetotalers, this is quite valuable to those who like to imbibe in-air. I am assuming you will average one drink for every two flight segments with a value of $9 per drink.

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What Is JetBlue Elite Status Worth? January 2017
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What Is JetBlue Elite Status Worth? January 2017
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Learn more about JetBlue TrueBlue elite status with a breakdown and description of Mosaic benefits and their values.
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