JetBlue is offering both a direct status match and a challenge to their elite status Mosaic tier. If you have elite status with another airline (list below), you’ll automatically receive Mosaic status for the rest of 2014, though you’ll have to complete the challenge to keep it through 2015. With status comes change and cancellation fee waivers (wish we got these with the legacies), “Even More Space” seat availability, and “Even More Speed” access (expedited security).
Are you a TrueBlue member who enjoys a certain, shall we say, status? Now until April 18, 2014, sign up for the TrueBlue Mosaic Challenge, where you can earn Mosaic membership fast – 90 days to be exact. Earn 3,750 base flight TrueBlue points during your Challenge period to qualify for Mosaic through December 31, 2015.*
Do you also belong to another airline loyalty program that—let’s be honest here—may not be living up to your high-flying standards? You’re in luck. For those members with a certain status, we’ll automatically give you Mosaic for the rest of 2014 when you’re enrolled in the Mosaic Challenge. If you complete the Challenge you’ll stay leveled up through 2015.*
Eligible programs for matches include:
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan MVPGold or MVPGold 75k
American Airlines: AAdvantage Platinum or Executive Platinum
Delta: SkyMiles Medallion Gold, Platinum or Diamond
Southwest: Rapid Rewards A-List Preferred or Companion Pass
United: MileagePlus Premier Gold, Platinum or Premier1K
US Airways: Dividend Miles Preferred Gold, Platinum or Chairman
Full details and FAQs here.
Well, we saw this one coming with the US merger, but wow that was fast! Interline agreements end effective today and reciprocal frequent flier accrual will end April 1st. From the PR:
Beginning today, each airline will no longer accept new interline sales for travel on the other carrier. Effective April 1, customers will no longer earn miles or points when traveling on eligible routes operated by the other airline. All American AAdvantage miles or JetBlue TrueBlue points already accrued through this partnership will be credited to customers’ accounts and are not affected. The two airlines are working together to ensure these changes have little impact to customers.
JetBlue announced that it was suspending all flights from its New York area airports, as well as its Boston hub from 5pm EST today until 10am tomorrow, canceling about half its daily schedule (about 900 flights) in order to “catch-up” and reposition planes and crew. In an announcement earlier on its website as reported by Bloomberg, JetBlue stated:
This pause in service will allow us to catch up and reposition our planes in order to meet demand. Delays and cancellations during this week’s winter storm placed planes and crews away from their previously scheduled routes. While our team has been working to repair schedules by bringing crews and planes back “into position” and resume normal operations, further cancellations are still occurring as crews exceed their allowed duty times. While we have to reduce operations in our Northeast cities today, we’ll take the opportunity to use some of those planes and crews for extra sections between cities where we they’re most needed and move crews in preparation for starting back up on Tuesday.
A JetBlue spokesperson added, “there were a lot of unforeseen events that were really outside of our control that were impacting our ability to operate correctly. We know there are a lot of upset customers in a lot of places that are waiting to get home from the holiday. We’re trying to get as many people moving as quickly as possible as soon as this weather abates a little bit.”
The announcement impacts service at JFK, LGA, EWR, and BOS. Their 1800 number is also down…
This week everyone was talking about the United double miles promo, but there are actually some really great promos available across most of the major carriers including other double points offers (though much more restrictive). Here’s a rundown of all those promos:
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One day only sale from JetBlue, with 20% off domestic fares and 15% off international base fares using promo code OCTOBER1. Travel must be booked today (October 1st) and valid travel dates are October 15 – November 20, 2013.
- Promo Code: OCTOBER1
- 20% off* the base fare of a domestic roundtrip JetBlue flight or 15% off* the base fare of an international roundtrip JetBlue flight. (Base fare is everything but the gov’t taxes/fees)
- Book by October 1, 2013 (11:59 PM EST)
- Travel October 15 – November 20, 2013
- Not valid for Friday or Sunday flights. Roundtrip flights cannot have a Friday or Sunday departure or return
- Not valid on previous bookings
How to Book:
- Promo codes can only be redeemed online at jetblue.com/promo
- Search an eligible roundtrip flight
- Enter promo code from www.jetblue.com/deals/oct-fast exactly as it appears (case sensitive)
- You must select flights in order for discount to appear. Once selected you will see the discount amount displayed in the itinerary subtotal on the right side of the flights page
- Only one code per reservation
90% Offer Hot Fares - Each day New York hits 90°+ degrees starting at 12PM from now through July 20, 2013, you could grab a seat at 90% off!
• Visit our site daily now through July 20, 2013 to check the temperature in New York’s Central Park courtesy of weather.com.
• Starting at 12PM if the temperature hits 90°+ degrees, we’ll unveil a very limited quantity of promo codes good for 90% off* the base fare of a roundtrip, nonstop JetBlue flight from New York’s JFK, LGA or EWR airports. New bookings only.
• Travel will be valid only on the departure and return dates specified for the particular promo code. Roundtrip purchase required. Must depart from/return to the same airport.
• Only a very limited amount of promo codes will be available, so grab ‘em while it’s hot! Once they’re gone, well, they’re gone, or until the next time it hits 90°F this week!
1,200 to 4,000 Free TrueBlue Points – Via JetBlue’s new Badge program
You get 500 (it says 250 but my history shows 500) points for connecting Twitter (settings tab)
500 points for connecting your Facebook (go to your friends or settings tab)
100 points for sharing your map on Facebook (go to your map and look for the share icon on the top right)
100 points for going through tutorial (prompted at signup)
50 points for sharing on Facebook 5x (additional points at 10, 20, 30)
50 points for sharing on Twitter 5x (additional points at 10, 20, 30)
You can also get 50 points for inviting 5 people on Facebook (additional 50 points at 10, 15, and 30 invites)
1000 points for volunteering at a Corporate Social Responsibility event
500 points for flying during your birthday month
50 points for visiting the badge page 10 times
Thanks to mylilpony at SlickDeals for the breakdown. Check out their post for additional details.
JetBlue has a two day only pre-July 4th sale that kicks off today and runs through tomorrow night with fares starting at $49 each way (PHL-BOS).
- Book by July 3, 2013 (the earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local time).
- Fares not available on Expedia, Hotwire, Orbitz, CheapTickets, Travelocity, Priceline or LowestFare.
- Travel July 16 through October 31, 2013. (Day of week restrictions, travel window exceptions, and blackout dates apply and vary by route.)
Like American Airlines and several other major carriers, JetBlue announced yesterday that they too are now providing pilots with iPads to cut down on paperwork and manuals in the cockpit. As TNW reports:
The New York-based budget airline has been given approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, which will see its pilots receive custom-equipped iPads that serve up real-time information related to the flight. Each JetBlue pilot will be trained to use three apps that are pivotal to their job – real-time weather, pre-flight planning and digital airport and aircraft charts – and the iPads will replace laptops and a “mound of paper manuals and charts”.JetBlue has previously embarked on a trial phase with around 60 pilots over a number of months, and is now in the process of dishing out a fourth-generation 16GB WiFi iPad to all 2,500 pilots.
JetBlue though has plans for the pilots to use the standard on-board wifi for certain apps…hopefully the connection is better than most I’ve experienced. 9To5Mac adds:
JetBlue is, however, taking things a step further than American. As the airline is introducing on-board wifi, it plans to allow pilots to connect their iPads to it to receive updated weather reports and company documents during the flight. With all the glass-panel instruments on board a modern airliner, there’s something faintly bizarre about the idea of weather updates arriving on an iPad. United is planning the same thing, though with a separate crew-only wifi network to ensure the pilots don’t have to compete with passengers for bandwidth. United is also installing wifi at each jetway for use by flight crew.
Yahoo today posted an article listing their five favorite airlines for snacking:
We’ve compiled a list of best airlines for snacking so that you can know which airlines have a variety of tasty options on board (forget the terminal). To rank the airlines, we took authenticity, variety, and overall value for your ticket into consideration. From freshly baked French pastries to a choice of Turkish meze, these unexpected airline treats are raising the bar on airline snacks worldwide.
Three of the five winners are actually US based airlines, though Singapore took top-spot. What do you think of the list?
PS…my favorite western snack on Singapore was the philly steak…quite filling half way through a 19 hour flight!
JetBlue announced this morning that beginning today, TrueBlue points no longer have an expiration date. This is great news for TrueBlue fans as in the past you could not keep your account active without taking a flight or making a purchase on the affiliated AMEX card.
Delta has the same no expiration policy while American, United, and Virgin America points are subject to expiration after 18 months without activity. Southwest points expire after 24 months of no activity. Will AA & UA follow suit? Probably not…but there is absolutely no reason to ever let your points expire as there are several easy ways to earn or redeem even a single point during those time periods. Feel free to email me if you need assistance keeping an account active.
TrueBlue points are our way of thanking you for your loyalty. But members have expressed concern that accounts must stay active for points to never expire. So, we did something about it. We heard your feedback, and we agree: Your loyalty doesn’t have an expiration date, and your points shouldn’t either. That’s why we’ve dropped the fine print. Starting today, you can hold on to your TrueBlue points until you’re ready to redeem them. No activity requirements. No asterisks. No expiration dates. Just points, glorious points.