JetBlue TrueBlue has introduced a new option to achieve elite Mosaic status, but is it worth it?
Spend $ 15,000 on the JetBlue Plus card, get Mosaic
In late 2020, JetBlue TrueBlue announced that it would reduce the elite requirements for Mosaic status in 2021. Specifically, the airline gave members four options to achieve Mosaic status in 2021:
- 7,500 qualifying points (compared to the usual 15,000 points)
- 6,000 qualifying points, plus 15 segments (vs. 12,000 points and 30 usual segments)
- $ 50,000 spent on purchases with JetBlue Plus or JetBlue Business Card during the calendar year (as before)
- $ 30,000 spent on purchases with JetBlue Plus or JetBlue Business Card, plus 4,000 qualifying points during the calendar year (exclusively for 2021)
There is now yet another option to gain status – you can earn JetBlue Mosaic status if you spend $ 15,000 on the JetBlue Plus card between October 1 and December 31, 2021. No registration is required and this only applies to the JetBlue Plus card (not the personal card with no annual fee or the business card). The status thus obtained would be valid until the end of 2022.
This is a significant reduction from the standard spending requirement, which is $ 50,000 on the card in a calendar year.
What are the benefits of JetBlue Mosaic status?
For the context, the JetBlue Mosaic status offers the following advantages:
- 3 x additional TrueBlue points per dollar spent on the purchase of JetBlue tickets
- Free same-day flight changes on all fares for you and your eligible companions on the same itinerary
- First two free checked bags for you and your travel companions
- Free alcoholic drinks on board, including beer, wine, and cocktails
- Free same-day upgrades to Even More Space seats, which are JetBlue’s economy seats with more legroom
- Access to Even More Speed, which is JetBlue’s dedicated priority security line at select airports
- Early boarding, allowing you to be among the first people on board
- 24/7 access to a dedicated customer service line
Should you go your way to Mosaic?
Is JetBlue’s offer for Mosaic status worth considering? Personally I think not, but others may feel differently, let me explain.
It is important to consider the opportunity cost of spending $ 15,000 on the JetBlue Plus card. Suppose you put some non-bonus expense on the card:
In other words, there is a 2.1% opportunity cost for these expenses, by my calculations. For $ 15,000 spent, it’s like paying $ 315 for Mosaic status. Personally, I would have a hard time getting the math to work on this:
- You already get free checked baggage if you have the JetBlue Plus card
- You will have to take a lot of flights for the benefit of the free alcoholic drink to be significant
- Early boarding and Even More Space seats are nice, but you only get Even More Space seats at check-in, and at this point most of the good seats could be gone.
- The main reason I’m not interested in this deal is that I’m crediting JetBlue flights to American AAdvantage, and we’re also expected to see reciprocal elite benefits between the two programs shortly (again, with the DOJ investigation, who knows what’s going on there)
At the end of the line
Spending $ 15,000 on the JetBlue Plus card in Q4 2021 can earn you elite Mosaic status, which is a significant reduction from the usual $ 50,000 spend required. Everyone has to calculate the numbers on their own, but I personally have a hard time doing the math, based on the opportunity cost of these expenses and my general preference to credit JetBlue flights to American AAdvantage.
That being said, if you’re pricing Mosaic status over $ 300, this offer might be worth considering.
Anyone intending to take advantage of this JetBlue Plus Card Mosaic status opportunity?
(Hats off to Dan’s Deals)