You Can Now Book JetBlue Mint with Emirates Skywards Miles

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Hoping to experience JetBlue's new Mint Suites? You’re in luck! While you can book JetBlue Mint with TrueBlue points — and soon American Airlines AAdvantage miles — you can also now book JetBlue’s premium cabin using Emirates Skywards. Here are the details.

JetBlue Mint Now Bookable Using Emirates Miles

JetBlue and Emirates have been long-time partners. However, booking JetBlue’s premium cabin (Mint) using Skywards points had not been an option. Thankfully, this is no longer the case. As originally reported by NerdWallet, you can now book JetBlue Mint Class using Emirates Skywards.

JetBlue Mint Suite
Now you can use Emirates Skywards miles to book Mint Class including the airline's new Mint Suites. (Image courtesy of JetBlue)

Chances are, you’re not super invested in the Emirates Skywards program. However, Skywards miles are super easy to get. You don’t even have to fly to rack up Skywards directly. Transfer partners make racking up Skywards super easy.

If you have a popular credit card earning points or miles, there’s already a chance that you are sitting on thousands of Skywards miles. Here’s a list of the partners from which you can transfer points into Skywards miles:

You can also purchase Emirates Skywards. However, purchasing Skywards to book JetBlue Mint isn't the best way to maximize the value of miles. Emirates also requires customers to have already earned miles before allowing them to purchase miles. So, buying miles isn't the most feasible option or plan for most AwardWallet readers.

Booking JetBlue Mint with Skywards

Once you've racked up enough Skywards for award travel in JetBlue Mint, here's how to book your flight.

First, you will need to be logged in to your Emirates Skywards account. It is not possible to search for partner award availability without logging in first. Before you can do that, you will need a Skywards account.

Upon logging in to your Emirates Skywards account, navigate back to the home page. In the “Search Flights” section, be sure to click the red link that reads “Advanced search: multi-city, promo codes, partner airlines.” Next, you will want to change the award type from “Book Flights” to “Book Classic Rewards Flights.” Then, select “Search Partner Flights Only.” This will allow you to start searching for available JetBlue award flights.

how to book JetBlue Mint using Emirates' website
Here's how your booking window should look when booking partner award travel via Emirates' website. (Image via Emirates.com)

Emirates uses a distance-based system to determine the number of miles required for award travel. Here's how many miles you'll need for travel in JetBlue Mint when using Emirates Skywards miles:

ZoneDistanceSample RouteEconomy(NEW) Mint Class
41,001-2,000New York City (JFK) to St. Thomas, USVI (STT)20,00040,000
52,001-3,000New York City (JFK) to Libera, Costa Rica (LIR)26,00052,000
63,001-4,000New York City (JFK) to London-Heathrow (LHR)32,00064,000

JetBlue's most popular Mint routes like New York (JFK)-Los Angeles (LAX) and Los Angeles (LAX)-Fort Lauderdale (FLL) will run you 52,000 Skywards miles each way. That seems like a lot. So, is using Skywards miles to book Mint a great use of points?

The answer is kind of. If you're transferring points from a partner, Skywards miles could be a reasonable way to book JetBlue Mint. For example, American Express Membership Rewards transfer to Skywards on a 1:1 ratio. That means 1 Membership Rewards point can be converted to 1 Skywards mile. So you'd need 52,000 Membership Rewards points to book a route like JFK-LAX in JetBlue Mint.

While JetBlue Mint starts at $548, it's not common to see routes priced over $800 one-way. For example, the lowest price between JFK-LAX is currently $898 each way. The highest price is $1,698 each way. So, depending on how you value points, Skywards may be a good use of points depending on the cash price of your desired flight and the transfer partner you plan to use.

The Bottom Line

JetBlue and Emirates have been partners for years. However, using Skywards miles for travel in JetBlue's Mint cabin was never an option. But now you can now use Skywards miles for travel in JetBlue Mint.

While not always the best value, Skywards miles almost always beat cash fares when booking Mint. This is especially the case when booking a flight just a few days out. That being said, be sure to check award rates if you were to use TrueBlue points before you book with Skywards miles.

Are you considering using Skywards to book JetBlue Mint award flights? If so, which route?

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  • I think that the programme of Emirates is not very attractive and what’s even worse is that the number of partners is quite limited.

  • Doesn’t seem terrible value given the shocking sums required to book an EK redemption.

  • I like having another way to get JetBlue Mint but I wonder how difficult it is to get them through Emirates? I think I would rather transfer to JetBlue from Chase or Amex and get Mint that way.

  • It’s good to see that now we have bretter options to capitalize the Paartnership between Emirates an JetBlue. Especially for US-based Emirates members this is a very good option as the deal beats cash fares for Mint cabin.

  • Seems valuable when booking the most expensive Mint tickets.

  • Anytime I have flown transcon, have always looked for the best price for first/biz class across all the airlines, last time in fact was JetBlue for 549 on a Saturday evening LAX to JFK, but other times has been, say, United for around 650. So would not use points for transcon flights.
    But for Caribbean or Europe, such as the Virgin Islands and London flights shown in the example, would definitely use Emirates points (transferred from Amex or Chase) at those point levels, as those routes can easily be well over $1k (or even over $2k) cash for first/biz. In fact, Caribbean flights (and now Europe flights) in Mint has been my objective in saving JetBlue points every time I fly JetBlue for years now. But now it seems like Emirates distance based award chart could easily require far less points for the same flight on JetBlue than JetBlue’s cash-correlated award redemption levels when the cash price runs high.

  • The feature probably aims to retain the US-based Emirates members.

  • Always good to have options, but I think I’ll be passing on this.