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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.
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:
- Chase Ultimate Rewards
- American Express Membership Rewards
- Citi ThankYou Points
- Capital One Venture Miles
- Marriott Bonvoy Points
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.
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:
|Zone||Distance||Sample Route||Economy||(NEW) Mint Class|
|4||1,001-2,000||New York City (JFK) to St. Thomas, USVI (STT)||20,000||40,000|
|5||2,001-3,000||New York City (JFK) to Libera, Costa Rica (LIR)||26,000||52,000|
|6||3,001-4,000||New York City (JFK) to London-Heathrow (LHR)||32,000||64,000|
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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