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As a result of a status match/challenge promotion JetBlue ran earlier this summer, I was able to earn JetBlue TrueBlue Mosaic status for the remainder of this year. While having Mosaic status, JetBlue's only elite level, might not be as glamorous as having top-tier elite status with other airlines, some of the Mosaic benefits can provide tremendous value. While there are many benefits (see below), I've covered my top three.
As an aside, while I was able to obtain status through JetBlue's promotion, you can earn Mosaic status if you spend $50,000 in a calendar year on JetBlue Plus Card.
Be Fee Free
Most airlines allow their top-tier elite status members to change or cancel awards for free. JetBlue provides that benefit as well, but they go a step further, allows Mosaic members to change or cancel revenue tickets as well without penalty. While they will not provide a refund to your credit card if canceling a paid reservation, they will provide a JetBlue Travel Bank credit which is valid for one year. When you change a paid ticket, and the new itinerary is cheaper than the original one, they will provide a JetBlue Travel Bank credit for the difference.
Additionally, JetBlue will provide Mosaic members a JetBlue Travel Bank credit whenever your booking's fare goes down as long as you call them to request this credit. You can stop worrying if the price of your ticket will drop and if you got the best deal. Just monitor the price of your flight and call up for a credit if it drops!
Over the course of six weeks, I've had tickets drop by nearly $100 — my travel bank is now $100 richer. Additionally, this flexibility where I'm not throwing my money away has allowed me to purchase reservations as backups just in case awards seats with other airlines don't become available.
The Be Fee Free benefits extend to all passengers on the Mosaic member's reservation.
Even More Space
One of the biggest disappointments of Mosaic status is that JetBlue does not allow complimentary selection of Even More Space seats. While I can understand not allowing it at booking, I would hope at check-in or boarding you could receive such an upgrade, but that is not the case. However, if you have Mosaic status, you have the benefit of being able to redeem TrueBlue points for Even More Space Seats.
What is particularly attractive about this benefit is that the point rates for Even More Space seats are exceptional when compared to the paid rate to select these seats. For example, here are the paid rates and point rates for Even More Space seats on a flight from New York JFK to Los Angeles next week:
So for an almost six-hour flight, you have the option of redeeming 1,000 points or paying $90 for an Even More Space seat. Even if you value JetBlue points at 2 cents, which is extremely high, those 1,000 points would only be worth $20. The real value is probably closer to $15. Choosing to redeem points for Even More Space Seats provides an exceptional value with points.
The ability to purchase Even More Seats with points another benefit that extends to all other travelers on the same reservation as a Mosaic member.
1st and 2nd Bag Free
In 2015, JetBlue introduced checked-bag fees. While I don't want to say it was inevitable, it was a logical progression for them to increase revenue incrementally.
As part of JetBlue's current fare structure, you can purchase a Blue Plus Fare which includes one checked bag for $15 more than the Blue Fare, which is the cheapest ticket (and does not come with a checked bag). If you do not purchase a Blue Plus Fare, need to check a bag it will cost you $20 to do so if checking in online or at an airport kiosk or $25 to do so at the airport counter. The fee to check-in a second bag will be $35.
If you have Mosaic status, your first two bags are complimentary. Again, another benefit that extends to everyone else traveling on the same reservation.
Mosaic status might not be glamorous, but it can provide a nice saving to your wallet. The fact that you don't have to worry about change fees or whether a fare will go down after purchase take a significant burden off of the booking process.
Mosaic status also allows you the opportunity to fly more comfortably by redeeming points at a fantastic rate for Even More Space seats. Whether it is by choice or not, if you find yourself flying JetBlue often, Mosaic status provides a rewarding experience.
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