Earn JetBlue Mosaic With $15K Credit Card Spending

Earn JetBlue Mosaic With $15K Credit Card Spending

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JetBlue TrueBlue has introduced a new option for earning Mosaic elite status, but is it worth it?

Spend $15K on JetBlue Plus Card, get Mosaic

In late 2020, JetBlue TrueBlue announced that it would reduce elite requirements for Mosaic status in 2021. Specifically, the airline gave members four options for earning Mosaic status in 2021:

  • 7,500 qualifying points (vs. the usual 15,000 points)
  • 6,000 qualifying points, plus 15 segments (vs. the usual 12,000 points and 30 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’s now yet another option for earning status — you can earn JetBlue Mosaic status if you spend $15,000 on the JetBlue Plus Card between October 1 and December 31, 2021. There’s no registration required, and this only applies to the JetBlue Plus Card (and not the no annual fee personal card, or the business card). Status earned this way would be valid through the end of 2022.

That’s a significant reduction over the standard spending requirement, which is $50,000 on the card in a calendar year.

Earn JetBlue Mosaic status more easily with the JetBlue Plus Card

What are the benefits of JetBlue Mosaic status?

For context, JetBlue Mosaic status offers the following perks:

  • An extra 3x TrueBlue points per dollar spent on JetBlue ticket purchases
  • Free same day flight changes on all fares for you and eligible companions on the same itinerary
  • First two checked bags free for you and your travel companions
  • Free alcoholic drinks onboard, including beer, wine, and cocktails
  • Free same day upgrades to Even More Space seats, which are JetBlue’s extra legroom economy seats
  • 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 onboard
  • 24/7 access to a dedicated customer service line

Note that while 15,000 bonus points is also a benefit of qualifying for Mosaic status, this only applies if you earn the status through flying, rather than through credit card spending.

Receive Even More Space seats as a JetBlue Mosaic member

Should you spend your way to Mosaic?

Is JetBlue’s offer for Mosaic status worth considering? Personally I think no, but others may feel differently, Let me explain.

It’s important to consider the opportunity cost of spending $15,000 on the JetBlue Plus Card. Let’s assume you’re putting non-bonused spending on the card:

In other words, there’s a 2.1% opportunity cost for that spending, by my math. For $15,000 worth of spending, that’s like paying $315 for Mosaic status. Personally I’d have a hard time making the math work on that:

  • You’re already getting a free checked bag if you have the JetBlue Plus Card
  • You’ll have to take a lot of flights for the free alcoholic drink benefit to be meaningful
  • Early boarding and Even More Space seats are nice, but you’re only getting Even More Space seats at check-in, and at that point most of the good seats could be gone
  • The main reason I’m not interested in this offer is because I credit JetBlue flights to American AAdvantage, and we’re also supposed to see reciprocal elite perks between the two programs shortly (then again, with the DOJ investigation, who knows what happens there)
I credit my JetBlue flights to American AAdvantage

Bottom line

Spending $15,000 on the JetBlue Plus Card in the fourth quarter of 2021 can earn you Mosaic elite status, which is a significant reduction compared to the usual $50,000 in spending required. Everyone has to crunch the numbers for themselves, but personally I have a hard time making the math work, based on the opportunity cost of that spending, and my general preference to credit JetBlue flights to American AAdvantage.

That being said, if you value Mosaic status at $300+, then this offer could be worth considering.

Does anyone plan on taking advantage of this JetBlue Plus Card Mosaic status opportunity?

(Tip of the hat to Dan’s Deals)

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  1. Adam Garrett

    I reached out to JetBlue on Twitter via message and they said that you would still get the 15k bonus.

    I asked, "For those with the JetBlue Plus card who spend >$15k between Oct 1-Dec 31 this year to achieve Mosaic status, do they also get the 15k bonus TrueBlue points that typically come when you achieve Mosaic status?"
    JetBlue responded, "Yes, these are separate things and if both are earned you would...

    I reached out to JetBlue on Twitter via message and they said that you would still get the 15k bonus.

    I asked, "For those with the JetBlue Plus card who spend >$15k between Oct 1-Dec 31 this year to achieve Mosaic status, do they also get the 15k bonus TrueBlue points that typically come when you achieve Mosaic status?"
    JetBlue responded, "Yes, these are separate things and if both are earned you would receive both. -Amber"

    I asked, "Would you mind clarifying? I know that if I spend >$15k between Oct 1-Dec 31 this year on my JetBlue plus card I will achieve Mosaic status because of the current promo. Does that mean that I will earn the standard 15k points that come from general (non-bonus) spending on the card and the 15k points that come when you get Mosaic status? I haven't flown Jetblue at all in the past year and have spent <$10k on the JetBlue plus card so far this year."

    They said, "That's correct! You'll receive the points earned with your JetBlue Plus card and the 15,000 bonus points when qualified for Mosaic. -Ann"

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  2. Max

    You do get the 15k mile bonus when you become Mosaic on CC spend. It's not just for those who qualify by flying.

    I get a ton of value from Mosaic. It may not be for everyone, but if you fly often (I fly JetBlue almost every week), you can save a lot with free upgrades, drinks, changing flights at no cost, 2 70lb bags, etc.

  3. Ethan

    Would qualifying for Mosaic this way still earn you the 15,000 bonus points that are part of Mosaic qualification (thus allowing you to get 30,000 pts on your 15k spend)?

    1. Mike W

      I had the same question. I am going for it either way but the extra 15k would be a nice surprise.

    2. Max

      You normally get the bonus points when you become Mosaic on CC spend, so I don't see why you wouldn't with this.
      I'm Mosaic and would jump on this promo in a heartbeat. I've got a lot of value from the program so far.

  4. Charles E.

    So that sucks for people like me, I just passed the $50K spending to reach Mosaic last week. Now you can get it for $15K? Need to reconsider for next year.

  5. Mike W

    Definitely worth it for me. Being based in FLL I fly B6 constantly and I passed on the annual 50k spend, 15K spend makes the decision easy. I will definitely figure out a way to get the 15k in before year end.

  6. Rjb

    I traveled weekly from IAD to JFK on JetBlue for years. JetBlue treated me like gold. ( except for the rotten flight delays) If you fly jet blue often, Mosaic is a must. Used to be a great way to travel but I haven’t flown B6 in a while. Everything American touches turns to crap.

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Max

You do get the 15k mile bonus when you become Mosaic on CC spend. It's not just for those who qualify by flying. I get a ton of value from Mosaic. It may not be for everyone, but if you fly often (I fly JetBlue almost every week), you can save a lot with free upgrades, drinks, changing flights at no cost, 2 70lb bags, etc.

Max

You normally get the bonus points when you become Mosaic on CC spend, so I don't see why you wouldn't with this. I'm Mosaic and would jump on this promo in a heartbeat. I've got a lot of value from the program so far.

Mike W

I had the same question. I am going for it either way but the extra 15k would be a nice surprise.

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