Tomorrow (June 30th) may be the last day to request a JetBlue status match. Given the fact that I’ll soon fly JetBlue in order to take advantage of their amazing points match deal, I decided to go for it.
Previously, I figured I’d wait it out. The current status match is only available through tomorrow, June 30th, and it grants status only through the end of this year. I figured that there was a slight chance that JetBlue would offer a better status match in July or August that would be valid throughout 2017. I didn’t want to “waste” my status match on an inferior one. Then, One Mile at a Time pointed out that JetBlue’s status match terms do not bar participants from matching again in the future. Most status matches are either once per lifetime, or once per 5 years, or something similar.
I also realized that even if I status match now, my wife could status match in the future (assuming they continue to offer a status match in the future), so we wouldn’t necessarily miss out on a better match offer if one were to appear. Then, as long as we travel together on the same itinerary, we would still get the Mosaic benefits: ability to change/cancel for free, 2 free checked bags, etc.
To status match, you must have a JetBlue account and status in any competing airline as follows:
- Virgin America®: Elevate® Silver, Elevate® Gold
- Alaska Airlines®: Mileage Plan™; MVP® Gold or MVP® Gold 75k
- American Airlines®: AAdvantage Platinum® or Executive Platinum®
- Delta®: SkyMiles Medallion® Gold, Platinum or Diamond
- Southwest Airlines®: Rapid Rewards® A-List Preferred or Companion Pass
- United®: MileagePlus® Premier® Gold, Platinum or Premier1K®
- Emirates: Emirates™; Skywards Silver, Gold or Platinum
- Note that Southwest Companion Pass is listed as a valid competing status! In my case, I have eligible status with both AA and Delta. I submitted my AA status as a screenshot of my AA account.
To keep status past 2016, you would have to complete the Mosaic Challenge (described below).
If you sign up for the status match you’ll automatically be enrolled in the Mosaic Challenge. Or, if you don’t have status in a competing airline, you can enroll in the Mosaic Challenge separately.
Once enrolled in the challenge, you must earn 3,750 base points on JetBlue within 90 days of registering. If you complete the challenge, you’ll earn Mosaic status that will last throughout 2017.
Since you’ll earn 3 base points per dollar on JetBlue flights, this means spending $1250 on flights within 90 days (other options for earning JetBlue points do not count as base points).
JetBlue Mosaic Status
JetBlue’s status is called “Mosaic” and it offers the following benefits (found here):
- Waived flight change and cancellation fees for you and everyone on same reservation (awesome perk!)
- 1st and 2nd bag free
- 15K bonus points upon qualifying for Mosaic (but only when you qualify the usual way – status earned through status match or credit card spend doesn’t count)
- Expedited security
- Early boarding
- Extra points: Earn an additional 3 points per dollar on JetBlue flights
- Dedicated customer service line
- Free alcoholic beverages onboard