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Similar to last year, JetBlue is offering us two fast tracks to its top-tier status—Mosaic. Achieving Mosaic typically requires accumulation of 15,000 base points (which equates to a $5,000 spend on airfare) or 30 flight segments plus 12,000 base points ($4,000 spend on airfare), but JetBlue’s current Mosaic Challenge and Status Match promotions bypass these requirements. Here’s the scoop on getting expedited Mosaic status and why, for many, it makes financial sense to see this challenge through ASAP!

The Big Deal About JetBlue Mosaic Status

The structure of JetBlue’s elite status program isn’t like legacy carriers. There aren’t multiple tiers—just one—and the benefits are similar to those you’d get at the highest elite levels with other carriers. Beyond the usual dedicated check-in lanes, early boarding, free bags, and bonus points that come with elite status, Mosaic status also comes with other incredibly valuable perks: fee free cancellation and changes (which includes ticket price protection—you can get a credit if your ticket price drops after purchase), a dedicated customer service line, deeply discounted premium economy (Even More Space) seats, and unlimited complimentary libations on board. Minus the booze, all of JetBlue’s Mosaic benefits extend to everyone ticketed under the Mosaic member’s reservation, deeming status exceptionally valuable for couples and families traveling together.

Achieving Mosaic Status Through the Mosaic Challenge

The first path to TrueBlue Mosaic status is the Mosaic Challenge, which is open to anyone with a JetBlue TrueBlue account (if you don’t have one, open one for free) and who registers for the promotion by August 14, 2017.

Once registered, to achieve Mosaic status for the remainder of 2017 and for all of 2018, you must earn a minimum of 3,750 base flight points within a 90-day window (starting the day you enroll in the Mosaic Challenge and get on-screen confirmation). Base flight points are earned exclusively by flying JetBlue flights and are pegged to the dollar at a 3 : 1 ratio. To simplify, earning 3,750 base flight points means spending a total of $1,250 on base airfare, excluding taxes and fees (and excluding extras like Even More Space seats and baggage). Taxes and fees vary greatly by route, especially international routes, but for domestic flights they average around 15%. So, if simply flying domestic during the Mosaic Challenge, expect to spend a total between $1,400 and $1,500.

TrueBlue points are not earned until the flight is taken, so you must actually fly (not just buy) during your 90-day challenge period to earn the base points. It does not matter how many or how few flights you take—you could simply fly on a pricey one-way long haul or more than 10 short hoppers—as long as the base fares total over $1,250 (again, excluding taxes and fees). If you happen to have already purchased tickets to fly on dates that fall during the challenge window, they will certainly count toward your challenge goal. However, buying tickets during this window for flights on dates beyond the 90 days will not count toward the goal.

Achieving Mosaic Status Through the Mosaic Status Match

The second path to Mosaic status is through JetBlue’s status match promotion, aimed at frequent flyers of other US-based airlines. If you have elite status with the airlines listed below, you’re eligible to get TrueBlue Mosaic for the rest of 2017, no strings attached, as long as you register by August 14, 2017.

* Virgin America®: Elevate® Silver, Elevate® Gold
* Alaska Airlines®: Mileage Plan™; MVP® Gold or MVP® Gold 75K
* American Airlines®: AAdvantage Platinum®, AAdvantage Platinum Pro®, AAdvantage Executive Platinum® (Note: AAdvantage Gold is NOT eligible.)
* Delta®: SkyMiles Medallion® Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond
* Southwest Airlines®: Rapid Rewards® A-List Preferred or Companion Pass
*United®: MileagePlus® Premier® Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Premier1K®

Register directly through this JetBlue link, entering your last name, email, and an uploaded image of your current mileage card or statement indicating one of the aforementioned elite statuses. If all looks copasetic, you’ll be matched within two weeks (usually sooner) and then entered into the Mosaic Challenge automatically. To keep Mosaic throughout all of 2018, you’ll need to fulfill the same requirements outlined above in Achieving Mosaic Status Through the Mosaic Challenge (above).

Extending Mosaic Status for Current Mosaic Members

If you happen to already have Mosaic status with JetBlue, and it’s set to expire at the end of 2017, you are also eligible to partake in the Mosaic Challenge to keep your status through the end of 2018.

The Math of the Mosaic Challenge

While this fast-track offer seems like a dream for us frequent flyer geeks at Credit Card Pro, we know many of you are wondering if it’s really worth forking out $1,500 for this challenge. In short: If you already had travel plans for the coming months, fly JetBlue often, or live near a JetBlue hub, the answer is a firm YES. And even if you don’t fly JetBlue all the time but do travel with companions (e.g., spouse, kids in tow) and plan on flying with said companions four times or more on JetBlue in 2018, the answer is also YES—recall, all of JetBlue’s Mosaic benefits (minus the free booze) extend to everyone ticketed under the Mosaic member’s reservation.

In our next post, we provide a detailed breakdown of Mosaic perks and show you how to do the math to see if Mosaic benefits outweigh the costs for you. Happy Mosaic challenging!

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Award-winning travel writer and economist Paul Rubio is a credit card enthusiast, whose sophisticated use of points and rewards has helped him travel to 125 countries for free. Paul is a Harvard graduate with a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in economics. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University with a double major in economics and environmental policy and a minor in conservation biology. He attended both undergraduate and graduate schools on full scholarships. Paul worked in the field of wildlife conservation before embracing his writing talents full-time in 2008. Since then, he has won more than two dozen national awards for his exemplary work in travel journalism. The prolific writer contributes to a number of top-tier international, national, and regional publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Fodors.com, Palm Beach Illustrated, Private Clubs, and Robb Report.