Last month, JetBlue announced a status match/challenge offer they were extending to all customers. For those with a comparable status with another airline, JetBlue would match that traveler to their JetBlue Mosaic status which would be good for all of 2014. To extend it through 2015, those customers also had to complete the challenge which is 3,750 points in 90 days from application for the status.
I applied the very first day of the offer and received notice last week that I had been approved for the challenge – which meant that I could go ahead and start earning points towards status. Today, I received an e-mail that I had been approved for the match – which gives me Mosaic status for all of 2014. For what it is worth, I was matched using my United 1K status and simply sent in a screenshot of my online card and the account showing my name, member number, and status (did not have to show any activity).
My wife has still not received notice of being approved for the match on her account. For her, we tried sending in her Southwest Companion Pass (which the terms say it does accept). I will update this post when/if she does get approved for the match based on her Companion Pass. We applied on the same exact day.
As status goes, this is not something that many people may get excited about, but if you have travel on JetBlue coming up, you might as well get it! Here are some of the things I like about what they offer their Mosaic members:
- Change and cancellation fees will be waived for Mosaic members and others on their itinerary
- Cut down on the time it takes to get to your gate with complimentary access to an expedited security line
- Early Boarding – Be among the first to board and get early access to overhead bin space
- 2 Bags Free – The Mosaic member and others on their itinerary can check both the first and second bags for free (instead of just one)
Our family has an upcoming trip on JetBlue and all of those things will be helpful to us. So, this status saved us $200 in bag fees (or simply allows us to bring more than we would have if we had to pay) plus it allows us flexibility if we have to change the flight and saves us time and hassle (early boarding, priority security) which is always a good thing when traveling with kids!
All in all, I am happy with it and their promptness in responding to the match, especially since they must have received many match requests. The only thing I am disappointed in is that they had changed the wording after the fact to not allow matched members to receive the 15,000 bonus points. It doesn’t surprise me that they are not offering that to matched members, I just wish they had mentioned that before they ran the offer.