Awesome! Redeem Emirates Miles With Wide Open Award Space For JetBlue MINT Business Class Flights!

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You can now book JetBlue flights using Emirates miles on Emirates.com.

You’ll need to login to an Emirates Skywards account to search for award space. After logging in, click on Book Classic Rewards Flight and then Search partner flights only.

While JetBlue charges points based on the actual cost of the flight, Emirates charges based on the flight distance, which you can look up on a site like gcmap.com.

 

Award availability in coach appears to be extremely stingy, but surprisingly, award space in MINT business class is extremely generous.

For example there is award space available from Newark to Los Angeles in MINT class this Sunday, despite paid tickets selling for $1,502:

JetBlue wants 138,500 points in MINT class for those pricey flights:

 

But with Emirates it costs just 52K miles, a value of 2.87 cents per mile!

 

If you want to search for MINT award space for a whole month at a time, you can search on ITA Matrix for booking class I on a one-way flight. To do that, just click on advanced controls and then paste this into the routing code field: B6 / f bc=I

You can find lots of other useful ITA codes in this DDF thread.

 

That will give you a calendar of dates with availability:

 

And then clicking on a date will give you the flights that are available:

 

Clicking on a flight will confirm that it’s available in booking class I:

 

And then you can go to the Emirates site to find those same flights available:

 

I couldn’t find a consistent way to search for economy availability on ITA Matrix.

The same 52K MINT rate would apply to other routes, like NYC to Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. Search for NYC on the Emirates site to include JFK and Newark. You can find all MINT routes here. If the Emirates site doesn’t allow you to search for your preferred route you can call them at 800-777-3999 to book.

You can also call JetBlue to reserve 3 course kosher meals on all MINT class flights!

You can check if a plane has the new MINT suites by looking at the seat map on JetBlue.com.

Old MINT class:

New MINT suites:

JetBlue’s new Mint class suites look awesome:

 

 

Unfortunately the Emirates site does not allow you to search for NYC-London flights. I tried calling Emirates 3 times at 800-777-3999, without much luck. The first 2 agents and a manager told me that they are only able to book domestic JetBlue flights. That was clearly not true though as I was able to get some flights to the Caribbean to price out at 40K miles in MINT class. Typically JetBlue’s Caribbean flights only have MINT class planes on Saturdays.

On my 4th call, the agent said that he couldn’t price it out, but he held the award space that I found. Note that you need to search ITA for a round-trip flight to London in order to find booking class I space.

The agent said he will call me back when he is able to get pricing information for my flight. If it’s available I’m expecting the cost to be 64K miles each way. However JetBlue charges massive fuel surcharges on their London flights, which would make the redemption pointless if they are passed on in full by Emirates, as I’d expect them to be:

 

Still, this is a potential game changer as JetBlue transcontinental business class availability is excellent even when fares are high, and there’s a wide range of bank partners that transfer to Emirates. Those transfers are all typically instant, but if you want, you can call Emirates to hold an award while you transfer points in.

Want to earn Emirates miles?

  • You can transfer AMEX, Chase, Or Citi points to Emirates at a 1:1 ratio, Capital One points to Emirates at a 2:1 ratio, or Marriott points to Emirates at a 60K:25K ratio.

If you, a member in your household, or an authorized user has one of the following Chase cards, you can transfer points into miles:

Chase no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:

  • Chase Ink Cash has a record high 75K signup bonus and earns 5 points per dollar on cable, TV, telecom, cellular, office supply stores, and gift cards from office supply stores, plus 2 points per dollar on dining and gas ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Ink Unlimited has a record high 75K signup bonus and earns 1.5 points per dollar everywhere ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Flex has a 20K signup bonus, plus earn 5 points per dollar on up to $12K in groceries for 1 year, plus 5 points on rotating categories, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Unlimited has a 20K signup bonus, plus earn 5 points per dollar on up to $12K in groceries for 1 year, at least 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.

If you or a friend has one of the following Citi cards, you can transfer points into miles:

  • Citi Premier has a record high 80,000 points for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 3 points per dollar on airfare, hotels, travel agents, groceries, gas, and dining. $95 annual fee. Read more here.

Citi no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:

  • The Citi Double Cash card offers 2% cash back or 2 points per dollar spent everywhere that can be transferred into ThankYou points. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles. No annual fee. Read more here.
  • The Citi Custom Cash Card offers 5 points per dollar on up to $500 in purchases in your top eligible spending category each billing cycle. This is marketed as 5% cash back, but will actually come in the form of 5 ThankYou points per dollar spent! Eligible categories include Restaurants, Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, Select Travel, Select Transit, Select Streaming Services, Drugstores, Home Improvement Stores, Fitness Clubs, and Live Entertainment. You will also get 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. No annual fee. Read more here.
  • The Citi Rewards+ Card offering 15,000 points for spending $1,000 in 3 months. This card can’t transfer points on its own, but can transfer points if you have one of the Citi cards above. This card automatically rounds up rewards earned on every purchase to the nearest 10 points, meaning you earn 10 points on a $0.50 Amazon balance reload. Earn 2 points on $6K in annual spending at supermarkets, 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, and a 10% points rebate when you redeem points, up to a 10K points rebate per year. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles and get a 10% points rebate on transferred or redeemed miles. No annual fee. Read more here.

Capital One cards with transferable Membership Rewards points to miles include:

  • Capital One Venture offering a limited time bonus of up to 100,000 miles, 2 miles per dollar everywhere. Global Entry/Pre-Check Membership. $95 annual fee. Read more here.
  • Capital One Spark Miles offering 50,000 miles for spending $4,500 in 3 months, 2 miles per dollar everywhere. Global Entry/Pre-Check Membership. $0 intro annual fee, then $95 annual fee.

AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points to Emirates include:

  • AMEX Blue Business Plus
    • Earns 2 points per dollar spent everywhere on up to $50K in annual spending. 
  • AMEX Platinum Business
    • Earn 1.5 points per dollar on eligible $5K+ transactions, $200 in annual airline fee credits, $200 in annual Dell credits, Marriott and Hilton Gold status, 35% points rebate on paid airfare redemptions, Global Entry/Pre-check, AMEX Global lounge collection access.
  • AMEX Gold Business Card
    • 25% points rebate on paid airfare redemptions, earn 4 points per dollar on your most common spending categories each billing cycle.
  • AMEX Platinum Consumer Card
    • Earn 5 points per dollar on airfare, $200 in annual airline fee credits, up to $200 in annual Uber credit, Uber Eats pass, up to $100 in annual Saks credit, Marriott and Hilton Gold status, Global Entry/Pre-check, AMEX Global lounge collection access.
  • AMEX Gold Consumer Card
    • $10 monthly Grubhub credits, $10 monthly Uber credits, Uber Eats pass, earn up to 4 points per dollar.
  • AMEX Green Consumer Card
    • $100 in annual CLEAR credit, earn up to 3 points per dollar.
  • AMEX Everyday Preferred Consumer Card
    • Earn between 1.5-4.5 points per dollar everywhere with 30+ monthly transactions.
  • AMEX Everyday Consumer Card
    • Earn between 1.2-2.4 points per dollar everywhere with 20+ monthly transactions.

Marriott cards with transferable points to Emirates include:

Will you take advantage of this new booking option?

HT: mdv, via DDF and JT Gentner


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33 Comments On "Awesome! Redeem Emirates Miles With Wide Open Award Space For JetBlue MINT Business Class Flights!"

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Jw

I got lost at the end. What’s the relevance of virgin Atlantic and flying blue miles to this post?

SeatSpy

Is it possible to use matrix ita to search other airlines award availability?

Od

1. are all mint class fares lie flat seats on transcotinntal flights like nyc- west coast?

2. what’s my bets bet to find award space lie flat seats from nyc- to san diego?

MIMB

Does it also work for mint studio?

El Capitan

Any hope for this one to last?

Yaalili

I don’t see why not. The pricing itself is not very low. Compare it to 25K Amex for AA J Class Transcon, 15K Citi for United J Class Transcon etc. This just happens to be low compared to the very high Jetblue rates.

Sk

*12.5k citi

Od

No mint available for EWR-SAN?
why not its a transcontinental flight?

joel

doesnt allow me to put in ewr- lax, only jfk- lax..

Dan number1

How do I search for other partners

Narayana Sundaram

What is the award code for economy similar to the I code for Business?

yanky b.

i can’t find any availability on Emirates,

thewiz23

keeps saying having technical problems

Od

I think you should update this post as it seem practically for some or many of us we are not able to book(unless people have had success via phone). Emirates website does not show availability when there is clearly I class fares etc…..

avi cay

just booked mint- kept on getting an error message online, needed to call and give passport info.

Od

was it an error message or no flights found message because when I searched it kept saying no flights found even though matrix showed avaliability

Avi cay

Error booked another ticket had to call but this time they didn’t ask for passport. Just checked in when adding a bag it wants to charge $150…. let’s see what happens at the airport.

Od

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