Travel Tips: Bringing you easy ways to be a smarter adventurer!
One of the key ways our family affords flights for adventures is by redeeming airline miles. Understanding where and how to build up your airline mileage balance without flying, is a smart and easy way to do this, particularly through purchases you would make anyway!
One new way that I recently learned about is the partnership between LYFT and JETBLUE AIRLINES*. In a nutshell, you can earn bonus miles for any trip you do to an airport where you use Lyft! Yup, JetBlue and Lyft are having a little love affair. So, if, like me, you plan to use a rideshare service to avoid hefty airport parking fees when taking a trip, it’s a great chance to earn airline redeemable miles for something I was going to pay for already! You can read more about it here: https://help.lyft.com/hc/en-us/articles/115012925907
What do you need to do?
- First, go set up a frequent flyer account at JetBlue. Their loyalty program is called TrueBlue and earned points don’t expire**. Write down your new frequent flyer account number ~ you will need it later in this process!
- Second, if you don’t have a Lyft account, go set one of those up at lyft.com. (you will also want to download the Lyft app for easy ride requesting in the future). Use my referral link here and get $15 in ride credit to start you off: www.lyft.com/ici/MICHELLE973444 ).
- Once you have both accounts established, go to Lyft (must be done online via web browser, unfortunately this action can’t be completed through the app), and log in to your account. Select “Connected Services” on the far left of your screen.
- You will find the option listed to “Earn TrueBlue Points” and you can connect the accounts – you’ll just need to enter that TrueBlue frequent flyer account number.
- Voila! Go earn yourself some extra miles!!
Who gives a sh&t about JetBlue Airline Miles? YOU SHOULD!
You might scoff at flying on JetBlue and feel like that’s not your jam, or maybe you don’t live in a US city currently serviced by JetBlue. Does. Not. Matter. Here is what does: JetBlue is partnered with a whole motherload of airlines you can fly on using JetBlue points to pay for the tickets!** And I’m talking about some pretty amazing partners like South African Airways (um, safari anyone?!), Aer Lingus (get your Guinness from the motherland), Hawaiian Airlines (I can smell the surf already!), Singapore Airlines (consistently voted one of the best in the world, and frankly, you haven’t lived till you have eaten in a Singapore food court… bring stretchy waist pants!) and also Icelandair (two words: NORTHERN LIGHTS). In conclusion – YES, ROAMERS, JetBlue points are worth your time!
See more about JetBlue partners here: https://trueblue.jetblue.com/group/trueblue/how-it-works-our-partners.
You want to know a few other things that make JetBlue’s loyalty program fab (aside from that not-expiring awesome sauce)?
MILES POOLING. What the %#@$ is miles pooling? It means if you and another family member can transfer miles between you to buy flights at no charge. Let’s say that you want to bring Grandma on the trip but she doesn’t have enough points for a ticket – you can use a pooled family account of miles, with no transfer fees, to just buy the tickets! For. Real!
FIDO EARNS POINTS FOR YOU. That’s right – to my knowledge, they are the only airline that allow you to earn points when paying to bring a pet on board. In other words, consider bringing your furry family members along on the adventure!
Footnote: There are lots of expert sites you can visit to learn more about earning and burning miles (and I’ll share some of my favs in a future post), so I won’t go into elaborate lessons about that. I will however be sure to share any new opportunities I find so you too can earn more miles!
*SORRY!!! Please note, per the Lyft site, this offer is currently only available in the US.
**Disclosure: All this stuff is true at the crazy late-night-time-of-typing. Loyalty program terms and conditions do change, so be sure to keep abreast of any updates sent to you by TrueBlue.
***I didn’t get any payment from JetBlue or Lyft to write this, so when I am telling you that I am impressed with JetBlue’s loyalty program, it is an unbiased unfiltered point of view. Legit!
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