When airlines do not publish their reward seat inventory on their websites it is a pain for their program members. Having to call in to check for reward inventory sucks. And with the update to their website in conjunction with the migration to the Sabre booking system back in January JetBlue removed the search engine for old TrueBlue rewards from their website. Combine that with annoyingly long hold times – 50 minutes to get to the right department to redeem my voucher tonight, only to find nothing available – and redeeming the passes is almost more trouble than it is worth.
After all, the passes still represent a significant savings on a flight if you can find the space and putting in a little bit of effort to find a seat is a worthwhile effort. Unfortunately, up until recently access to the inventory bucket that represents the award seats was apparently hidden from public consumption. That is no longer the case. The award inventory comes from the Z bucket and a quick check of a few different sources last night showed that inventory listed out in the open. A couple minor tweaks to an existing tool I’d previously written and I’m now able to present and share access my JetBlue TruePass Availability Search Engine.
Punch in the cities you’re interested in and the date and click the button. It is just that easy. If there are flights with award seats available you’ll be presented with them in the matrix. If not, come back and try again later. Once you’ve found availability then you can commit to the hour of time on the phone to make the booking.
The tool is applicable for rewards from the original TrueBlue program (TruePasses) as well as promotional free tickets like the ones given out during the 10th birthday celebrations. New TrueBlue points are redeemable on any flight, assuming you have enough.
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