I’m looking at a few JetBlue flights for an upcoming itinerary and, as is my habit, I’m considering the points earning potential of the flight as I research. JetBlue’s TrueBlue program is revenue-based, not distance-based, so figuring out the earning rates requires a bit of digging to back out the taxes & fees and uncover the base airfare for a trip. I’ve got two strong candidates for my desired itinerary, a non-stop Seattle-JFK and a connection in Boston. The price difference is $2, with the non-stop being cheaper so, naturally, that’s the flight I should be booking. But is it worth the connection (and new-to-me route flown) to earn a few more points? It turns out the answer is no for more reasons than I expected.
Here’s the fare breakdown for the connecting itinerary:
And here’s the same details for the non-stop:
I’m actually going to earn MORE points on the cheaper non-stop fare than on the connection because the higher total cost ends up being taxes & fees, not cash paid to the airline.
Even the arguably simpler revenue-based programs have complexities inherent to them. Oy.
And, just because I’m me, I ended up not booking either of these options; I found a completely different routing which ends up better for my overall needs.
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