E book JetBlue (together with Mint) award tickets with Qatar Avios

Now you can redeem Qatar Airways Avios for flights on JetBlue, together with JetBlue Mint. You may’t simply seek for availability on-line and also you’ll must have sufficient Avios in your account to pay for the ticket(s) with a view to submit a reserving request, however you possibly can nonetheless rating an excellent deal on an award redemption. I think that essentially the most thrilling use can be for transcontinental JetBlue Mint, however this may be helpful for financial system class redemptions on JetBlue.

The Deal

How one can e-book JetBlue flights with Qatar Avios

Qatar Airways Privilege Membership makes use of the identical Avios rewards forex as British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus (and in 2024, Finnair). You may transfer Avios straight between these packages, and this can be a scenario the place you would want to take action since Qatar has a partnership with JetBlue, however the different airways that use the Avios program don’t.

Qatar Privilege Membership has a good distance-based award chart for companion redemptions:

This may probably be helpful for JetBlue home flights, although it’s higher for Mint redemptions than for financial system redemptions. That’s as a result of a transcontinental Mint flight would ring in at 38,750 Qatar Avios one-way. Since JetBlue has no surcharges on home flights, you’d simply be paying the taxes (presumably about $5.60 every manner, although maybe there are a pair extra small taxes that they add). Financial system redemptions begin at 6,000 Avios one-way and the following band up from there isn’t unhealthy if yow will discover availability (extra on that to come back).

The mechanics of reserving an award aren’t quite simple, and whereas it’s most likely not inconceivable to determine whether or not awards can be found earlier than you attempt to e-book, this isn’t so simple as logging on to Qatar’s website and looking out.

To be able to strive to e-book, it’s a must to observe these steps:

  1. Go browsing to your Qatar Privilege Membership account right here to get to the search device. Select “Flights with different companions” and decide “Jet Blue” from the drop-down.
  2. Enter your cities and dates. Observe that you should have sufficient Avios in your account to e-book the award with a view to submit a request.
  3. Enter passenger particulars (together with names, birthdays, passport numbers, and many others)
  4. Submit the request and wait to listen to again by way of e-mail (the shape says to count on to listen to again in 48 hours, One Mile at a Time studies having heard again inside lower than 24hrs on a latest request on one other companion redemption). If there may be availability, they are going to put the ticket(s) on maintain and ship you a hyperlink to pay the taxes on-line

Level #2 is a key. I simply examined the method out myself and I solely had 7,000 Avios in my Qatar account. The redemption I wished would have price 18,000 Avios, so I acquired an error telling me that I didn’t have sufficient Avios (and I due to this fact couldn’t see the shape to fill it out and submit it).

I knew that I had sufficient Avios in my mixed steadiness between Qatar and British Airways, however after I went to my Qatar Avios account dashboard, I noticed that I wanted to re-validate my British Airways account to attach the balances once more. I did that after which had loads of Avios for the redemption.

Sadly, I nonetheless acquired the identical error about solely having 7,000 Avios in my account although my dashboard now confirmed my mixed Avios steadiness. I due to this fact went to this web page to maneuver Avios from British Airways to Qatar. I moved over the extra 11,000 Avios I would want to ticket this award. Then, I went again to the search device in Step #1 and I used to be capable of submit the reserving request. Extra of the story: it’s a must to transfer sufficient Avios into your Qatar account to e-book with a view to submit your request.

All that mentioned, submitting a request doesn’t assure availability. OMAAT speculates that this can work the identical because the partnership with Emirates used to in that you simply’ll want to search out an “I” fare class out there for a Mint redemption or a “P” fare class out there for an financial system class redemption.

How one can discover JetBlue flights that we predict ought to be out there as awards

The excellent news is that it’s potential to search out “I” (enterprise) and “P” (financial system) class availability on-line. The unhealthy information is that it isn’t so simple as you’d like (and on some routes, I discovered no “P” class availability in any respect, so I’m not optimistic whether or not it even exists on all routes?). And I need to re-emphasize that it’s only hypothesis at this level that I and P fares are what you want. We don’t know for positive that these fare lessons can be out there to Qatar or that every one seats in these fare buckets can be out there. Nonetheless, it looks like an affordable educated guess.

If in case you have an ExpertFlyer account and you know the way to make use of that device, you’ll probably already know search by fare class and discover flights with the fitting reserving class out there. For these of you who don’t have an ExpertFlyer account, ITA Matrix might be going to be our greatest guess.

At ITA Matrix, you possibly can enter your cities after which specify the provider you need by typing the letter “C”, a colon, and the two-letter airline code. For JetBlue, you’ll kind “C:B6” (with out the citation marks) for a continuous JetBlue flight. To specify that you simply solely need to seek for the “P” fare class (the fare class that we assume must be out there to e-book an award), you’ll kind “F bc=P” into the extension field. See this instance:

Change that “fare foundation code” from “P” to “I” (in different phrases, “F bc=I”) to seek for enterprise class availability.

I ran a versatile date seek for a one-way redemption from New York JFK to Orlando, FL and located good availability for P-class (financial system) in January.

You may choose a date and rapidly affirm that there’s certainly “P” class out there on these flights whereas additionally confirming the gap.

At 944 miles in distance flown, Qatar would put this of their second distance band, so these flights would price 9,000 Avios plus tax. That’s not an awesome deal in comparison with money charges of $109 (although should you had caught a 30% switch bonus to Avios, it may not be unhealthy).

On some worldwide routes, the redemption worth for financial system class awards could be a bit higher. For example, I seemed up a flight from New York JFK to Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe that had seats in “P” class. That flight that price $162 in “Blue” class (which is the place I’d count on awards to e-book into) and I don’t suppose there are any carrier-imposed surcharges on that route. At a distance of over 1,800 miles flown, an financial system class award would price 11,000 Avios one-way. That’s truly greater than the variety of TrueBlue factors on the identical date I checked (JetBlue TrueBlue was charging 10,400 factors), however as soon as once more should you had taken benefit of a switch bonus, Qatar stands out as the higher deal by a good margin.

JetBlue has some Mint routes to the Caribbean, however I feel that St. Thomas is the one Mint route that matches right into a band aside from the 38,750 level redemption band — and I couldn’t discover a single day with a single seat in “I” class on that route.

Sadly, carrier-imposed surcharges on routes to/from Europe will probably make these redemptions virtually fully unattractive as Qatar does cross on surcharges. Whereas JetBlue doesn’t have any surcharges on home flights, nor on a number of the Caribbean worldwide routes, however they’ve very excessive surcharges on European routes.

For example, here’s a flight from New York to Paris the place JetBlue has “I” class out there, which might point out a Mint enterprise class seat that we predict might be out there as an award by means of Qatar. Sadly, JetBlue has $950 in carrier-imposed surcharges on this flight, so I’d sadly count on the flight to price 62,000 Avios + taxes + $950. That’s not terribly engaging for an award to Europe.

The London route is decrease on the best way again from Europe at one thing over $500 in surcharges. Paris is perhaps the most effective deal should you actually need to redeem Avios for Mint class since carrier-imposed surcharges are solely $212 from Paris to New York.

That mentioned, remember the fact that you’ll nonetheless additionally be on the hook for obligatory taxes, which add as much as $160.80 primarily based on what ITA exhibits above. Which means complete taxes & charges on an award departing Paris will most likely be $373.10. That’s not essentially the most egregious set of surcharges, and it is much better than $950 + taxes, nevertheless it isn’t the most cost effective approach to get house from Europe in enterprise class. However, availability of the “I” class fare appears fairly good…even for a household of 4….even in the course of the latter a part of June and early a part of July.

Dates with 4 seats within the “I” code enterprise class fare bucket on JetBlue in June and July 2024 one-way from Paris to New York JFK. Dates with a money worth have “I” class out there. Observe that that is solely looking out from 6/17/23 to 7/16/23.

Issues look a bit higher but from Amsterdam to New York JFK. Surcharges are a bit increased, however Dutch taxes are a bit decrease, so by my calculations from ITA Matrix, I’d guess that taxes & charges would come to $370.20 one-way. If “I” class is offered for awards, it appears like there may be availability for a household of 4 on 30 out of 31 days in August from Amsterdam to New York JFK.

Availability for two adults and a couple of children in “I” fare class from Amsterdam to New York JFK.

Nonetheless, it’s a must to bear in mind that we don’t but know that these seats can be out there for award redemptions. It is a new reserving possibility and we’ll want to gather extra information factors to ensure that these “I” class fares are certainly those you have to discover for award availability.

I emphasize that partially as a result of you have to have the Avios in your Qatar account to cowl the award with a view to e-mail for availability (I’d hate to have somebody switch solely to be in for a nasty shock if Qatar doesn’t actually have entry to all “I” seats) and partially as a result of I discovered no “P” class (financial system) availability in any respect on a variety of home US routes the place I wouldn’t count on to run into a complete roadblock. Maybe JetBlue simply has no seats out there for financial system class awards on any date on some routes (together with some that aren’t very costly) or maybe award availability depends on another fare class(es?).

I submitted a reserving request on a date that doesn’t have “P” fare out there in accordance with ITA Matrix. Tickets undoubtedly aren’t at their least expensive level on that route, so I my information level will solely be worthwhile if it comes again as being bookable (I count on it gained’t). I occurred to have Avios already in my British Airways account and since these could be moved simply between the packages, there was no hurt to me in transferring them to Qatar to have the ability to fill out the shape.

The opposite consideration right here is that it will be far simpler to do one thing like utilizing Chase Final Rewards factors to e-book the identical tickets. As you possibly can see above, one-way enterprise class fares on JetBlue from Amsterdam to New York begin at $1433. That might be 95,534 Final Rewards factors. When you think about the truth that you’ll earn miles on that flight, that’s most likely a greater deal than 62,000 miles and $370 until you bought a stable switch bonus.

Qatar Privilege Membership Change / Cancellation Charges

Change and cancellation charges on awards booked by way of Qatar Avios usually are not free however are very cheap at $25 for adjustments or cancellations greater than 24 hours prematurely. Between 3 and 24 hours prematurely, you’ll pay $100. Awards can’t be cancelled inside 3 hours of departure.

Backside line

General, the partnership right here marks a uncommon likelihood to have the ability to use companion factors to e-book JetBlue awards. That’s most likely most fun on transcontinental Mint routes given the truth that money tickets could be fairly costly and awards are pretty cheap at 38,750 factors one-way (and a terrific deal should you acquired a 25 or 30 or 40% switch bonus on the Avios). On the very least, it’s price protecting this in your repertoire for a scenario the place it would come in useful…..although the ready interval of days to listen to again on award availability is unideal.

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