Protection

Voluntary Short Term Disability.

JetBlue offers Full- and Part-Time Crewmembers the opportunity to enroll in Voluntary Short Term Disability (VSTD) during the first 30 days of employment. After you enroll, you must wait 90 days before your coverage takes effect. VSTD benefits begin on the 8th day of you missing work due to an illness or injury and continue paying for up to 26 weeks. There are three options, and here’s how they compare:

High Plan pays …

Core Plan* pays …

Low Plan pays …

  • 60% of your basic earnings** from pay periods ending either the two or six full calendar months prior to the leave start date, whichever is higher.
  • Weekly benefit paid cannot be more than $3,000.***
  • 60% of your basic earnings** from pay periods ending either the two or six full calendar months prior to the leave start date, whichever is higher.
  • Weekly benefit paid cannot be more than $1,500.***
  • 40% of your basic earnings** from pay periods ending either the two or six full calendar months prior to the leave start date, whichever is higher.
  • Weekly benefit paid cannot be more than $1,500.***

* Newly hired Pilots are automatically enrolled in the Voluntary Short Term Disability Core Plan at their own cost and can then change levels or opt-out when enrolling for JetBlue coverage for the first time.

** Basic earnings include regular salary or wages, shift differential, premium and overtime pay and do not include commissions, bonuses, incentive pay, PTO Sell back, per diem or other additional compensation.

***The earnings are annualized to determine the higher weekly benefit payment.

Limits on pre-existing conditions.

When you first elect VSTD, the plan does not cover disability from pre-existing conditions for 12 months. TThese are conditions you already had or have been treating during the three months prior to your coverage effective date – including pregnancy.

 

IMPORTANT: If you work in California, New Jersey, New York or Rhode Island.

If you work in a state that offers government-mandated coverage, you may purchase VSTD to supplement your state coverage. You may also be able to add or drop, as applicable, VSTD coverage (within 90 days of your transfer date) if you transfer into or out of one of these areas. Check the level of benefits provided by your state before you elect VSTD with JetBlue because government benefits will be subtracted from any benefits you are eligible to receive under JetBlue’s VSTD plan.

JetBlue’s VSTD rates are offset for states that offer statutory disability coverage: California, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island — which will lower rates for these states. For example, if your base BlueCity is in California, your VSTD premiums will be less, since your state already provides disability coverage that is mandatory and is paid through your taxes. Crewmembers based in other states will have slightly higher rates.