JetBlue and Emirates Commence Frequent Flier Partnership

Starting July 1st, 2012 Emirates Skywards members can starts earning miles on JetBlue flights and vice versa. Emirates and Alaska Airlines signed a similar agreement earlier in the year. There is no information, whether you can redeem JetBlue TrueBlue points on Emirates flights at some point, but apparently Skywards members can start redeeming their miles on JetBlue sometime in 2013.

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Both airlines are offering double base miles for each other’s flights from July 1st to September 30th, 2012. Both airlines require you to register for this offer. Emirates Skywards members can register here and JetBlue TrueBlue members can register here.

JetBlue TrueBlue earnings on Emirates flights:

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You will earn 1 TrueBlue points on first, business, and high economy class fares. There is 50% class of service bonus for first class and 25% bonus for business. The lower economy fares will earn only 1 point per two miles flown.

JetBlue’s TrueBlue earnings on their own metal flights are entire based on the fare and is not tied to the miles flown. JetBlue TrueBlue points are worth 1.4 cents when redeemed for jetBlue flights.

Emirates Skywards earnings chart for JetBlue flights:

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You will earn 1 mile for high economy, half mile for a mid-economy and quarter of a mile for deep discount economy mile flown.

Emirates and Alaska Airlines partnership

Emirates and Alaska frequent flier partnership is more interesting from the earnings point of view. You will earn elite qualifying miles and status bonuses on all Emirates flight to credited Alaska’s Mileage Plan. I wrote a piece once their partnership was formed about a strategy of crediting Emirates flights to Alaska instead of Skywards.

As a matter of fact this is just what I did after qualifying for Skywards Gold status. I first did a status match with Alaska that matched my United Premier 1K status to get the elite bonus on Emirates flights. It worked very well at the end. I can then use my Alaska miles on number of their partners like British Airways or Air France that are both bitter Emirates competitors.

Conclusion

It is always to have more partners to earn and burn miles. As JetBlue’s program is based on redeeming their points at 1.4 cents for current fares, there are no “deals” to be had. If you are looking for a program to credit Emirates flights besides their own, I would have a look at Alaska’s program first.

For Emirates fliers the ability to earn on jetBlue’s flights that are probably mostly just feeder flights for Emirates flights, is a welcomed development. The number of miles earned on lower fares is only a quarter of the miles flown.

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It is interesting to see how redeeming Skywards miles for JetBlue flights is going to be implemented. On JetBlue’s program the number of TrueBlue points required per flight is tied at 1.4 cents per point. You do have to wait until February 2013 for this, however.

Here’s the terms and conditions of the JetBlue’s version of the double miles offer:

You must register here for this Double Points promotion and be a TrueBlue member. Offer valid with the purchase of flights marketed and operated by Emirates between 6/28/12 and 9/30/12 for travel between 7/1/12 (12:01 AM local time) and 9/30/12 (11:59 PM local time). TrueBlue points will be earned based on the number of miles flown and the class of service that is purchased. Double points will not be earned for Class of Service bonus points. See the Emirates partnership page for an overview of point accrual opportunities for TrueBlue members flying on eligible Emirates flights. If your itinerary includes flight segments operated by JetBlue, you will also receive Double TrueBlue points on the JetBlue segments. You must register prior to booking and completing eligible travel; travel must be booked between 6/28/12 and 9/30/12 and flown between 7/1/12 and 9/30/12. Offer will not apply to non-revenue travel (e.g., travel booked with a travel certificate, award flights, etc.). Please allow 4-6 weeks for TrueBlue points earned from this promotion to be credited to your TrueBlue account. In the event you cancel your reservation, you will not receive any TrueBlue points from that reservation, and any points already awarded will be debited from your TrueBlue account. Offer is not valid in connection with Getaways vacation packages, other partner, codeshare or interline flights or any other product or service. TrueBlue account must be in good standing. Offer may not be combined with other special offers; is not redeemable for cash; has no cash value; and is subject to change without notice. Additional restrictions apply. See TrueBlue Terms and Conditions for details.

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