Icelandair and JetBlue have finally come up with frequent flier partnership where Saga Cub and TrueBlue members can earn miles for each others flights starting on May 4, 2017.
The airlines have had an interline agreement since 2012. This partnership only allows earning miles on each others flights. Redeeming miles is not yet possible.
Here’s JetBlue TrueBlue earning schedule for Icelandair flights:
And here’s Icelandair Saga Club’s for JetBlue flights:
Here’s Icelandair’s press release:
Quincy, MA, May 4, 2017 – Icelandair and JetBlue today announce the start of a new frequent flyer partnership which provides their customers the ability to earn points on flights between the carriers.
This agreement, now in effect, will allow Icelandair Saga Club members to earn Saga Points on JetBlue flights, while members of TrueBlue can earn TrueBlue Points on Icelandair flights. Saga Club members will also earn Card Points on JetBlue flights towards elite status level. Simply include your Saga Club number when booking your JetBlue flight to earn Points.
“Icelandair and JetBlue share a similar mind-set and business model. We both offer our passengers a comfortable, refreshing alternative to the typical airline experience as well as sleek, friendly service and gate-to-gate Wi-Fi access. This partnership will open the skies for travelers in North America and Europe who want to make the most of their flight miles while earning rewards for their travels. We are excited to share a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement and welcome JetBlue TrueBlue passengers onboard,” said Gudmundur Oskarsson, Icelandair’s Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing.
This year Icelandair celebrates its 80th anniversary and continues to grow its network and partners to best serve their customers. Icelandair currently serves the largest network in its history and has been an interline partner with JetBlue since May 2, 2012. JetBlue was founded in 1999 and today carries more than 35 million passengers a year to 100 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 925 daily flights.
“Five years ago, we took the first steps along the path of an ever strengthening partnership between JetBlue and Icelandair. This new loyalty partnership is an exciting addition that will allow even greater benefit for our customers as they travel within our two diverse networks of destinations and earn points anywhere our airlines fly,” said Jamie Perry, vice president marketing, JetBlue.
To celebrate this new partnership, the carriers will be offering double points for passengers travelling by July 7, 2017.
I would assume that the reason for this partnership is Icelandair’s need to tap JetBlue’s network in North America to feed their transatlantic flights. Icelandair has similar partnership with Alaska Airlines.
JetBlue TrueBlue members can earn miles on number of airlines where redeeming their miles is not possible. This is quite unique aspect of their program. If you look at the number of Saga Club miles required for partner awards, you are in for a surprise and not a positive one.