American Airlines and JetBlue announced a North East Alliance in July 2020, started codesharing each other’s flights this past February and introduced miles earnings in May.
Now, the airlines have also rolled out reciprocal elite benefits for AAdvantage and Mosaic members. The redeeming miles is expected to begin in November. The alliance, however, is facing an antitrust challenge by the Justice Department.
Here’s what has happened earlier:
- American Airlines & JetBlue Strategic Partnership (Loyalty Program Benefits Coming)
- American Airlines & JetBlue Release More Information About Their East Coast Alliance
- American Airlines & JetBlue Introduce Reciprocal Miles Earning
- American Airlines & JetBlue Northeast Alliance Facing Antitrust Challenge
Here’s the announcement from American:
The Northeast Alliance Continues to Deliver on Consumer Promises as Loyalty Members Get Elite Benefits When Traveling on Either Carrier
Members will also be able to redeem AAdvantage® miles for JetBlue flights starting in November
- Starting today, AAdvantage® and TrueBlue Mosaic members will receive their elite benefits including priority check-in, priority baggage, priority security and priority boarding when traveling on both airlines.
- In November, AAdvantage members will be able to redeem miles to book flights on JetBlue.
- Preferred seats will be implemented in the coming months.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Starting today, members of the award-winning American Airlines AAdvantage® loyalty program and JetBlue’s TrueBlue Mosaic members will receive their elite benefits, including priority check-in, priority baggage, priority security, and priority boarding when traveling on either airline.
And in November, as AAdvantage members plan their holiday travel, they will be able to redeem miles to book flights on JetBlue online at aa.com or by calling Reservations. AAdvantage is the only loyalty program that allows earning opportunities when flying across three U.S. carriers — American, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines.
“The Northeast Alliance (NEA) is moving ahead, implementing more consumer benefits that demonstrate our appreciation for our most loyal customers,” said Alison Taylor, American’s Chief Customer Officer. “Additional benefits such as preferred seats will be delivered in the coming months as our partnership with JetBlue continues to make good on our promise to provide more choices to travelers in the Northeast.”
Starting today, AAdvantage elite members will also receive up to two free checked bags when traveling on JetBlue with check-in at JetBlue kiosks, ticket counters or via the JetBlue mobile app. TrueBlue Mosaic members will receive up to two free checked bags when traveling on American with check-in at the ticket counter and, soon, through all check-in channels.
The loyalty benefits are part of the NEA, a strategic partnership between both airlines formed in 2020 to offer more choices, more routes and an enhanced travel experience for customers across American and JetBlue’s complementary domestic and international networks.
“We’re always looking for ways to make our customer experience consistently more seamless and enjoyable, which is why we’re extending some of our most loyal customers’ favorite perks to the experience when they travel on flights operated by our partner American,” said Don Uselmann, JetBlue’s Vice President of Loyalty and Personalization. “And with even more benefits coming online in the months ahead, we’re continuing to bring more value and versatility to both our Mosaic members and our TrueBlue flyers, further enhancing the overall TrueBlue program.”
It is interesting to see what the redemption levels will be when the awards are enabled next month. Supposedly, JetBlue business class flights are costly using AAdvantage miles.