JetBlue and American Airlines Partnership Will Provide Elite Benefits
JetBlue and American Airlines created the Northeast Alliance (NEA) a year ago. The partnership is now expanding as JetBlue and American will operate more than 700 daily flights from New York and Boston this winter, giving customers more choices. Besides the new routes, the airlines will introduce reciprocal elite benefits, more lie-flat seats and other changes.
So far this year customers have gained access to 57 new markets and more than 110 codeshare routes from Boston and New York, connecting the Northeast to almost 150 worldwide destinations, including 10 new international routes American previously announced. These routes, made possible by the Northeast Alliance, include new service from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV), which launched in May; JFK service to Athens, Greece (ATH), which launched in June and JFK service to Delhi, India (DEL), which will launch Oct. 31, 2021.
Starting this fall, AAdvantage elite and TrueBlue Mosaic members can begin to enjoy benefits across both carriers. This next phase of benefits will include priority check-in, security and boarding, plus up to two complimentary checked bags.
Members of both loyalty programs are already able to earn miles or points when traveling on American or JetBlue-marketed and operated flights. When booking flights on aa.com or jetblue.com, customers can choose where to accrue their miles or points.
Even more benefits for Advantage and TrueBlue members will be coming in the future, which will hopefully include redeeming miles.
In 2022, travel between all transcontinental markets operated by the Northeast Alliance will offer lie-flat seats with JetBlue Mint® and American’s A321T fleet. This includes routes between:
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR) and JFK
- Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA) and JFK
- San Diego International Airport (SAN) and BOS and JFK
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and BOS, EWR and JFK
- Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and BOS and JFK
On the ground, JetBlue will expand its footprint at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) beyond its current space at the Marine Air Terminal and partially move into the airport’s recently opened Terminal B. Details about JetBlue’s split-terminal operation, additional flying planned for next summer and a timeline for an eventual full relocation to Terminal B will be shared in the months ahead.
At JFK, the airlines recently launched a convenient connection enabling customers to remain post-security while transferring between JetBlue’s Terminal 5 and American’s Terminal 8.