American Airlines’ new partnership with JetBlue
Well, we didn’t see this coming. In a new recent announcement, American Airlines said that their new strategic partner would be JetBlue.
Just like when Alaska bought Virgin America to create the premier airline in the Northwest USA, American and JetBlue are hoping to create something very similar in the Northeast corridor, while still maintaining their individuality.
Partnering together will allow them both to serve more passengers and, in a strange Covid pandemic reality, allow for new ways to try and make it out of this mess together.
The Flying Experience
Both airlines are going to enter into a codeshare agreement, meaning that you should be able to have one ticket incorporating both JetBlue and American flights, allowing for easier connections, baggage transfers, check-ins, and more.
Since JetBlue has such a commanding presence in the New York market, this would allow many people to fly into JFK on a JetBlue domestic flight and fly out on an American Airlines international flight, without having to leave the airport and start the check in process all over again.
Surprisingly, some of those expanded benefits will include the exceptional transcontinental services offered by both airlines. JetBlue’s Mint and American’s A321 three-cabin service will be shared as well.
We had the chance to try out both and I will have to say, that I think that JetBlue’s mint will probably win out over American’s service.
New and Expanding Routes
American announced, at the same time they announced this partnership, that they would be launching new flights from JFK to Tel Aviv (TLV), Athens (ATH), and Rio De Janiero (GIG). Because of the new partnership (and of course the new traffic), American would now be able to launch new flights into Europe, South America, Africa, and surprisingly, India.
Here’s where it could get interesting.
The announcement was pretty vague, but did hint at some exciting opportunities to come:
We’re always looking for ways to expand value for our AAdvantage® members. We look forward to sharing information about new loyalty benefits for AAdvantage® and TrueBlue members soon.
So, it’s not a no, and it’s not a yes, but it’s a “we’re gonna tell you soon.” So, what could happen in a loyalty agreement?
- When redeeming miles, can you now redeem JetBlue miles on longhaul American flights? What about transcon flights?
- When earning miles, can I now earn AA miles by flying JetBlue?
- Can I earn elite miles while flying JetBlue?
- Will Mosaic status allow access to American lounges?
The opportunities are endless when you launch a new partnership, and since JetBlue isn’t going into Oneworld (that honor is held by Alaska Airlines) it’ll be really interesting to see how they reward each other’s frequent fliers.
I’m excited to see new partnerships like this emerge. Airlines are trying to find unique ways to make it through this coronavirus mess, and at the same time, reward their customers with reasons to stick around and fly more with them.
We haven’t flown JetBlue because there truly was no reason for us to fly it. Now, with the ability to earn American miles and points, we might have to start looking more at JetBlue and what they have to offer.