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July 16 - JetBlue and American Airlines Announce New Partnership
American Airlines and JetBlue issued a surprise announcement today laying out a new strategic partnership that will provide more route options, especially for travelers in the Northeast. Benefits to flyers include a proposed code-share on around 200 routes currently operated by the individual airlines, which would allow travelers to combine these within a single itinerary for simpler ticketing, check-in and connections. American also announced it would resume international service from New York (JFK) to Rio de Janeiro this winter, as well as add service to Athens, Greece, and Tel Aviv, Israel. JetBlue will be adding to its presence in the New York City area with new flights at LaGuardia and Newark, as well as more flights at JFK.
June 23 - JetBlue Debuts Cash and Points Booking Option
JetBlue Airways announced today that it will begin offering the option to book flights with a combination of cash and points on all flights, including Mint first class, with no blackout dates. This booking feature is more commonly seen in the hotel industry. Options start as low as 500 points and will allow travellers to pick their preferred combination from a range of choices. The cash portion of these flights will continue to earn TrueBlue points.
June 18 - JetBlue Plans to Expand Premium Mint Class to Newark Airport
In addition to the announcement of 30 new routes and the resumption of service to several airports, JetBlue announced plans to expand its premium class experience, Mint, to routes between Newark airport and California (SFO and LAX). Mint class includes lie-flat seats, free entertainment, elevated customer service, and special dining and beverage offerings. Each Mint suite even has its own door.
» Learn more: The guide to JetBlue First Class "Mint"
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