May 26 - American and JetBlue Add Reciprocal Mileage Earnings
Starting today, AAdvantage members can earn miles and elite status credits when flying on JetBlue. Likewise, TrueBlue members can earn points and Mosaic status credits when flying on American. This marks a deepening of the cooperation between the two airlines, which originally announced a partnership in July 2020.
Both AAdvantage mileage earnings and TrueBlue point earnings are based on the amount spent on the flight. That's similar to how you earn AAdvantage miles on American flights and TrueBlue points on JetBlue flights. However, this announcement makes JetBlue the only AAdvantage partner airline where flyers earn miles based on the fare paid, instead of based on the distance of the flight.
Mileage redemptions haven't been implemented yet, but both airlines have hinted that reciprocal mileage redemptions are coming soon.
April 21 - JetBlue Adds Routes in the Northeast, Benefits with American Airlines
JetBlue and American Airlines are expanding their "Northeast Alliance", which is going to give customers in New York and Boston a lot more flight options. Because of the partnership, JetBlue is able to add seven new destinations from those markets and introduce more than 40 additional codeshare routes. The new routes include service to:
San Antonio, Texas.
San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Kansas City, Missouri.
Asheville, North Carolina.
In the coming weeks, American AAdvantage and JetBlue TrueBlue members will be able to earn miles or points on either carrier. The ability to redeem miles or points for flights on either airline and reciprocal benefits for elite members is also in the pipeline.
April 13 - JetBlue Adds Codeshare Flights with Qatar Airways
JetBlue is expanding its partnership with Qatar Airways. JetBlue customers will now be able to book nine new routes from the U.S. to Doha, in addition to flights to Jordan, Malaysia, the Maldives, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore and Uganda. All of these flights will be operated by Qatar Airways, which is consistently ranked as one of the best airlines in the world. Its Qsuite product is known as one of the best in business class for privacy and comfort. Later this year, members of the JetBlue TrueBlue loyalty program and Qatar's Privilege Club will be able to earn miles on these new codeshare flights and in the future, they'll be able to redeem their miles for flights on either carrier as well.
Feb. 1 - JetBlue Revamps Mint Experience
JetBlue's version of first class just got a re-design. Every seat in the Mint section of the plane is now a suite with a door to offer more privacy. Plus, each suite includes thoughtful amenities like wireless charging, a phone ledge, in-seat power access, and storage for laptop, shoes and handbags. JetBlue also worked with the mattress company Tuft & Needle to make the seats even more comfortable. For an even more elevated experience, flyers can also book the new Mint Studio, which is a larger suite with an extra side table for working and an extra seat for a companion to use at cruising altitude.
Dec. 16 - JetBlue Changes Thresholds to Earn Mosaic Elite Status in 2021
Anticipating less travel next year, JetBlue has made it easier for their loyalty program members to earn elite status by cutting qualification requirements in half and adding a new pathway through spending on the JetBlue Plus Card or JetBlue Business Card. Here are the new qualifications for Mosaic status:
7,500 Mosaic qualifying points (instead of the normal 15,000 points).
6,000 Mosaic qualifying points and 15 segments (instead of the normal 12,000 points and 30 segments).
$30,000 spent on the JetBlue Plus Card or JetBlue Business Card, and 4,000 Mosaic qualifying points during the calendar year.
One of the qualification routes remains unchanged for 2021 — Spend $50,000 on the JetBlue Plus Card or JetBlue Business Card during the calendar year.
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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