American Airlines and JetBlue expand reciprocal elite benefits

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In July 2020, JetBlue and American Airlines announced a new partnership called the Northeast Alliance. Originally, the only part of this “alliance” with a firm timeline was codesharing and point accrual, with the promise of reciprocal elite benefits and award redemption at some undetermined date in the the future. The wait is over…for part one, at least.  As of now, AAdvantage and TrueBlue Mosaic members are now able to access additional perks when traveling on either airline.

New Benefits

  • Check-in: JetBlue Mosaics get up to two complimentary checked bags when flying American. This benefit will be available for up to eight other passengers on the same reservation.
  • Same-Day Confirmed Changes: Mosaics will continue to have complimentary same-day changes on American-operated flights.  Now though, AAdvantage Platinum Pro members and higher will also be able to get same-day changes when traveling on JetBlue-operated flights.
  • Preferred Seating: Mosaics are now eligible for complimentary Main Cabin Extra seating on all American-operated at check-in, based on availability. All AAdvantage elite members are now eligible for complimentary Even More® Space seating at check-in on JetBlue-operated flights (when checking-in online or at a kiosk). This benefit will be added to the JetBlue app shortly.

Quick Thoughts

It’s taken just shy of two years, but it’s good to see JetBlue and American finally standardizing some level of elite reciprocity. It’s not along the lines of of American’s integration with Alaska earlier this year, but hey, it’s better than nothing. In particular, I was surprised to see free bags for up to eight people on the same reservation.  This is a win for traveling families (although a little bit of a nothingburger for Mosaics travelling for work).

The question on everyone’s mind (and the one that gets asked in the comments of every JetBlue post we do) is, “when will reciprocal award redemptions finally be rolled-out?” There’s still no firm date, although the JetBlue website now says “in the coming months,” so maybe by the end of the year. That’s when things will really get interesting for this partnership. In the meantime, at least your bags fly free.

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So… what do American elites get on Jet Blue?

HADLEY V. BAXENDALE

Well, not everyone on here is a Platinum AAdvantage or higher.

I am a lowly Gold member who gets 1 Free bag, more leg room when flying JetBlue as their regular seats have more than American economy seats.

I have been “upgraded” at the Kiosk by JB personnel to Even More Space seats even prior to the change, and now I can get that online I assume 24 hrs prior and that provides many more seat opportunity upgrades than on an American Flight!

Hooray!

P.S. — Not to mention JB’s superior seatback Entertainment systems!