American and JetBlue Announce Reciprocal Rewards Earnings

American and JetBlue Announce Reciprocal Rewards Earnings
Joe Cortez

One of the burning questions coming from the American-JetBlue northeastern alliance is now answered. While JetBlue flyer can earn up to 15 TrueBlue points per $1 spent on American flights, AAdvantage flyers mileage is based on their elite status and total spend.

Frequent flyers aboard both American Airlines and JetBlue now know how many miles they will earn when traveling on either carrier. In separate press releases, both carriers announced the earnings rate AAdvantage flyers will get on JetBlue, and how TrueBlue flyers will earn points on American.

JetBlue Based on Booking, While American is Based on Status

For JetBlue TrueBlue members who prefer to earn points when flying American, the process will look remarkably like current operations. Travelers will earn the most points when booking American flights on the JetBlue site or mobile app, with bonuses for being a Mosaic elite member and using the JetBlue Plus credit card.

JetBlue accrual table when TrueBlue members fly American. Courtesy: JetBlue

While JetBlue flyers can earn points when booking on American’s website, they will lose out on the bonus for booking on through JetBlue. To earn when booking on American’s site or another online travel agency, flyers will need to select JetBlue as their frequent flyer program and use their TrueBlue number.

For AAdvantage flyers, their earnings are the same as if they were flying aboard an American flight.  Travelers will earn a number of miles per $1 spent based on their elite status on the base fare and carrier-imposed fees, not including any government taxes or fees.

American AAdvantage accrual table when flying JetBlue. Courtesy: American Airlines

American is also carrying over their earnings rate for elite qualifying miles, elite qualifying dollars and elite qualifying segments. While JetBlue does not have a premium economy product, total elite qualifying miles and dollars are based on the class of service.

American AAdvantage status points accrual table when flying JetBlue. Courtesy: American Airlines

“Just in time for summer travel, we’re giving TrueBlue members more program value and versatility by offering the ability to earn TrueBlue points on thousands of daily flights operated by our Northeast Alliance partner, American Airlines,” Don Uselmann, vice president loyalty & personalization at JetBlue, said in a statement. “As JetBlue and American add more routes and new destinations to and from the Northeast, we’re able to enhance our Northeast Alliance so that our loyal customers can get rewarded more often.”

Remaining Implementations Include Using Miles, Recognizing Elite Flyers

Allowing flyers to earn miles aboard the other carrier is yet another step in solidifying their northeast alliance, after launching codeshares and interline agreements. Next, the two airlines are working on ways to cross-acknowledge elite flyers, as well as how to use miles for flights aboard each airline. Both carriers anticipate more announcements will come later this year.

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  1. lopo

    May 27, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    While I was glad to see that I could get points on Jet Blue when flying American, I doubt that I shall use AA since I was told that my Mosaic status (checked bags are free for me and folks traveling with me, etc.) is not valid on AA flights. I think that I’d need to pay for checked bags on AA so that’s dead in the water.

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