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American and JetBlue Work Fast to Dismantle Northeast Alliance

After JetBlue announced they would not contest a judgement against the Northeast Alliance with American, the two airlines are working quickly to facilitate the wind-down process.
Two carriers once excited about the prospect of working together in the Northeast corridor are now moving quickly to undo their progress.

 

American Airlines and JetBlue announced the latest move to wind down the Northeast Alliance, including end dates for updating itineraries with reciprocal awards and award tickets.

 

Codeshares, Cross-Carrier Award Flights End on July 21

After several moves by both carriers – including JetBlue’s successful bid to take over Spirit Airlines – a federal judge ruled against American and JetBlue forming a strategic alliance to cover the Northeastern United States. JetBlue elected not to appeal the decision, bringing the project to an end.

 

The two airlines are now working fast to dissolve the agreements they had in place. Starting Friday, July 21, 2023, American and JetBlue codeshare flights will no longer be on sale. Flyers will have until Thursday, July 20, to complete a flight on one carrier with the other’s loyalty program attached (an American Flight with a JetBlue TrueBlue number or a JetBlue flight with an American AAdvantage number). Finally, American flyers can use AAdvantage miles to book a reward JetBlue flight through July 20, 2023. After July 20, flyers will no longer be able to earn reciprocal miles or elite status benefits when flying with the other airline.

 

The move comes less than two weeks after JetBlue announced the Northeast Alliance would end and stressed that flyers could “feel confident in new and existing bookings for the coming months.” While it appears the intention was to create a “soft landing” for flyers affected by the dissolving of the alliance, both carriers are moving quicker than previously anticipated.

 

It is unclear if American and JetBlue intend to cancel any interline agreements, and when those might take place.

 

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