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AA & B6 (JetBlue) enhance Partnership: codesharing, coordination, status & earning

Old Jan 14, 2021, 12:41 pm
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American Airlines announced a new “strategic partnership” including codesharing on some routes in July 2020. In January 2021, several other enhancements to this partnership were announced, including:

”Important components of the alliance will be introduced starting in the first quarter of 2021 and phased in over the course of the year:

  • Seamless customer experience
    With each element of the alliance, customers flying in and out of New York and Boston will enjoy a more seamless experience across both airlines, including the ability to book a single itinerary on either website, access to the alliance’s significant global network, convenient connections, access to loyalty benefits and an improved on-the-ground experience — resulting in a compelling proposition for both leisure and corporate customers.
  • Network alignment in the Northeast
    The alliance will offer customers the largest network in New York City and Boston, and it will enable new strategic growth opportunities for both airlines, accelerate the replacement of small regional jets with larger aircraft, while greatly expanding the connectivity between each carrier’s network in the Northeast. American will upgauge aircraft and by the end of 2021 will operate all service out of New York with first class. Starting in the first half of 2021, JetBlue and American schedules in New York and Boston will begin to be aligned to give customers new flight options, with improved schedules, better connections, competitive fares and access to more domestic and international destinations.
  • Expanded service in the Northeast
    As part of the alliance, JetBlue plans to significantly expand its service at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), as well as further expand in other NYC airports and in Boston. The alliance will also allow JetBlue to reactivate aircraft that would otherwise sit idle. An expanded operation at LaGuardia further advances JetBlue’s position as New York’s Hometown Airline® and accelerates the airline’s ability to recover.

    As previously announced, American is introducing brand new service on from New York (JFK) to Tel Aviv (TLV) and Athens (ATH). American’s loyal customers in New York will be introduced to their first long-haul international service in more than four years, with even more new routes on the way.
  • Codeshare agreement
    Starting later this quarter, JetBlue will place its B6 code on a variety of American flights in New York and Boston. Likewise, American will place its AA code on select JetBlue flights also in at New York’s John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia (LGA) and Newark Liberty International (EWR) airports, as well as Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). Flights touching New York or Boston from either JetBlue, American or connecting combinations of both will be bookable on jetblue.com and aa.com in the coming weeks. The codeshare will introduce JetBlue customers to more than 60 new routes operated by American and will introduce American’s customers to more than 130 new routes operated by JetBlue.
  • Reciprocal loyalty benefits
    Later this year, customers of both JetBlue’s TrueBlue and American’s AAdvantage® programs will be able to enjoy reciprocal benefits, including the ability to earn and/or redeem points or miles on either carrier making both loyalty program even more valuable. The airlines are also exploring opportunities to recognize JetBlue Mosaic customers and American’s AAdvantage elite members across both airlines. More details will be announced to loyalty program members later this year.“

Link to January 12, 2021, AA news release

As of Jan 31st, 2022 - Benefits typically do not show up when managing the booking and will show up when checking in online.

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AA & B6 (JetBlue) enhance Partnership: codesharing, coordination, status & earning

Old Nov 19, 2021, 11:40 pm
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It's pretty clear here that better seats are not an elite benefit: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...es/jetblue.jsp
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Old Nov 20, 2021, 12:38 am
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Originally Posted by Martellus
What benefits do I get when I book a B6 marketed and AA operated flight as an EXP? (I need it specifically to spend some B6 credits and B6 doesn't fly that route)
You should get all of your normal AA benefits (MCE, priority boarding, 3 checked bags). The exception is that an upgrade may not clear until AA takes control of the ticket at T-24.
Since you say AA takes control of the ticket, does this mean a PLT can apply 500-mile upgrades to a B6 marketed ticket on AA metal? Thanks.
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Old Nov 20, 2021, 12:43 pm
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Well, after a fabulous experience in Mint a few weeks ago AUA-BOS, I thought I would try it BOS-LAS yesterday. The service was still fabulous (as was the shaker-poured al pastor margarita), but the food wasn't quite as good as the AUA food, and the seat was problematic: it kept deflating! When I boarded, I sat down and it was already deflated (as in, I was expecting to sit on a cushion but it felt like sitting down on hard sheet metal -- it hurt!). The FA was apologetic and reset the seat, which inflated it, but it deflated again within an hour... she then got an extra cushion to place on the seat... but when I reclined after breakfast, then the top part of the seat deflated too! Very uncomfortable and I'm still sore from it. The FA said this is starting to happen with all the Mint seats and that JetBlue knows about the issue, but they aren't doing anything immediately (there are plans to get rid of the air cushion system down the road).

Anyhow, the FA was able to issue a $100 voucher from the iPad (which I haven't received) but overall it was pretty crappy for a $950ow ride.
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Old Nov 21, 2021, 1:50 pm
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I just discovered JetBlue flies jfk-lhr. Does one get an AA elite status perks while booking this? Does anyone know when we'll be able to book these flights using AA miles?
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Old Nov 21, 2021, 2:38 pm
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Originally Posted by enviroian
I just discovered JetBlue flies jfk-lhr. Does one get an AA elite status perks while booking this? Does anyone know when we'll be able to book these flights using AA miles?
No, its not included in the partnership. TATL routes are not included in the partnership.
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Old Nov 21, 2021, 2:56 pm
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No, its not included in the partnership. TATL routes are not included in the partnership.
wow. How stupid.
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Old Nov 21, 2021, 3:29 pm
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Originally Posted by UA Fan
No, its not included in the partnership. TATL routes are not included in the partnership.
The B6-operated TATL routes are not included.

B6 puts its code on several AA-operated TATL routes out of JFK and BOS.
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Old Nov 21, 2021, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by enviroian
wow. How stupid.
It's because AA and B6 are still competitors in the TATL market. (AA also has a JBA with IAG, which is the holding company for BA and IB.) So it makes sense that AA would not want the B6-operated flights to/from LHR to be included in the partnership.
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Old Nov 21, 2021, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by ESpen36
It's because AA and B6 are still competitors in the TATL market. (AA also has a JBA with IAG, which is the holding company for BA and IB.) So it makes sense that AA would not want the B6-operated flights to/from LHR to be included in the partnership.
Plus, the Federal government is already suing to block the AA-B6 tie-up on antitrust grounds. I imagine that the government's case would have been even stronger if AA and B6 were cooperating on TATL service. Details on the lawsuit here:

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justi...n-airlines-and
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Old Nov 22, 2021, 1:55 am
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Originally Posted by guv1976
Plus, the Federal government is already suing to block the AA-B6 tie-up on antitrust grounds. I imagine that the government's case would have been even stronger if AA and B6 were cooperating on TATL service. Details on the lawsuit here:

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justi...n-airlines-and
I had thought that B6 and AA agreed on terms that were not in violation of the law so on what basis is there now a suit?
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Old Nov 22, 2021, 2:06 am
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Originally Posted by Lomapaseo
I had thought that B6 and AA agreed on terms that were not in violation of the law so on what basis is there now a suit?
I don't know, but a trial date has been set:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-jud...234216068.html
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Old Nov 22, 2021, 10:05 am
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Originally Posted by ESpen36
It's because AA and B6 are still competitors in the TATL market. (AA also has a JBA with IAG, which is the holding company for BA and IB.) So it makes sense that AA would not want the B6-operated flights to/from LHR to be included in the partnership.
But AA and BA are competitors on this high profile route too. What's the difference by adding one more flight?
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Old Nov 22, 2021, 10:11 am
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Originally Posted by enviroian
But AA and BA are competitors on this high profile route too. What's the difference by adding one more flight?
This. The TATL flights are the ones I wanted to redeem miles on.
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Old Nov 23, 2021, 9:34 am
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Another data point for mile posting times: took a B6 flight on Nov 20 and just had it post to AA today, on Nov 23.
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Old Nov 23, 2021, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by enviroian
But AA and BA are competitors on this high profile route too. What's the difference by adding one more flight?
They aren't, they are in a revenue-sharing joint business on that route.

There are essentially four airlines on NYC-LON:

AA/BA
DL/VS
UA
B6

Norwegian also seemed to fly the route rather successfully before they went bankrupt.
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