In early 2021, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways launched a strategic alliance in the Northeast. Up until this point, reciprocal mileage earning was only available on codeshare flights, while it has now been rolled out (nearly) systemwide. This is really exciting, and I’m also generally delighted by the execution of this. Let’s go over the details.
Earn American AAdvantage miles on JetBlue
Effective immediately it’s possible to earn American AAdvantage elite qualifying and redeemable miles for travel on JetBlue, regardless of which airline you book through.
When it comes to earning redeemable miles, JetBlue is the first American AAdvantage partner where you’ll earn miles based on how much you spend rather than as a percentage of the distance that you fly. As a matter of fact, mileage earning will mirror what you’d get on American, down to the elite bonuses:
- AAdvantage members earn 5x miles per dollar spent
- AAdvantage Gold members earn 7x miles per dollar spent (40% bonus)
- AAdvantage Platinum members earn 8x miles per dollar spent (60% bonus)
- AAdvantage Platinum Pro members earn 9x miles per dollar spent (80% bonus)
- AAdvantage Executive Platinum members earn 11x miles per dollar spent (120% bonus)
When it comes to elite qualification, AAdvantage members will earn:
- Elite qualifying miles (EQMs) based on the distance flown — paid business class (Mint) tickets earn 200-300% EQMs, economy fares earn 100% EQMs, and basic economy fares earn 0% EQMs
- Elite qualifying dollars (EQDs) based on the ticket cost, just as on American
Note that in all cases where the mileage earning rates are based on spending, the base fare and fuel surcharges do qualify, while the government imposed taxes and fees don’t qualify.
There is one major exclusion — you can’t earn American AAdvantage miles for travel on JetBlue between the United States and Europe, so JetBlue’s new service between New York and London wouldn’t qualify for mileage earning or elite status qualification.
Sadly JetBlue’s Europe service is excluded from this agreement
Earn JetBlue TrueBlue points on American
Effective immediately it’s possible to earn JetBlue TrueBlue points for travel on American, and those points even qualify towards Mosaic status. Once again, points earning rates pretty closely reflect what you’d earn if flying JetBlue:
- TrueBlue members earn 3x points per dollar spent (1x points for basic economy), which also count towards Mosaic status
- Mosaic members earn 3x bonus points per dollar spent
- TrueBlue members who book through JetBlue’s website or app earn an extra 3x points per dollar spent (1x points for basic economy)
As is always the case, base fare and fuel surcharges qualify as eligible spending, while the government imposed taxes and fees don’t.
Earn JetBlue TrueBlue points on all American flights
My take on this loyalty reciprocity
I’m impressed by the rollout of this loyalty collaboration between American AAdvantage and JetBlue TrueBlue:
- It’s fantastic to see how widespread the reciprocal mileage earning and elite qualification opportunities are; the only thing that makes me sad is that you can’t earn American AAdvantage miles for travel on JetBlue across the Atlantic, but I suppose that’s also not surprising
- The airlines are doing a lot to create metal neutrality here, in the sense that you roughly earn miles and qualify towards elite status at the same rate on both airlines
- The next big challenge will be rolling out reciprocal mileage redemption opportunities, as well as introducing reciprocal elite perks
Personally I’d say this is about the best case scenario when it comes to reciprocal mileage earning and elite status qualification. And I have to say, American AAdvantage is looking pretty appealing for domestic travel with the ability to earn miles at an attractive rate on both Alaska Airlines and JetBlue.
Being able to earn American AAdvantage miles on JetBlue is awesome
American and JetBlue have rolled out reciprocal mileage earning across most of their networks, and the mileage earning rates are excellent. Members will generally earn miles and qualify towards status at the same pace for travel on the other airline as they would on their own airline.
What do you make of the AAdvantage & TrueBlue reciprocal mileage earning arrangement?