American & JetBlue Reciprocal Elite Perks Explained

American & JetBlue Reciprocal Elite Perks Explained

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In early 2021, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways launched a strategic alliance in the Northeast. The concept behind this partnership is that JetBlue has amazing connectivity in the Northeast, and American wants to grow its long haul presence out of New York, but needs connecting traffic.

As part of this collaboration, the two airlines offer reciprocal perks for frequent flyers. This includes the ability to earn and redeem points, as well as take advantage of elite perks, when flying with the other airline. In this post I wanted to take an updated look at how those reciprocal elite perks work (and in a separate post I’ll cover reciprocal points earning and redemptions).

American AAdvantage elite benefits on JetBlue

American AAdvantage elite members receive select perks when flying with JetBlue. To take advantage of these perks, just make sure you add your AAdvantage number to your reservation with JetBlue. It’s fine if you booked directly with JetBlue, as long as your AAdvantage number is attached to the reservation.

AAdvantage elite members receive the following perks when flying with JetBlue (this applies to all elite tiers — Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Executive Platinum — unless otherwise explicitly noted):

  • Priority check-in at the JetBlue Mosaic counter
  • Priority security, with JetBlue’s Even More Speed feature
  • Priority boarding, with JetBlue Mosaic members
  • Priority baggage handling (not for AAdvantage Gold members)
  • Two free checked bags weighing up to 50 pounds each (one free checked bag for AAdvantage Gold members)
  • Complimentary Even More Space seats within 24 hours of departure; these can be selected during the online check-in process, or at the airport
  • Complimentary same-day switch flight change when your flight is marketed and operated by JetBlue (not for AAdvantage Gold and AAdvantage Platinum members)
  • Admirals Club members can access Admirals Clubs when flying JetBlue the same day
AAdvantage elites get Even More Space seats on JetBlue

JetBlue TrueBlue Mosaic benefits on American

JetBlue TrueBlue Mosaic members receive select perks when flying with American. To take advantage of these perks, just make sure you add your TrueBlue number to your reservation with American. It’s fine if you booked directly with American, as long as your TrueBlue number is attached to the reservation.

TrueBlue Mosaic elite members receive the following perks when flying with American:

  • Priority check-in with AAdvantage Gold members and/or business class
  • Priority security
  • Priority boarding (with Group 4)
  • Priority baggage handling
  • Two free checked bags weighing up to 50 pounds each
  • Complimentary Main Cabin Extra seats within 24 hours of departure; these can be selected during the online check-in process, or at the airport
  • Complimentary same-day flight changes
JetBlue Mosaics get Main Cabin Extra seats on American

My take on the American & JetBlue partnership

Personally I’ve found the reciprocal elite perks between American and JetBlue to be extremely useful. As someone who usually flies with American, the reality is that there are many routes where the airlines don’t overlap.

In the past I probably wouldn’t have flown JetBlue due to not having status, but I’m happy to fly JetBlue when I can get free checked bags, priority boarding, complimentary Even More Space seats, etc. I’d say this partnership is well executed in terms of the elite perks being offered.

Should we expect any further elite perks between the two airlines? At this point the only reciprocal elite perks potentially missing are the following:

  • JetBlue Mosaic members and American Executive Platinum members receive a free alcoholic drink in economy, so perhaps that could be reciprocal on the other airline as well (though American offers complimentary alcohol in Main Cabin Extra, while JetBlue doesn’t in Even More Space)
  • While I suppose anything is possible, I highly doubt we’ll see reciprocal first class or Mint upgrades; JetBlue doesn’t offer Mosaic members Mint upgrades as an elite perk (well, except as a temporary perk for those who overqualify), and I can’t imagine American would offer first class upgrades without reciprocity
  • The one potential upgrade perk I could see would be some systemwide upgrades for Mosaic members; I think this would be offered in a limited capacity, and would be intended to encourage JetBlue Mosaic members to fly American long haul, though there’s not much that JetBlue could offer reciprocally
I wouldn’t expect JetBlue Mint upgrades as part of this collaboration

Bottom line

American and JetBlue have a partnership, and as part of that they offer reciprocal elite perks when flying with the other airline. This doesn’t just apply when you’re traveling on a multi-carrier or codeshare itinerary, but also applies if you just directly book travel with the other airline.

With this, you can expect perks like a free checked bag, priority boarding, extra legroom seating, and much more. Personally I’m quite impressed by the execution of this partnership.

If you’ve taken advantage of the American and JetBlue partnership, what was your experience with reciprocal elite perks?

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  1. Steve Guest

    I'm intending to fly Jet Blue and am a Gold PReferred Americna airlines customer. since they are now supposed to honor each other in general, has anyone with the same AA status as me done this and what was the result?

  2. Betsy Guest

    Jet Blue sucks, their planes suck, the seats are uncomfortable, They don’t give free alcohol in premium seats. I only fly jet blue when forced to by American, try never to have to though

  3. Danny Guest

    I am an AA Executive Platinum member. I recently purchased a LAX/JFK round trip airfare on JetBlue’s website. The departure flight is on JetBlue and the return flight is on AA. Regarding using systemwide/mileage/business extra certificate upgrades, the AA agent said AA flights purchased on JetBlue’s website cannot be upgraded. Is this an AA written policy? Thank you.

  4. Theron Guest

    I flew JetBlue back in May, and basically my American Gold status did nothing for me. I needed to at least be Platinum. Maybe it's changed?

  5. DiogenesTheCynic New Member

    I flew JetBlue just this morning, and as an AA Gold, was not able to select Even More Space seats online ahead of time (as the description here in the post suggests you can). I chatted with a JetBlue agent about it and was told this would have to occur in person.

    Making matters worse, I also couldn't arrange to check a bag for free when checking in online (which I would have been able...

    I flew JetBlue just this morning, and as an AA Gold, was not able to select Even More Space seats online ahead of time (as the description here in the post suggests you can). I chatted with a JetBlue agent about it and was told this would have to occur in person.

    Making matters worse, I also couldn't arrange to check a bag for free when checking in online (which I would have been able to do if I'd just not tried to use my AA status and had used my True Blue number with my JetBlue card!). Because I'd booked a Blue Basic fare -- assuming that I would just be able to check bags/carry on for free -- I also couldn't just carry on! This is my fault for booking a Blue Basic fare, I guess, but I just assumed I wouldn't have to deal with the restriction because of my status. The agent I chatted with informed me that once I had moved to an Even More Space seat, then I could carry on and it wouldn't be a problem.

    So I feel like the partnership does have some kinks to work out still -- most significantly, having to talk to an agent in person to get the Even More Space benefit. Unless I missed something about how it's supposed to work?

  6. Michael Guest

    Have to wonder the fate of this alliance once due diligence starts on the JetBlue/Spirit merger. Hard to imagine it won’t be impacted

  7. Russ Member

    I have been trying to credit a JetBlue flight from April and have submitted it to American no less than three times. I was able to get them to honor my elite perks in-flight, but pairing that with no first class I think I’ll stick with AA connecting flights.

  8. David Guest

    Would like to use JetBlue points on aa.com

  9. Scott Guest

    I chose JetBlue for a one way flight hoping I would hit AA elite status prior to take off. I achieved status and enjoyed the checked bags for my family of four and boarding with Mosaic members. This was my first flight with JetBlue, and I will happily fly with them again.

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Steve Guest

I'm intending to fly Jet Blue and am a Gold PReferred Americna airlines customer. since they are now supposed to honor each other in general, has anyone with the same AA status as me done this and what was the result?

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Betsy Guest

Jet Blue sucks, their planes suck, the seats are uncomfortable, They don’t give free alcohol in premium seats. I only fly jet blue when forced to by American, try never to have to though

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Danny Guest

I am an AA Executive Platinum member. I recently purchased a LAX/JFK round trip airfare on JetBlue’s website. The departure flight is on JetBlue and the return flight is on AA. Regarding using systemwide/mileage/business extra certificate upgrades, the AA agent said AA flights purchased on JetBlue’s website cannot be upgraded. Is this an AA written policy? Thank you.

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