American & JetBlue Reciprocal Elite Perks Improved

American & JetBlue Reciprocal Elite Perks Improved

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In early 2021, American and JetBlue 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. Personally I think the partnership is good for consumers, though the DOJ disagrees, and is trying to challenge the alliance.

In December 2021, American and JetBlue rolled out reciprocal elite benefits and reciprocal award redemptions. As of today we’re seeing elite perks improved, including reciprocal extra legroom economy seats, confirmed same day flight changes, and more. Let’s go over the details.

American & JetBlue reciprocal elite benefits

While American and JetBlue first rolled out reciprocal codeshares and points earning opportunities as of early 2021, it wasn’t until late 2021 that reciprocal elite benefits were rolled out. Now those have been improved even further.

American & JetBlue have a strategic alliance

With these latest updates, American AAdvantage elite members, as well as JetBlue TrueBlue Mosaic elite members, receive expanded elite perks when flying with the other airline. This includes:

  • Priority check-in
  • Up to two free checked bags, weighing up to 50 pounds each (AAdvantage Gold members get one free checked bag on JetBlue, while all other elite tiers with both airlines receive two free checked bags)
  • Extra legroom economy seating during check-in, with Mosaic passengers getting Main Cabin Extra on American, and AAdvantage elite members getting Even More Space on JetBlue
  • Priority baggage handling
  • Priority security
  • Priority boarding (with Mosaic members on JetBlue, and with Group 4 on American)
  • Free same day flight changes (for Mosaic members when flying American, and for Executive Platinum and Platinum Pro members when flying JetBlue)
  • Admirals Club members can access Admirals Clubs when flying JetBlue (previously you had to be flying a oneworld airline)
Get reciprocal priority boarding with American & JetBlue

It’s fantastic to see these benefits enhanced further, with reciprocal extra legroom economy seating, Admirals Club access for members when flying JetBlue, and with American Platinum Pro members and above getting same day confirmed changes on JetBlue.

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
  • 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
Get reciprocal extra legroom economy seats with American & JetBlue

American & JetBlue reciprocal award redemptions

Just to recap, in late 2021 American and JetBlue rolled out reciprocal award redemptions. The execution of this is a bit tricky, given that:

  • JetBlue TrueBlue is a revenue based award program, where the cost of a ticket when redeeming points directly reflects the cash cost
  • American AAdvantage publishes an award chart but then has different award levels, so award pricing doesn’t directly reflect the cost of a ticket when paying cash

So, what is pricing like? If you want to redeem American AAdvantage miles on JetBlue, award pricing follows American’s typical partner award chart (with a major catch), which looks as follows:

In other words:

  • A JetBlue economy ticket prices at 12,500 AAdvantage miles one-way within the United States, which is awesome
  • A JetBlue Mint ticket prices based on the “First” column, rather than the “Business / First” column, meaning that a Mint ticket costs a minimum of 50,000 AAdvantage miles one-way
  • Not only that, but you have to pay an additional 15,000 AAdvantage miles one-way for many Mint routes, including segments from Boston, New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or Palm Beach, to Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • JetBlue’s transatlantic flights are excluded from this alliance, so it’s not possible to redeem AAdvantage miles for them (however, this is a great use of Emirates Skywards miles)
  • As far as award availability goes, economy awards on JetBlue book into the “P” fare class, while business class awards book into the “I” fare class

So yeah, 65,000 AAdvantage miles for a one-way Mint ticket isn’t exactly a great deal. Ultimately I’m happy to see reciprocal mileage redemptions, and in this case I think there’s a lot more value in economy than in Mint.

JetBlue Mint redemptions are expensive

Unfortunately it’s still not possible to redeem JetBlue TrueBlue points for travel on American, though I wouldn’t expect that to be a great deal anyway.

Bottom line

American AAdvantage and JetBlue TrueBlue have just expanded reciprocal elite perks between the two airlines. We’re seeing reciprocity when it comes to check-in, checked bags, security, boarding, extra legroom economy seats, same day confirmed changes, and lounge access. It’s fantastic to see this partnership continue to evolve, as this creates near metal neutrality between the two airlines.

What do you make of the expanded reciprocal elite perks between American and JetBlue?

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  1. Richard P McGrail Guest

    Can someone please just give some simple examples of what to do in order the get reciprocity on things like boarding and number of bags. Will AA status work on all Jet blue flights? How will you make a JetBlue reservation when you want AA perks?

  2. Doc Guest

    Flying on a JetBlue ticket LGA -CLE tomorrow. Both AA Exec Plat and Jet Blue Mosaic. JetBlue app could not check in on AA flights; redirected to AA site; Jet Blue app gave me the AA record locator. Could only book a standard seat. Called AA Exec Plat and was told indeed Mosaic gets Even More SPece seat but AA screen does not show mosaic status. Told to talk to agents at sirport. Asked if...

    Flying on a JetBlue ticket LGA -CLE tomorrow. Both AA Exec Plat and Jet Blue Mosaic. JetBlue app could not check in on AA flights; redirected to AA site; Jet Blue app gave me the AA record locator. Could only book a standard seat. Called AA Exec Plat and was told indeed Mosaic gets Even More SPece seat but AA screen does not show mosaic status. Told to talk to agents at sirport. Asked if i changed the number to AA number could i get an extra space seat and then change back. Was told yes but would lilely be asked to pay up at airport. Will see what Admirals Club does tomorrow.

  3. Jetblue just keep getting worst Guest

    I am AA Platinum, just booked Jetblue and this time managed to enter my AA number (few months ago, there is no option to enter), however, still can't choose the seats for free, as I would get when booking AA. Basically still have to wait till check-in time, 24 hours before departure, so it means all good seats could be all taken. Doesn't seem this is truly reciprocal.

    Jetblue customer service wait-time, last year over...

    I am AA Platinum, just booked Jetblue and this time managed to enter my AA number (few months ago, there is no option to enter), however, still can't choose the seats for free, as I would get when booking AA. Basically still have to wait till check-in time, 24 hours before departure, so it means all good seats could be all taken. Doesn't seem this is truly reciprocal.

    Jetblue customer service wait-time, last year over 2 hours, now at least 3 hours. Only reason booking this time as this is the only direct to Bermuda.

  4. JackG Member

    Does the lounge access benefit when flying jetblue work for CC holders or just if you have elite status/bought the membership outright?

  5. John Beeler Guest

    In case we all missed the memo, points are headed for $0.01 valuation—65,000 points for Mint one-way amounts to a $650 fare, which is a great value. Adjust expectations for the value of points…

  6. Charlie Guest

    Mosaic allows all travelers on the same itinerary the same benefits...free bag, drinks priority check in and same day changes. Are are others on the same itinerary included with AA?

  7. SMR Guest

    Don’t get too excited about these benefits … AT ALL! JetBlue pilots vote over the next 14 days. It was already voted down once and it may get voted down again. We will see what happens. Either way , if there is not pilot ratification of this agreement it has a VERY LOW chance of sticking!

  8. CleveFan Guest

    Curious as to the free checked bags. Last September my wife and I flew JetBlue to BOS and as I am a AA Platinum, my wife Gold we received free checked bags. On AA everyone traveling on my same itinerary whether or not the are a AAdvantage member would get free bags. In a couple weeks we are going to Punt Cana on JetBlue and our son and his wife will be on our itinerary. They are not AA members, will they get free bags just like on AA when traveling with me?

  9. cuaeabor New Member

    Is it surprising that the same flight booked through American is significantly cheaper than booking that flight through Jetblue? Seems odd

  10. Ptown Guest

    I booked flights JetBlue and am AA Gold.
    What is the process to get my one free checked bag with my JetBlue flight?

  11. hc Guest

    i have jetblue plus card and was looking to book JetBlue itinerary with a flight operated by american but I was told by JetBlue customer service that my jetblue free checked bag perk wouldn't apply to the flights operated by american. lame

    1. FM Guest

      Because having the card != elite status - this is only for Elite Memebers.

      Same with AA: If I have the AA card, that doesn't give me a free bag on OW airlines

  12. Ethan Guest

    How do you enter a JB FF# when booking a reward ticket on aa.com on a JB operated flight. It appears to be greyed out. I assume to get Mosaic benefits I need to enter JB FF#.

  13. CharlesNYc Guest

    Do passengers with AA credit card get a free bag on JetBlue flights? This would be a nice benefit.

  14. uldguy Diamond

    Yawn….

    Someone wake me when perks and benefits are truly reciprocal.

  15. Trey Guest

    Most JetBlue flights are not showing up on AA.com award search. Some of the ones that do show up are well less than $100 for one-way where redeeming 12,500 AA miles would NOT represent a good deal! Any other data points?

  16. SMR Guest

    Free Even More space is not included for Mosaic members so how could this benefit become reciprocal?

  17. Scott Guest

    I just called AAdvantage desk to purchase a JetBlue flight with AAdvantage miles and agent could not figure out how to price the ticket with the taxes. Has anyone actually done this yet?

  18. Scotes New Member

    So does this mean I can now access the Admirals Club when flying on a JetBlue flight? I don't see that listed anywhere...

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Scotes -- Nope, unfortunately that's still not possible.

  19. Franklin Guest

    As long as this doesnt include complimentary upgrades for exps, I find it very unlikely that I'll ever willinging book one of these unless the scheduling absolutely demands it. My upgrades basically always clear, and I can't think of any compelling reason to fly economy for the price of economy.

  20. Hobbs Guest

    Wake me when transatlantic is included so I won’t have to fly BA again.

  21. esokol New Member

    Would these reciprocal benefits still apply if travel is booked through ADP? Many companies require this process for bookings.

  22. Jim Napier Guest

    Being one of the last people to enjoy free bags on JetBlue back in the day, it'll be nice to get free checked bags on JetBlue once more.

  23. Leigh Guest

    What I’d love to know…does flying on JetBlue count towards AA EQD’s or EQM’s (or Segments) for status? Does it have to be on codeshares? Anything published on this yet that I’ve missed?

    1. ptahcha Guest

      Yes - here's the earning chart: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/partner-airlines/jetblue.jsp

    2. SQ51 Guest

      It does count. Flew B6 IAH-JFK and received award miles and counted toward my EQD/EQS. I don’t remember the exact rate

  24. Vince Guest

    Great they are finally sorting the free checked bags with status but what about allowing for lounge access?? As an AC member through my Citibank card I'd like to be able to access the LAX T6 AC when flying out on JetBlue but that is still not allowed... unless you're flying to NY that is.

    1. Max Guest

      This is supposed to be a northeast partnership. I always thought all these benefits were intended for flights to or from the northeast only. I don't think you can even purchase a ticket on the other carrier if not flying there.

    2. Bob Guest

      Is LAX T6 AC access allowed when you're flying B6 to NYC? I'm in exactly your situation and fly to NYC often with B6. I never knew I could access the AC when flying B6. Where did you see that?

    3. ptahcha Guest

      If the flight is purchased as an AA codeshare, the answer is yes. If it only has native B6 flight number, the answer is no.

  25. John Guest

    With Capital One losing jet blue, Citi's current temporary AA transfer, and Jet Blue and AAs reciprocal award redemptions, could this signal a more permanent Citi transfer partner ? I sure hope so

  26. Bob Guest

    Do you only receive the reciprocal benefits if you input your FF# from the airline with which you have status? For example, I'm Mosaic with B6 but don't have status with American. If I flew American, is the only way I can get the reciprocal benefits listed here if I book with my B6 FF#? Or can I just use my AA FF# and the system will somehow know I'm Mosaic and provide me with...

    Do you only receive the reciprocal benefits if you input your FF# from the airline with which you have status? For example, I'm Mosaic with B6 but don't have status with American. If I flew American, is the only way I can get the reciprocal benefits listed here if I book with my B6 FF#? Or can I just use my AA FF# and the system will somehow know I'm Mosaic and provide me with the benefits. I ask because I'd rather credit American miles to American when flying American, but not at the cost of losing the reciprocal benefits. Thanks in advance for any guidance!

    1. Max Guest

      I'm pretty sure you have to use the FF# of the airline you have status with to get the benefits.
      I've been buying JetBlue tickets on AA site and using my JetBlue FF# to be able to access Admirals Clubs with my Citi Exec card, but also to have Mosaic benefits.

    2. Bob Guest

      @Max, thanks for your comment, and that's what I suspected.

      One clarification: If you use your JB FF# on the AA flight, how can you access the Admirals Club with your Citi Exec card? I'm in the exact same situation as you, but I thought your Admirals Club membership was tied to your AA FF#. If that's not on the reservation, how can you access the club?

    3. Max Guest

      The rule is that you can access AC if you purchase a ticket that's marketed OR operated by AA. So, as long as you purchase the ticket on the AA site, it's an AA-marketed flight. When you print your boarding pass, it'll show an AA flight#, so you can show that to the AC front desk employees along with your Citi Exec card.

      The first time I tried this in the beginning of the partnership,...

      The rule is that you can access AC if you purchase a ticket that's marketed OR operated by AA. So, as long as you purchase the ticket on the AA site, it's an AA-marketed flight. When you print your boarding pass, it'll show an AA flight#, so you can show that to the AC front desk employees along with your Citi Exec card.

      The first time I tried this in the beginning of the partnership, I'd bought the ticket on JetBlue.com so I wasn't eligible to enter, but the nice front desk lady let me in that day. She also explained that I should buy the JetBlue tickets on AA to get access to AC with no issues.

    4. Max Guest

      BTW, I do this every week. I'm on a JetBlue flight twice a week in case you're thinking I'm just getting lucky, lol.

    5. Bob Guest

      @Max: Thank you for your helpful, informative responses. So to recap, you go to aa.com, purchase a ticket on a flight operated by JetBlue, and input your JB FF#. Inputting your JB FF# gets you your Mosaic benefits and credits the points to JB. However, because you bought the JB flight on AA's website, your boarding pass will have an AA flight number which would allow you access to the Admirals Club. Is that right?...

      @Max: Thank you for your helpful, informative responses. So to recap, you go to aa.com, purchase a ticket on a flight operated by JetBlue, and input your JB FF#. Inputting your JB FF# gets you your Mosaic benefits and credits the points to JB. However, because you bought the JB flight on AA's website, your boarding pass will have an AA flight number which would allow you access to the Admirals Club. Is that right? If so, that's absolutely brilliant because it gives you the best of both worlds.

    6. Max Guest

      Yes. That pretty much sums it up for benefits on day of travel.

      However, because you're buying on AA.com, I'm not sure you get the Mosaic benefits pertaining to flight changes. I still haven't come across a situation where I've needed to change or cancel my flight.

      When I used to book on JetBlue.com before the partnership, I could pick any other flight the same day and switch to it if I wanted to without...

      Yes. That pretty much sums it up for benefits on day of travel.

      However, because you're buying on AA.com, I'm not sure you get the Mosaic benefits pertaining to flight changes. I still haven't come across a situation where I've needed to change or cancel my flight.

      When I used to book on JetBlue.com before the partnership, I could pick any other flight the same day and switch to it if I wanted to without paying any fees or fare difference. I haven't tried that when booking on AA.com yet, but I'm assuming AA would want to charge you the fare difference... not really sure.
      If that's not a concern, ignore everything after the first line :)

  27. Mike Guest

    Seems AA's sleeping with lots of new members might hit a snag with their previous BA fans who flies quite a lot with them and used to get these exclusive privilege's - how many of these seats, etc can be given away free for Elite members of other programs.
    Let's see how it plays out in the coming time

  28. David Guest

    Only AA seems to have this on their website and it only refers to using AA Status on JetBlue.

    https://www.aa.com/i18n/aadvantage-program/aadvantage-program-updates.jsp

    Does anyone know how to use my Mosaic status on AA? Do you just put your JetBlue FF number on your AA booking? Thanks for any help!

    1. David Guest

      Looks like you need to book AA on jetblue.com to get benefits as per email:

      Starting today, as part of our alliance with American Airlines, you can enjoy some of your favorite Mosaic perks when you book an American-operated flight on jetblue.com, including:
      Priority check-in desks at the airport
      Access to expedited security lanes
      Priority boarding (Group 4), with dedicated boarding lanes (now at most JetBlue gates, too)
      Up to 2...

      Looks like you need to book AA on jetblue.com to get benefits as per email:

      Starting today, as part of our alliance with American Airlines, you can enjoy some of your favorite Mosaic perks when you book an American-operated flight on jetblue.com, including:
      Priority check-in desks at the airport
      Access to expedited security lanes
      Priority boarding (Group 4), with dedicated boarding lanes (now at most JetBlue gates, too)
      Up to 2 free checked bags—available at check-in desks (online and kiosk bag check coming soon)
      And, by the end of this year, Mosaic members will also have access to preferred seat selection via the American app or AA.com.

  29. tom Guest

    I bet we get a extreme devaluation on the redemption side in Nov, with the addition of B6 redemption partner thrown in as a distraction

  30. JB Guest

    I'm an AA Executive Platinum and I am trying to book a ticket on jetBlue. Blue Basic (their basic economy) is about $25 cheaper per person and I have a party of 4. The restrictions with it are that there are no carry-ons allowed, no seat assignment until check in, and are last to board. Will my AA status "override" any of these restrictions (especially the carry-ons/check in bags)? I just booked the tickets yesterday so I can still refund them.

    1. Leigh Guest

      Super good question.

      Also AA EXP, and did a lot of oneworld international flying this summer. On international “basic economy” (intra Europe on Iberia), my AA/Emerald status benefits overrode the fare rules…took several phone calls between the AA EXP desk and their IB counterparts to confirm it.

      I think it varies by international or domestic travels. Would be great to have clarity.

    2. ptahcha Guest

      In theory, AA elites board with Mosaic members, so you are not subject to the Blue Basic carry-on requirements. In fact, your boarding zone will say AAELIT (typo intended) instead of zone E, as long as your AAdvantage number is in the reservation.

      No free seat assignment in advance, but you *should* have access Even More Space seats on the day of travel - since it's a manual process, it requires the agent to have...

      In theory, AA elites board with Mosaic members, so you are not subject to the Blue Basic carry-on requirements. In fact, your boarding zone will say AAELIT (typo intended) instead of zone E, as long as your AAdvantage number is in the reservation.

      No free seat assignment in advance, but you *should* have access Even More Space seats on the day of travel - since it's a manual process, it requires the agent to have read the memo to know that it's SOP, similar to exception for Mosaic members.

    3. TranceXplant Member

      Has this important question ever been answered?

      I very often see international fares from JFK that are much lower than from MSP, which makes Jetblue useful for positioning flights. But it's still not clear all these months later whether the EXP baggage benefit carries over to Basic Blue fares.

  31. Vir Guest

    I wouldn’t be surprised if AA goes away with the award charts and implement dynamic pricing before award redemptions are announced next month.

  32. Max Guest

    Damn... I scrolled really fast to Mosaic benefits on AA hoping to see Main Cabin Extra as a benefit, but it's only the bs preferred seats. Ugh.

  33. etravelstheworld Guest

    Is there any chance that JetBlue moves away from revenue based awards at least when redeeming for AA.

    I don’t see how this partnership works if JetBlue miles do not have a fixed price on AA metal. For example flying J internationally on American might cost you 800,000 true blue points? That is like Delta extortion pricing.

    There cannot be that much of a difference between redeeming for J on JetBlue vs a...

    Is there any chance that JetBlue moves away from revenue based awards at least when redeeming for AA.

    I don’t see how this partnership works if JetBlue miles do not have a fixed price on AA metal. For example flying J internationally on American might cost you 800,000 true blue points? That is like Delta extortion pricing.

    There cannot be that much of a difference between redeeming for J on JetBlue vs a partner. The balance for trade when it comes to redemptions between AA and JBLU would be off.

    I say this as someone with a ton of JetBlue miles who wants to be able to use them on AA long haul flights.

    1. tom Guest

      DL extortion pricing is exactly what we will get going by all the rumors

    2. Francois Guest

      At a recent jetBlue event I was told by a c-suite level exec that jetblue redemptions on Qatar will be revenue based. While not 100% as things change if this is true then I suspect AA will be revenue based too, as unfortunate as that is.

    3. etravelstheworld Guest

      This is an omen for the miles game. I’m afraid that if AA moves closer to JetBlue’s model and all the other airlines could follow. AA is the last stand for the miles game.

      This didn’t matter so much for JBlue because they were regional and didn’t have international business class. Now that they are going to launch London flights and partner with AA, we should worry.

      Delta is already well on its...

      This is an omen for the miles game. I’m afraid that if AA moves closer to JetBlue’s model and all the other airlines could follow. AA is the last stand for the miles game.

      This didn’t matter so much for JBlue because they were regional and didn’t have international business class. Now that they are going to launch London flights and partner with AA, we should worry.

      Delta is already well on its way with its extortion prices. United basically eliminates award availability on most routes.

  34. Ben L. Diamond

    Very happy to see partner award redemptions are nearly here. I picked up the Barclay JetBlue Business Card back when it had the 100,000 mile bonus in anticipation of this. JetBlue isn't very useful to me on its own, but having another currency to book AA flights with is quite useful.

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uldguy Diamond

Yawn…. Someone wake me when perks and benefits are truly reciprocal.

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Hobbs Guest

Wake me when transatlantic is included so I won’t have to fly BA again.

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David Guest

Looks like you need to book AA on jetblue.com to get benefits as per email: Starting today, as part of our alliance with American Airlines, you can enjoy some of your favorite Mosaic perks when you book an American-operated flight on jetblue.com, including: Priority check-in desks at the airport Access to expedited security lanes Priority boarding (Group 4), with dedicated boarding lanes (now at most JetBlue gates, too) Up to 2 free checked bags—available at check-in desks (online and kiosk bag check coming soon) And, by the end of this year, Mosaic members will also have access to preferred seat selection via the American app or AA.com.

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