American & JetBlue Launching Reciprocal Elite Perks This Fall

American & JetBlue Launching Reciprocal Elite Perks This Fall

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While details are limited as of now, this is at least a step in the right direction, and a positive update.

Timeline for American & JetBlue reciprocal elite benefits

In early 2021, American and JetBlue launched a strategic alliance in the Northeast. The partnership makes sense on the surface — JetBlue has amazing connectivity in the Northeast, and American wants to grow its long haul presence out of New York, but needs connecting traffic.

In addition to launching codeshare flights earlier this year, American and JetBlue also introduced reciprocal points earning opportunities as of late May 2021.

One big question has been when we should expect American and JetBlue to roll out reciprocal elite perks for AAdvantage and TrueBlue members. We now have an update on that front. It has been announced that starting this fall, AAdvantage elite and TrueBlue Mosaic members will get access to reciprocal elite benefits across both carriers.

This update suggests that we should see reciprocal elite perks rolled out in the next two to five months, based on standard definitions of seasons. In general American and JetBlue have been ahead of their promised timeline for adding benefits with this partnership, so I would expect elite perks will be rolled out sooner rather than later.

American & JetBlue will soon offer reciprocal elite perks

What elite perks should we expect?

When American and JetBlue launch reciprocal elite perks, we’re told to expect the following:

  • Priority check-in
  • Priority security
  • Priority boarding
  • Up to two complimentary checked bags

Those are the elite perks that have been shared so far, and I think that’s roughly what we were expecting.

Expect reciprocal priority boarding

However, it’s also stated that “even more benefits for AAdvantage and TrueBlue members will be coming in the future.” What more should we expect?

  • I think we could see reciprocal extra legroom economy seating (Main Cabin Extra on American and Even More Space on JetBlue); presumably policies would vary based on your exact status
  • 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, 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 be surprised to see reciprocal extra legroom seating

Bottom line

American AAdvantage and JetBlue TrueBlue will roll out reciprocal elite perks as of this fall. In the first phase we can expect reciprocity when it comes to check-in, security, boarding, and baggage allowances.

However, in the long run we can expect further perks beyond that. I think reciprocal extra legroom economy seating is a given, though I’m curious what we see beyond that.

What are you expecting in terms of reciprocity between American & JetBlue?

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  1. Ben L.

    Call me crazy, but one reciprocal elite perk I think would be cool to see in this partnership is the ability to actually redeem one carrier's miles on the other's flights

  2. Ed2

    Priority check-in is an underrated benefit. I like being able to show up to check a bag 10 minutes earlier than I normally would without, knowing I won't wait in a long line.

  3. MatthewNYC

    I’d like to be able to book a seat and check in on JetBlue when I book a code share flight on AA’s website. The way it worked last month when I bought a ticket through AA for a JetBlue-operated flight was that, after your purchase on AA, you had to call JetBlue and wait on hold for hours just to get a seat assignment (no elite phone desk at JetBlue of course). Then last...

    I’d like to be able to book a seat and check in on JetBlue when I book a code share flight on AA’s website. The way it worked last month when I bought a ticket through AA for a JetBlue-operated flight was that, after your purchase on AA, you had to call JetBlue and wait on hold for hours just to get a seat assignment (no elite phone desk at JetBlue of course). Then last week, on the day of this code share flight operated by JetBlue, we couldn’t even check in on their website that morning and had to wait in a long line at JFK with other AA people to do so. The employees seemed aware of the issue, but I haven’t heard of any fixes for these most basic of “perks.”

  4. Ray 2020

    Call me even 'crazier'. I would like to combine points from both carriers (Airlines) for a flight ✈️ on either of them. .

    1. Cleevon

      I don't care about anything besides combining points from both programs.

  5. Snoop

    Why JetBlue? American Airlines is terrible. Now when you try to reach JetBlue it take over two hours of being on hold. Why JetBlue? Keep it simple safe.

    1. John

      I was thinking on the same lines. JetBlue tying up with AA is like Nordstrom tying up with a Dollar Store. I hope none of that insidious, lazy AA influence creeps into JetBlue over the long term. AA customers are used to such low standards that JetBlue might be tempted to water down their product to 'align' with AA mediocrity.

  6. Ralph

    It doesn't matter today really any perks i.e. Priority a year or two later EVERYONE Nad their grandma are Priority; TSAPre, a couple of years later, EVERYONE is a Pre, Group One is not one anymore, now the is a Concierge...etc, etc, etc.

  7. D3kingg

    Does anyone understand any of this ? Why don’t American , jet blue , and Alaskan just merge ? Delta can have spirit and frontier. United can have southwest.

  8. Robert Chemtob

    American is such a lousy airline I hate to see them bring down the high quality of Jet Blue.

  9. Bocheball

    American is such a lousy airline I hate to see Jet Blue have any relationship with them. It will only lower high JB's standards.

  10. michael

    whenever this happens, can i use chase ultimate rewards points to book on AA? or I would have to transfer them to jetblue, then use them?

    thank you

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Ed2

Priority check-in is an underrated benefit. I like being able to show up to check a bag 10 minutes earlier than I normally would without, knowing I won't wait in a long line.

michael

whenever this happens, can i use chase ultimate rewards points to book on AA? or I would have to transfer them to jetblue, then use them? thank you

Bocheball

American is such a lousy airline I hate to see Jet Blue have any relationship with them. It will only lower high JB's standards.

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