American Airlines and JetBlue Airways have agreed to begin a frequent-flyer relationship later this year to add to the interline partnership they are launching...

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways have agreed to begin a frequent-flyer relationship later this year to add to the interline partnership they are launching on July 20.

The partnership, which was announced in March, aims to offer convenient connections and more travel options for custoemrs traveling on American Airlines’ international routes and JetBlue’s domestic routes to and from New York and Boston.


Under the new frequent-flyer deal, members of American’s AAdvantage program and JetBlue Airways’ TrueBlue customer loyalty program will be able to earn AAdvantage miles or TrueBlue points, respectively, when they fly only on any of the routes on which the two airlines are interlining.

From July 20, 2010, customers will be able to book interline service in non-overlapping markets from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) through travel agencies, most major North American online travel agency websites, American Airlines ticket counters, or by calling American Airlines Reservations at 800-433-7300.

American and JetBlue say they are also working to make flights offered through the agreement available for sale on each other’s websites.

Under the cooperative agreement, customers will be able to connect easily between 14 of American’s international destinations departing from JFK and Boston (including Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo) and 18 JetBlue domestic cities. Among them are Portland, Maine; Rochester, New York; and Richmond, Virginia. None of the routes on which the airlines will cooperate overlap current flights flown by the other.

Until American Airlines starts taking delivery of up to 100 Boeing 787s which it has ordered, the Boeing 777-200ER is the carrier's primary long-haul aircraft type. American is due to operate up to 54 777-200ERs, each of which it has outfitted to seat 247 passengers in three service classes

The two airlines say customers of each will benefit from improved connections, while each airline will see additional customers fed into their networks – JetBlue’s domestic network and American’s international network to Europe, Asia, and South America.

“This new agreement with JetBlue complements both airlines’ networks and greatly benefits our respective customers,” says Gerard Arpey, chairman and CEO of American Airlines. “It will also provide important opportunities for us to grow American’s international traffic into and out of New York and Boston.”

“We are pleased to extend our route network, offering customers well-timed international connections on American and introducing new customers to the award-winning JetBlue Experience,” notes Dave Barger, CEO of JetBlue. “As the largest domestic carrier at JFK and Boston, and with our new home at Terminal 5 at JFK, we are in a natural position to take advantage of these important partnership opportunities.”

Also, as announced previously, on November 1 American will transfer eight slot pairs at Ronald Reagan National Airport and one slot pair at White Plains, New York to JetBlue, while JetBlue will transfer 12 slot pairs at New York JFK to American.

American’s markets from JFK and/or Boston in which the cooperative, interline service with JetBlue is available, including seamless check-in and baggage drop services for customers who are connecting, include Barcelona, Spain (BCN);  Brussels, Belgium (BRU); Paris, France (CDG); Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE);  Rome, Italy (FCO); Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG, with American’s service beginning on November 18; Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU); Tokyo Haneda, Japan (HND), with service beginning on January 20, 2011; London, UK (LHR); Madrid, Spain (MAD); Manchester, UK (MAN); Milan, Italy (MXP); Tokyo Narita, Japan (NRT); and Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH).

JetBlue Airways domestic markets from New York JFK and/or Boston in which connections with American’s international flights will be available include Nantucket, Massachuseets (ACK); Burlington, Vermont (BTV); Buffalo, New York (BUF); Denver (DEN); Houston Hobby (HOU); Washington Dulles (IAD); Jacksonville, Florida (JAX); New Orleans (MSY); West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI); Portland, Oregon (PDX); Phoenix, Arizona (PHX); Portland, Maine (PWM); Richmond, Virginia (RIC); Rochester, New York (ROC); Fort Myers, Florida (RSW); Salt Lake City (SLC); Sarasota, Florida (SRQ); and  Syracuse, New York (SYR).