Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue Airways have signed a partnership agreement which will see the two carriers interlining, codesharing and allowing members of each carrier’s frequent flyer program to earn and redeem loyalty points or miles for travel on either airline.
Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, and Dave Barger, president and CEO of JetBlue Airways, signed the agreement at JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at New York JFK on January 23.
“This partnership with JetBlue makes Hawaii more accessible than ever for our friends on the East Coast, and in June will put the islands at their doorstep with our new daily nonstop service between JFK and Honolulu,” said Dunkerley.
“Our customers have long asked for options to the Aloha State, and today we’re proud to partner with Hawaiian Airlines to get them there in comfort and style,” said Barger.
Effective this week, customers will be able to purchase single tickets combining travel on both Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue Airways, allowing for seamless travel between the carriers’ networks.
Connections are available for immediate travel via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where Hawaiian offers multiple daily departures.
In the near future, Hawaiian intends to codeshare on JetBlue-operated flights, placing its HA code on JetBlue-operated flights once government approval is obtained.
The carriers plan to expand their partnership further on June 5, when Hawaiian launches the only non-stop service between New York City and Hawaii with Airbus A330-200 aircraft seating 294 passengers.
Hawaiian’s daily flights from Honolulu will arrive and depart from New York JFK Terminal 5, becoming the first of JetBlue’s airline partners to locate at the carrier’s home.
Honolulu-based Hawaiian’s flight HA51 will depart JFK daily at 10:00 a.m. and arrive at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) at 3:00 p.m, local time. The return flight HA50 will depart HNL daily at 3:05 p.m. and get to JFK at 6:55 a.m. the following morning, local time.
The new flight’s mid-morning New York departure will allow travelers in markets served by JetBlue up and down the East Coast, such as Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Raleigh/Durham, to make a seamless connection to Honolulu.
Both carriers plan to sell each other’s flights on their respective web sites in the near future.
Hawaiian and JetBlue have reached a preliminary agreement to allow members of each carrier’s frequent flyer program to earn and redeem loyalty points or miles for travel on either carrier.
Under this agreement, JetBlue’s TrueBlue members will soon be able to accrue points on any Hawaiian-operated flight, while HawaiianMiles members will be able to earn miles on any JetBlue-operated flights.
Similarly, frequent fliers will be able to redeem their points or miles for travel on either carrier’s network, bringing new, much-requested destinations to each program’s members.