Dubai-based Emirates Airline and JetBlue Airways are launching a joint frequent-flyer partnership.
From July 1, members of JetBlue Airways’ customer loyalty program TrueBlue will be able to earn TrueBlue points across Emirates’ network of more than 120 destinations worldwide, while Emirates’ Skywards members will be able to earn Skywards Miles on JetBlue’s network throughout the Americas.
The partner airlines plan to introduce a point-redemption agreement covering both their frequent-flyer programs in February 2013.
“Emirates is proud to develop its successful partnership with JetBlue by offering our customers the benefit of this frequent flyer partnership,” says Brian Labelle, Emirates’ senior vice president – Skywards.
“With double-daily service from New York JFK to destinations across the Far East, Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, Emirates looks forward to welcoming JetBlue customers with our award-winning luxurious service and superb onboard product,” adds Labelle.
“We’re opening up our network for our customers to earn TrueBlue points on any of the six continents that Emirates flies to and look forward to serving those connecting from Emirates to the dozens of cities that we serve,” remarks Marty St. George, JetBlue’s senior vice president marketing and commercial strategy.
In addition, both airlines are offering a special promotion for customers to earn double TrueBlue points or Skywards Miles. To sign up for the promotion, members can visit either jetblue.com or skywards.com to register for travel from July 1 through September 30, 2012.
Emirates and JetBlue already operate a codeshare agreement that connects the carriers’ networks via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
Tickets featuring an Emirates flight number are available for sale for JetBlue-operated connections between New York JFK and Boston (BOS); Burlington, Vermont (BTV); Buffalo, New York (BUF); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT); Chicago O’Hare (ORD); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL); Jacksonville, Florida (JAX); Orlando, Florida (MCO); Portland, Maine (PWM); Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina (RDU); Tampa, Florida (TPA); and Washington Dulles (IAD).
Codeshare customers also have the convenience of a single combined ticket for Emirates and JetBlue-operated flights, plus other advantages including one-stop check-in and baggage transfer.
With the launch of Emirates’ newest routes to Barcelona and Lisbon next week, the airline will fly to 126 cities globally via the airline’s hub in Dubai.
Emirates currently serves seven gateways in North America: New York JFK, Houston (IAH), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) and Toronto (YYZ). The airline will start non-stop daily flights to Washington DC on September 12.
From JFK, Emirates offers two daily non-stop flights aboard its flagship Airbus A380 and ultra-long range 777-300ER.
JetBlue Airways operates one of America’s youngest airline fleets, which comprises 123 Airbus A320 and 52 Embraer 190 jets. At New York JFK, JetBlue operates from the 26-gate Terminal 5, while Emirates operates from the adjacent Terminal 4, allowing for fast and easy connections between flights.
Currently serving 124 destinations in 74 countries, Emirates reported a net profit of US$409 million for its 2011/12 fiscal year. Emirates operates 175 widebody Airbus and Boeing aircraft including the world’s largest fleet of A380s and has orders for an additional 230 aircraft, worth more than $84 billion.