For the last few years American Airlines has enjoyed a limited partnership with competitor JetBlue, allowing AAdvantage members to earn frequent flyer miles on certain JetBlue flights to and from New York and Boston. With the merger-in-progress between American and US Airways, this partnership will end effective April 1st.
From American’s press release:
Through our merger with US Airways, you now have convenient East Coast access through the US Airways Shuttle, which offers hourly departures from Boston Logan, Washington Reagan (DCA) and New York LaGuardia (LGA). Plus, you can earn and redeem miles when traveling across US Airways’ global network. All travel on eligible US Airways tickets also count toward qualification for elite status.
Despite the typical corporate-speak of a press release, AA is right that adding the US Airways network will more than compensate for the loss of the JetBlue partnership. AA will once again be the largest airline in the world after this merger closes, and AAdvantage members will have ample opportunities to earn and redeem miles to every corner of the globe.
Frequent flyers can still earn miles for select JetBlue flights through March 31.