We have known for a while that American and JetBlue are establishing a strategic alliance in the Northeast. Well, today there was an important announcement on that front as American and JetBlue plan to codeshare on February 25, 2021 (one week from today).
American and JetBlue not only revealed plans to adjust schedules in multiple markets, but also announced a total of 33 new routes, which I wanted to cover in this post. In no particular order, we can expect the following:
American international expansion in New York
Starting May 6, 2021, American Airlines will add the following new year-round routes from New York JFK to Latin America:
- New York to Santiago, Chile (SCL) – 3x weekly flights with a 777-200
- New York to Bogota, Colombia (BOG) – daily with an A319
- New York to Cali, Colombia (CLO) – daily with an A319
- New York to Medellin, Colombia (MDE) – daily with an A319
In addition, American is adding two new seasonal routes from New York JFK that will only be offered on Saturdays to the Caribbean:
- New York to St. Lucia (UVF) – with a 737-800
- New York to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (PLS) – with a 737-800
This complements the previously announced international expansion of the Americans from New York to Athens, Rio de Janeiro and Tel Aviv.
Americans will fly to Santiago from New York
America’s Northeast Domestic Expansion
American Airlines is adding a dozen new domestic flights from Boston and New York airports, some of which may come as a surprise. These new routes are as follows:
- Boston (BOS) to Asheville, North Carolina (AVL) – Seasonal
- Boston (BOS) to Columbus, Ohio (CMH) – year round
- Boston (BOS) to Jackson Hole, Wyoming (JAC) – seasonal
- Boston (BOS) to Traverse City, Michigan (TVC) – Seasonal
- Boston (BOS) to Wilmington, North Carolina (ILM) – Seasonal
- New York (JFK) to Orange County, California (SNA) – year round
- New York (LGA) to Kansas City, Missouri (MCI) – year round
- New York (LGA) to Key West, Florida (EYW) – seasonal
- New York (LGA) to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR)
- New York (LGA) to Pensacola, Florida (PNS) – seasonal
- New York (LGA) to Rapid City, South Dakota (RAP) – seasonal
- New York (LGA) to Savannah, Georgia (SAV) – Seasonal
American will fly A321Ts from New York to Orange County
JetBlue’s expansion in the northeast
JetBlue Airways is adding well over a dozen new routes from the Northeast, with a particular focus on Newark. These routes include the following:
- New York (JFK) to Kalispell, Montana (FCA) – seasonal
- New York (JFK) to Boise, Idaho (BOI) – Seasonal
- Newark (EWR) to St. John’s, Antigua (ANU) – year round
- Newark (EWR) to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQN) – year round
- Newark (EWR) to Cartagena, Colombia (CTG) – year round
- Newark (EWR) to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts (MVY) – seasonal
- Newark (EEA) to Nantucket, Massachusetts (ACK) – seasonal
- Newark (EWR) to Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) – all year round
- Newark (EEA) to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP) – year round
- Newark (EEA) to Seattle, Washington (SEA) – seasonal
- Newark (EWR) to St. Lucia (UVF) – year round
- Newark (EWR) to St. Thomas, USVI (STT) – year round
- New York (LGA) to Charleston, South Carolina (CHS) – all year round
- New York (LGA) to Denver, Colorado (DEN) – year round
- New York (LGA) to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts (MVY) – seasonal
JetBlue is expanding significantly from Newark
When should we expect mutual fidelity benefits?
With codeshare flights kicking off next week, American AAdvantage and JetBlue TrueBlue haven’t announced any reciprocal points, point redemptions, or elite recognitions.
What’s the latest on this front?
- American AAdvantage and JetBlue will allow mutual points to be earned starting this spring, although we do not have an exact date
- Over time, there are plans to allow mutual points to be redeemed as well as mutual recognition by elites
It sounds like we can earn mutual miles within weeks while other things could take a little longer.
American & JetBlue offer mutual accumulation of points
My take on the American & JetBlue extension
While I wouldn’t say anything too surprising here, there are a few things that I find noteworthy about this American and JetBlue announcement:
- I am impressed with the speed at which Americans are adding long haul international routes from New York JFK with the introduction of the Santiago service
- JetBlue is sure to be following United in Newark as the airline continues to expand there
- I’m a bit surprised to see Americans adding point-to-point routes from Boston as this is a hub for JetBlue and hardly a focus city for Americans these days. I suppose Americans may be more able to expand there than JetBlue
- While the new routes that are being added are great for consumers, it seems to me that we are significantly reducing the combined service between airports that align flight schedules like New York to Los Angeles
- As I described in a separate post, the New York to Orange County route on American is the most interesting addition as it is powered by an A321T
American Airlines adds routes in Boston
The new strategic alliance between Americans and JetBlue is finally starting as the two airlines will begin code sharing next week. We’re seeing nearly three dozen new routes and coordinated schedules in other markets.
American and JetBlue should offer reciprocal mileage accrual starting this spring, with reciprocal redemption of miles and elite benefits at a later date.
What do you think of these new American & JetBlue routes?