American Airlines and Jetblue are pushing ahead with their burgeoning ‘Northeast Alliance’, which the carriers say will offer a combined total of over 700 daily flights from Boston and New York this winter.
The two carriers first announced the strategic partnership in July last year at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the airlines said it had so far enabled its customers to gain access to 57 new markets and more than 110 codeshare routes from Boston and New York, connecting the Northeast to almost 150 worldwide destinations.
Jetblue said that “bolstered by the strength of the Northeast Alliance” it had begun selling seats for flights in four “never-before-served cities throughout the US and in Mexico”. These include routes from New York JFK and Boston to San Antonio (Texas), Kansas City and Milwaukee, and from JFK to Puerto Vallarta.
AA and Jetblue will also offer lie-flat seats on all transcontinental markets operated by the Northeast Alliance next year, and tickets are now on sale for five new Jetblue routes from New York’s LaGuardia airport to destinations including Jacksonville, New Orleans and Nashville.
Finally from this autumn AAdvantage Elite and True Blue Mosaic loyalty members will see the first reciprocal benefits including priority check-in, security and boarding, plus up to two complimentary checked bags. Member of both programmes can already earn miles or points when travelling on American or Jetblue-marketed and operated flights.
Vasu Raja, American’s chief revenue officer said that “With Jetblue’s domestic strength and American’s growing international network, we are unlocking more destinations for travellers, more flying for both our teams, a better suite of products and a premium experience in the Northeast”, while Dave Fintzen, vice president, Northeast Alliance, Jetblue, commented:
“With demand for travel returning, JetBlue’s new low-fare flying – along with the broader growth made possible with American through the benefits of the NEA – is well-timed for us to best meet the needs of more travelers in the Northeast and introduce more competition with new flying”.