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American Airlines and JetBlue have today announced that they are now offering near-universal reciprocal mileage earning and elite status credit accrual for members of the AAdvantage and TrueBlue programs. Flyers from both airline programs can now choose whether to earn AAdvantage Miles or TrueBlue points when they book with either airline and depending on which they choose, they’ll also earn credits towards elite status too.
Up until now, AAdvantage and TrueBlue members could only choose to earn miles in their preferred program when booking a codeshare flight on the other airline. Now, these same flyers can earn AAdvantage Miles or TrueBlue points regardless of which of the two airlines they book with or fly with.
Earn AAdvantage Miles & Status With JetBlue
AAdvantage members can earn miles for JetBlue flights within the United States and for JetBlue flights between the United States and the following countries/regions:
- The Caribbean
- Central America
- South America
Notably, this means that AAdvantage Miles and AAdvantage Elite status credits cannot be earned on JetBlue’s new international flights between the East Coast and the UK.
For travel on JetBlue marketed flights, AAdvantage miles are earned based on the ticket price (excluding government-imposed taxes and fees) just as they are on flights marketed by American Airlines (that’s a first for any American Airlines partner).
The more a flyer spends, and the higher their elite status, the more AAdvantage Miles they will earn:
American Airlines says that flyers can earn a maximum of 75,000 redeemable miles per ticket.
When it comes to earning AAdvantage elite status credits, this is how Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) and Elite Qualifying Segments (EQS) can be earned (Elite Qualifying Dollars are earned in the usual way):
Note that Basic Economy fares booked through JetBlue will not earn any elite status credits.
Earn TrueBlue Points With American Airlines
JetBlue’s TrueBlue members are now eligible to earn points on all American Airlines-operated flights. The new accrual agreement covers American flights operating with the JetBlue code within the carriers’ Northeast Alliance, as well as on all other American flights operating anywhere in the world. Put simply, TrueBlue points can now be earned on American’s domestic, regional and international networks.
When booking an American Airlines flight on aa.com, TrueBlue customers wishing to earn TrueBlue points in the place of AAdvantage Miles/status credits should select ‘JetBlue Airways’ for the frequent flyer program and enter their TrueBlue number. All Base points earned on American Airlines-operated flights count towards Mosaic status.
This is how TrueBlue points earning now works on American Airlines operated flights:
* Base points earned on American Airlines operated flights count towards Mosaic status.
** Only applies when the fare is booked on jetblue.com or on JetBlue mobile app.
*** Only applies when booking with a cobranded JetBlue credit card. Not all cobranded JetBlue credit cards earn the same bonus of 6 points.
The ability to burn AAdvantage Miles on JetBlue flights and TrueBlue Points on American Airlines flights is still a little way down the road but as of today, AAdvantage Members can now earn AAdvantage Miles and AAdvantage Elite Status credits on almost all JetBlue flights while TrueBlue members can now earn TrueBlue points on all American Airlines flights worldwide.