American and JetBlue just unveiled a new partnership with 33 new routes combined— here’s what it means for travelers

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American Airlines and JetBlue Airways are joining forces in the Northeast as part of an alliance that creates new routes, schedules, frequent flyer programs, and more.

The duo is moving forward with the first phase of a “Northeast alliance” following a regulatory review from the Department of Transportation that wrapped in January. JetBlue and American flight codes will be placed on over 70 flights between the two airlines under a codeshare agreement, allowing customers to book certain flights on either airline or website.

“Our alliance with American opens the door for JetBlue to successfully enter into new markets, introducing more choices and our award-winning service and low fares to more customers,” Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s head of revenue and planning, said. 

American has been joining forces with coastal airlines like JetBlue on the East Coast and Alaska Airlines on the West Coast to fill the gaps in its route network. Both American and JetBlue will add 33 new routes combined to domestic and international destinations as travel slowly rebounds with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and growing testing for entry options in foreign countries.

Here’s where travelers will see the biggest differences. 

New routes from the Northeast

JetBlue is adding 15 new routes from New York City’s three main area airports, John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, and LaGuardia. American, for its part, will add 18 new routes from Kennedy International and LaGuardia, as well as JetBlue’s stronghold at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

From Kennedy International, two JetBlue new routes will be added to Boise, Idaho, and Kalispell, Montana, in July. Both are located in the Mountain West, a region that’s been surging in popularity during the pandemic as Americans seek social distancing in nature. 

On American, new routes from Kennedy to the Colombian cities of Cali, Bogota, and Medellin; Santiago, Chile; St. Lucia; and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos will start in May and June. Previously announced routes from New York to Tel Aviv, Israel, Athens, Greece, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil also launch this year. 

American will also give New York City its first non-stop link to Orange County, California, as the airline is adding a new route from Kennedy starting July 2. The daily flight will be operated by American’s ultra-premium Airbus A321 aircraft with first class, business class, and economy class seats. 

Newark will see 10 new routes to the existing JetBlue leisure destinations of Antigua; Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; Cartagena, Colombia; Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; Nantucket, Massachusetts; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Seattle; St. Lucia; and St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The new routes start on July 1. 

LaGuardia will receive more routes across the East Coast and to the west. JetBlue flights to Charleston, South Carolina; Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; and Denver also begin July 1. while American will launch and resume summer season flights to Key West Florida; Pensacola, Florida; Rapid City, South Dakota; Kansas City, Missouri; and Savannah, Georgia in June. 

And from Boston, American will also fly to Asheville, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Traverse City, Michigan; and Wilmington, …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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