Update, 8/4: American announced today that they will move their JFK-Doha flight to Philadelphia-Doha on 10/29. There’s no word if they will still utilize their flagship 777-300ER aircraft on the route.
American’s remaining long-haul year-round destinations from JFK are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Delhi, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Sao Paulo, and Tel Aviv.
Do you think more of those routes will soon shift to Philadelphia?
Update, 7/20: Today is the final day to use American miles to book JetBlue flights.
Today is also the final day to add your American mileage number to a JetBlue ticket or a JetBlue mileage number to an American ticket. You will still receive reciprocal benefits “for the next several months” after that date if you enter your number by July 20.
Update, 7/14: American and JetBlue will no longer sell codeshare flights as of July 21.
The final day to use American miles to book JetBlue flights will be July 20.
The final day to add your American mileage number to a JetBlue ticket or a JetBlue mileage number to an American ticket will be July 20. You will still receive reciprocal benefits “for the next several months” after that date if you enter your number by July 20.
Update, 7/7: JetBlue delivered notice to American that they are terminating their agreement effective 7/29/23.
Despite that, American sent out an email today stating that they “are working with JetBlue to ensure your upcoming flight on American or JetBlue will be without disruption and you will receive the benefits of the alliance during your travel.”
American also states that “for the next several months” you will continue to earn miles on either airline and receive reciprocal elite benefits.
Update, 7/5: American has announced that despite JetBlue dropping its appeal, it will continue to appeal the ruling. That will likely keep the partnership alive for the time being, unless JetBlue decides to unilaterally end it.
Update, 7/5: JetBlue announced today that while they strongly disagree with the court’s ruling that the Northeast Alliance with American was anti-competitive, they have decided not to appeal the court’s decision.
The airline says that dropping the alliance will allow them to focus on their merger with Spirit, which they say should be allowed to proceed as concerns about being aligned with one of the US Big Four are now moot due to the court’s ruling to end the alliance with American.
Expect big changes in NYC routes and service as this partnership is wound down over the coming months.
Update, 5/31: American CEO Robert Isom announced today that his airline will appeal the decision that ordered it to terminate its JetBlue partnership. I’d assume that JetBlue is onboard with the appeal as well, though that airline is also being sued by the Justice Department to stop its takeover of Spirit and has not yet commented on whether it will appeal the ruling.
Originally posted on 5/19:
It’s likely that the airlines will appeal the decision.
That alliance was actually approved by the Trump administration, but has been challenged in court by the Biden administration over the past 2 years.
The Northeast Alliance was announced in July 2020 by the airlines as a path forward to compete against the dominant carriers in NYC, Delta and United.
American said the alliance would allow them to once again fly to Tel Aviv, thanks to the connecting feed that JetBlue would be able to provide.
The Trump administration’s DOT allowed the alliance to move forward in exchange for slot divestitures in JFK and Washington/DCA.
The airlines linked their mileage programs together for earning/redeeming miles and for reciprocal elite benefits.
However the Biden administration’s DOT then sued to end the partnership, despite the prior approval, citing fewer competitors in the marketplace.
Despite that, the airlines continued to grow closer.
The airlines argued that in fact there was more competition to the Delta/United NYC duopoly, with more new destinations offered at lower prices. The two sides failed to settle, which led to today’s groundbreaking decision.
Frankly, it’s hard to understand how just about every airline in the marketplace has been allowed to merge except JetBlue, but this certainly does not bode well for the JetBlue-Spirit merger.
If the airlines decide not to appeal or if they lose the appeal, will they maintain any mileage earning and elite benefits or will they be eliminated? Will the new routes be killed off?
Will American be able to maintain Tel Aviv service, that was specifically credited with being able to launch because of the partnership?