While American’s partnership with Alaska earns American miles and Alaska miles based on the flight distance and fare class, the American partnership with JetBlue will earn miles based on the ticket price.
You’ll earn American miles on JetBlue flights at the same rate that you earn them on American flights, however you won’t earn miles for JetBlue transatlantic flights.
You will also earn EQMs towards American elite status:
On the JetBlue side, you’ll earn the same for American flights as you would for JetBlue flights and can earn Mosaic status via the base points earned. Note that the “total” includes a bonus for Mosaics only and the actual credit card earnings.
That means an AA non-elite member will earn 5 American miles per dollar spent on any JetBlue fare regardless of where it’s booked. A JetBlue non-Mosaic will earn 6 JetBlue points per dollar spent on regular AA fares on Jetblue.com (3 points per dollar booked elsewhere) or 2 points per dollar on AA basic economy fares on JetBlue.com (1 point per dollar booked elsewhere).
I value American miles at about 1.3 cents each and JetBlue points at 1 cent each, so you would be better off with 5 American miles over 6 JetBlue points.
If you’re booking a basic economy fare, then collecting AA miles for it is a no-brainer!
Of course if you have American or JetBlue status, that will change the equation.
It’s pretty great that you can now earn American miles and elite status when flying on Alaska and JetBlue!
The airlines promise that mileage redemption and elite status reciprocity will come next.
Will you accumulate American miles or JetBlue points?