JetBlue Airways

American Airlines Ending Its Partnership With JetBlue

I was a bit disappointed to receive an e-mail from American Airlines this morning that they were discontinuing their partnership with JetBlue.  They’ve announced that effective April 1, 2014, you will no longer be able to earn AAdvantage miles on Jetblue flights: Through our merger with US Airways, you now have convenient East Coast access through the US Airways Shuttle, which offers hourly departures from Boston Logan, Washington Reagan (DCA) and New York LaGuardia (LGA). Plus, you can earn and redeem miles when traveling across US Airways’ global network. All travel on eligible […]

Breaking Down The Text of the American Airlines/US Airways Merger Complaint

I posted quickly yesterday some initial thoughts on the lawsuit that the US Department of Justice filed to block the American Airlines/US Airways merger.  I spent some more time yesterday and this morning and have a few more things to offer up.  I went through the full text of the complaint last night (just over 50 pages) and carved out some items I think represent DOJ’s main thoughts here as well as some items I disagree with.  Keep in mind I was never strongly in favor of the merger so […]

Does Southwest Airlines’ Live TV Offering Give Them An Edge With Domestic Leisure Travelers?

Southwest announced yesterday that it will begin offering live television free on flights (sponsored by Dish).  At first, I thought it was a ho-hum kind of announcement.  But, I think there’s a bit more to this announcement, especially in light of my recent thoughts on the legacy airlines running out of reasons to compete. First and foremost, I’m interested to hear how the service works.  Southwest is using Row44 as opposed to Gogo(who has pretty much all the other Wi-Fi offering airlines in the US other than United Airlines).  The […]

News And Notes For Saturday, May 18th 2013

My quasi-self-adopted home town of Washington DC thinks that it’s a bad idea for passengers to ride in fuel efficient taxis. JetBlue has the unique distinction of being the first airline to announce something about fee increases that got me excited.  JetBlue raised their change fees but waived those fees for all members of their elite level, Mosaic.  You need 30 segments & 12,000 TrueBlue points or 15,000 TrueBlue points to qualify for Mosaic and get these fees waived.  That’s a pretty awesome amount of flexibility. One Mile At A […]

News and Notes on Monday, March 11th 2013

American Airlines is giving 100,000 AAdvantage miles in a contest on their Facebook page.  They’re promoting the fact that their fleet is mostly outfitted with Gogo wifi, so you also have a chance to win a Gogo pass or 100 miles.  I’ve had a Gogo monthly pass for as long as I can remember and it’s probably one of the most valuable things I travel with.  In-flight wifi is the greatest thing to happen in my travel patterns in the last 5 years. At the same time, JetBlue is contemplating […]

American Airlines Expanding? Is There Labor Peace Post-Merger? What About That Expanded American-JetBlue Relationship?

American Airlines continues to be in the news on a number of fronts. They announced a bunch of new codeshare agreements. They announced a profit for the month of January. Oh, yeah.  And, they announced they’re merging with US Airways. They’re also looking to drastically expand service to Sao Paolo, Brazil.  One of the knocks on American has been its lack of global network, specifically in Asia.  But, a hallmark has been their Latin America presence.  Should the DOT grant their application, this can only strengthen their position. On a […]

American Expanding Its Codeshare Relationship With Alaska Airlines; JetBlue Not Far Behind

In the midst of a crazy travel week, I missed the announcement from American that they were officially expanding their codeshare relationship with Alaska Airlines. The codeshare expansion will allow American to place its code on 22 new Alaska routes that provide Bay Area travelers with access to Hawaii and will increase the options for transcontinental flights for travelers in the Pacific Northwest and San Diego to Boston, Washington, D.C. and Orlando, Fla.  Under the agreement, Alaska will place its code on 19 American routes, which will provide better access […]

Is The Founders Card Worth It?

Don’t forget to vote in my poll about the new American Airlines logo for a chance to win a free systemwide upgrade on a future flight. I generally don’t resort to what I would consider fringe programs that offer travel benefits.  I travel enough that I can earn most of the benefits I want and generate enough miles and points to redeem for all the vacations I want to take.  I’ve run across the Founders Card a few times in passing without giving it much thought. Through some random circumstances, […]