Breaking the Connection: American Airlines, JetBlue Sever Agreement
Frequent fliers are now navigating the new conditions that spurned from American Airlines’s merge with US Airways in December to form American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL). According to Reuters, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways (NYSE:JBLU) are severing an interline agreement that allowed customers to buy connecting flights on each other’s planes on one ticket.
The two carriers said in a statement this week that American Airlines and JetBlue will not accept new interline ticket sales with each other starting Monday, and customers using their reciprocal frequent-flyers programs will no longer earn miles or points when traveling on eligible routes, effective April 1.
Air travelers are expected to be disappointed that they can no longer mix and match their flight connections between American and JetBlue, considering the two parties’ interline agreement made it easier for fliers to reap the benefits of convenient ticketing and frequent-flyer programs. However, American Airlines maintains the belief that thanks to its merger with US Airways, the newly minted company no longer needs JetBlue to help it satisfy its customers’ needs.
American Airlines’ spokesman Casey Norton explained in an email written to Reuters, “Through the merger with US Airways, American’s network along the East Coast provides greater connectivity and customer benefits and there is no longer a need to supplement our combined network coverage with the JetBlue agreement.”