When Hawaiian Airlines announced service between New York City and Honolulu one of the more interesting aspects of the deal was frequent flyer reciprocity with JetBlue. Earning and redemption were both noted, but details were not available at that time. Some of those details have finally become clear today. Both carriers have announced earning rates for flights operated by the other carrier. The numbers are a bit complicated, but they are available.
For passengers looking to earn HawaiianMiles on JetBlue-operated flights, there are two earning tiers, depending on the underlying fare basis of the flight:
For passengers looking to earn TrueBlue points on Hawaiian-operated flights it is even more complicated, owing to multiple classes of service and different route regions:
Earning maxes out at 75% for these flights and the most discounted fares earn a paltry 25%. Those are two facets to the deal which are somewhat disappointing. Still, better than nothing for customers flying on both carriers and looking to consolidate their points.
On the redemption side things are a bit more fuzzy. Because TrueBlue is a more revenue-based rather than distance-based program their redemption rates are defined somewhat different from the other programs. Hawaiian is adopting this same approach for their members looking to redeem on JetBlue metal, with variable award rates based on the dollar value of the JetBlue flight(s):
For folks with TrueBlue points looking to redeem on Hawaiian metal, the situation is rather unclear as of right now. I cannot find anything on the JetBlue site indicating specific redemption costs. I’m working on getting that information; updates as they are available.
My seat on the inaugural JFK-HNL will only earn at the 25% rate in TrueBlue. Or I can start up a HawaiianMiles account. Or I can earn 100% credit to American Airlines‘s AAdvantage program. The really crazy part is that I’m honestly not sure if 4900 AA points is worth more to me right now than 1245 TrueBlue points.
- A few first in the JetBlue/Hawaiian partnership
- JetBlue, Hawaiian team up for JFK service
- Hawaiian launching service to New York City
- JetBlue & American Airlines announce earning reciprocity
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