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JetBlue and Hawaiian Air to Link Mileage Programs

JetBlue and Hawaiian Air to Link Mileage Programs

Beginning June 5, members of JetBlue’s TrueBlue program will be able to earn and redeem points for flights on Hawaiian Airlines, and members of Hawaiian’s HawaiianMiles program will be able to earn and redeem miles for flights on JetBlue.

On the earning side, TrueBlue members will earn one point for every two miles flown on Hawaiian for most fares.

And HawaiianMiles members will earn one mile per mile flown on most coach fares (Y, E, K, H, Q, B, L, V, R, M fares), but only 50 percent of flown miles on the cheapest coach tickets (O, U, S fares).

Award pricing details haven’t yet been made available and are presumably still being finalized.

Hawaiian’s website currently shows a table of "estimated" award prices, based on the price of a comparable paid JetBlue ticket. For example, a ticket worth $100 – $179 would require between 15,000 and 20,000 miles.

And JetBlue’s site is mum on the number of TrueBlue points required for award flights on Hawaiian.

For now at least, the frequent flyer integration remains a work in progress. To earn miles on the other airline, you’ll have to call their reservations center to register your member number. And to book award flights on the other airline, you’ll have to call your own program’s service center.

Notwithstanding the system disconnects, which should be addressed in time, the new partnership is a welcome step forward for both programs.

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