Frequent travelers from both airlines will soon see more benefits in services, flight services, and points redemptions options
The American low-cost airline JetBlue and the Arab state-owned flag carrier Qatar Airways recently announced in a press release an expansion of their partnership to serve 182 destinations.
The new alliance will connect travelers to JetBlue’s network of 100 destinations in North America and the Caribbean, and Qatar’s international network of 82 counties. Both companies will be sharing codes in additional markets soon.
During the following months, client members of the frequent flier programs of both airlines will soon see benefits in services and rewards, including more connections, marketing opportunities, and flight schedules availability.
Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s chief executive officer, talked about the successful existing partnership and its expansion: “For more than a decade Qatar Airways has been an excellent partner, consistently delivering an elevated customer experience that aligns extremely well with the JetBlue brand and the expectations of our customers.” And added: “Now, as we look to our next decade together, the enhancements and plans for growth announced today will put Qatar Airways on track to be our largest internationally-based partner.”
The carriers will focus on developing a plan for the integration of more airside transfer options connecting to New York’s airport, the John F. Kennedy International Airport.
His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, said: “The enhanced partnership between Qatar Airways and JetBlue is a further encouraging sign for the recovery of the aviation industry.”
He also expressed his contentment and expectations about this expansion: “We have focused on growing our partnerships with leading airlines such as JetBlue by bringing significant benefits to our passengers through an expanded global network. Both airlines have a strong commitment to excellence in customer experience and innovation, ensuring this closer relationship is a very positive step for our joint customers.”
This strengthening of alliances comes right after the recovery of air travel. Both carriers foresee a busy market, more travelers wishing to explore the world and the airlines expect to be prepared to satisfy their customers’ travel needs and requests.
More Benefits For Frequent Travelers
Qatar’s Hamad International Airport in Doha has been named the best airport in the world in 2021 by the aviation rating company Skytrax and is one of the main travel destinations and connections JetBlue travelers currently enjoy as benefits of the partnership.
From Doha, JetBlue travelers can choose from more than 80 destinations in South Asia, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Africa. Qatar frequent flyers can also take advantage of New York connections and travel to more than 60 destinations available in JetBlue’s network —in the United States, Canada, Central America, and the Caribbean, to popular destinations like Aruba, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Guatemala, Miami, Las Vegas, Atlanta—, including the recently added direct flights to Puerto Vallarta and London.
The carriers’ loyalty programs allow travelers to currently enjoy benefits like accruing TrueBlue points or Privilege Club Avios. The companies expect to allow frequent flyers to redeem those accumulated points on either JetBlue or Qatar Airways flights.
US travelers will be able to choose not only their preferred destination but also air travel service. Skytrax also awarded Qatar Airlines the title ‘Airline of the Year’ and has recognized its outstanding service and comfort, highlighting also the carrier’s seats, catering service, and lounges.
JetBlue is also the 6th largest airline in the United States and has been recognized for the comfort of its fleet. The company is known for its coach’s ample legroom, entertainment service, wifi on board, and customer service.
Both companies’ individual developments and services enhancement will also benefit travelers. Qatar Airways has also partnered with tech companies like WiseTech Global, and recently announced a software optimization for their direct ebooking service. JetBlue, on the other hand, has recently expanded services in New York, offering over 5,000 new jobs, as part of the carrier’s pandemic recovery plan.
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