Targeted: Earn 4,000 bonus miles for flying with American Airlines and JetBlue

Jun 8, 2021

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American Airlines has just launched a new targeted promotion — this time, with its newest airline partner, JetBlue.

With this promotion, targeted AAdvantage members can earn 4,000 bonus miles for flying four segments: two on American and two on JetBlue. The flights must be to or from Boston or New York and completed by Oct. 7, 2021. This gives travelers five months to take advantage of this offer.

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Promotion details

Targeted members will earn 4,000 bonus miles — worth $56 based on TPG valuations — for flying two segments to/from New York or Boston on American and another two on JetBlue by Oct. 7, 2021. The bonus miles will be awarded after completing all four segments. In other words, you can’t just take one flight to earn 1,000 bonus miles.

Related: American Airlines, JetBlue unveil reciprocal mileage and elite earnings — with a major twist

AA JetBlue promo
(Photo courtesy of AA.com)

To see if you are targeted for this offer, check your emails from American Airlines or check the “Promotions” tab in your AAdvantage account. Several TPG staffers were targeted and it appears that elite status and state of residency don’t determine eligibility.

If targeted, you must register for the promotion by June 20, 2021, to earn the bonus miles.

AA JetBlue promo
(Photo courtesy of AA.com)

The biggest restriction is that flights must either originate or have a destination of Boston (BOS), New York-JFK, LaGuardia (LGA) or Newark (EWR). The offer doesn’t include connecting flights taken before or after a direct flight to or from these airports.

You’ll want to note that basic economy flights (fare class B on American or fare class L on JetBlue) are not eligible for this promotion, nor will JetBlue’s new London flights be once they launch. Award flights also don’t count.

Earning American miles on JetBlue flights

American Airlines and JetBlue recently unveiled reciprocal mileage and elite earnings as a part of their Northeast-focused partnership.

If you choose to earn AAdvantage miles for JetBlue-operated flights, you will earn miles at an identical rate as if you were flying American Airlines itself:

  • AAdvantage member – five miles for every U.S. dollar
  • Gold elite member – seven miles/U.S. dollar (40% bonus)
  • Platinum elite member – eight miles/U.S. dollar (60% bonus)
  • Platinum Pro elite member – nine miles/U.S. dollar (80% bonus)
  • Executive Platinum elite member – 11 miles/U.S. dollar (120% bonus)

Elite-qualifying criteria is by fare class and distance. Note that JetBlue’s basic economy tickets (fare class L) do not earn any elite qualifying miles.

Cabin Elite-qualifying miles per mile flown (EQMs) Elite-qualifying segments (EQSs) Elite-qualifying dollars (EQDs)
Full-fare Mint (“J” fare class) 3x 1.00 Based on fare spent
Discounted Mint (“C”, “D”, “I” fare classes) 2x 1.00 Based on fare spent
Economy 1x 1.00 Based on fare spent
Blue Basic/Basic economy

Other ways to earn American miles

The best option for boosting your AAdvantage account is by signing up for a cobranded American Airlines credit card.

The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® is currently offering a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. The reimbursed Global Entry fee will be handy for promptly getting you through immigration(up to $100), while the Admirals Club membership — including access for you and two travel companions — will make your departure and layovers much more pleasant. You can even add up to 10 authorized users to the card so they can enjoy Admirals Club access as well. Between you, your 10 authorized users and two guests each, you can get up to 33 people into the Admirals Club from one annual fee.

The Citi®/ AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®
The Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard. (Photo by Eric Helgas for The Points Guy)

If you’re looking for a no-annual-fee card with solid earning on everyday spend, the American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card is offering a decent 10,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit after spending just $500 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.

Another easy signup bonus is the American Airlines card is the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®. The free checked bag on domestic itineraries, access to Reduced Mileage Awards and preferred boarding covers most of the benefits of entry-level elite status. And it earns 2x miles per dollar spent at gas stations, restaurants and on eligible American Airlines purchases. The sign-up bonus is currently 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,500 on purchases in the first three months of account opening.

Related: The best credit cards for American Airlines flyers

If you have a business, the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® is offering a very generous 65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first four months of account opening. This card has plenty of perks — such as a free checked bag on domestic itineraries and 2x miles on telecom merchants, cable and satellite providers, car rental merchants and at gas stations. But it has earned its place in my wallet thanks to the 25% rebate on Wi-Fi purchases. Since this discount applies to Gogo monthly purchases, I get more in statement credits ($150) than the annual fee on this card ($99, waived for the first year).

The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card and CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

This promotion is a great opportunity to earn a few extra AAdvantage miles to top off your account. While I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to book four new flights this year, if you happen to be traveling through Boston or New York in the next few months anyway, it wouldn’t hurt to grab the extra miles for your next adventure.

Featured photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
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