JSX expands partnership with United, earn MileagePlus miles when you fly semiprivate

Jun 2, 2022

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Earlier this year, semiprivate jet company JSX announced a partnership with United Airlines‘ flight school, Aviate, to offer students new career opportunities. Now, we’re seeing the first passenger-facing benefits of that latest relationship, in the form of reciprocal mileage earning.

As of today, June 2, you can earn United MileagePlus award miles when flying JSX. You’ll earn anywhere from 50% to 100% of the miles flown, depending on the fare class you book. Plus, to celebrate the expanded partnership, JSX and United are offering a limited-time bonus worth up to an additional 11 times the miles flown, depending on your status with the MileagePlus program.

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For the uninitiated, JSX operates as a hybrid between a commercial airline and a private jet charter service. It offers flights on 30-seat regional jets out of private jet terminals, allowing you to arrive at the airport just 20 minutes before your flight and skip crowded terminals and security lines. The company is based in Texas and primarily serves the West Coast but recently expanded to New York and South Florida.

Unlike United’s own flights, JSX flights earn miles based on fare class and distance flown.

  • Fare classes Y, B, E, M, V, S, D and T earn 100% of the miles flown.
  • Fare classes W, G and Q earn 75% of the miles flown.
  • Fare classes N, H and P earn 50% of the miles flown.

Related: Touring JSX’s ultra-spacious 1-1-configured jet

As mentioned, through Aug. 31, 2022, you will earn a mileage multiplier, depending on your status within the MileagePlus program. There’s no registration required for this promotion. Although the terms make it sound like this is only a one-time bonus, JSX confirmed to TPG that it can be earned multiple times.

  • General members: 5x miles.
  • Premier Silver: 7x miles.
  • Premier Gold: 8x miles.
  • Premier Platinum: 9x miles.
  • Premier 1K: 11x miles.

Unfortunately, you’ll only earn redeemable award miles on JSX flights. The terms and conditions explicitly state that miles earned through JSX will not count toward qualification for Premier status. As of now, there also isn’t a way to redeem United miles for JSX flights.

Additionally, it’s worth pointing out that this partnership has no effect on JSX’s tie-up with JetBlue Airways. If you prefer to earn JetBlue TrueBlue points, you’ll continue to be able to earn a flat 150 points on JSX “Hop-On “fares and 250 points on “All-In” fares.

Related: As close to private as it gets: Flying JSX’s new route to LAX

Bottom line

It’s exciting to see a new mileage-earning opportunity for JSX flights. Previously, the only program you could credit flights to was JetBlue TrueBlue. Although details are scant, JSX and United are teasing “more cooperation to be announced later this year.” Perhaps we could see a codeshare agreement or the ability to redeem United miles for JSX flights.

In an interview with JSX’s co-founder and CEO Alex Wilcox last year, it was revealed to TPG that the company has plans to eventually launch its own loyalty program. However, there have been no further developments on that front yet.

Featured photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.

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