My primary (actually, only) issue with JetBlue is that their frequent flyer program is weak. Or terrible. Or terribly weak. In fact, I never fly them anymore because of that. I will sit uncomfortably on another airline (United, usually, but sometimes US Airways) for 4 hours because of Mileage Plus, rather than sit in comfort watching TV on JetBlue. Yes, I feel like an idiot when I read that sentence.
So I was excited last month when I read about the JetBlue/Hawaiian partnership, that would allow me to earn Hawaiian miles (which can be transferred to Hilton on a 1:2 basis) when I fly JetBlue. Except that the earning table is horrible. So much for that.
So I was excited again this morning when I read that I can earn Emirates Skywards miles when I fly JetBlue (and vice versa). Alas, there is nothing to be excited about.
What you earn on JetBlue when you fly Emirates:
What you earn on Emirates when you fly JetBlue:
What does that mean? It means that you’ll earn 1/4 of a mile for every mile flown on JetBlue when you fly on a cheap(ish) ticket. Sad, really.
I’ll continue my quest to find a partner to which I should credit JetBlue flights.
Anyone credit JetBlue flights anywhere interesting?
Alaska Airlines announced that it will allow for earning and redemption on Emirates to coincide with the latter’s new nonstop service between Seattle and Dubai.
We don’t know the redemption rates yet, but I thought this would be a good time to remind everyone that there are great redemption options on both Etihad and Qatar Airways via ANA Mileage Club, especially if you are looking to go to the Middle East or India (both regions are heavily covered by Emirates, Etihad and Qatar). The best part of using ANA to redeem on Etihad and Qatar is that you use ANA’s mileage-based reward chart. What does that mean? It means you can fly to most destinations in the Middle East from the East Coast of the US for 90,000 miles round trip in business class. You’ll be looking at about $600 in fuel surcharges (weak!), but it’s an extremely low mileage redemption rate compared to most airlines.
Emirates and Qatar have been good availability as well, which is certainly a bonus.
How do you get miles into ANA? Easy enough – transfer from Membership Rewards or from Starwood Preferred Guest (where you’ll get the usual 5k bonus for 20k transfers, so you can get that 90,000 mile reward for just 75,000 Starwood points.)
American Express has partnered with Emirates to give you 10% off unrestricted fares and 5% off restricted fares when you use an American Express card to book your ticket. Use Code USAMX11 when checking out to get the savings.
Fares are valid from New York, Houston, LA and San Francisco through March 31, 2012.
In case you hadn’t seen, the government of the United Arab Emirates refused to grant a visa to Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer to play in the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai. The reason why I’m writing about this anti-semitic bunch of nonsense is because there is an airline angle to this story: Emirates Airlines is wholly owned by the government of Dubai. The same government that decided not to give an Israeli a visa to play tennis based solely on her religion and where she lives.
Regardless of how you feel about what’s going on in Israel and the West Bank, this is a ridiculous display by a government that has been granted plenty of leeway in how it deals with migrant workers (appalling) and the Israel issue (pretty much don’t ask, don’t tell – until now).
The good news is that you can do something about it. You can start by not flying Emirates. If going to Dubai, Delta offers nonstops from Atlanta. Quick connections are available on a bunch of carriers that don’t represent governments that discriminate based on religion (yes, yes, I know that the US government hasn’t been particularly welcoming to Muslims…two wrongs don’t make a right).
You have a second option on nearly every route Emirates flies – given the goverment’s behavior, I recommend choosing one of those other options. The UAE relies on tourism and continued real estate growth – not oil – for their wealth. Travelers can actually make an impact by not visiting and not flying their airline. Don’t reward Emirates for discrimination.