JetBlue and Emirates Team Up to Offer Seamless Connections

JetBlue and Emirates today announced an agreement that will allow travelers to purchase joint tickets for seamless international travel.

In a press release, the two airliners announced: "Under today's agreement, travelers will be able to book a single combined ticket for JetBlue and Emirates-operated flights and enjoy one-stop check-in and baggage transfer between the airlines."

New York based JetBlue and Dubai based Emirates said itineraries will soon be available for purchase through online travel agencies and by calling Emirates for reservations.

As part of the deal, JetBlue customers can fly to the airline's New York hub at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where they can connect to one of Emirates' two daily flights to Dubai.

From cities such as Boston, Chicago, Orlando and Washington, customers will be able to "connect to cities as diverse as Auckland, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Nairobi, Singapore and Sydney plus ten cities in India, points through the Middle East, and a host of exotic island getaways including the Maldives, Mauritius, and the Seychelles."

In return, Emirates' customers will be able to feed into all of JetBlue's destinations in the United States through the airlines' JFK hub.

The only downside for customers is that frequent flier credits will not be reciprocal. In other words, frequent fliers on JetBlue can only earn credit for the JetBlue portion of the trip and Emirates fliers will find themselves in the same situation.

JetBlue already has similar deals with American Airlines, South African Airways and Aer Lingus, an Irish carrier.

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