While Jet Airways has never belonged to oneworld, they have had a partnership with American, which I’ve found pretty valuable. American doesn’t otherwise partner with any other airlines based in India, so being able to earn and redeem AAdvantage miles on Jet Airways has been useful.
For example, I recently redeemed 62,500 American AAdvantage miles for a Jet Airways itinerary from Dubai to London via Mumbai, which had me flying from Dubai to Mumbai in 737 business class, and from Mumbai to London in 777 first class. I considered that to be a great redemption, and was very pleasantly surprised by Jet Airways’ onboard product.
But American isn’t the only US airline with which Jet Airways has partnered. Delta and Jet Airways introduced an expanded partnership last March, giving travelers more access to the Indian market. Delta’s partnership with Jet Airways is much closer than American’s partnership with Jet Airways is, and there are even rumors of Delta buying a 24% stake in Jet Airways.
Last week I predicted that American and Jet Airways would cut ties (because it’s rare for an airline to have a close partnership with both American and Delta — something always gives eventually) and it looks like I was right. It has just been announced that American and Jet Airways will be cutting ties as of January 1, 2018. Specifically:
- You can only earn American AAdvantage miles for travel on Jet Airways through December 31, 2017
- You can redeem AAdvantage miles for travel ticketed on Jet Airways through December 31, 2017, and for travel through December 31, 2018 (so here you can travel after the partnership ends, but don’t expect to be able to make any changes after December 31, 2017)
The good news is that you can redeem Delta SkyMiles for travel on Jet Airways, though unfortunately Delta doesn’t allow redemptions in international first class. That’s the biggest loss here, as American lets you redeem miles for travel in Jet Airways’ solid first class.
In terms of mileage earning rates, just to compare, here are the American AAdvantage earning rates for travel on Jet Airways:
And here are the Delta SkyMiles earning rates for travel on Jet Airways:
Did you benefit from the partnership between American and Jet Airways, and are you sad to see it discontinued?
(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)