Emirates No Longer Able To Book JetBlue Business Class Awards

A year ago Emirates introduced the ability to book award travel on JetBlue. Awards could be booked online, and over the phone they’d even put award space on hold for you to transfer points. And all the major credit card currencies transfer into Emirates Skywards plus they have their own U.S. credit card.

The pricing was good – cheaper, for instance, than using American AAdvantage miles on JetBlue. Routes like New York JFK – Los Angeles (or LA-Miami or Boston – San Francisco) ran 52,000 miles each way, while New York JFK – Aruba would be 40,000 miles.

Unfortunately this is no longer possible. Emirates only returns results for economy now. Over the phone agents can create a business class award reservation by long-selling “I” (business class “Mint”) when space is available, but they cannot price it or ticket it.


JetBlue’s New Mint Product

The Emirates-JetBlue partnership now only seems to allow economy redemptions. That still supports the majority of JetBlue flights which are economy-only. They only operate single-cabin aircraft on routes from my home airport, for instance. But one of the great redemption options, a way to save miles versus transferring points directly to JetBlue or using other partner miles, appears to be no more.

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