AAdvantage, American Airlines' loyalty and rewards program for frequent flyers, announced that it will be ending yet another partnership. Following its announcement to alter its partnership with Alaska Airlines beginning next year, the carrier revealed it will be ending its relationship with Jet Airways completely.
American Airlines' partnership with the India-based carrier is primarily focused on mileage earning, though it did offer codeshare flights as well. The program does not enable passengers to earn credit towards elite status with American Airlines, as Jet Airways is not a participating member in the Oneworld alliance, thereby limiting the value of the partnership. Given the limited nature of the relationship, to be completely honest, the partnership is not a major loss for the AAdvantage program and its participating members.
The partnership between American and Jet Airways will officially dissolve on January 1st, 2018. AAdvantage members can continue to earn mileage through Jet Airways until December 31, 2017 and have until then to get any rewards booked and ticketed. Once the date for the award ticket is set, it must be flown by December 31st, 2018 and any segments flown with Jet Airways cannot be altered beyond the 2017 deadline.
While it isn't ideal for AAdvantage members to lose access to certain rewards avenues, especially so soon after the changes to the American Airlines-Alaska Airlines partnership have been announced, American Airlines' partnership with Jet Airways has never been particularly strong or beneficial to begin with.
It's good that the announcement comes early enough as it gives customers sufficient time to earn a bit of mileage or cash in any rewards points they might have been saving. This gives members ample time to take advantage of the partnership before it gets dissolved.