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JetBlue will provide free Blade helicopter transfers for some of its most-elite flyers

The Points Guy logo The Points Guy 6/23/2022 Ethan Klapper
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Some of JetBlue’s top flyers will soon be getting free helicopter transfers between Manhattan and the airport.

Blade and JetBlue announced on Thursday that they’ve inked a new partnership that will bring free and reduced-price helicopter flights for members of JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty program.

In addition, Blade announced a new route: continuous airport service between its 34th Street lounge on Manhattan’s East Side and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), JetBlue’s main hub. Blade already operates continuous service between its lounge on the West Side and JFK.

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Some members of JetBlue’s temporary top TrueBlue tier, Mosaic+, can expect “limited” complimentary seats between Manhattan and the airport, Blade said. Details of which Mosaic+ members would be eligible for the free transfer service were not immediately available.

Other TrueBlue members can expect a more modest discount on a Blade flight to the airport.

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“Given its New York City roots, JetBlue is an ideal partner as we have ramped up our Blade Airport service to six days a week and up to thirteen hours per day in New York City,” Blade President Melissa Tomkiel said in a statement.

In a statement, JetBlue said that the partnership will be a big enhancement for its customers.

“We know the JetBlue journey starts long before our customers step aboard one of our flights, which is why we are making more of the entire travel experience even easier and even more rewarding,” said, Chris Buckner, JetBlue’s vice president of loyalty and partnerships. “This partnership with Blade will help us further evolve and enhance our TrueBlue program so our most loyal customers can enjoy more perks more often.”

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For JetBlue, the new partnership with Blade is a sensible one for the airline’s most loyal customers. JetBlue has one of the best business-class products of any U.S. airline — its Mint Studio won last year’s TPG Awards for best business class — but notably lacks any lounges. By offering helicopter transfers, these customers will be able to maximize their time in the city and spend less time at the airport.

We’ll be following this new partnership closely and hope to learn more details soon.

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