JetBlue will let family members and friends pool their frequent-flier points, a move aimed at attracting leisure travelers.
JetBlue Airways Corp. and frequent-flier experts said Thursday that no other U.S. airline lets customers share points.
But JetBlue's idea isn't novel. Several foreign carriers, including British Airways, offer similar plans. Even among airlines that don't have family accounts, "they all allow miles transfers among members, which in effect would create the same scenario at JetBlue," said Randy Petersen, the founder of InsideFlyer magazine. Other airlines usually charge members to transfer miles or points, however.
The JetBlue program will allow up to seven people to pool their points. It's open to domestic partners — so is the British Airways plan — and people who aren't relatives. Each pooling account needs at least one adult and can include up to five people younger than 21.