A few things you may not know about NYC-based JetBlue, which just last month turned 16 years old and is now the fifth largest carrier in the U.S. Plus, it just added a new credit card (scroll down for details).
The biggest U.S. city that JetBlue does NOT serve is Atlanta. It jumped in the ATL-JFK market briefly, from May to December of 2003, but quickly retreated after a crippling fare war with Delta and AirTran. It’s never tried going back.
Even though it’s based in NYC, JetBlue is the largest carrier on TWO Caribbean islands: Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. It was the largest carrier in the Caribbean until American and US Airways merged last year.
JetBlue now flies to THREE countries in South America: It just launched new flights between Ft Lauderdale and Quito, Ecuador, in addition to existing flights to Peru and Colombia.
See JetBlue’s extensive route map here.
Starting March 24 JetBlue will offer its outstanding lie-flat Mint business class product on those looong 6-hour SFO-Boston flights, which until now has only been available on flights to its JFK hub. See TravelSkills Mint class Trip Report here. Fares for Mint started as low as $986 round trip— below the $1,o00 threshold which is a screaming deal for front-of-the-plane transcon flying. Introduction of MINT will be staggered between now and October, so be sure to choose the Mint flight (among JetBlue’s three flights per day to BOS).
JetBlue is bigger in the Bay Area than you might think. From SFO, it flies nonstop to Long Beach, Las Vegas, Ft Lauderdale, New York and Boston. From San Jose, it offers nonstops to Boston and New York. And from Oakland, it flies nonstop to New York, Boston (summer only) and Long Beach. (And it even flies to nearby Sacramento and Reno.)
This month, JetBlue launched new credit cards – switching from American Express to Barclaycard. For consumers, there’s the basic JetBlue Card, and the more lucrative JetBlue Plus Card. I’d go for the Plus Card, which is currently offering 30,000 points if you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days with a fee of $99 per year. Its basic card is not bad, either, offering 10,000 bonus points if you spend $1,000 in the first 30 days, plus no annual fee. Also good: no foreign transaction fees and Barclaycards offer true chip & PIN instead of the less useful chip & signature technology offered by other cards.
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