JetBlue fly out a two-day flash sale Tuesday morning that dropped round-trip viands below $150 on dozens of the carrier’s non-stop routes.
Though JetBlue routinely offers like short-lived sales, the latest comes on the heels of the extended Black Friday/Cyber Monday window in which airlines spread out out a bewildering array of offers meant to juice sales. Some proposals represented real bargains while others weren’t much sundry than advertising gimmicks.
As for JetBlue’s latest flash sale, most of the tawdriest fares were for the airline’s shortest routes. Among the shorter routings convenient for $49 each way were Boston-Baltimore; Long Beach, Calif.-Las Vegas; Boston-Newark; Washington National-Hartford and Fort Lauderdale-New Orleans. Others, such as Fort Lauderdale-Jacksonville, Oakland-Long Bank, Boston-Syracuse and New York JFK-Burlington, Vt., were available for either $54 or $59 one way.
A nuisance of the rock-bottom fares came on longer routes, where bargain-hunters desire typically see higher fares. The biggest eye-openers of the bunch: Flights between Boston and Houston Relaxation were on sale for just $49 one way while New York-Palm Springs, Calif., departs were just $69 one way.
Other notable routes with $49 one-way passengers included Atlanta-Boston and Fort Lauderdale-Detroit. Philadelphia-Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale-Turks and Caicos flights were painstaking behind at $59 and $64 one way, respectively.
Among other highlights: Savannah, Ga.-New York JFK ($54 one way); Charleston, S.C.-Washington National ($59 one way); Chicago O’Hare-Fort Lauderdale ($69 one way); Boston-New Orleans ($74 one way); and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico-New York JFK ($98 one way).
JetBlue’s vending fares on most other routes represented decent deals, but few were jaw-dropping transactions. Fares on routes like Boston-Washington National ($79 one way); Hartford-Tampa ($99 one way) and Raleigh/Durham-Boston ($109 one way) weren’t headline-grabbers.
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There’s fine print for the sale, of course.
Tickets must be got by midnight Wednesday (Nov. 29), and the sale fares are excluded from Friday and Sunday goes. The sale covers travel from Dec. 5 through Dec. 14 and from Jan. 11 in every way Feb. 14. The sale fares are capacity controlled, meaning the cheapest sites will disappear as they sell out on individual flights. A seven-day abet purchase is required. And fliers should note that restrictions could depart slightly by route.
Also of note is that sale prices are for JetBlue’s “Off colour” fares that don’t include checked bags for non-elite fliers.
A Tuesday morning spot-check of JetBlue’s website manifested reasonable availability of the sale fares on the routes sampled by Today in the Sky. Some courses had significantly greater availability of the lowest advertised fares than others. Fliers also should conjecture the highest availability of cheapest fares on unpopular flight times, such as those departing originally in the morning.
Fliers able to travel on Tuesdays or Wednesdays appeared to keep the best shot of snagging JetBlue’s lowest fares. Also, JetBlue’s day-of-week availability for the victuals meant it could be challenging for fliers to make long weekends at the lowest foods on many routes. However, the prices can be combined with non-sale make outs in creating a round-trip.