I posted earlier about the prices that the legacy carriers are charging for tickets out of Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma’s expected landfall. There was one report of United wanting over $6,000 for a round-trip between Miami and Denver. I couldn’t verify that, but I certainly see plenty of fares in the $1,500 range for one-way tickets. That’s assuming you can get one at all, of course.
To me, this brings up an interesting question. Is it okay for airlines to jack up their prices to take advantage of the high demand during emergencies like this?
Well, JetBlue is apparently saying no, it is not alright, as they have just announced that they will sell their remaining seats out of Florida for $99. JetBlue operates a hub in Fort Lauderdale, so they have a lot of capacity.
JetBlue selling remaining seats out of Florida for $99
For those still looking to get the heck out of Dodge, JetBlue is selling their remaining inventory out of Florida for $99 per seat. That’s an incredible deal, probably close to what you would pay for an advanced purchase ticket.
I found availability at $99 per ticket on Thursday or Friday from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Pittsburgh.
And Fort Lauderdale to Boston, one of their other hubs.
It seems that points booking might not be lowered, as they are only getting a value of about 1 cent per point, which I think is a bit lower than what you can usually redeem JetBlue points for. Then again, for those with lots of points and short on cash, it’s not a bad option.
Interestingly, they also have some seats to parts of the Caribbean for $99, including San Juan. Puerto Rico has its own hurricane challenges of course, though I suppose this could be useful to those needing to help family prepare or clean up.
And don’t forget, JetBlue flies out of other Florida airports too besides Fort Lauderdale. I found options from Orlando to New York, for example.
Book now, ask questions later
These fares obviously won’t last long as demand is obviously very high. So my advice is that if you find something that works — which is to say whatever gets you out of Florida in a timely manner to almost anywhere — I’d book it straightaway. You can figure out a return later.
I’m really glad to see JetBlue bucking the trend and offering their remaining seats out of the path of Hurricane Irma at the bargain price of $99. That’s really commendable as they are surely leaving thousands of dollars on the table.
Then again, I’m sure they are also getting some good PR out of it. It’d be great if they could claim the difference between what they could sell them for — as easily verified by checking the competition — and what they are selling them for as a charitable contribution.
What do you make of JetBlue offering their remaining inventory out of Florida for cheap?