No Surprise: JetBlue Downgrades Cuba


In the second half of last year we saw the major U.S. airlines begin selling tickets for flights to Cuba. It’s no surprise that so many U.S. carriers requested rights to operate routes to Cuba, given that it’s the first time in decades that such flights are possible. I took advantage of that opportunity, and visited Havana in December. I had an… interesting time. I’m happy to have seen Havana, but don’t need to return anytime soon.

However, I also think we’re going from one extreme to the other in terms of airline capacity. While there’s certainly interest among Americans in visiting Cuba, the actual demand isn’t there, at least not to fill the thousands of seats per day that are now operating between the U.S. and Cuba.

While there was a lot of enthusiasm at first, over the past couple of months we’ve heard a lot of airline executives say that they’re in Cuba for the long run, and they don’t plan on making money flying there in the foreseeable future.

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Amazing Deal! Free Flights And Hotels With JetBlue Vacations! Act Fast!


JetBlue currently has a really great promotional offer for flight plus hotel vacation packages. For a flight plus hotel package within the United States, you can save $150 off the total itinerary. If you book an international package, you can take $250 off.

The key is that there is no minimum spend requirement.

That means you can end up with a free or almost free vacation!

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JetBlue’s Entire Fleet Now Features Gate-To-Gate Wifi


As far as I’m concerned, JetBlue has the best wifi product offering of any airline out there, with their Fly-Fi service. JetBlue offers free wifi for all passengers, no strings attached.

JetBlue has been working on progressively installing wifi throughout their fleet, a project which they started in December 2013. That project is finally complete, as JetBlue now offers wifi on all of their planes. This includes their fleet of 227 Airbus A320, Airbus A321, and Embraer 190 aircraft. They claim they’re “the only airline with free, high-speed wifi at every seat.”

What also makes JetBlue’s wifi offering unique is that it’s now available gate-to-gate. Unlike other airlines, you don’t have to wait until you reach a certain altitude before the service is activated.

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Former Senator Tells JetBlue Pilot To “Grow Some Balls,” Gets Kicked Off Plane


Okay, so admittedly the way he handled the situation may not have been ideal, though he had the right idea.

Former New York Senator Al D’Amato was on a JetBlue flight on Monday from Fort Lauderdale to New York, which already had a delay of over six hours. Understandably people were agitated, and once the flight was boarded, the captain announced that 10 passengers seated at the front of the cabin needed to move to the back of the cabin for weight and balance.

At the front of the JetBlue cabin are the “Even More Space” seats, which presumably many people paid extra to sit in. Many people weren’t happy about moving. That’s when the former Senator took the situation into his own hands.

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Here’s Why You Don’t (And Shouldn’t) Have “Freedom Of Speech” On A Plane


This seems to be the month where passengers just can’t for the life of them behave on planes. Yesterday we saw someone removed from a Delta flight between London and New York, and today a passenger was removed from a JetBlue flight that Ivanka Trump and her family were on.

Here’s what happened, per TMZ:

“Ivanka was on a JetBlue flight leaving JFK Thursday morning with her family when a passenger started screaming, ‘Your father is ruining the country.’ The guy went on, ‘Why is she on our flight. She should be flying private.’ The guy had his kid in his arms as he went on the tirade.”

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Fly JetBlue Mint Over The Holidays Starting At $264

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Everyone is obsessed with JetBlue nowadays. Their premium product named Mint has dramatically lowered the overall cost of coast to coast travel in business class on all airlines, even though JetBlue is probably still the way to go. Ben loves them, I love them, and most other people seem to feel the same way.

Their one-way tickets usually start at $549 when flying from Boston or New York to Los Angeles or San Francisco. All these flights are 5-6 hours in the air, which is the minimum amount of time you’d want to spend onboard an airline to truly experience their premium products. On weekdays, most flights start at a non-so-bad $599.

Well, I was looking up flights between coasts in business class, eyeing my options on JetBlue, and I came across the lowest JetBlue Mint fare I have ever seen. On a very limited set of dates around the holidays, you can fly JetBlue Mint from Los Angeles to Boston starting at $264 or 19,400 points one-way!

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Today Only: Earn 4x JetBlue Points On New Bookings


For 12 days in December, JetBlue is offering what they’re calling “a December to Adventure” promotion. Basically every day at 1PM ET they have a special deal that’s valid just that day.

So far most of the deals have come in the form of discounted flights, like $20 domestic fares, $54 fares to Cuba, $50 international fares, etc. While those are great, JetBlue has sales all the time, and I didn’t find any of them to necessarily be worth writing about.

However, today JetBlue has a promotion that points addicts will like.

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The Best JetBlue Mint Fare I’ve Ever Seen

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JetBlue Mint is hands down my favorite way to fly within the U.S. I flew it for the first time this August from New York to Los Angeles, and was blown away by the product. Not only are the seats great (four of them are even fully enclosed suites with doors), but the food is excellent, and most importantly, the service is phenomenal.

JetBlue Mint flight attendants are specially chosen, and seem to be consistently excellent, which I don’t think can be said to the same degree about flight attendants at any other U.S. carrier.

The other thing about JetBlue Mint is that the fares are reasonable, and have caused the competition to improve their service and lower their prices. For example, fares from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco start at $549 one-way, which is good for a fully flat bed with a door.

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You Can Now Earn Bonus JetBlue Points For Amazon Purchases


JetBlue has just announced a cool new partnership with Amazon, where they’re offering three bonus TrueBlue points per dollar spent with Amazon.

In order to earn the three bonus points per dollar spent you either have to go through the unique JetBlue link on this page, or make the purchase inflight with JetBlue through their Fly-Fi service. This works the same way as a shopping portal, meaning that there are cookies on your computer for 24 hours after you log in through the JetBlue Amazon link, so any purchases made during that time should qualify for bonus points.

You can always just save your customized JetBlue Amazon link in your browser, making it easy to return to every time you want to make an Amazon purchase.

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How To Redeem Points For JetBlue Mint

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JetBlue is quickly expanding their Mint product, which is their competitively priced fully flat bed business class product on a growing number of routes. While JetBlue started by offering Mint from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco a couple of years back, they have expanded it nicely since then, and have even loftier expansion goals.

So, given JetBlue’s lack of frequent flyer program partnerships, what are the best ways to redeem points for JetBlue Mint?

To start, I should probably explain what makes Mint special. I flew JetBlue Mint for the first time this August from New York to Los Angeles, and was blown away. The JetBlue Mint cabin has four “suites,” which can be reserved by Mint customers on a first come first serve basis.

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JetBlue Is Causing Delta To Raise Their Game On Transcon Flights

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I’ve reviewed JetBlue Mint before, which is JetBlue’s premium cabin product available on select A321 aircraft. It’s really quite extraordinary what JetBlue has done here, as they’ve shaken up first class within the US.

JetBlue’s Mint is probably the best value first class product in the country, as it’s a fantastic fully flat product (which even has some fully enclosed suites), and they’ve even undercut other airlines with worst products on price.

While the JetBlue Mint product was initially just introduced from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco, JetBlue has big aspirations for Mint, and plans on growing it significantly, especially on transcon flights. Eventually JetBlue may even add flights to Europe.

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Limited Time: Save Up To 25% On The Cost Of JetBlue Awards


JetBlue has a revenue based frequent flyer program, meaning the number of points required for a redemption is directly correlated to the revenue cost of a ticket. Therefore there’s not really a best time to redeem points, since you’ll always get roughly the same amount of value per point.

Well, the one exception is when JetBlue is offering an award sale, as they are now.

JetBlue is offering a 15% refund on points when you redeem by 11:59PM EST on Monday, November 14, 2016.

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You Can Now Earn JetBlue Points For Lyft Rides


I think the gold standard of ridesharing partnerships is the one between Uber and Starwood, where members can earn Starpoints for all their Uber rides. It’s one of the most straightforward and beneficial ridesharing partnerships, especially since Uber is a service many of us use everyday anyway.

Since then we’ve seen a few other hotels partner with ridesharing apps in one way or another (including Hilton and IHG), though none have been especially valuable, in my opinion.

Well, Lyft and JetBlue just announced a partnership, and it’s worth being aware of, though not really as useful as I would have hoped.

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