Thursday, July 18th, 2013, 11:12 am
Judging from my Google Analytics logs, lots of you want to grab cheap Jetblue tickets. I’ve gotten thank you emails from dozens of people who are all over the country and Caribbean for less than $100 round-trip, enjoy your vacations!
Here’s what you need to know.
-The sale will start exactly at noon. It will be posted here and I will tweet it out right away.
-The promo code and dates for today’s sale won’t be known until noon. Once they are known I will send out a tweet to my @DansDeals followers. I also start searching for sample fares to put in the post, if you keep refreshing the past you will see my latest finds.
-Jetblue will hold these sales for the next 2 days as well, though I won’t be covering Saturday’s sale of course.
-If you are really quick you’ll be able to book something before their systems get slammed. Otherwise expect lots of errors and messages saying that they couldn’t price your selected flights. This just means their servers are under a lot of stress. Just start your search again.
-Yesterday their system was very unreliable from 12:05-12:45. This was probably caused by the sheer number of people trying to get in on the deal. Once people bailed and stopped searching, the the load on Jetblue’s servers eased up and flights started pricing with the 90% off coupon properly.
-You need to select the departing and returning flights before the 90% discount will appear!
-Flights seem to disappear from the system during that timeframe as well so if you were searching for a flight it wouldn’t show anything. Those flights reappeared at about 12:45 again so people that stuck it out were rewarded with $60 flights to Florida to $80 flights to the west coast. Persistence is the key.
-Even if you select a discounted flight you need to be quick. Lots of people will be chasing the same seats and whoever check out quickest will get them. Don’t be stuck with an error on the checkout page, move quickly!
-It’s only valid for flights leaving EWR, JFK, and LGA. However as I showed yesterday you can search for flights going to regions like from New York City area to Los Angeles area, S. Francisco area, or South Florida area. Note that the area search will include other NYC airports that don’t qualify for the discount. Also the area search doesn’t always work properly and leaves off some flights so you should also check individual airports.
-I did notice that sometimes the discount wasn’t working properly. A Newark-Orlando-Newark flight was not giving the discount but using the region search a flight from Newark-Orlando-LaGuardia did give the discount. Go figure.
-While the Jetblue website said that the coupon was sold out for the day at about 1:45pm, it kept working until about 2:15pm.
-If you want to fly just one-way from NYC you can book a round-trip and just not fly the return.
Have more tips? Hit the comments!