If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
JetBlue has launched basic economy fares today called “Blue Basic” on select routes. The basic economy fares will be launched onto more routes soon.
That leaves Southwest as the only major US carrier not offering a basic economy fare.
With Basic Economy, you can’t change or cancel your flight, you will board last, and you can’t select free seats until 24 hours before your flight, though you can pay extra to select seats in advance. Basic economy fares will come with free carry-ons, though as you’ll board last you may be forced to gate-check your bag.
You can purchase an Even More Space seat on a basic economy ticket and if you do, you will be able to board early. If you need to cancel your basic economy flight you won’t get a refund of the flight, but you can get a refund for the Even More Space seat fee.
JetBlue is taking a surprisingly hard line on Mosaic members, that may make some reconsider requalifying for Mosaic status in the future.
Mosaic members on a basic economy fare will get to preboard and check 2 bags for free, but they will not get free advance seat assignments and they will not be able to make any changes or cancel their tickets. They will also not be able to use points for Even More Space seats and they forfeit their ability to make free same day flight changes.
It’s worth noting that while having a credit card works to board early with other airlines on basic economy fares, it does not help with JetBlue. That means you may have to check your carry-on bag. The only credit card benefit will be the free checked bag.
You won’t be able to use TrueBlue points to redeem for a basic economy seat.
JetBlue is advising families to avoid selecting a basic fare if they want to sit together. Airlines typically do try to seat people together if they are on the same record locator, though it’s not always possible. The US DoT advises filing a complaint with them if your family is unable to sit together.
JetBlue does offer pre-boarding for passengers traveling with children in carseats or stroller.
Here is a comparison of the fares JetBlue will offer as of today:
Will you purchase a JetBlue basic economy ticket or will you upgrade to a non-basic fare?
HT: Cactus Rabbi