Update, 1/9: A week after this deal and after several have already traveled with changed tickets, it seems safe to say that the free changes made with this offer will be honored!
Congrats to everyone who got to make free changes while it lasted!
Originally posted on 1/2 at 6:59pm:
Similar to what Southwest used to offer, JetBlue is currently offering free changes with no difference in fare for any travel booked in January!
Officially they are waiving change fees for travel in January, but the website is also currently waiving the difference in fare on most routes. I wouldn’t contact JetBlue about this as that’s not officially being offered and will probably only apply online via the instructions below.
For example I was able to book a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Cleveland in January for $32.60:
And then JetBlue.com allowed changes to other Fort Lauderdale to Cleveland dates, even for $594 flights, at no extra charge:
You can use the JetBlue Best Fare Finder to find cheap dates to fly.
Don’t forget that AMEX airline fee credit typically covers JetBlue tickets that are less than $100. You can also deposit basic or regular economy JetBlue tickets into TravelBank funds right after purchase that are useable for anyone.
Once you have a flight booked for travel on any date in January, you can change to any other later date with no change fee or difference in fare.
- You can’t change the route, you can only change the dates.
- If you book travel in Basic economy, the rebooked flight will need to be in basic economy.
- If you book travel in regular economy, the rebooked flight will need to be in regular economy.
- If you book travel in MINT, the rebooked flight will need to be in MINT.
It doesn’t appear that you can change dates on award bookings online.
This will not work for codeshare flights on airlines like American.
For example, I tested booking $74 regular economy tickets from Boston to Cleveland in January:
And there was no fee to changing to $274 regular economy tickets from Boston to Cleveland in August.
Note that not all routes will work. For example in my testing I noticed that Newark to Fort Lauderdale, JFK to Fort Lauderdale, Newark to San Diego, and Miami to JFK did not work.
However sometimes the reverse route did work, as JFK to Miami and Fort Lauderdale to JFK worked!
Update: It appears that some routes will work on select dates or flight numbers. If your flight doesn’t have free changes, try another date and flight number in January.
I’d suggest booking tickets as one-ways as some routes only work in one direction. (In general I always suggest booking tickets as one-ways for maximum flexibility with changes and cancellations).
The good news is that as long as you book a flight that is more than 7 days from now, you can get a full refund within 24 hours of your purchase, even on basic economy. That means you can use trial and error to see what works for you. Just click on cancel itinerary if it doesn’t work for your route and you can request a refund.
The pattern I noticed is that when you click on Manage bookings on routes that do work, it will show this:
While on routes that don’t work, it shows this:
I also noticed that on routes where it doesn’t give free changes, it gives this warning when trying to change dates:
Finally, when you try changing on a route that doesn’t work it will state a total to pay instead of showing $0 like it does on working routes:
To make a change, just scroll to the bottom of your itinerary and you should see the option to “change itinerary:”
You can then change dates to turn a $48 JFK to Miami ticket in January into $560 JFK-Miami ticket before Pesach:
Or a $48 Fort Lauderdale to JFK in January into $598 Fort Lauderdale-JFK ticket after Pesach:
Or a $68 JFK to Orlando in January into $539 Fort Lauderdale-JFK ticket before Pesach:
Or a $94 JFK to LA ticket in January into $448 JFK-LA ticket before Pesach:
I wouldn’t expect this free change policy to last for long, so enjoy it while it lasts and try avoiding contacting JetBlue for help.
Don’t book any other non-refundable accommodation for your trip for a few days, while we wait and see if JetBlue will honor these tickets.
Post which routes work or don’t work for you and where you’ll fly!