JetBlue Doubles Down With 24 More Leisure Routes From Newark, Los Angeles, And More; Change Fee Waiver Extended But Not Eliminated

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In June, JetBlue announced 30 new routes, with a focus from Newark and on leisure routes.

With COVID-19 decimating business travel, refocusing their network on leisure routes became a priority.

United answered with flights designed to hit back at JetBlue, such as Boston, Cleveland, and LaGuardia to Florida. United has been offering rock bottom fares on those routes.

And now JetBlue is back for more with 24 new routes. These attack United in Newark and Delta in Raleigh/Durham, so it should also be fun to watch and see if those airlines respond to JetBlue’s latest incursion.

JetBlue previously said they would grow their Los Angeles presence, and they are doing that in a big way.

You can book these routes now on JetBlue.com.

  • On 11/19 they will launch daily nonstop service between Newark and:
    • Aruba/AUA, including MINT service on select flights
    • Cancun/CUN
    • Montego Bay/MBJ
    • Nassau/NAS
    • Punta Cana/PUJ
    • Turks and Caicos/PLS
    • S. Maarten/SXM, including MINT service on select flights
  • New flights to/from Los Angeles and:
    • Charleston/CHS, daily starting 12/18
    • Cancun, twice daily starting 11/19
    • Liberia, Costa Rica/LIR, daily starting 12/18, including MINT service on select flights
    • Raleigh Durham/RDU, daily starting 12/18
    • Richmond/RIC, daily starting 12/18
    • S. Jose, Costa Rica/SJO, daily starting 12/18
    • West Palm Beach/PBI, daily starting 11/19, including MINT service on select flights
  • Other new point to point flights:
    • Fort Lauderdale-Bozeman/BZN, twice weekly starting 12/18
    • Fort Lauderdale-Palm Springs/PSP, twice weekly starting 12/18
    • Las Vegas-Richmond/RIC, daily starting 12/18
    • Raleigh/Durham-Cancun/CUN, daily starting 11/19
    • Raleigh/Durham-Fort Myers/RSW, daily starting 11/19
    • Raleigh/Durham-Montego Bay/MBJ, daily starting 11/19
    • Raleigh/Durham-S. Juan/SJU, daily starting 11/19
    • San Francisco-Cancun/CUN, twice daily starting 11/19
    • Tampa-Cancun/CUN, daily starting 11/19
    • Tampa-Richmond/RIC, daily starting 11/19

Which of these new routes are you excited to fly?

JetBlue also announced an extension of their change fee waiver, including on basic economy fares, for tickets purchased through 2/28/21. Clearly they have no intention of eliminating change fees in the near term as their competitors have.

What do you think of JetBlue taking a wait and see approach to eliminating change fees?

HT: mochjas, via DDF

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Mia Flyer

still cant figure out why they dropped most flights FLL-LAS

Bob

Spirit owns that market with bases in both cities.

s

great post! anyway jetblue will start flying to pty here is hoping to get a ewr-pty route from them

Srulky

FLL-BZN is interesting.

Voice of Reason

Probably not waiving change fees in order to maintain unique benefit for their mosaics. It’s not like they have lounges and benefits that the other airlines have.

Dan\'s the Man

I prefer JetBlue’s wait and see approach with change fees. United and other legacy airlines will add them back after business recovers in 2-4 years. I can already see your post about them reinstituting change fees. You’ll point out that if you purchased your ticket before they changed the policy you’ll still get to change for free…

Mark

Yes who among us doesn’t want 2-4 years without change fees when we can pay them for the next 2-4 years!

Moe

Too bad airlines totally ignore buffalo in new routes or deals. If they would have deals they will be able to compete with Air Canada flights out of Toronto as it’s less than 2 hour drive and Toronto prices are usually very high.

Dave

Can’t easily get into canada for a while though…

Menachem

Is the change fee waved for award travel as well?

Jake

Lax pbi is an interesting one especially to put mint service on. Pbi usually has high fares I don’t know why more airlines aren’t trying to get a bite

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