As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year.
JetBlue is running a fall flash sale with fares as low as $20. We’re also seeing deals starting at 3,000 TrueBlue points.
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You must book by August 6 for travel between September 8, 2020 and February 10, 2021. Keep in mind that there are numerous blackout dates, which include November 20 to 30 and December 18 to January 4. The only fares on sale are Blue Basic (or JetBlue’s basic economy) or Blue.
Should I book travel now?
There is a risk with booking travel now, even if you are booking for several months out, since there is no way to guarantee when it will be 100% safe to travel again. The CDC states that “staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.” While we hope things will return to normal quickly, there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases in some parts of the U.S.
While all states have at least partially reopened, several have a mandatory 14-day quarantine order in effect. If you’re booking this deal, know that many states, such as New York and New Jersey have mandatory quarantines for travelers entering from high-risk states, including California. Massachusetts is asking travelers to quarantine as well. Florida is also requiring quarantine for those entering from the New York tri-state area.
New York's travel advisory has been expanded to 31 states.
If you're traveling to NY from the following states you must self-quarantine for 14 days:
AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 21, 2020
It’s also important to understand the cancellation and rebooking policies for any airfare you book. Fortunately, with any new JetBlue bookings made by October 15, 2020 for travel through April 27, 2021, there is a good amount of flexibility:
- Tickets can be changed or canceled for no fee
- If rebooking, you’ll pay the difference between the original and new fare
- Canceling or changing to lower-fare tickets will result in the issuance of a travel credit valid for 24 months from the date of issue
Routes: Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), West Palm Beach (PBI), San Juan (SJU)
Cost: $20+ one-way
Dates: September 8, 2020 to February 10, 2021, excluding blackout dates
Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare immediately after earning your $300 annual travel credit), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
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Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Washington, DC (DCA) for $20 one-way:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Atlanta (ATL) for $20 one-way:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Las Vegas (LAS) for $20 one-way:
New York (JFK) to Detroit (DTW) for $20 one-way:
Orlando (MCO) to Philadelphia (PHL) for $20 one-way:
San Juan (SJU) to Philadelphia (PHL) for $20 one-way:
How to book
There are no tricks to find these fares. Head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure and destination cities. Filter your search to only show JetBlue flights. Then, use the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you and then click through to book with the airline directly or an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline.
You can also head to jetblue.com to book these fares using points. Fares start at $20 each way or 3,000 JetBlue points. Taxes come in at just $5.60 each way. Don’t have enough JetBlue points? You can transfer Citi ThankYou points, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards.
Maximize your purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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