Deal alert: Sale fares to Barbados, Puerto Rico and other warm-weather destinations through March

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If you’re sad that you missed If that was news to you, sorry to say you’ve missed United’s one-day flash sale yesterday, we have some good news for you: JetBlue is currently running a similar promotion through Feb. 1, with fares starting at just $29 for select routes.

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Deal basics

(Screenshot courtesy of JetBlue)

Airlines: JetBlue.
How to book: Directly through the airline’s Big Winter Sale page.
Travel dates: Feb. 5–March 31, 2022. Not valid for travel on certain dates and blackout dates may apply depending on the route.
Book by: 11:59 p.m. PT on Feb. 1, 2022.

Sample flights

Fares for this deal are displayed based on your location, which you can change by selecting the pencil icon followed by “View All Deals” to see all fares.

(Screenshot courtesy of JetBlue)

As mentioned above, routes such as BOS–LGA start at just $29. Fares to Northeastern cities increase slightly from there.

(Screenshot courtesy of JetBlue)

This search yielded flights as high as $189 (to the Dominican Republic), but you can find deals to many warm-weather destinations including San Juan (SJU), San Diego (SAN) and Santiago (STI) for less than $160 each way.

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Once you determine where you would like to go, JetBlue will direct you to the low fare calendar to pick your dates.

Related: 6 things JetBlue should change about Mint business class

(Screenshot courtesy of JetBlue)

Although the sale is marketed as a deal for one-way fares, you can either stack two one-way tickets or book a round-trip as normal and still get discounted rates. I actually found a round-trip flight from BOS–SJU for cheaper than advertised.

(Screenshot courtesy of JetBlue)

Note that the sale prices are for the lowest fares available, which is likely to be Blue Basic (which TPG credit card writer Stella Shon warns readers to “avoid like the plague”). Blue Basic is JetBlue’s most restrictive class, only allowing travelers to bring one personal item that can fit under the seat in front of you. Any full-size carry-on bag brought to the gate will incur a fee and need to be checked. The fee is $65 one-way (if it would be your first or second checked bag) or $180 (if it’s your 3rd).

Neither Blue Basic or Blue include checked baggage, so factor in an additional $35 for your first bag and $45 for your second should you choose to check bags — though if you add your bags in advance you can save $5 off your first two. Change and cancel fees also apply to Basic fares, so consider upgrading for further flexibility.

(Screenshot courtesy of JetBlue)

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases. Frequent JetBlue fliers can use the JetBlue Plus Card for 6x on eligible JetBlue purchases, the JetBlue Card for 3x on eligible JetBlue purchases or the JetBlue Business Card for 6x on eligible JetBlue purchases. Otherwise, try The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel), on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year, Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

The information for the JetBlue Plus Card, JetBlue Card, Jet Blue Business Card, Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

Bridgetown, Barbados. (Photo by L. Toshio Kishiyama via Getty Images)

You can book this deal now through next Tuesday, Feb. 1, for travel starting Feb. 5 through the end of March.

Related: JetBlue cuts 17 routes in a sweeping pandemic-era network update

Featured photo of JetBlue planes at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on Jan. 18 by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images.

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