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Following their mid-summer discounts earlier this month, JetBlue is ready for fall with their Leave-With-The-Changing-Leaves sale, but you have to book by August 21, 2013, 11:59 p.m. ET to score discount fares.

The JetBlue Fall sale ends on August 21, 2013.
The JetBlue Fall sale ends on August 21, 2013.

Valid travel dates run from September 3 to December 18, 2013, to cities across the country, apart from the blackout holiday dates around Thanksgiving from November 22 to December 2, 2013.

Some good deals include Philadelphia to Boston for $49 one way in September, as opposed to $92 on Orbitz, or Washington Dulles  to New York JFK for $68 one way, rather than $95 on Orbitz.

You can also take advantage of the following reduced rates for one-way fares:

  • New York JFK to Austin for $124
  • Hartford to Orlando for $99
  • New York JFK to Charlotte for $84
  • Jacksonville to New York JFK for $94
  • Los Angeles to Boston for $159
  • San Diego to New York JFK for $179

Note, these fares are not available on Expedia, Hotwire, Orbitz, CheapTickets, Travelocity, Priceline or LowestFare, and they include government taxes and fees. Fare sales also apply to the TrueBlue points you need.

For the full list of fares, click here, and as always – double check to make sure you can’t find something better. Your best bet is to find fares on typically expensive routes without much competition, or to smaller regional airports.

Phoenix to Boston is still only $139 flying on a Sunday in September.

Each route has eligible dates and days of the week, so make sure your chosen dates are available at the price quoted. For example, the rate of $139 from Phoenix to Boston states that it is only available for travel on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from September 3-October 2, and Monday to Thursday from October 3-December 18. However, I found a flight for the same price on Sunday, September 15. If you want to use miles, it will cost 9,500 TrueBlue points plus $2.50 taxes and fees.

The cheapest flight on Orbitz for Phoenix to Boston takes over 9 hours!
The cheapest flight on Orbitz for Phoenix to Boston takes over 9 hours!

The cheapest fare for that route on Orbitz is $152 on United but that is with two stops and a total travel time of over 9 hours, as opposed to the direct – and cheaper – flight on JetBlue.

Philadelphia to Boston
Philadelphia to Boston is $49 in the week but hikes up to $157 for Sunday travel.

The flight from Philadelphia to Boston for $49 is available on Monday through Thursday in September, but for a flight on a Sunday if you wanted to go down to catch a Philadelphia Eagles football game it will cost you $157 one way.

Los Angeles to Boston is available for $159 on a Saturday in September but not Sunday.
Los Angeles to Boston is available for $159 on a Saturday in September but not Sunday.

Some sale routes do allow Saturday travel in September but not Sunday, such as Los Angeles to Boston for $159 on September 7, so just be sure to double check your dates and then check against an online travel agency like Orbitz for a price comparison.

As always, do the math for yourself and make sure you are getting the best value possible. Also remember that JetBlue is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, although I wouldn’t suggest transferring points since the ratio is an unfavorable 250 Amex points to 200 TrueBlue points, so you’d be hard-pressed to get values of better than 1 cent per Amex point for that – better to save them for a higher-value redemption.

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