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9 Surprising JetBlue Routes You May Not Know About

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While primarily thought of as a domestic carrier, JetBlue actually flies to Mexico and more than a dozen countries throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean, and with the JetBlue Plus Card now on the market, it can be easy to rack up thousands of TrueBlue points in a short amount of time.

From the gateway to the Galápagos, to the tallest mountain in North America, here are nine of the most unique routes JetBlue operates, in case you’re feeling adventurous and have some TrueBlue points to spare.

1. Fort Lauderdale to Quito, Ecuador (FLL–UIO)

Quito, known as being the Gateway to the Galápagos, offers something for all travelers. From cobblestone streets to traditional cuisine, this vibrant capital city should be your first stop on any Ecuadorian adventure. Once you get here, hop a two-hour flight on LAN and Avianca from Quito to Baltra (GPS) in the Galápagos, making these magical islands more accessible than ever, especially when using TrueBlue points to get from the US to Ecuador.

Historic colonial buildings in Quito, Ecuador. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

2. Fort Lauderdale to Lima, Peru (FLL–LIM)

Lima, Peru’s capital city, is known for being a big foodie city — its Miraflores district is also home to several top notch points hotels, including the Four Points by Sheraton Miraflores, an SPG Category 4 property. San Isidro is another great neighborhood worth exploring. Outside Lima, the charming colonial city of Cuzco is just a one-hour flight away, making a great base for bucket list trips to Machu Picchu. Other Peruvian hotspots like the Nazca Lines, Lake Titicaca and the Peruvian Amazon are all quick hops from Lima, too.

Lima, Peru.
Lima, Peru, is a perfect vacation spot for foodies and anyone who appreciates history and culture. Image Courtesy of Shutterstock.

3. New York to Cartagena, Colombia (JFK–CTG) 

Cartagena is home to a historic walled city and a warm, tropical climate year-round — as you can imagine, its location along the Caribbean Sea makes it a popular beach destination. JetBlue operates the route seasonally, with service year-round at least once a week, and flights increasing to daily frequency during peak season.

The walls of the Spanish-Colonial fort, the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Image courtesy of Melanie Wynne.
The walls of the Spanish-Colonial fort, the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Image courtesy of Melanie Wynne.

4. New York to Liberia, Costa Rica (JFK–LIR)

Liberia makes a great starting point for your next Costa Rican adventure, especially since the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Arenal Volcano are both within a three-hour drive. The Guanacaste province is also home to many beaches and resorts along the Pacific, like the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, where TPG spent his birthday this year.

Arenal volcano in Costa Rica. Image Courtesy of Shutterstock.

5. Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara, Cuba (FLL–SNU)

On August 31, JetBlue became the first American carrier to launch commercial flights from the US to Cuba, with its new service to Santa Clara. While other airlines like American and Silver Airways are offering competitive prices, JetBlue’s start at just $99 each way and include the mandatory tourist card and health insurance, which American Airlines, on the other hand, requires you to obtain separately prior to your trip. The TrueBlue points redemptions to Cuba aren’t too shabby either.

Santa Clara Cuba, Image courtesy of <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-74857498/stock-photo-aerial-view-of-main-square-in-santa-clara-cuba.html?src=a5KLxbSR_OaU7UZ4AfuWjw-1-23">Shutterstock</a>.
Picture yourself in scenic Santa Clara, Cuba. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

6. Long Beach, California to Anchorage, Alaska (LGB–ANC)

JetBlue recently expanded to the 49th state, with service from Southern California to Anchorage seasonally through the end of September. Deals are frequent on this route, with flights starting at about $99 each way. Anchorage is within a four-hour drive of Denali National Park, home to Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America. Fairbanks is another two hours north, and one of the best places in Alaska to see the Northern Lights.

The northern lights are visible most of the year in Northern Alaska. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
The Northern Lights are visible most of the year from northern Alaska. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

7. New York to Ponce, Puerto Rico (JFK–PSE)

While many airlines fly straight into San Juan, JetBlue is the only one that operates daily flights to Ponce, the second-largest city in Puerto Rico, located along the southern coast about a 90-minute drive from San Juan.

Fly from NYC to Ponce, Puerto Rico, just a 90-minute drive from San Juan. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

8. New York to Hyannis, Cape Cod (JFK–HYA)

While other airlines fly from New York to small New England resort towns like Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket, JetBlue is the sole airline operating flights from New York to the Cape. Hyannis is located about halfway between Nantucket and Provincetown, and while driving up from NYC might be a fun road trip option, JetBlue gets you there in about an hour of flying time — that’s hard to beat.

A Cape Cod lighthouse. Image courtesy of <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-183901439/stock-photo-big-blue-sky-clouds-and-dunes-at-race-point-beach-on-cape-cod-provincetown-massachusetts.html?src=G723Z3vZlwQIebVwpuKeVA-1-3" target="_blank">Shutterstock</a>.
Doesn’t the Cape sound great right about now? Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

9. New York to Reno-Tahoe (JFK–RNO)

If you’re suddenly struck with the urge to go skiing alongside a beautiful western Alpine lake, look no further than JetBlue’s nonstop service from New York to Reno-Tahoe. While the carrier flies to these places year-round, daily service fluctuates depending on the season.

Lake Tahoe is just one hour from Reno. Image courtesy of <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-3539218/stock-photo-ski-school.html?src=eUInae3-5t5wnTPLTsYRgw-1-28">Shutterstock</a>.
Lake Tahoe is located about a 90-minute drive from Reno, Nevada. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

What are your favorite JetBlue routes? Sound off below.

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