Should I Fly JetBlue or Delta out of Boston?

May 3, 2015

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TPG reader Rahul tweeted me to ask about award flights from Boston:

@thepointsguy– “Living in Boston, would you recommend flying Delta or JetBlue?”

The origin is only half of the equation; you have to factor in your destination as well. I suggest considering your routes and then deciding. I greatly prefer flying non-stop, and since I fly out of Miami and NYC quite a bit (often to Los Angeles), American makes the most sense for me, especially with how strong the AAdvantage program is with respect to mileage and elite status.

Boston dwellers can find good service on either JetBlue or Delta. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you live in Boston and you’re an economy flyer, JetBlue may be a more enjoyable experience. The airline offers free snacks and may be more comfortable, but has recently been trending down on perks. The seats are getting smaller and the JetBlue’s luster seems to be wearing off as its new CEO and shareholders try to squeeze more profit out, just like Delta. At the end of the day, airlines are businesses and they want to make money.

As much as I bash Delta, it’s still be a decent option, especially on international routes. Delta offers service to several foreign destinations out of Boston, including flights to Amsterdam and London. If you want to fly internationally on SkyTeam partners, you have more options with Delta SkyMiles (yes, you heard me, I just said Delta SkyMiles were valuable). In some cases I would say SkyMiles are more valuable than JetBlue TrueBlue points, which are a fixed-value currency pegged to the cash price of your flight — I don’t like fixed-value frequent flyer programs in general.

So I would say it really depends on what you want, if you’d like more non-stop domestic flights, you may prefer JetBlue; if you want international routes, go with Delta.

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at info@thepointsguy.com.

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