Limited time deal: Kids fly for free on some Blade helicopter transfers
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available.
Travelers in New York and New Jersey who want to skip the holiday traffic to the airport can score a limited-time deal — provided they have kids.
It's a pricey $195 per seat, but taxis and rideshares can be half that sometimes (or more), and you can get to the airport quickly and traffic-free on a chopper.
Now for a limited time, kids can travel for free on Blade helicopter flights as long as they are accompanied by an adult on flights between Manhattan and JFK or EWR airports.
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Right now, you can book your Blade airport seat ticket for $195, and with the code KIDS21 your child can fly free. The offer lasts until Jan. 2, 2022.
There is a limit to one child per adult.
The child must be 13 years old or younger and on the same flight as the paid customer. The offer is limited to JFK or EWR Airport to/from Manhattan. The deal can’t be combined with any other offers and child seats are non-refundable and non-changeable.
Blade helicopters only allow one small carry-on per person with a weight limit of 25 pounds. If you’re traveling with a family, there is an option to request a door-to-door pick-up and drop-off for larger pieces of luggage via Tote Taxi at the destined airport for an additional cost of $105. There is also a choice to spend an extra $95 for a second carry-on.
Blade airport service between Manhattan and JFK or EWR is available six days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
With the rising costs of Uber and Lyft, Blade can make sense for some travelers. This deal makes it even more valuable for families.
For those who regularly spend a lot of time and money on airport trips, there are also annual passes for the helicopter service. There is an annual Blade Airport Pass Plus which costs $795 and then each trip to and from the airport is just $95. You also get $50 off companion seats with this pass. For $295 per year, you can purchase a standard Blade Airport Pass and then each trip will be discounted to $145.
Additional reporting by Benji Stawski.