JetBlue schedule extended through June 10, 2020
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If you’ve been holding out on booking next year’s spring break vacation flights, today is the day you’ve been waiting for. JetBlue just extended its flight schedule where you can now go ahead and book flights through June 10, 2020. Previously, you could only book flights through April 28, 2020, so this fully opens up the schedule for the rest of the spring, including Memorial Day Weekend. It also means for those families across the country that get out of school at the end of May or beginning of June, you can book flights for your first summer vacation.
For peak travel days, you’ll often find the best prices available the day the schedule is extended. Although, with JetBlue’s generous policies, depending on your status, you can get your flight re-priced if it happens to come down. All members have a five-day grace period, while Mosaic members have this benefit up until the day the flight departs. And similar to many other airlines, you can book now and cancel within the next 24 hours for a full refund, if needed.
Tips to finding the best fares
Here are two tips to help you find the best JetBlue fares:
Use JetBlue’s Fare Finder
JetBlue’s Fare Finder tool gives you a monthly view of the lowest fare for a particular route. If you have flexible dates, this can help you pick the least expensive vacation schedule for your family.
Tip: Open up two different browsers so you can see pricing for the outbound and return at the same time.
Search nearby city pairs
Sometimes your home airport is not always the cheapest option and if you just travel a few extra miles away, you can save some money or points on your flight. JetBlue’s site is very easy to use and allows you to search for all airports within a particular region at once. For example, instead of putting EWR (Newark) into your destination, you can search for “New York area.” This will open up search results for Newark, LaGuardia, JFK, Westchester County and Newburgh airports and expand your search.
Tip: Fly out of one airport and into another (as long as logistics work out). Other popular cities with nearby airports include: San Francisco, Ft. Lauderdale, Boston and Los Angeles.
There are no blackout dates for redemptions
One of the best perks of JetBlue is that you can use your points for peak dates. Yes, that means if you want to book the day school gets out for a long weekend break, you can do that. While many other airlines blackout these peak dates for redemptions, JetBlue allows you to use its points 365 days a year. The only difference is that the number of points required for a free flight is directly tied to the price of the ticket. A higher revenue tickets means more points for that free flight.
Special privileges for JetBlue Mosaic members
As mentioned above, those with JetBlue Mosaic status have many privileges that regular members don’t. Not only can you get a flight re-priced an unlimited number of times for you and everyone else on your reservation up until the flight’s departure day, you also have the ability to change or cancel a flight with no fees. This makes booking now for travel many months out an easy decision — even if you are not 100% sure of your travel plans.
For no fee at all, you can cancel if you…
- Paid for the flight: You will receive a voucher for the amount paid or the difference in the fare price (if you are changing your flight). The voucher will be deposited into your JetBlue TrueBlue travel bank and you have one year from when you receive the voucher to use the credit. One of the best benefits of JetBlue vouchers is that you can use your voucher to book a flight for any passenger — you just need to book through your JetBlue account.
- Used points for the flight: The difference in points will go back into the account from which those points were deducted. Note: Taxes paid will be deposited into your JetBlue TrueBlue travel bank.
This is by far one of my favorite benefits of having JetBlue Mosaic status. It is also one of the reasons my family makes sure to earn Mosaic status year after year. With a family of four, we can book now and if schedules change (which is always bound to happen) we have baked in “insurance” that allows us to cancel. And if you notice your flight drops in price, call the JetBlue Mosaic line and the representative can reprice the flight for you.
You can earn JetBlue Mosaic status two different ways:
- Flying with JetBlue: Flying 30 segments plus earning 12,000 base points ($4,000 in spending) or earning 15,000 base points ($5,000 in spending) in a calendar year
- Credit card spend: Spending $50,000 on the JetBlue Credit Card in a calendar year
When does JetBlue extend its schedule?
Unlike other airlines, JetBlue does not release its schedule 330 days in advance. Instead, it extends its schedule in batches a few months at a time. While it does not release its schedule extension date far in advance — like Southwest does — you typically can still get two days’ notice to plan for your next vacation.
JetBlue always releases its schedule on Sundays at noon EST. Usually on the Friday beforehand, the airline will open up its schedule to those booking a JetBlue Vacations package. Even if you are not interested in booking a flight and hotel package, it’s good to keep an eye on that particular announcement as it will give you a heads-up the schedule will be released in just a few days. It will also allow you to search route availability ahead of time and figure out your ideal flight date and time.
When the schedule is actually loaded into the system on that Sunday, you’ll have a plan for the flights you want to book.
Now is the perfect time to book your JetBlue flights for the rest of the spring, especially for Memorial Day weekend or right when school is over. If you are low on points, JetBlue is a transfer partner with Chase Ultimate Rewards (1:1 transfer ratio) American Express Membership Rewards (1.25:1 transfer ratio), Citi ThankYou Rewards (1:1 transfer ratio) and Capital One (2:1.5 transfer ratio).
Fortunately, all four programs transfer instantly, which will allow you to have the number of points required to book. And remember, with all points reservations, if you have the JetBlue Credit Card, you’ll receive 10% of your points back after you complete your flight. This is a great rebate and really helps lessen the total number of points used.
For the future, make sure to keep an eye out for when JetBlue is going to extend its schedule next. Flying during peak times can definitely add up, especially for a family, and being able to get the best flight price — regardless if it is a paid fare or with points — can be significant.
Feature image courtesy of JetBlue.
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