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Blade’s continuous helicopter service NYC's Newark Airport is back

Nov. 16, 2021
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Editor's Note

This post has been updated with new information. 

Editor's note: This post has been updated with new information.

Travel is back. Middle seats are being filled, inflight meals are being served, airport lounges have reopened and security lines are long again. However, it’s not just the inside of airplanes and airports that are crowded. There’s also a lot more traffic to and from the airport.

Luckily, New Yorkers (and those visiting the Big Apple) don't need to deal with the congestion any longer.

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After relaunching service to New York’s JFK Airport back in June, Blade has announced that it’s resuming its continuous by-the-seat helicopter transports between Manhattan and Newark (EWR) on Wednesday, Nov. 17. This news comes about a year-and-a-half after Blade first suspended the service due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Both routes are offered from Blade Lounge West (West 30t​h​ Street Heliport) across from Hudson Yards. Flights operate every weekday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The flight takes about five minutes, and upon arrival at the airport, passengers will receive ground transfers between the helipad and all commercial terminals.

Blade Lounge West (Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)

Related: Are flying taxis the future of commuting? Blade thinks so with an announcement to go public

Flights can be booked directly through Blade or Kayak. As before, they cost $195 per seat each way. However, frequent travelers can save by subscribing to the BLADE Airport Pass ($295 per year) or BLADE Airport Pass Plus ($795 per year). Both passes enable unlimited BLADE Continuous flights for a discounted price, starting at $95 per trip. Here are the details of each pass:

BLADE Airport Pass: $295 per person per year

  • Get $50 off every BLADE Airport flight within the next 12 months for you and $25 off one companion seat per flight
  • Valid for BLADE Continuous trips between the three BLADE Manhattan Lounges and JFK, Newark or LaGuardia Airports
  • The pass pays for itself after six one-way trips

BLADE Airport Pass PLUS: $795 per person per year

  • Get $100 off every BLADE Airport flight within the next 12 months for you and $50 off one companion seat per flight (unlimited flights to or from airports for $95)
  • Valid for BLADE Continuous trips between the three BLADE Manhattan Lounges and JFK, Newark or LaGuardia Airports
  • The discounted cost can fit within most corporate expense account limits for airport transports
  • The pass pays for itself after eight one-way trips

Related: Blade becomes first aviation company to require passengers to be fully vaccinated

Bottom line

If you’re a first-time flyer, you can use the promo code BRIANF&F – you and TPG will each earn $50 in Blade credits. You can also save on your flight by using your fixed-value miles to “erase” the travel purchase from your statement if you pay with a card like the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card.

According to Blade CEO Rob Wiesenthal, “Given the significant increase in ground congestion in New York City and the strong desire to return to travel we are seeing among our fliers, we are confident that this is the right time to relaunch our flights.”

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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