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Book JetBlue's inaugural Airbus A220 flight from just $69 or 6,300 points

April 05, 2021
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Book JetBlue's inaugural Airbus A220 flight from just $69 or 6,300 points
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The moment many of us have been waiting for has arrived! JetBlue just confirmed the first flights for one of its latest fleet additions, the Airbus A220.

JetBlue's A220s will eventually replace the carrier's aging Embraer E190 aircraft, which are primarily used for shorter or lower-yield flights. At launch, however, the A220 will operate alongside the larger Airbus A320 on flights between Boston (BOS) and Tampa (TPA), before making its way to other routes.

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

The airline has confirmed the first flight as JetBlue 1391, departing Boston at 4:32 p.m. on April 26, 2021 and arriving in Tampa, Florida at 7:56 p.m. Aircraft assignments are always subject to change — if the A220 does end up flying as planned, you could take advantage of JetBlue's extended travel waiver to cancel or change your booking without a fee.

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As of this writing, one-way cash fares start at just $69 for the carrier's "Blue Basic" category, which doesn't include a seat assignment but is covered by the extended waiver.

Screenshot courtesy of JetBlue.

Alternatively, you can book an award starting at 6,300 points. If you choose not to travel, your points will be refunded and the $5.60 TSA fee will be deposited in your Travel Bank for use within one year.

Screenshot courtesy of JetBlue.

Note that the A220 hasn't been loaded to JetBlue's booking system yet, so you'll still see the larger A320 seat map for the moment. You can snag a seat now if you'd like, but you'll want to check back to confirm your selection within the next few days.

Screenshot courtesy of JetBlue.

JetBlue is planning to fly the A220 round-trip between Boston and Tampa once each day through the end of April. The airline was unable to confirm route assignments after that time — if you're hoping to fly it during the first week, you'll want to lock in one of these trips.

TPG's Zach Griff had a chance to check out the carrier's "swanky" new plane earlier this year — it's a clear upgrade from the E190, and a more comfortable ride in economy than the larger Airbus A320 family, too.

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Aside from the larger windows, my favorite feature is the 2-3 seating arrangement — couples can snag seats together without a stranger joining their row, while families and larger groups can grab a grouping of three seats for more flexibility.

I'd expect the paired seats to go quickly, so if you're expecting to fly the A220, you might want to lock in your booking a bit further in advance.

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

With room for 140 passengers, including 30 Even More Space seats with at least 35 inches of pitch and 110 standard coach seats with 32 inches of pitch, you should expect a comfortable ride wherever you end up.

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  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
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  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
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  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more