JetBlue has rolled out a new airline pass that allows three months of unlimited flying to selected cities in two markets: Long Beach and Boston. The new BluePass is aimed at business travelers but might appeal to frequent fliers too.
Here's how it works: Pass-holders pay a flat fee and get a seat (provided one is available) to certain cities in as little as 90 minutes before takeoff. Flight changes or cancellations are free but you get dinged $100 if you're a no-show twice in seven days. And you have to be a TrueBlue loyalty club member too.
The Long Beach Select pass costs $1,299 and includes flights between Long Beach Airport (LGB) and San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Chicago and Austin, Texas. There also are two passes available for travelers from Boston priced from $1,499 to $1,999. The pass is good for travel from Aug. 22 through Nov. 22 with no blackout dates.
How many flights does it take to break even? Roughly two a month -- and that's calculated using last-minute flexible airfares, not the lowest fares, says Dennis Corrigan, vice president of sales and revenue management. The airline phased out last year's All You Can Jet Pass that was cheaper and good for a month of travel to all destinations.