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February 5, 2012
JetBlue will take you to Anchorage and back for less than $300. Best of all, the deal runs from late spring till late summer, when the days are long and Anchorage is at its finest. Note that the $294 round-trip fare departs from Long Beach and includes all taxes and fees. It runs May 25-Sept. 3. No minimum stay. Info : JetBlue , (800) 538-2583 Source: Airfarewatchdog.com
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BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Pilots for JetBlue Airlines, the nation's sixth largest carrier, voted Tuesday to unionize after rejecting two previous union votes. The more than 2,600 pilots, with a vote of about 71%, agreed to join the Air Line Pilots Assn. International, which already represents more than 50,000 pilots at 31 carriers in the U.S. and Canada. Until the vote, JetBlue was the last major airline without union representation. The New York-based airline was founded in 1999. Best airlines, worst airlines: JetBlue tops survey as scores slide “ALPA welcomes the JetBlue pilots,” said Capt.
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NATIONAL
March 27, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas landed unexpectedly in Amarillo, Texas, Tuesday morning after the co-pilot took over for the captain, who suffered a sudden "medical situation," a airline spokeswoman told The Times. "The pilot in command elected to divert to Amarillo, TX for a medical situation involving the Captain," the airline said in a statement. "Another Captain, traveling off duty, entered the flight deck prior to landing at Amarillo, and took over the duties of the ill crew member once on the ground.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
As the tourist season winds down in Alaska, airfare deals to Anchorage heat up: You can get a $276 round-trip fare, including all taxes and fees, from Long Beach to Anchorage. The fare is subject to availability; there is no minimum stay. You may travel any day of the week between Aug. 10 and Sept. 2. Info: JetBlue , (800) 538-2583 Source: Airfarewatchdog.com Call Send SMS Add to Skype You'll need Skype Credit Free via Skype
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
JetBlue will give passengers aboard Flight 191 a one-way airfare refund and a voucher for double the amount of their original ticket, the company said online Wednesday. The compensation comes after the pilot of the plane flipped out during the Tuesday flight from New York to Las Vegas and had to be restrained by passengers. "We're extremely grateful to the customers who assisted with onboard security, and to all of the customers for following crew member instructions," the airline posted on its blog and Facebook page.
OPINION
March 20, 2006
Re "Et tu, JetBlue?" editorial, March 16 The biggest problem with American business is Wall Street. Legions of analysts who produce nothing freak out over JetBlue's first quarterly loss, and all of a sudden JetBlue's business model is seen as risky. JetBlue's on-time performance fell victim to weather conditions that no one could have avoided. Fuel prices are high and JetBlue is losing money, but it will get through this and thrive. Every time I fly JetBlue, the planes are full.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
It didn't take long for airlines to adopt the new policy that lets passengers use portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. A day after the Federal Aviation Administration announced it would lift the restrictions, Delta Airlines and JetBlue Airways each said passengers on their planes could take advantage of the new rules starting Friday. Under the new rules, passengers can use music players, electronic tablets, e-readers, smartphones and other devices throughout a flight as long as they are switched to "airplane mode" and are not emitting a signal.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2009
Re: "JetBlue weighs Long Beach exit," April 2: Passengers are not concerned with the facilities that house JetBlue in Long Beach. We appreciate the ease of traveling in and out of Long Beach. Though JetBlue's in-air service is great, I choose it based on the convenience that the Long Beach airport provides -- no traffic, close inexpensive parking, short security lines. I save time by traveling through Long Beach and would hope that JetBlue would recognize that there are more important factors in choosing a carrier than the waiting room.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
As the tourist season winds down in Alaska, airfare deals to Anchorage heat up: You can get a $276 round-trip fare, including all taxes and fees, from Long Beach to Anchorage. The fare is subject to availability; there is no minimum stay. You may travel any day of the week between Aug. 10 and Sept. 2. Info: JetBlue , (800) 538-2583 Source: Airfarewatchdog.com Call Send SMS Add to Skype You'll need Skype Credit Free via Skype
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Making up is hard to do - maybe even harder when you're an airline trying to make nice with 700 enraged passengers who sat in planes on the airport tarmac for seven hours during a snowstorm. Passengers on six JetBlue flights last Saturday who were stranded on the tarmac at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn., will receive a refund of their tickets and round-trip tickets for future travel, airline spokeswoman Sharon Jones said Wednesday. Passengers on Flight 504 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which garnered the most media attention - probably because of real-time cellphone and text appeals from passengers (and, it turns out, the pilot )
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Members of selected loyalty programs at Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways will receive free entry to JetBlue's premium TrueBlue Mosaic club for the rest of 2014 just by signing up. The offer is part of the TrueBlue Mosaic Challenge that kicked off Tuesday and rewards fliers who rack up 3,750 flight points in 90 days. Clearly, JetBlue is out to boost its Mosaic club status numbers, and it's not the first time the airline has made this offer.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times travel editor
If you fly JetBlue or Southwest, rent a car from National or Enterprise, stay at a Homewood Suites, a Staybridge Suites or a Drury hotel, a Four Seasons or a Ritz-Carlton, your trip will probably be marked by good customer service. Those brands on Monday were named Customer Service Champions by J.D. Power, which analyzed feedback from customers about nine industries, including travel. Customers evaluated their experience based on what J.D. Power calls the five Ps: people, presentation, price, process and product.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
JetBlue's GoPack ticket offer is back with 10 one-way flights between Long Beach and San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento for $999 plus tax. Fliers may purchase GoPack bulk tickets until March 31 and must travel by June 17. Here's how it works: JetBlue provides promo codes that fliers can use as late as up to 90 minutes before takeoff to book a flight. And you can share the codes with friends and family members too. Blackout dates are April 11-28 for the intra-California flights.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | Hugo Martín
Flights canceled in January's "polar vortex" inflicted $2.5 billion in costs on stranded travelers, according to a new analysis. The 49,000 flights canceled last month more than doubled the number halted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Snow, sleet and frigid temperatures also led to more than 300,000 delays, according to MasFlight, an aviation operations technology company based in Bethesda, Md. And two more storms are barreling toward the East Coast. The region is home to the nation's busiest airspace, where travel snafus ripple throughout the country.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Hugo Martin, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Storms that hit the Midwest and East Coast last month were to blame for 49,000 canceled flights, the highest number for any January in the last five years. An additional 300,000 flights were delayed last month by U.S. airlines. The cancellations last month even exceeded those caused by Hurricane Sandy in October and November of 2012, according to an analysis from MasFlight, an aviation operations technology company based in Bethesda, Md. January's airline woes cost passengers more than $2.5 billion in lost productivity, hotel expenses and meals and inflicted $75 million to 150 million in losses to the airline industry, MasFlight said.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airlines will soon increase service to and from Washington's Reagan National Airport, thanks to the results of an antitrust lawsuit. To settle an antitrust suit and allow the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the U.S. Justice Department required the two merging airlines to give up a combined 104 landing slots at the airport, plus several at New York's LaGuardia Airport. The Justice Department made it clear that the airlines must sell the slots to low-cost carriers to ensure strong competition and low prices.
NEWS
February 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Who said airfare deals would peter out in 2011? I suppose they still might, but here's one I like from JetBlue that features good fares for spring from Long Beach. One-way fares start at $39 to Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland, and $49 to Seattle -- but you must book by Tuesday night. The deal: The So-Much-to-Love Sale also features one-way fares of $65 to Salt Lake City, $69 to Portland and $84 to Austin, Texas. One-way coast-to-coast hauls to New York City and Boston are set at $129 from  Long Beach or Los Angeles International Airport.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airlines will soon increase service to and from Washington's Reagan National Airport, thanks to the results of an antitrust lawsuit. To settle an antitrust suit and allow the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the U.S. Justice Department required the two merging airlines to give up a combined 104 landing slots at the airport, plus several at New York's LaGuardia Airport. The Justice Department made it clear that the airlines must sell the slots to low-cost carriers to ensure strong competition and low prices.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
If bad scheduling puts you on a flight during Sunday's Super Bowl, you might still be able to catch the big game. Travelers on Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airlines and Virgin America will all be able to see the game live free of charge while in the air. On Southwest, fliers can hook up with the airline's onboard Wi-Fi to watch the game on their own devices. On JetBlue and Virgin America, travelers can watch the game for free on seatback screens. Plus, JetBlue fliers will be served buffalo wing-flavor pretzels and can purchase their first glass of wine, beer or cocktail for $1 starting at 3 p.m. Pacific time.
NEWS
November 7, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Forget the BCS college football rankings for a moment. Who's No. 1 when it comes to airlines? Frontier , Virgin America and JetBlue came in 1, 2 and 3 respectively in an annual Airfarewatchdog.com ranking that factors in such elements as customer service, on-time arrivals and baggage handling. Here are the rankings, based on Department of Transportation stats, with results weighted to allow for differences in the sizes of the airlines:   1.  Frontier   2.  Virgin America   3.  JetBlue   4.  Alaska   5.  Southwest   6.  Delta   7.  AirTran   8.  US Airways   9.  American   10. United AirTran dropped four places since last year, from third to seventh overall.
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