Editor's note: Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure.
In the early months of the coronavirus pandemic spreading through the United States, JetBlue quickly required face masks and started limiting seats. But as it has slowly been phasing up capacity, the airline will also start to fill its cabins once again on Jan. 8.
To try and lure passengers back onto its planes, JetBlue has launched its Big Winter Sale, with one-way fares starting at $59 for travel between Jan. 16 and June 17 of this year. Friday and Sunday travel are excluded, as are blackout dates from Feb. 11 to 20 and March 25 to April 24. (Additional restrictions may apply based on specific routes.) Flights must be booked by Jan. 12 — the earlier of 11:59 p.m. ET or local time.
The rates apply to the lowest available fare, known as the Blue Basic class, which includes one carry-on bag (space-permitting) and a personal item and boarding in the last group.
At the time of publishing, select routes that offer the $59 one-way fares include Atlanta to Newark, Austin to Los Angeles, Boston to Chicago, Charleston to New York, Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale, Detroit to New York, Miami to Newark, New York to Nashville, New York to Tampa, Newark to Nassau, Orlando to Washington, D.C., and Tampa to New York. Plus, there are a few $49 one-way fares, including Boston to Syracuse, Buffalo to New York, Burlington to New York, Dallas to New York, Las Vegas to Los Angeles, Orlando to Raleigh, and Philadelphia to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Other standout one-way deals include Fort Lauderdale to San Juan for $64, Fort Lauderdale to Aruba for $79, Fort Lauderdale to Port-au-Prince for $124, and New York to Grenada for $144.
Before booking, the airline notes that a negative COVID-19 test may be required by some destinations. JetBlue customers have access to an at-home saliva-based PCR option. Testing locations are also available at Boston and Los Angeles airports, as well as New York City's three area airports — Newark, New York's JFK and LaGuardia. Masks are mandatory throughout the journey for all travelers two years old and above.
The carrier also issued an update on Jan. 4, noting that "New entry restrictions and requirements have been put in place for travel within the U.S. as a result of the coronavirus pandemic." It further advises that "Customers should check local mandates and advisories for their destination before travel." International travelers are also asked to check local measures first.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently warns Americans that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are rising. "Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19," the site says. "Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19."
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