Some Pretty Ridiculous JetBlue News
Involving rooftops and, uh, Cuba
As a frequent NYC flier, you’re aware of the budget-friendly glory that is JetBlue. There’s the extra legroom, Wi-Fi, seat-back TV, free checked bags...
Not so fast on the last one.
Some big changes are happening over at JFK--both good (Cuba, rooftops, flat beds) and bad (R.I.P. steamer trunks). So we thought we’d let you in on all the latest news.
A GRASSY ROOFTOP JUST OPENED AT JFK
Suddenly delays aren’t so bad. The 4,000-square-foot space is perched atop Terminal 5 (where JetBlue flies in and out of), has an off-leash dog run for your buddy to do his business and requires no membership status to enjoy.
JETBLUE NOW FLIES DIRECT FROM JFK TO CUBA
Yep. Every Friday a flight now leaves for Havana. The only return trip is the following Friday, but considering the Caribbean country has been shut off to Americans for 54 years, do you really want to explore it any less than a week?
MORE LIE-FLAT SEATS WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE
If you haven’t heard, Mint (the carrier’s first stab at first class) debuted last year and offers each flier a flat bed, two electrical outlets, broadband Wi-Fi, meals from Saxon + Parole and even a complimentary Birchbox--all for a pretty low $599 one way. But the service has only been flying from JFK to SFO or LAX. This year, JetBlue is adding Mint trips to the Caribbean.
BUT BAGS ARE NO LONGER FREE
And now for the bummer news: The long-held perk is no more. JetBlue has established a new, tiered fare structure in which only the more expensive flights get the benefits. Sorry, shuttle trips to D.C.; you’re better off carrying on.