JetBlue Airlines announced on Wednesday that starting in 2021 it will begin flying to London from New York City and Boston.
It’s unclear whether JetBlue will be flying into London Heathrow or London Gatwick. Heathrow, the more popular of the two, has serious slot constraints, so while it may be more convenient, it could be hard for JetBlue to be able to fly there.
Regardless of airport, service is set to begin in 2021, and JetBlue will be flying a single-aisle Airbus 321LR. They also announced a revamp to Mint, their first-class product, when the new European route gets going. No detailed timelines have been released about schedules or when tickets will go on sale.
While this is JetBlue’s first foray into Europe, the airline flies to more than 35 international route through Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.
Cheaper flights? Other Destinations?
As we wrote when Southwest expanded its service to Hawaii, more flights will hopefully lead to cheaper fares to London. JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes hinted that the market was currently charging high prices, and he hoped his airline could bring those down.
“We look at the obscene fares that carriers are charging in that market and we think we can bring price discipline.”
JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes to Bloomberg News before the announcement
There have also been rumors about European destinations other than London.
This one is a stretch, but Paris could also be on JetBlue’s radar given a clue from Lucy’s Sweets and More. Yes, you read that right…a bakery.
Yes, it’s just Instagram. And yes, it’s just a bakery. But, JetBlue presumably commissioned that cake, and I doubt the bakery randomly decided (without permission) to add two pictures of the Eiffel Tower.
Time will tell. JetBlue has made it clear that this is just the beginning of their European expansion.
How to earn JetBlue TrueBlue Miles
Just like many other airlines, there are a few different ways to earn miles other than flying the airline. Flying JetBlue can be rewarding not only because of the base miles flyers will earn by purchasing the flight, but the program also has a plethora of bonuses for taking a certain number of flights.
The JetBlue Card will net the cardholder 10,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first three months. This card has no annual fee and earns 3x on JetBlue purchases, 2x at restaurants and grocery stores and 1x on everything else.
The JetBlue Plus Card, which has a $99 annual fee, earns 40,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first three months. Not only does it come with free checked bags on JetBlue flights, it earns 6x on JetBlue purchases, 2x at restaurants and grocery stores and 1x on everything else.
The other way to earn points is to transfer them in from American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards.