JetBlue adding service to London

There’s another option to fly to London.

JetBlue Airlines announced on Wednesday that starting in 2021 it will begin flying to London from New York City and Boston.

The Details

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.

JetBlue’s route network already includes many international destinations.

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.

Simply Flying reported in early March that JetBlue was eyeing Amsterdam as a possible location.

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.

JetBlue Credit Cards

The first credit card I ever had was the JetBlue credit card, and in this case, it’s the quickest way to earn TrueBlue miles. There are two credit card options: the JetBlue Card or the JetBlue Plus Card.

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 awards new cardholders 40,000 miles after meeting minimum spend requirements. Photo by JetBlue.

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.

Transfer Partners

The other way to earn points is to transfer them in from American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Chase and Citi transfer into JetBlue at a 1:1 ratio, while American Express has a 1:25:1 ratio. So, you can earn on cards like the American Express Gold Card or the Chase Sapphire Reserve to potentially earn JetBlue TrueBlue miles.

Final Thoughts

More flight options from more airlines are never bad. Even if the prices don’t dramatically decrease, it gives the consumer more options.

Because the major transferable credit card currencies all transfer into JetBlue, scoring award flights across the Atlantic could be a good option once we get to 2021.

Stay tuned for more details as JetBlue makes more announcements.


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