Travelers headed to central Massachusetts have another option coming next May. JetBlue is expanding service to Worcester with a daily trip from its JFK hub on 3 May 2018 on an Embraer E190. Fares start as low as $29 each way if booked by 8 December. The JFK service joins Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, both of which launched in November 2013. The JFK service targets connecting passengers – something JetBlue doesn’t carry many of – with onward service on the Mint transcon routes or to the Caribbean.
Upgrades at Worcester airport helped to bring the new service to fruition. Massport operates the airport and recently installed a Cat III ILS landing system at the airport to allow for service during low visibility days. JetBlue struggled early in delivering reliable operations due to fog causing diversions. Those should mostly disappear with the new systems in place.
The upgraded systems may also attract additional carriers to the market. JetBlue’s 4 year run as the only operator at the airport is rumored to be coming to a close with Delta and American reportedly considering new service.
Higher change fees
The same-day change fee increased to $75 from $50. Also, the option to fly standby on an alternate flight for free is gone. That will also carry a $75 fee.
Finally, JetBlue will now limit the ability to re-price a ticket if the fare drops to only 5 days. That’s down from a 14 day window that’s been in place for the past 3 years. Prior to that JetBlue offered full flexibility in such re-fare opportunities.
Not great news at all with the new fees but, as a small silver lining, it does make the Mosaic elite status in the TrueBlue program a bit more valuable. None of these fees apply for Mosaic members.
Header image: The JetBlue E190 Blueprint livery on display (image courtesy of JetBlue)
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