December 6, 2017
JetBlue Eliminating Free Standby and Raising Same Day Change Fee
JetBlue had an interesting standby policy. The airline would let passengers at the airport standby for a flight immediately before or after their scheduled flight free of charge. If seats were available before the flight took off, you could change your flight for free. JetBlue just eliminated that standby loophole. Customers will now have to pay the standard $75 change fee even on standby flights immediately before or after their scheduled flight. The change fee has been increased from $50 to $75.
Travelers with JetBlue Mosaic status can still make changes 24 hours prior to their flight free of charge. You can earn Mosaic status by flying 30 segments and earning 12,000 base flight points during the calendar year, by earning 15,000 base flight points during the calendar year, or by spending $50,000+ annually on the JetBlue Plus or JetBlue Business Cards. While this is a negative change for flyers, it’s still a much more pro-consumer policy than what United, Delta, and American Airlines offer.
I realize the cover photo has nothing to do with this article, but the dog with the boarding pass was just too cute not to use.