As the pandemic persisted across the US, it was time for me to come back to Chicago after being home in Florida for nearly 3 months. Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, a JetBlue focus city, flying them is as common as flying Spirit for us locals and is a household name.
JetBlue was founded in 1988 by industry legend David Neeleman and commenced operations in 2000 with a flight from Buffalo, NY to Fort Lauderdale, commencing a long relationship with the South Florida region. JetBlue has distinguished itself mostly on the east coast of the US for its low cost carrier business model, but with features such as satellite TV and high quality snacks. This was further elevated in 2013 when they introduced their revolutionary business class cabin: Mint, which Jeremy flew earlier this year. With this, JetBlue cemented its place as a top US carrier and has become a beloved company along the Atlantic Coast.
As mentioned in my prior reviews, this trip home was originally supposed to be a 3 week long round trip with Spirit, who I did fly on the flight down. However being around my family and dog was quite great in these difficult times and as I got used to not doing my own laundry again, I extended my trip 3 times… At first, I canceled and rebooked my original return on Spirit for 3 weeks later, then cancelled again and booked with jetBlue 4 weeks later in Blue Basic - jetBlue's version of Basic Economy; which allows one carry on, but restricts with added fees for seat selection, lesser mileage earning, later boarding, and inability for cancellation (although this is temporarily suspended during the pandemic). Then due to Hurricane Isaias hitting Florida and delaying our beach trip to the Residence Inn Tierra Verde, I ended up extending my trip one more week for good measure.
The final breakdown was as follows; I first booked my FLL-ORD flight for Sunday, August 9 for $25, an absolutely ridiculous steal for a route where I have paid $450 round trip before. However, due to the aforementioned hurricane, I extended my stay and a week prior to departure and rebooked my trip to Sunday, August 16 paying an extra $12 for the fare difference. Thus I paid a total of $37 for this one way fare in Blue Basic with my Chase Sapphire Preferred earning me a whopping total of 74 points.