Riding in a one horse open sleigh is nice, but flying with us via Terminal 5 (T5), our home at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) is even nicer. T5 offers a spacious check-in lobby with dozens of self-service kiosks, the largest single security checkpoint in America, huge gate areas with a higher-than-average amount of seating and electrical outlets to recharge, a wide variety of last-minute shopping and dining outlets, and free Wi-Fi service. With amenities like these, even Santa* might consider a different mode of transportation this year!
We’re getting ready for the busy travel week and the more than 10,000 flights and close to one million customers flying today through January 3, 2012. We’re reviewing staffing, making sure facilities are in good shape, and adding our own little helpers at our base of operations at JFK this week to assist customers today through Friday, December 23. If you’re traveling through JFK with us this week you might also come across some holiday carolers, so feel free to sing along!
- Make a list and check it three times: The best way to remember to bring everything you need for your trip is to make a packing list and check the items off as you place them in your bag. Take it from Santa; he wouldn’t remember all those gift requests without an organized list!
- Hoping for a midnight clear, but we’re prepared: We prefer that it doesn’t snow, but it sure is pretty, and this New York-based airline is no stranger to winter operations. Be sure to check the status of your flight and the national weather service forecast before heading to the airport, particularly if
there is bad weather. If it does snow, learn more about how inclement weather can impact air travel.
- Stroll, don’t dash through the snow! Leave extra time to get to the airport and through security, particularly if you’re traveling with small children. It’s recommended you arrive at the airport two hours before your domestic flight and allow three hours for international. An extra 30 minutes can make the difference between a rushed or relaxed travel experience. Save time by checking in and printing your boarding pass at home so you can skip airport lines, drop your bags at the counter and head straight to security. You can track your sleigh (or flight) on JetBlue.com, and get information regarding weather advisories, changing or canceling a flight, retrieving a boarding pass and checking-in for a flight 24 hours in advance, as well as tracking real-time flight information for family and friends. Customers can also access mobile.jetblue.com from any web-enabled cell phone or PDA while on the road for real-time flight status.
- Jingle all the way: But don’t forget to remove the bells and coins and whatever else you have in your pockets when you go through the TSA security checkpoint! Also remember the 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. If you’re traveling with holiday gifts or treats, make sure to leave gifts unwrapped until after you go through security and check with the TSA before traveling with liquid or gel items to see whether they need to be placed in your checked bag, shipped ahead, or left at home if they are above the permitted 3.4 oz.
- On the 12th Day…: Your true love gave you more than you can place in the overhead bin. No worries! The first bag flies free on JetBlue, so pack two turtle doves, three French hens, four calling birds, five golden rings, six geese a-laying, seven swans a-swimming, eight maids a-milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords a-leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming in a suitcase and check it* on us for free. (a). *Please note that JetBlue does not allow live animals (or eleven pipers piping) to be checked. The airline offers one of the pet-friendliest programs, JetPaws, with humane options for traveling with a small pooch or kitty this holiday season. You’ll have to buy seats for the eight maids a-milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords a-leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming (and you might want to consider our Even More Space seats for maximum dancing and leaping room).
- Bah Humbug: For those who don’t love the holiday cheer, or the cold winter weather that this time of year is often marked by, the best way to warm the chill in one’s heart is to book a fabulous, affordable vacation to somewhere tropical. We always offer travel deals to a variety of heated destinations, where you can swap the scratchy sweaters for the pure delight of the warm sun on your skin. If you haven’t yet booked your escape, JetBlue Getaways is offering $100 off any vacation using promo code ENJOY100 (b) for bookings made by Dec. 31, 2011.
*We love all December holidays equally including, but not limited to, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Inmaculada Concepción de María, Boxing Day, and Winter Solstice (it just so happens that there are more lyrics about Santa that can be turned into puns than anything else).