JetBlue's future got a little more real yesterday, as information about the upcoming bag fees and pricing tiers were revealed to the public.
Here's what we know:
- New fee amounts and fare types will be unveiled in the second quarter of 2015
- There will be three "fare families" so flyers can choose which services they would like and which they don't need
- The new fare structure is already being tested, but it's unclear in which markets or how
- JetBlue expects to make $200 million in fees annually by 2017. That's $200 million per year.
- Prices for the airline's Even More Space seats, expedited security, and priority boarding will also be changing
- You can still say bye-bye to legroom, with thinner cushions and 15 more seats planned on its A320s
And here's what we don't know:
- The actual bag fees
- The new fare families' pricing
- An official start date for both (although again, sounds like Q2—just in time for your spring break getaway!)
- Whether base prices on the cheapest tickets are expected to rise
- If there are any more plans to reduce legroom on other aircraft
If there's one net positive from all the changes JetBlue is making, it does sound like the airline's new Fly-Fi in-flight Internet service is still on track. The Wi-Fi feature is already available in most of the airline's A-320s and will be installed on all E-190s this year.
But if you ask me, faster Wi-Fi isn't much of a trade-off for getting gouged by bag fees.
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