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JetBlue to Phase Out the Check-in Process

Posted by Caroline Costello on Friday, July 18, 2014

JetBlue is shaking up the check-in process as we know it.

The low-cost U.S. carrier will eliminate the online or airport check-in requirement for passengers flying in Even More Space seats starting immediately. The airline is calling this "automatic check-in." JetBlue plans to offer a check-in free experience to more of its passengers by 2015.

Instead of having to check in online or at the airport within 24 hours of departure, Even More Space flyers will now get an e-mail from JetBlue that contains their boarding passes—simple and easy. So if you don't have any bags to check and you've booked an Even More Space seat, you can just show up at the airport and go to the gate with your boarding pass. No checking in required. Better yet, passengers with the JetBlue app on their phones can use e-boarding passes at select airports, no printing necessary. (The email JetBlue sends will give details on all of these options.)

According to Blair Koch, JetBlue Vice President Commercial and Shared Development Services, "The idea of asking customers to jump an additional hurdle before their flight is an increasingly antiquated concept. By having the right systems in place, we can remove this step, and even help identify and prevent issues that can hinder customers from fully enjoying their travel experience."

Eliminating one more hassle in the flying process is a step in the right direction. It's one less thing to remember. Some carriers already offer an automatic check-in option; Lufthansa is one example. The German airline gives flyers the option to select an automatic check-in when booking flights. A few other international carriers provide automatic check-in, but JetBlue is the first U.S. airline we know of that is beginning to offer this option for its passengers.

JetBlue's current plan for Even More Space flyers is just a trial. Although automatic check-in will likely save money for the airline by helping to cut airport-service costs, we'll have to wait and see if the scheme is here to stay.

Are you onboard with JetBlue's new automatic check-in system?

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This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title JetBlue to Phase Out the Check-in Process.

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Domestic Fare of the Day: Philadelphia to Lihue, Hawaii $520 round-trip

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fly from Philly to Lihue, Hawaii for $520 round-trip, including all taxes, on Delta Air Lines.

We found seats departing PHL on Monday, September 1, returning from LIH on Monday, September 8. Flights connect via Salt Lake City, Honolulu, and Atlanta.

Plenty of other dates available for travel from July onward throughout a 330-day travel period, including winter dates!

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Int'l Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to Madrid $685 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, July 17, 2014

For fall/winter travel, fly from Los Angeles to Madrid for $685 round-trip, including all taxes, on Aeroflot.

We found seats departing LAX on Tuesday, November 18, returning from MAD on Thursday, November 27, Thanksgiving. This being Aeroflot, flights do connect via Moscow.

Other dates are also available for travel from November through April.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Domestic Fare of the Day: Newark to Los Angeles $282 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fly from Newark to Los Angeles for $282 round-trip, including all taxes, on US Airways.

We found seats departing EWR on Thursday, September 4, returning from LAX on Monday, September 8. Flights connect via Charlotte.

Plenty of other dates are available for travel through December 17. Fares may be slightly higher ($289) on some dates.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Domestic Fare of the Day: Seattle to New York $292 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fly from Seattle to New York for $292 round-trip, including all taxes, on Southwest.

We found seats departing SEA on Tuesday, September 9, returning from LGA on the following Tuesday, September 16.

Other dates are also available for late summer/early fall travel.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Int'l Fare of the Day: Oakland to Berlin $658 round-trip, fall travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

For fall travel, fly from Oakland to Berlin for $658 round-trip, including all taxes, on Norwegian.

We found seats departing OAK on Tuesday, October 14, returning from SXF on Monday, October 20. Flights connect via Stockholm and Oslo.

Other dates are also available for travel in fall, with fares slightly higher for travel in September.

Visit our fare pages for Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose for a look at more great finds for the Bay Area.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Domestic Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to Anchorage $316 nonstop, late summer

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

For late summer travel, fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Anchorage for $316 round-trip, including all taxes, on Alaska Airlines.

We found seats departing LAX on Sunday, August 31, returning from ANC on Wednesday, September 10.

Other dates are also available for late summer/early fall travel.

Visit our Anchorage ANC fare page for a look at current deals from all over the US.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Int'l Fare of the Day: Newark to Castries, St Lucia $197 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

For travel in winter/spring, fly from Newark to Castries, St Lucia for $197 round-trip, including all taxes, on American Airlines.

We found seats departing Newark on Wednesday, February 4, returning from UVF on Wednesday, February 11. This itinerary includes overnight connections via Miami.

Other dates are also available for travel from January through April. For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

From Air Canada: New Nonstop Service & Intro Sale to Panama City

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Beginning December 17, look for new nonstop service between Toronto and Panama City from Air Canada.

Special intro fares of $695 round-trip are available for travel on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, from December 17 through March 31.

As seen below, we found seats departing Toronto YYZ on Wednesday, March 11, returning from Panama City PTY on the following Wednesday, March 18.

Intro fares must be booked by 11:59pm ET, July 25.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Domestic Fare of the Day: Washington DC to Las Vegas $212 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

As part of the previously mentioned promo code offer from Frontier, fly nonstop from Washington DC to Las Vegas for $212 round-trip, including all taxes.

We found seats departing Dulles on Friday, November 14, returning from LAS on Thursday, November 20.

Other dates are also available for travel through mid December.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

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