Tips for Flying on Jet Blue

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JetBlue has only been operating since 1999, but since that time has quickly become one of the world's largest airlines. JetBlue promotes itself as a budget airline that has both a domestic and international flight plan to rival most comparable-sized carriers. Like most airlines, JetBlue has its own set of perks and extra fees. These often come second nature to many frequent fliers, but can catch unwary travelers off-guard.

Unaccompanied Minors

  • Children can fly alone on JetBlue for a fee provided they are at least five years old, and their parents or guardians sign a release waiver that clearly identifies the adults both dropping the child off and picking him or her up. These provisions and attendant fees are not required for children 14 and older, though special services can still be arranged in most airports. Children under five must be accompanied by a person 14 years or older.

Unexpected Expenses

  • JetBlue advertises itself to be more affordable than other airlines. One of the ways that JetBlue keeps its costs low is by cutting out all additional expenses. When you are getting sleepy, expect to shell out some money for those pillows and blankets. If you feel like a movie or some satellite television, it is best to bring your own headphones and portable DVD player, because JetBlue charges for these services on most flights.

EML Seats

  • JetBlue offers a class of seats call The Even More Legroom Seats, commonly abbreviated to simply "EML." These seats provide purchasers with 38 inches of space to stretch their legs. The fee is refundable if you are bumped from the flight and an EML seat is not available on your rescheduled route. If you are a no-show for the flight you lose the fee.

Shut-Eye Service

  • JetBlue's "Shut-Eye Service" perk offers passengers on most overnight flights a Bliss Spa Amenity Kit. In the kit is a lemon and sage body butter, a lip balm that also freshens the breath, ear plugs and an eye shade. Flight attendants wake passengers with coffee, tea, orange juice and other beverages before landing.

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