News Round-Up: 20% JetBlue Discount, Trans-Con Airfare Sales, Small Biz Saturday Change, and More!

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Right-to-the-point miles and points news for busy folks…

Book a roundtrip flight today and get 20% off domestic base fare or 15% off international base fare for travel 10/15-11/20/13 with promo code OCTOBER1. Restrictions apply.

  • JetBlue announced more details of their fancy “Mint” premium suites that will operate on their JFK – LAX/SFO routes beginning next summer.  Gotta say that the seats/suites look really nice, but I can’t say I agree with their strategy of making the experience accessible to everyone.  $599 one-way as a starting price-point is likely a lot lower than for comparable products from competitors, but paying about $1,200 for a round trip ticket within the United States is hardly accessible for everyone…or maybe I’m just a cheapo.
  • Frontier Airlines has a 16% discount code (SNOW16) that is available on domestic fares from Tuesday, October 1, 2013, through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, Thursday, October 3, 2013. The discount will apply to regular and sale fares for domestic travel from November 12, 2013, through November 20, 2013.  Coincidentally enough, Frontier got some new owners today…expect them to become even more of a budget carrier in the future.
  • If you need to book a trans-con ticket, today is a good day to pay attention to sales and pull the trigger.  I’ve seen fares around the $225 mark RT on various dates through the end of the year.  As always, @airfarewatchdog and @theflightdeal have been sharing some good examples today on Twitter.
  • Hilton HHonors new promo “More Nights, More Points” promo kicks-off on October 10th.  Earn double points for stays of two nights, triple points for stays of three nights, and quadruple points for stays of four nights or longer.  One night stays earn at the standard rate.  This promo runs from October 10 to January 31, 2014.  I can’t find a working registration link right now, but there does seem to be a list of non-participating hotels available.
  • Looks like this year Small Business Saturday will again provide Amex statement credits, but they are down to $10 per card from $25 per card in previous years.  You will need to register any eligible American Express Card online at Registration is limited. Registration opens at 12:00 A.M. MST (Mountain Standard Time) on 11/24/13 and continues until 11:59 P.M. MST on 11/30/13, unless the registration limit is reached sooner.  It also says that the small business needs to be on the Small Business Saturday Map.  Thanks to Dans Deals for sharing the news on this one.

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  1. Good gracious what a bummer. I have set my self up nicely with everyone in house as an added member. I usually go buy gift cards. If I have to ask for 15 10 cards oh my. MIght be too much trouble unless I get a nice person.

  2. Bummer, looks like all the people taking advantage of the deal forced them to drop it to a $10 credit per card. Still better than nothing of course, but not nearly as good as last year.

  3. Too bad about the reduced value of Small Business Saturday. It’s still worth doing with the AMEX cards on hand, but it could change the equation in some cases as to whether to hold onto certain cards when the annual fee is due.

  4. I think the JetBlue pricing is completely reasonable and accessible. The reality is, such seats take up a lot more space (2-3x) than an economy seat and you’re going to have to pay for that. $599 each way is an amazing price when you consider what you’re getting. While it’s certainly not easily accessible to a family earning $42K, it is for a family earning $100k, and that’s a pretty large group of the population that is currently left out by the $1500 legacy carriers charge. And even the $42k family could, if it was an experience they really wanted, could save up for such seats, while the legacy carrier pricing is probably beyond reach.

    At that price, I can’t imagine booking anything on that route, unless I was immediately RDUing an Economy ticket.

  5. Christine, I would still proceed with your plan, but agree it is a bummer.
    Rachel, okay I’ll look at it again.
    Ken, may have been their strategy all along after a couple years. We’ll never know, but I am glad that so many of us got in on it during the $25 years!
    Dave, agree.
    Ryan, agree that it is a fair price compared to economy seat, but very much disagree that it is easily accessible for a family earning $100K. Imagine a family of 4 making $100k per year and paying $1198 RT per ticket. Depending on how much of that $100k they get to actually take home each year, those four tickets alone could represent over 7% of their annual take-home salary just for airfare for one domestic trip. I don’t think that is realistic or attainable for most families, even if it is a good value compared to coach.

  6. LAN Colombia is now a member of the Oneworld alliance. Awards can be searched and booked with Avios on British Airways’ website, and presumably booked with AA miles with a phone call. This is probably of interest to about 0.1% of your readers :).

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