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I love it when airlines announce new routes and options for using your miles & points!
You’ll soon have more choices for low-cost travel within the US and to Costa Rica. And airlines like JetBlue and Alaska Airlines are expanding their Business Class and premium economy seating to even more routes!
Let’s see where you can go!
New Routes Mean More Ways to Get Big Travel With Small Money!
These new routes and more flights with premium seats mean more opportunities to use your miles & points!
And when low-cost airlines like Allegiant Air add new flights, you’ll have more choices for low-cost paid travel. Plus, it increases competition which often means other airlines will lower their fares to match!
1. New JetBlue Mint (Business Class) Routes
I wrote that JetBlue would soon add Mint (their version of Business Class) service on some flights from Boston. Starting in early 2017, they’ll add Mint to the following routes:
- Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood and Los Angeles (LAX)
- Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood and San Francisco
- Las Vegas and New York (JFK)
- San Diego and New York (JFK)
- San Diego and Boston
- Seattle and New York (JFK)
- Seattle and Boston
You can’t yet book Mint seats on these new flights, but they’ll be available in the coming months.
Remember, the price of a JetBlue award ticket depends on the cost of a paid seat, so keep an eye out for seat sales if you want to book a trip! And there are no blackout dates.
Folks like Mint for the lie-flat seats, fast security screening, getting their bags off the plane first, and terrific food. All JetBlue passengers get free Wi-Fi and live TV.
These new cards are great for folks who fly JetBlue, because they have better bonus categories and no foreign transaction fees. The JetBlue Plus and JetBlue Business cards give you your first checked bag free along with a 10% points rebate when you book an award flight!
2. Southwest Begins Flights Between Los Angeles and Liberia, Costa Rica
Southwest’s new route from Los Angeles to Liberia, Costa Rica, started this week with daily flights. It’s the first international Southwest route from Los Angeles.
Costa Rica is a terrific for eco-tourism, hiking, and nature. And Liberia is close to the ocean if you prefer to lay out on the beach!
It’s great that Southwest is adding more international routes to give us more options to use points! And it’s easy to earn lots of Southwest points from the Chase Southwest Premier (personal and small business) or Chase Southwest Plus cards. Or transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest.
Remember, if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend or family member can fly with you for (almost) free!
3. New Planes for Alaska Airlines Including Premium Economy Seats
Starting next year, Alaska Airlines’ regional partner airline Horizon Air will add 30 new Embraer E75 jets to its fleet. They’ll be able to fly longer distances and allow Alaska Airlines to expand jet service to routes between smaller cities.
What’s even more exciting is they’re including Alaska Airlines’ new premium economy seating on these jets, in addition to coach and First Class.
Alaska Airlines hasn’t yet released information on perks, pricing, or award flight costs for their new premium economy seats, which they’ll introduce in late 2016. But I’ll share the details as soon as I find out!
4. Allegiant Air Adds 10 New Routes
Budget airline Allegiant Air is adding 10 new routes starting this month to help you save!
New routes include:
- Jacksonville – Memphis
- Jacksonville – New Orleans
- Jacksonville – Richmond
- Orlando (Sanford) – Dayton
- Orlando (Sanford) – Flint
- Orlando (Sanford) – Richmond
- Savannah / Hilton Head – Indianapolis
- Savannah / Hilton Head – Pittsburgh
- Tampa / St. Petersburg – Dayton
- Tampa / St. Petersburg – Flint
One-way flights start at ~$39. Keep in mind, Allegiant Air adds fees for just about everything, including using a credit card (3.2% up to $8!), printing your boarding pass, large carry-on bags, seat selection, and checked bags.
Southwest is still my favorite low-cost airline in the US, because everyone gets 2 free checked bags and you can change or cancel your flight without penalty.
And y’all know how much Emily and I love the Southwest Companion Pass. Because a friend or family member can fly with you for almost free on paid or award flights for up to 2 years!
Let me know if you book a flight on these new routes!