JetBlue’s Boston All BluePass Is Back for a Bit

JetBlue's Boston All Pass is Back

Just two days ago I wrote an update on JetBlue’s BluePassoffer, but here’s a new fact: JetBlue’s Boston All pass, which allows unlimited flying to/from Boston to ALL airports serviced by JetBlue during the promotion period, including those in the Caribbean, is back for 48 hours! If you hesitated the first time around or new plans have come up in the meantime, now’s the time to buy one of these passes. The Boston All price is still $1,999, and allows unlimited travel from August 22nd to November 22nd, 2011.

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JetBlue’s BluePass: Only 2 Weeks and 2 Pass Types Left to Buy

If you live in Boston and expect to travel frequently around the East Coast between August 22nd and November 22nd, 2011, or live in the East Coast but will be traveling out to Boston a lot during the next 3 months, you should check out JetBlue’s current BluePass sale. The same goes for those of you who live in the LA area and are looking to travel around the West Coast or to Chicago, Vegas or Austin.

I wrote about the BluePass a couple of weeks ago, but, as an update, the Boston All ticket is sold out now. The Boston Select ticket, which allows unlimited travel between Boston and 13 airports in the East Coast plus Bermuda from August 22nd to November 22nd is still available for $1,499. The Long Beach Select is $1,299 and allows unlimited travel during the time period to 9 different cities. For a list of cities or to learn more about the terms and conditions, check out my previous post.

If you choose to get the BluePass, note that the offer is no longer showing on JetBlue’s homepage but is available until August 31, 2011 and can be found here.

JetBlue’s Unlimited Travel Pass make Autumn Jet-Setting a Breeze

If you are looking at a lot of pre-Thanksgiving travel, counting all of the weddings, family reunions, and long weekends, – or would just like an excuse to take more trips this Fall – you may want to look at JetBlue’s new BluePass tickets. These passes offer unlimited travel to and from Boston and Long Beach, CA, from August 22nd to November 22nd. BluePass tickets will be on sale until the end of August, or while supplies last, and flights can be booked starting on August 15th.

There are three BluePass options: Boston All, Boston Select, and Long Beach Select. The Boston All ticket goes for $1999 plus taxes and allows unlimited travel between Boston and all airports served by JetBlue from Boston, including several cities in the West Coast and many Caribbean destinations such as San Juan and Aruba (direct) and Saint Lucia, Montego Bay, and Cancun (connecting).

The Boston Select ticket ($1499) is more tailored towards business travel, allowing unlimited travel between Boston and 13 other cities, Chicago being the furthest West. Other valuable cities for business travelers included in this ticket are Washington, DC (both Dulles and National airports), New York JFK, and Pittsburgh. But this doesn’t mean this ticket can’t be used for fun too: you can also fly to/from Jacksonville and Bermuda this Fall with the Boston Select ticket.

From the West Coast, the Long Beach Select ticket ($1299) has some great destinations as well. The ticket covers unlimited pre-Thanksgiving travel between Long Beach and Las Vegas, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle, Austin, and Chicago.

To buy any of these BluePass tickets, you need to be a member of TrueBlue, JetBlue’s frequent flier program for which you can sign up for free. You will then get 12,000 TrueBlue points if you buy the Boston All ticket, 9000 for the Boston Select and 8000 for the Long Beach Select ticket. Unfortunately, these are the only miles you will get for the BluePass tickets; JetBlue is not giving points for the actual flights taken with these passes.

Nonetheless, these passes come with a lot of flexibility. Flights can be booked or canceled up to 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time, which allows for last minute changes as well as spur-of-the-moment trips. Also, a no-show fee of $100 will only be assessed if you don’t show up for your trips twice within a 7-day period. In that case, your pass will only be reinstated once you pay the fee.

This is not a mileage run deal, but we are right in the middle of wedding season, and if you are starting to resent all those events for which you have to fly, these BluePass tickets may soften the blow. Besides, if one of these BluePass tickets is already financially worthwhile given the trips you expect to take before Thanksgiving, adding more trips on will just make it better. And if you legitimately have consistent business travel to or from Boston or Long Beach, getting work to pay for a BluePass ticket could be a great perk. Once you have the ticket, let the fun begin. With unlimited travel, it’s ok to take several weekend breaks and fly to the beach just because.

On Amtrak: Ride Two or Three, Get a Summer One Free

Money Under Your Futon has covered the Amtrak Guest Rewards program several times before, noting that it is a spending-based rather than miles-based program, as it gives points according to the price of the ticket rather than the distance traveled.  The number of points needed for a free ticket also varies by line, with the Northeastern and the Acela being two of the most expensive points-wise.  But until March 13, 2010, riding on the Northeastern – which goes through Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston – or its expressed version, the Acela, may turn out to be a good deal: Amtrak is offering a free Northeastern round-trip ticket for the summer if you take 2 round-trips (or 4 one-way trips) between January 7 and March 13, 2010.  On the Acela, it takes 3 round-trips (or 6 one-way trips) to earn an Acela round-trip ticket for the summer.

Without this promotion, earning enough points for a free trip on the Northeastern or the Acela takes quite a while: to accumulate points, Amtrak Guest Rewards gives one point for every dollar spent on a regular Amtrak ticket and 500 points on the Acela; but a one-way trip on the Northeastern usually requires 3,000 points, and, on the Acela, a business class ticket (there are only business and first class seats on the Acela) goes for 8,000 points.  That is, for a free one-way ticket, you usually have to spend $1500 on Amtrak or take 16 one-way trips on Acela (or a mix between the two).  In contrast, with the current promotion, you only need 2 trips on the Northeastern or 3 trips on the Acela to earn a free round-trip ticket on the respective train.

For both promotions, the qualifying trips must be taken by March 13, 2010, and the free ticket will be valid for travel from June 1, 2010 and August 31, 2010.  Taking advantage of these deals may require some forward planning (and having an idea of your summer plans), but at least enrollment is easy.  To register for them, just log into your Amtrak Guest Rewards and, under the “promotion registration” tab, enter code 10810 for the Northeastern and/or 10710 for the Acela.

August Is Restaurant Month

I hope you have worked up an appetite this summer, because Restaurant Week has finally arrived this summer.  This semi-annual affair first started in the 1980s and has hence become one of the most highly-anticipated events of the season.  Prices this year (depending on the city) are set at $20.09-24.07 for the prix-fixe lunch and $33.09-35 for dinner.  If you have never participated at a Restaurant Week, I highly encourage you to try this year.  If you do your research in advance (for which Zagat is a great resource), you might be getting a three-course culinary masterpiece at some of the finest restaurants in town at a fraction of the usual cost.

While the official NYC’s official Restaurant Week was supposed to have ended on July 31st, it has now been extended through Labor Day (click here for more information).  And Boston and DC are having their Restaurant Weeks from August 9-21 and August 24-30, respectively.  Experience tells us that these dates will most likely be extended as well.  Once you have created a list of restaurants to check out, be sure to make your reservations at OpenTable so you can collect points for a gift certificate for your next meal.  Happy Eating!