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JetBlue and Marriott Port-au-Prince Team Up to Give Back to Haiti

Where: 147, Avenue Jean Paul II, Turgeau Port-au-Prince, Haiti
July 27, 2015 at 1:37 PM | by | ()

You've got to love a great partnership.

From now until August 29th, 2015, anyone planning on flying JetBlue to Port-au-Prince from Fort Lauderdale, Boston or JFK will be able to stay at Marriott Port-au-Prince for a fantastic flat rate of $125 per night — plus score a $1 per person breakfast. That's a team-up where we all win.

But even better, JetBlue and Marriott have banded together with the Haitian nonprofit MUCI. They'll donate to MUCI $1 (the price guests pay for breakfast), the organization sponsors reforestation efforts and fights poverty by planting one tree for every dollar donated.

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Batter Up! JetBlue Now Streaming Live Baseball Games

July 23, 2015 at 9:07 AM | by | ()

Baseball fans, rejoice! You'll no longer need to wait with bated breath for the plane to land to find out how the big game goes. Thanks to JetBlue, Major League Baseball will now be available to stream — even while cruising at 35,000-feet.

USA Today shares the news that JetBlue flyers will now have free access to MLB.TV — which airs live games — via MLB’s "At Bat" mobile app. MLB.TV requires a subscription on the ground, but access will be complimentary when flying aboard JetBlue. So if you have a laptop, smartphone or tablet, you're just a couple clicks (or taps) away from tuning in. It goes without saying that WiFi is needed, but 90% of JetBlue's Airbus planes are equipped with WiFi, with the rest to be equipped by September, reports USA Today. (JetBlue's Embraer E190 planes will get it in 2016.)

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JetBlue's T5 Rooftop is Basically Where You Want to Hang Out All Summer

July 7, 2015 at 12:49 PM | by | ()

Real talk, New Yorkers: JetBlue has a better rooftop than you.

No offense, we love that patch of withered brown grass in Williamsburg that you call your own — and for only the annual price of a Mercedes, no less! But JetBlue just opened its T5 Rooftop — at the airline's JFK home, Terminal 5 — and we're sorry to say that it kind of upstages even your nifty new corn hole set. The rooftop area is now the only post-security outdoor space accessible to all travelers, and it's open from 6 AM to 10 PM daily during the summer. So when you're waiting for your flight and need a reprieve from recycled airport air and the sweet wafts of your fellow passengers' grab-and-go lunchmeat sandwiches, you can step out on to a wood roof deck with rare views of the Manhattan skyline (repeat that to yourself for emphasis), outdoor patio furniture, and plenty of green space boasting oak leaved hydrangeas, lilyturf, sweetsphire and other lovely plantings you won't recognize by name. (But, good to know, right?) There's also free Wi-Fi! Grab your laptop and soak up some rays, people.

It's basically a small park. It's dog-friendly (this is the first post-security dog walk area at JFK), and you'll even find "New York-centric" (as worded in a press release) food vendors: think street carts hawking Hebrew National hot dogs and Brooklyn's Blue Marble ice cream. And JetBlue "will host an ongoing Summer Friday series with DJ sets, acoustic performances, food and beverage samplings and other entertainment offerings" on the roof deck too.

You? You have a Foreman grill. And honestly, a plane ticket is probably less than your NYC rent.

Well done, JetBlue. We should, like, totally hang out more. [Applies SPF.]

[Photo by Paul Rivera]

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Flight Review: JetBlue Mint is a Refreshing Take on First Class

July 6, 2015 at 5:37 PM | by | ()

It’s been five years since this editor last flew JetBlue. So when faced with needing a one-way flight from JFK to LAX, it was with great pain that I made what felt like a Sophie’s Choice, and turned my back on my beloved Virgin America (and the opportunity to pile on Elevate points to my already hefty pile), to try out JetBlue’s first class offering, JetBlue Mint.

Jaunted test-piloted JetBlue Mint on the ground when it launched in 2014 and the photos from that session are very true to what we found on board. I'm using my own photos for this review but if you need further detail on the items onboard, go here.

DEDICATED CHECK-IN
The day before my flight, I received many emails from JetBlue about the flight but one immediately caught my eye. The email announced they were testing a dedicated check-in for anyone flying JetBlue Mint from JFK to LAX or SFO or be a member of the airline’s Mosaic program. You can read all about that experience here. Essentially, Mint flyers have a private check-in and private security lane to go through.

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JetBlue is Testing a 'Dedicated Check-in' Area For Mint and Mosaic Passengers at JFK

July 2, 2015 at 11:40 AM | by | ()

JetBlue made headlines this week with its new checked baggage fee (we can still hear the internet groaning about this) but the airline is also offering a new way to check in for your flight at JFK.

The day before our flight from JFK to LAX, we received an email from JetBlue saying we were eligible for a "dedicated check-in experience” on the arrivals level of Terminal 5, separate from the usual check-in spots. This type of "private" check-in is usually only seen for first class or business class on international airlines. So to have it here on a domestic flight sounded intriguing.

But there was a catch—we had to be traveling to LAX or SFO on JetBlue Mint or we had to be a Mosaic member. Fortunately, we were flying Mint so we qualified for the new check-in.

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More Mint for JFK as JetBlue Picks Up What United's Dropping

June 18, 2015 at 4:03 PM | by | ()

While loyal United flyers may still be reeling from the airline's recent announcement that they'd be completely withdrawing from New York's JFK Airport—moving their "p.s." all-business-class transcontinental flights over to their Newark hub—another airline has quickly stepped up to fill the hole.

This morning, JetBlue stated that they'd be increasing their number of daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK to both Los Angeles-LAX and San Francisco-SFO, beginning October 25. That same date is, conveniently, the day United is scheduled to pull their six daily JFK flights to LAX and seven to SFO. And it's not just like JetBlue is throwing some extra flights onto the schedule; the boost will be exclusively Airbus A321s with JetBlue's premium "Mint" class onboard. Have a look around.

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Couple Says 'I Do' in Impromptu In-Flight Wedding on JetBlue

June 5, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | ()

It won't be winning at Pinterest, but a recent mid-air wedding is quickly capturing the hearts of travelers, thanks to a YouTube video making the rounds.

The couple who said their "I dos"—Chas and Dina—hopped a JetBlue flight to Seattle in order to elope. At some point, the cabin crew found out about this romantic plans, and decided to offer some in-flight entertainment in the form of an onboard wedding ceremony.

Weddings on airplanes are nothing new. Virgin Australia (nee Virgin Blue) hosted one as early as 2008, Southwest had their first mid-air marriage just last year, and Fiji Airways currently holds the Guinness World Record for world's highest ceremony. (At 41,000-feet, if you were wondering.)

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Ranking US Airlines By Their In-Flight Music Playlists

May 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | ()

Icelandair aires Björk. Norwegian Air Shuttle plays unpronounceable Scandinavian artists like Röyksopp. And Hawaiian Airlines leaves passengers with some soothing ukulele. In-flight music sets the tone for an entire journey. While boarding your flight, would you rather hear some overly dramatic piano cover of Asia’s "Heat of the Moment" like it’s 1982, or bounce to the addictive electronic beats of The XX?

We decided to examine the music on various US airlines. Who has the best tunes? To decide, we considered criteria like modernity, tempo, mood setting capabilities, variety — and number of piano or glee club cover songs.

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JetBlue Teams Up With Amazon For More In-Flight Streaming

May 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

Just last month we were celebrating the greatness that is JetBlue and their version of in-flight WiFi — or as they like to call it, Fly-Fi. The basic Fly-Fi plans are free, and it seems like that’s going to continue for the forseeable future. But what if you’re looking for a little more bandwidth? Like, say, enough to catch up on a little television?

According to Yahoo Finance, JetBlue has you covered through a new partnership with Amazon. Amazon Prime subscribers will now have free access to Amazon Prime's library of TV shows, movies and other videos. Subscribers won't have to pay for the premium Fly-Fi Plus service that is typically required for streaming vids. (They'll also have access to Amazon's music streaming service, e-books, apps and more.) JetBlue is already known for their complimentary access to plenty of live television channels, but seriously — when it comes to in-flight entertainment, the more the merrier, right?!

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Mamava Lactation Suites Debut in New York-Area Airports Just in Time for Mother’s Day

May 8, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | ()

JetBlue and Mamava have a special Mother’s Day present for nursing moms passing through JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK International Airport: the gift of privacy.

The Mamava Lactation Suite, which debuted May 6, gives nursing moms a comfy, private place to nurse or pump. The 4 X 8-foot pods comfortably fit a woman traveling with a breast pump and luggage — and of course, a baby. The suite has fold-down tables, electrical outlets and cushy seats.

LaGuardia also debuted one Mamava lactation suite while Newark’s Liberty introduced two. Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport has had one since March, and according to USA Today, plans are in the works to bring the suites to Houston and Atlanta as well. The message on the suite at JFK explains the concept perfectly:

Hello Mamas! The Mamava Suite provides a solution for nursing mother’s on-the-go –- because necessity is the mother of invention! This private, peaceful, practical room is perfect for women who need to pump or breastfeed. Breastfeeding is welcome anywhere in T5, but please feel free to use this lactation suite if you need a place to pump or a quieter place to nurse your baby.
The suite provides the same message in Spanish on the other side.

Kudos to all the partners involved with these suites – instead of contributing to boob-gates (poorly handled public breastfeeding incidents) they are offering solutions. The suites will be in place through October and might be extended, presumably based on usage and feedback.

[Photo: Seventh Generation]

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JetBlue Recycles Old Uniforms Into New Carry-Ons

April 23, 2015 at 11:25 AM | by | ()

Now there’s a way to carry your love for JetBlue with you all day long, as USA Today reports that the carrier recently donated a whole bunch of old uniforms, fabrics, and other leftovers in hopes of helping the textiles finding a second life. Thankfully the folks over at the Manhattan Portage were up for the challenge, and they have been busy upcycling things into all kinds of new goodies.

Carry-on bags, totes, messenger bags, and more are now all available, and if you want to get something for us—we kind of like the cute little toiletry bag. All in all there are five new options from which to choose, and they’re all part of the JetBlue Uniform Bag Collection with items starting at $39.

Jackets, rain pants, and flight attendant shirts are just some of the materials getting the recycling treatment, and we have to say each looks pretty darn nice. No word on if bringing one with you on your next JetBlue flight will get you anything special, but we wouldn't be surprised if you scored a smile from the crew.

[Photo: Facebook / Manhattan Portage]

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JetBlue is Adding Hotelier To Its Resume (Kind Of)

April 15, 2015 at 6:19 PM | by | ()

HotelChatter got a bit too excited earlier today when they read the news that JetBlue would be opening a hotel out of the iconic TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport.

While JetBlue has partnered up with a hotel developer, the terminal won't be a JetBlue Hotel a la Virgin Hotels. Still, we'll keep our fingers crossed for some cool JetBlue partnerships since the airline's main terminal is just across the way.

But JetBlue does have another hotel of sorts in Orlando--The Lodge at OSC. Sadly, it's not for regular folk as USA Today tells us it's a hotel built specifically for JetBlue employees visiting the airline's Orlando Support Center (OSC), which includes the "JetBlue University." However, it does have a quite a few similar perks to your average boutique hotel. Here's what's inside:

· A 24-hour, 2,000-square-foot gym and fitness facility

· Walking track and bicycles for use on local roads

·Outdoor fire pit seating area

·Basketball half-court, soccer practice field, fields for kickball and softball

· Saltwater pool

· Complimentary guest laundry facilities

And we're assuming Free WiFi. Please.

TAKE A LOOK AROUND THE TWA FLIGHT CENTER HERE

[Photo: Jaunted]