Things to Know About JetBlue Vacations – Vacation Packages which Include Hotel, Airfare, and Rental Cars, all purchased through Jetblue.
Disclosure: I’ve been on four JetBlue Getaways /JetBlue Vacations over the last few years. One of them was provided at no cost for review, and the other three were paid in full by me. All opinions are my own.
Anyone who reads this blog regularly or follows me on Instagram will know that I am a big fan of JetBlue. As the airline with the most domestic departures out of Boston’s Logan International Airport, JetBlue almost always has a great flight option for my destination. In fact, I often choose my vacation destinations based upon the best JetBlue destinations offered from Boston. I do like to start my trips with a comfortable and reliable flight.
When we book a family vacation to a destination served by JetBlue, I usually look at JetBlue Getaways – vacation packages that include hotel, airfare, and (sometimes) rental cars. You can definitely save a lot of money by booking a JetBlue vacation package, and it can also be very convenient to have all of your reservations in one place. Here are some important things to know about JetBlue family vacations before booking.
How JetBlue Vacations Works
When you book a JetBlue Vacations package, you will pay for and receive a hotel room along with your flight. You also have the option of adding a rental car if your destination has them available as well as excursions and activities. It isn’t a guided tour – you are still on your own for your travel. The flight is exactly like a flight you’d book on your own, and the hotel is just like a hotel you’d book on your own.
We’ve booked several, including:
Marco Island Family Vacation – this trip included round trip flights to Fort Myers, a rental car, and a stay at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort on Marco Island. I wasn’t familiar with Marco Island before we booked this trip, but I found a great deals and saw great reviews online. It ended up being one of our favorite beach vacations. It was also our first JetBlue Vacations package and I was so surprised to see how much money we were able to save.
Nashville Family Vacation – I knew that I wanted to take my kids to Nashville and stay at the Gaylord Opryland (one of my favorite bucket list hotels). We were able to get a great deal over Thanksgiving a few years ago, which included the hotel, rental car, and round trip direct flights to Nashville from Boston. Although I wasn’t able to book a balcony room through the vacation package, I was able to upgrade once I arrived.
Grand Cayman (this one was hosted by JetBlue Getaways and included a stay at the Westin Grand Cayman as well as flights to Grand Cayman. They paid for our flights and hotel, and we paid for our activities)
In November, we went on another JetBlue Vacation from Boston to Bermuda. That one included direct flights to Bermuda as well as a hotel stay at the Fairmont Bermuda Southampton. Rental cars aren’t offered in Bermuda, so that wasn’t an option for this particular vacation package. Therefore, we only booked the hotel and airfare.
Are JetBlue Vacations All Inclusive?
No, these vacations aren’t all-inclusive. They don’t include meals, transfers, or excursions (unless these are purchased as part of the package).
How to Book a JetBlue Vacations Package
You can price and book JetBlue vacation packages online, or by calling. Unlike booking airfare, you won’t pay a fee to talk to a phone rep to book a package. However, I find it easy to book online, because I can see all of the options right in front of me.
I always look at the packages and decide which hotel I want first. Then, I compare price of the flight and hotel booked as a package with the price if they were booked separately. In my experience, the vacation package has been less expensive, but I always check. Packages work best when they are to a destination with lots of flight options from your home city. There are some destinations, that are served by JetBlue but aren’t currently available as a vacation destination (like Seattle, where we’d love to book a vacation package).
The price shown will typically include a specific flight and a specific class of hotel room. Once you select an option, you’ll want to go into the details and make sure that’s the flight that you want. You may end up wanting to switch the flight times to be more convenient. Keep an eye on the price, because that can sometimes increase when you change the original flight time offered.
You can also review the hotel rooms that are offered. There may be an option to upgrade your room type or get a different view. That will depend on the hotel and what is available for Jetblue to book. When we booked our family vacation to Bermuda, for example, we had a variety of different room types to choose from. I’d recommend looking at online reviews of the hotel as you book to see what room type would be best.
Benefits of Booking JetBlue Vacations
Are JetBlue Vacations a good deal? In my experience, they are. I’ve always found that I’ve been able to save money purchasing the package rather than the individual components. Definitely do your research in advance however, so you can feel comforted that you are getting the best deal. It’s always a good idea to look at multiple websites to compare the prices.
In addition to the price, there are other benefits to booking a JetBlue vacations travel package. For instance, you’ll get 6 TrueBlue points per eligible dollar on the costs of the package (including the airfare and the hotel). You can also use a combination of cash and TrueBlue points to book your trip – perfect if you don’t have enough points to cover the entire trip.
If you have the JetBlue Mastercard, you’ll also get an additional 3 miles per dollar spent for the regular card, and 6 miles per dollar spent for the Plus card. That can certainly add up. You’ll also get a $100 statement credit for the first JetBlue Vacation that you book per year with the Plus card. That can make the annual fee worth it.
There are other benefits to booking vacation packages through JetBlue. There’s a price guarantee if you find a better vacation package price within 48 hours of booking. I usually do all of our research before booking, but it’s always good to have a guarantee in case anything changes.
Because I get so many miles for a getaway, I get a good head start for my next vacation, before I even leave!
Booking Room Upgrades
When I booked our Nashville family vacation over Thanksgiving, I wanted to stay at the Gaylord Opryland. I really wanted a room with a balcony, but JetBlue vacations didn’t offer that when we originally booked our trip. However, when I arrived at the hotel, I inquired about the upgrade and they were able to offer it for an additional (and reasonable) fee.
If you do that, just keep in mind that you’ll be paying that fee directly to the hotel, which means that you won’t get TrueBlue miles for it. The same goes for resort fees, parking, or anything else that you charge to your room rather than pay to JetBlue at the time of booking.
Depending on the hotel, you may be able to book an upgraded room or a suite at the time of booking your JetBlue Vacations package. In that case, you’ll get TrueBlue miles. If you think you may want a better room, I’d recommend booking it at the time you purchase the entire package if it’s offered. That way, you’ll earn even more miles.
Is it worth booking JetBlue Vacations?
I definitely recommend looking at prices first. If JetBlue Vacations ends up being a good deal, or even if it’s a similar deal, it’s probably worthwhile because of the TrueBlue miles. I love earning points, and you can really rack up a lot if you book a vacation package (even more if you have the Plus credit card). I also find that it’s helpful to have all of my reservations in one place. I book the package, and then I don’t have to worry about getting a rental car or a hotel room.
Where Can You Book a JetBlue Vacation Package?
They are offered in a variety of locations in the US, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Popular family destinations include:
- Phoenix, AZ
- Sarasota, FL
- Tampa, FL
- Washington DC
- San Diego
- Turks & Caicos
- Grand Cayman
- Puerto Rico
- Costa Rica
Have you booked a JetBlue Vacations package?