Jetblue increased their bag fee to $35 and pulled out of Oakland. You can save 20% at Amazon using 1 Membership Reward point. ANA outlined its Tokyo-Haneda expansion, which could be a good way to score a business class award in a few weeks.
JetBlue Increases Bag Fees; Reduces West Coast Service
JetBlue increased their bag fees from $30 to $35. JetBlue was the first major airline to increase their bag fees from $25 to $30, which was later followed by the other major airlines. I would expect other airlines to follow soon as well. This baggage increase shows why it’s so important to have a few airline credit cards to avoid the bag fees.
JetBlue is also pulling out completely from Oakland Airport. JetBlue flew to Oakland daily from New York-JFK and seasonally from Boston. JetBlue still services San Francisco Airport, which has been much more lucrative for most airlines than Oakland Airport.
Jetblue is also cutting its Long Beach focus city to only 15 flights per day. The cuts are to Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, and one daily flight to Las Vegas. JetBlue faced challenges from the local community trying to prevent JetBlue from expanding service at Long Beach. Further, the planned customs and immigration facility at the airport, which would have allowed JetBlue to offer international flights, was abandoned.
HT: Paxex Aero
ANA Outlines Route Expansion From Toky0-Haneda
ANA published flight schedules for its expansion at Tokyo-Haneda Airport for summer 2020. The new routes were previously announced last November.
Reservations will open up in a few weeks, so that could be a great time to snag a business class award for the late summer or early fall.
Here are the new flights from Tokyo-Haneda:
- Istanbul starting July 6th, will be operated daily by a 184-seater Boeing 787-8.
- Milan (MXP) starting April 20th, will be operated 3 times per week by a 215-seater 787-9, and operated daily after July 10th.
- Moscow (DME) starting July 1st, will be operated daily by a 767-300ER.
- Stockholm starting June 6th, will be operated 3 times weekly using a 184-seater 787-8, and operated daily after July 21st.
- Sydney’s service will increase from 1 to 2 daily flights starting March 29th, and operated by 246-seater 787-9.
[HT: Routes Online]
- LATAM, which is switching from OneWorld to SkyTeam, will be moving from Terminal 8 to Terminal 4 at JFK starting February 1st. Terminal 4 is primarily serviced by Delta, which acquired 20% of LATAM last year. LATAM business class and elite members will still have lounge access, but they will be downgraded from American’s Flagship Lounge to Delta’s SkyClub.
- Spirit Airlines is adding a flight between Oakland and Fort Lauderdale starting in April 2020 serviced by an Airbus A320.
- Brazilian Airline Azul is adding a flight from Viracopos (VCP) near Sao Paulo to New York-JFK starting June 15th.
- A new Escape or the Club airport lounge is expected to be added at Austin assuming approval by the City Council. The lounge is expected to be 8,000 square feet. I am hoping that Austin awards it to Escape Lounges, which are much better than the Club lounges. [VFTW]
- United is dropping non-stop service from Cleveland to Washington National (DCA) and New York (LGA) starting March 29th. United still flies to Newark and Washington D.C. (IAD), but DCA and LGA are more convenient for most travelers. [Cleveland.com]