JetBlue and American Are Capping Airfares from Florida at $99 During Hurricane Irma
Amidst so many stories about airlines raising prices on airfares out of Hurricane Irma's path, JetBlue and American Airlines have both taken the opposite approach, setting the maximum price of a one-way ticket out of Florida at $99. Delta has also reduced its highest fares ahead of the hurricane.
The price surging of airfare around impending natural disasters has always been morally problematic since selling seats to the highest bidder effectively endorses the idea that only rich people deserve to evacuate.
It's concept that some of the Brad's Deals team experienced firsthand earlier this week as they booked their own tickets out of the U.S. Virgin Islands. One team member recounted watching seats disappear as she was booking her own hiked-up ticket. "Should I look around more?" she asked her mom, who rightfully said "Just book the ticket."
Our crew are bargain hunters to a fault, so thank you, C's mom, for pressing the very important point that price gouged or not, the best deal is the one that potentially saves your life.
And kudos to JetBlue, American, and Delta for doing the right thing, knowing those fares will be snapped up quickly. It's unclear if there are any fares left at this point, but if you're looking to get out of Florida before Irma makes landfall, it's worth a shot.
JetBlue is charging a maximum of $99 for nonstop flights and $159 on connecting flights. They've added extra flights to accommodate demand and are waiving cancellation and change fees. JetBlue flies out of Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Daytona Beach, Orlando, and West Palm Beach.
American Airlines is charging a maximum of $99 for nonstop flights and $159 on connecting flights out of Florida for tickets sold through Sunday 9/10 on travel until 9/13. They fly from Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.
Delta is charging a maximum of $399 on flights from Florida and impacted islands, plus adding more flights from Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Key West to Atlanta. Delta flies from Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fort Walton Beach, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key West, Melbourne, Miami, Orlando, Panama City, Pensacola, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.
To all of our friends in the path of this storm, best of luck, and please stay safe.