News You Should Know from JetBlue, Southwest, United, Virgin America

Some updates on sales, routes and even baggage restrictions from four airlines. If you live in the Dallas area, don’t miss the news from Virgin America. We’ll do this in alphabetical order.

JetBlue – New Bundle Sale

JetBlue’s popular Go-Pack sale returns, but it’s not for everyone. It probably won’t be worth it for most leisure flyers but could be perfect for business travelers. Go-Packs are bundled, one-way flights to a limited range of destinations for a single price – and prices begin at $739 for six one-way intra-California flights.

Do the math and you’ll see that an individual Go-Pack flight is typically more expensive than JetBlue’s cheapest deals, but these fares are good for travel almost anytime so they are a better deal than last-minute fares most road warriors pay. Here are the current Go-Pack routes on sale, and you can learn more at JetBlue.

  • Flights between Southern California’s Long Beach and northern California cities
  • Flights between New York’s JFK and Upstate New York and New England cities
  • Flights between New York airports and several Florida cities
  • Flights between Boston and the Washington, D.C. area

Note: These Go-Pack deals must be purchased by March 10.

Southwest – More International Routes

Back in January, Southwest announced it would begin flights to the Bahamas in July and now they’re adding more Caribbean routes plus Mexico beach resort destinations.

  • August: Southwest begins daily nonstop service to Cancun, Los Cabos and Nassau from Atlanta, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Orange County in California.
  • October: Southwest begins nonstop flights from Denver to Mexico destinations.

See more on Southwest’s website.

United – Baggage News

United is cracking down on oversized carry-on bags. The airline has reportedly placed those bag-sizing crates in most airports, and if your bag doesn’t fit, it will be checked and you’ll likely have to pay the fee ($25 for a first bag, $35 for a second). United’s current maximum size limit for a carry-on is 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm) and note that this includes handles and wheels.

Virgin America – Expansion for Dallas

Some competition for Southwest may be on the way this fall – and maybe, lower prices. Virgin America has announced its intent to secure two gates at Southwest’s Dallas stronghold, Love Field, in order to begin new daily, nonstop flights from Love Field to New York’s LaGuardia, Washington, D.C.’s Reagan, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago’s O’Hare. These slots are among those American Airlines is divesting as part of its agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to continue its US Airways merger.

If all goes according to plan, the Virgin America press release says it will “move its current operations from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Love Field in October 2014.”

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Published: March 5, 2014