Remember JetBlue’s All You Can Jet passes? In the past couple of years, the New York-based airline’s unlimited travel deals proved so popular they’d sell out in a day or so.
JetBlue, United Unlimited Deals Gone
Now they’ve gone the way of free meals in coach. JetBlue dropped the deals last summer. Another unlimited deal no longer available: United’s Premier Baggage, which debuted in 2009 and allowed travelers to pay a flat $250 for a year’s worth of free bags – for the pass holder and up to eight traveling companions. Not long after United made Continental disappear through the magic of merger, the Premier Baggage deal pulled a vanishing act, too.
Why Unlimited Deals are Scarce
So is every single all-you-can-eat airline deal dead? No, but they’re getting a lot harder to find. Partly that’s because they have a fairly short shelf-life. And, a lot of the deals are geared to a limited number of flyers, such as JetBlue’s final all-you-can-fly pass which featured fares only to-or-from Boston and Long Beach – plus, its steep price tag (beginning at $1,299) meant it was pretty much limited to business travelers. Once JetBlue finished wringing all the publicity value out of the deal – like introducing its new cities and new pricing to road warriors – execs may have felt it had served its purpose.
American’s Old First Class Flight Deals – Hurting the Airline?
Also, sometimes there are problems with overly savvy travelers getting too big a bang for their buck, which may have happened with American Airlines’ old AAirpass program. As The Los Angeles Times noted, some of AA’s unlimited first class travel passes – which were sold back in the 1980’s for the-then astronomical price of $350,000 – are still in use. Now that the bankrupt carrier is apparently losing money on some of these deals, they reportedly want to call a halt.
Current Unlimited Deals
Today’s unlimited deals are different from the old days – for one thing, most do have some limits – on time frames, destinations and more. But if you feel one of these deals might be right for you, check out these possibilities (but as always, read the fine print carefully):