Big Changes for Passengers of Frontier, JetBlue, Virgin America

Routes are being dropped by two airlines, and a third is cutting fares but adding fees.

LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney explains these big changes and pulls no punches.

Frontier Cuts Fares, Adds Fees

Frontier Airlines is revamping the way it does business which will be good news for some, not so good for others. From now on, the airline is de-cluttering its somewhat complicated fare tiers by offering just two.

  • Economy: Frontier says its offering lower average fares but everything is unbundled, meaning those who fly economy pay for any and everything from carry-on bags to beverages to seat selection (you can still get a free seat, but it will be randomly assigned and you could be separated from the rest of your traveling party).
  • Classic Plus: Higher airfare but many add-on fees are included.

Learn more about the changes here.

JetBlue Routes Dropped

As USA Today reports, JetBlue needs to free up some aircraft for its additional flights out of Washington D.C. Reagan National Airport, and as a result is cutting the following five routes.

  • West Palm Beach-San Juan, Puerto Rico: Last flight is June 16
  • San Francisco-Austin: Last flight is June 16
  • Oakland-Washington Dulles: Last flight is June 16
  • Long Beach, Calif.-Washington Dulles: Last flight is Sept. 2
  • Buffalo-Fort Myers, Fla.: Seasonal market, will not resume in November

Virgin America Cuts Routes

As FareCompare noted last week, Virgin America is cutting routes in anticipation of beginning flights out of Dallas’ Love Field in October.

  • Philadelphia service: Virgin America will drop Philly flights starting in early October.


Published: April 28, 2014