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Make way for business class on JetBlue — what does this mean for the rest of us?

Our-Planes-Image-962-x-440Extra legroom seats apparently aren’t enough.  Jet Blue, which has one class of seats since its inception, has now unveiled plans for four suites-style seats with sliding privacy doors— as well as 12 more traditional business class seats that all will recline to flat beds – on its coast-to-coast flights.

Why?  Money, of course.  Jet Blue has been missing out on the most profitable part of the market—business class — and the move will put the NYC-based airline on a par with American, Delta, United which are all in the process of doing this on transcontinental flights.

What does that mean for the rest of us?  Even though Jet Blue says these seats only will take up a very small percentage of the total seats, there will still be fewer seats for those of us who simply want to get from NYC to the West Coast the cheapest way possible.  And as other airlines jump on this profitable market, that will be the case across the industry?

How can we get a deal? Here are eight tips to help you plan:

1. Plan Smart.   Check a site that gives you air fare comparisons like Kayak.com or Matrix Airfare Search.   You can see a calendar that tells you the lowest fares for specific dates and a calendar that tells you the difference if you adjust your travel dates.

2. Be as Flexible as you can—Typically, It Is cheapest to fly Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and obviously avoid key vacation weeks or be prepared to pay more to fly then.  You can set up air fare price alerts on sites like www.airfarewatchdog.com  or a newsletter on deals from www.theflightdeal.com  where you can also hunt for promotions using miles.

3. Consider alternate airports.  It may be worth driving a little farther if you can save significantly.

4. What amenities really matter to you? The website www.routehappy.com searches for the “happiest” flights based on lowest fares whether you care about the newest planes, roomy seat, entertainment, WiFi or more.   And www.Hipmunk.com  lets you search by “agony”—how many stops and length of delays you get for the lowest price.  

5. Make friends on Facebook and follow your new pals on Twitter—with airlines—they may announce fare deals there– and websites like theflightdeal.com or www.airfarewatchdog.com   where you can search for today’s lowest fares from specific destinations and sign up for alerts.

6. If you typically fly one airline, get that airline’s credit card.  Your miles will pile up faster and your baggage fee often will be waived.They might even give you a discounted drink on board. 

7. Don’t be afraid to mix and match airlines if you get a better deal.

8. Money back Guarantee—there’s nothing more frustrating than booking a flight only to have the ticket price go down.  With www.Yapta.com   tracks flight prices before and after you book and then pushes alerts to your phone when the price drops and will help you get an Airline refund if you qualify.

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