For my 4-day cruise on Virgin Voyages, I needed to get to the Port of Miami, so the most logical options would be to fly into Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Comparing pricing, JetBlue had the lowest-priced flight, but we would have to fly into Fort Lauderdale (FLL) instead of Miami (MIA). FLL is 30 miles from the Miami Cruise Port, compared to just around 8 miles from MIA. It seemed that the Uber/Lyft would only be $25-30 more from FLL than MIA, so the flight savings would be worth it & JetBlue Economy was booked!
JetBlue Airways Flight 571
New York (LGA) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
Aircraft: Airbus A320- Glad to Be Blue
Booking JetBlue Economy
I booked a “Blue” fare, which is the standard economy option that comes with a carry-on, free standard seat selection at booking and offers free changes & cancellations to a travel bank valid for one year. The Blue fare on my flight was $30 more than the Blue Basic fare, which does not allow free changes & cancellations or advanced seat selection (until 24 hours before the flight).
Since there was bad weather predicted, the morning of the flight I got an email waiving change fees. I decided to switch to the earlier flight as I was on the last flight of the night and it seemed that the storm would be worse later in the night. My original flight ended up getting to the gate an hour late, so I was happy to fly on the earlier flight.
Upgrade to Even More Space
At booking and check-in, prices for the Even More Space (rows 1-5 and exit rows 10-11) cost $82 for a middle seat and $89 for a window or aisle. This is a lot more than when I flew this exact route in March 2023 and it cost $58 for a middle seat and $64 for a window or aisle. If you book the JetBlue Even More Space Seats, you also get Early Boarding, and Priority Security if it’s available at your airport. But keep in mind that the priority security would only be helpful if you don’t have TSA Precheck or Clear.
I decided to pass on the Even More Space upgrade and try out the standard Economy product.
JetBlue Boarding Groups
Currently, JetBlue’s boarding order is below:
- Pre-boarding for customers with disabilities
- Mosaic and Mint® customers
- Even More® Space customers (Group A)
- Courtesy Boarding for active military personnel and customers traveling with children in car seats and strollers
- Group B
- Group C
- Group D
- Group E
- Group F
- All remaining customers
Customers on the same reservation and checked in together will be assigned to the same boarding group. But keep in mind. if you are on the same reservation and check-in separately, you are not guaranteed the same boarding group.
How boarding is said to work on JetBlue is that those in the rear of the plane and window seats get an earlier boarding group (B). Then, it goes to those in the middle seats in the middle of the plane (C). Lastly, those towards the front of the plane and/or in aisle seats will board later (D). Then, of course, Blue Basic (Basic Economy) passengers will board in Groups E and F.
In terms of carry-on bags, if you are boarding in group D and your plane is full, you may not find room for your carry-on.
Since my travel companion and I had assigned seats towards the middle/rear in a window middle seat, we got boarding group B. The whole group assignment was a bit funky, where I got a notification that they changed my group to C a few hours before the flight, perhaps because I was in a middle seat. They did keep my travel companion who was at the window in B. But, I already screenshotted my boarding pass and boarded in B with my travel companion with no issues.