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Colleenbs Mar 3, 19 1:11 pm

How is JetBlue for Boston to DCA weekly commute?
 
hi! I will be flying frequently between Boston (Logan) and D.C. (DCA) because I will work in DC and fly home to see my fiancť on the weekends (sometimes flying back to boston on Thursday and returning on Tuesday to D.C) Which airline has the better value to do this? Jet blue and American Airlines seem to have the most direct D.C. -Boston roundteip flights....which is cheaper and/or more reliable (in terms of cancelations and delays)?

Also, depending which airline is better if any, which credit card should I get to get the most reward points to pay the least in flights for whichever airline? Should I get a jet blue credit card or an AA credit card? Or a generic travel rewards card?

Also, my fiancť has platinum status with AA...does that mean I should try to get status with AA as well or is it better to have status with a different airline so we can both take advantage?

Any information would be helpful! Thanks!!!

Often1 Mar 3, 19 2:26 pm

Unless you have access to a negotiated corporate discount on AA, you will likely find B6 significantly cheaper. Changes are also free once you achieve status. The current thinking is that you will do better with a card not associated with a specific carrier, but you can look at the various cards to figure out what you want out of the program.

hi55us Mar 3, 19 6:46 pm

Best card is definately the Amex Platinum or Citi Prestige which will earn 5x on Airfare/travel. Both cards will also give you priority pass lounge access that you will be able to use in Boston or Washington.

tkey75 Mar 4, 19 8:37 am


Originally Posted by hi55us (Post 30843978)
Best card is definately the Amex Platinum or Citi Prestige which will earn 5x on Airfare/travel. Both cards will also give you priority pass lounge access that you will be able to use in Boston or Washington.

I prefer B6 E190's to ex-US planes on that route. You'd have to fly that route a LOT to get to Mosaic because they are usually cheap. Ditto to lounge access tho, but in BOS, those flights usually depart from the other side of the terminal. On those short flights I am showing up at the last possible second so not really useful to me.

craz Mar 4, 19 11:31 am


Originally Posted by hi55us (Post 30843978)
Best card is definately the Amex Platinum or Citi Prestige which will earn 5x on Airfare/travel. Both cards will also give you priority pass lounge access that you will be able to use in Boston or Washington.

If the OP will fly JB then Id say then 1st CC s/b the Barclay JB CC (with the AF) that way once $50k is spent theyd be Mosaic and can CX any res any time, and 2 free bags per person when using the ,pts for award tkts. Besides when stuff hits the fan the Mosaic folks are great.Once the $50k is reached then Id use the other CCs also if Mosaic day of flight the extra extra leg room seats are $0

danib62 Mar 5, 19 8:08 am

Be prepared to never have an on-time afternoon/evening flight.

Colleenbs Mar 5, 19 8:09 am


Originally Posted by Often1 (Post 30843173)
Unless you have access to a negotiated corporate discount on AA, you will likely find B6 significantly cheaper. Changes are also free once you achieve status. The current thinking is that you will do better with a card not associated with a specific carrier, but you can look at the various cards to figure out what you want out of the program.

what is B6?

Colleenbs Mar 5, 19 8:11 am


Originally Posted by craz (Post 30846535)
If the OP will fly JB then Id say then 1st CC s/b the Barclay JB CC (with the AF) that way once $50k is spent theyd be Mosaic and can CX any res any time, and 2 free bags per person when using the ,pts for award tkts. Besides when stuff hits the fan the Mosaic folks are great.Once the $50k is reached then Id use the other CCs also if Mosaic day of flight the extra extra leg room seats are $0

can you explain without the acronyms and jargon? I donít understand. Thanks

danib62 Mar 5, 19 8:14 am

B6 = JetBlue. It's their official IATA (International Air Transport Association) two character abbreviation, like AA for American or DL for Delta. Being a relatively new carrier they didn't really get the pick of the litter so they got stuck with B6.

dtremit Mar 5, 19 9:33 am


Originally Posted by danib62 (Post 30850209)
Be prepared to never have an on-time afternoon/evening flight.

Really hoping this will change with the move to 14x daily (but not holding my breath).

writerguyfl Mar 7, 19 4:59 am


Originally Posted by Colleenbs (Post 30850227)
can you explain without the acronyms and jargon? I donít understand. Thanks

People here love their acronyms and industry terms. It can be frustrating if you're not an expert.

It's also frustrating when people misuse acronyms or terms. In this thread, you'll notice people using both the correct airline code (B6) and the incorrect one (JB). Based on context, we know that means JetBlue...but in reality the JB code means Helijet International.

Most people here are willing to share knowledge, so feel free to do exactly what you did by asking for an explanation. Another option is to check the Glossary. If you scroll to the bottom of the page (at least on a standard webpage), you'll find this Glossary link:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/glossary.php

MikeBOS Mar 7, 19 6:02 am

I am a huge JetBlue fan overall (Mosaic for several years) but would hesitate to bet on them for a weekly commute. Their achilles heel, IMHO, is operational reliability. As someone else noted, afternoon flights are often late, and when there are weather or mechanical issues, they generally handle them much worse than all the legacy airlines (e.g. cancelling the entire schedule more often, not being able to rebook you on other flights for days, having to fight to rebook on other airlines, and communicating very poorly about the nature of delays). For a single round trip I'd take my chances, but if you are flying every week you will almost certainly run into some or all of these issues on a regular basis.

craz Mar 8, 19 9:35 am


Originally Posted by Colleenbs (Post 30850227)


can you explain without the acronyms and jargon? I donít understand. Thanks

Sorry, as has been noted the correct coding for JetBlue is B6 but since not everyone knows that I use JB

Barclay has a few credit cards for JetBlue, the personal one that has an annual fee gets you 1 bag free , however once you spend $40k on the card (after any returns and not including the fee (I believe), you will attain JBs highest (only) Elite level Mosaic. Which gets you 2 free bags, and you can change your res anytime for $0, eg I booked a tkt using my pts, then a week later the fare was 1/3 less I called up and they rebooked me at the new level and refunded my old tkt

What folks say about their on time departures is true but flying a few AA trips lately I found them to be no better.

Once Mosaic they ahv eno idea how you got it and your treated as if you got it by flying them the needed amount and spent the $$ as well on them

VXforever Mar 10, 19 9:00 pm

I recommend the Acela

MSYtoJFKagain Mar 12, 19 3:24 pm


Originally Posted by VXforever (Post 30871157)
I recommend the Acela

All the way from BOS?

That's a long ride compared to a short flight.


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