FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2011, file photo, a JetBlue logo is displayed on the side of a jet as it taxis at Boston's Logan International Airport. JetBlue is following the lead of larger rivals by offering a stripped-down ticket with fewer options than regular economy fares. The airline says customers who take the cheapest fare might have to accept limits on when they board, their seat, and whether they can change or cancel a reservation. JetBlue Airways Corp. President Joanna Geraghty said in a note to employees Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, that the new fare class will take effect sometime next year. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

JetBlue will offer fewer frills on its cheapest tickets

The airline says customers who take the cheapest fare might have to accept limits on when they board, their seat, and whether they can change or cancel a reservation.

JetBlue Airways Corp. President Joanna Geraghty said in a note to employees Friday that the new fare class will take effect sometime next year.

Geraghty says "our success is at risk" if JetBlue doesn't offer the lower fares, which are called "basic economy" on Delta, American and United.

The big airlines introduced basic economy to compete with discount carriers like Spirit Airlines. Buyers can't pick a seat when they book their ticket, can't change a reservation once booked, and board last.

Thank you for reading the Journal-News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to exclusive deals and newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Journal-News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.

X