a plane flying over a body of water

© Provided by The Points Guy

MSN has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. MSN and The Points Guy may receive a commission from card issuers.

Normally, the airlines are in the power position when it comes to holiday travel demand. A systemwide airline fare sale or discount valid for peak holiday flights wouldn’t have happened in the recent past, but in 2020, that’s exactly what is happening.

JetBlue is gearing up for the holidays with a two-day sale on flights and JetBlue Vacations packages. Between now and 11:59 p.m. ET tomorrow, Sept. 30, you can save $50 on holiday flights and $300 on vacation packages. Most JetBlue flights or vacation packages with travel between Nov 19 – Jan. 5 are eligible for these discounts if you meet the spending requirements.

Here’s how JetBlue is offering discounts in exchange for your holiday booking.

For more TPG news and deals delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Save $50 on JetBlue flights and $300 on vacations

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: Save $50 on JetBlue flights this winter. (Photo by Markus Mainka/Shutterstock)

© The Points Guy
Save $50 on JetBlue flights this winter. (Photo by Markus Mainka/Shutterstock)

You can save $50 on flights with a base fare of $125 or more with a new offer valid for bookings made by Sept. 30. Note that flights must be $125 or more before taxes and fees to save $50. You can take advantage of this discount by navigating to the JetBlue promotions page and searching for a flight as normal from that page.

The discount should be automatically applied from that page, but double-check to make sure the promo code HOLIDAYS is entered on the search screen. The promotional price will be listed on the flight search results as shown below.

graphical user interface: (Image courtesy of JetBlue)

© The Points Guy
(Image courtesy of JetBlue)

Again, to use the discount, you must book by Sept. 30 and travel must take place between Nov. 19 and Jan. 5.

Unfortunately, this promo code does not work on Mint business class flights. Likewise, the discount seems to be working in practice on connecting flights, though per the terms it may not always work on connecting flights. It is valid on economy fares, including Blue Basic.

Related: The complete guide to the JetBlue TrueBlue program

Using the JetBlue Vacations promotion

The JetBlue Vacations deal has the same expiration date and travel period. The $300 discount is valid on all JetBlue Vacations packages that cost $2,000 or more before taxes. Search for your JetBlue Vacations package as usual and enter the promo code “HOLIDAYS” at the checkout screen to receive the discount.

Mint fares are not eligible for the discount and both the departing and returning flight must fall within the promotion’s validity window.

Related: How to redeem points with the JetBlue TrueBlue program

Should I book travel now?

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: This is an excellent deal, but booking flights during a pandemic can be risky. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

© The Points Guy
This is an excellent deal, but booking flights during a pandemic can be risky. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

There’s no doubt that now is a risky time to book travel in some ways.

We’re still in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and travel over the holiday months is still uncertain for many. There’s no way to tell when travel will be 100% safe, even if you book your flight towards the end of the promo’s travel window. Likewise, states like New York and New Jersey have implemented return quarantines for those returning from high-risk states — and that list continues to evolve. Keep this in mind when you book flights with JetBlue or another airline.

Thankfully, JetBlue relaxed its cancellation and rebooking policy in response to the virus outbreak. You can change your flight free of charge or request a refund to your Travel Bank if you decide to cancel your trip. Your JetBlue Vacations package may have a different policy though, so it’s in your best interest to call ahead of time.

Related: Many travelers entering New York, New Jersey and Connecticut must enter mandatory quarantine

Book your flight with the right credit card

Interested in booking one of these tickets?

Make sure to use the right credit card to book your flight. Paying with a credit card that earns bonus points on airfare gives you valuable transferrable points that you can use to score a steep discount on future flights. Plus, many of these credit cards offer some levels of trip protection on airfare purchases.

Some of the best cards include The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier℠ Card (3x on travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases).

Related: The 5 best-elevated credit card offers to sign up for in September

Bottom line

This can be an excellent deal for booking holiday airfare and vacation packages in advance. This is especially true since the winter holidays are traditionally one of the most expensive times of the year to travel. The sale is valid through tomorrow night (Wed.), so book your tickets now if you need a flight around the holidays and are comfortable with the risks of traveling during coronavirus.

Feature photo by Markus Mainka/Shutterstock

SPONSORED: With states reopening, enjoying a meal from a restaurant no longer just means curbside pickup.

And when you do spend on dining, you should use a credit card that will maximize your rewards and potentially even score special discounts. Thanks to temporary card bonuses and changes due to coronavirus, you may even be able to score a meal at your favorite restaurant for free. 

These are the best credit cards for dining out, taking out, and ordering in to maximize every meal purchase.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Continue Reading

Source Article