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  • JetBlue charges for pillow and blankets !

    Just saw this on the internet news, thought I would share. What will be next ??


    NEW YORK - JetBlue Airways Corp. said Monday it is now charging customers for pillows and blankets.

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    The carrier has done away with the recycled blankets and pillows used on its flights, and has started offering an "eco-friendly" travel blanket and pillow that can be purchased for $7 on flights longer than two hours. The pair come in a kit with a $5 coupon to home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond.

    The carrier claims the pillow and blanket feature a fabric technology, developed by CleanBrands LLC, that blocks pesky critters like dust mites, mold spores, pollen and pet dander.

    JetBlue already offers free "Snooze Kits" on overnight flights from the West that include an eyeshade and ear plugs.

    But the blanket and pillow kit is the latest in a string of a la carte items the company says are providing a revenue boost to help offset the soaring price of jet fuel.

    A JetBlue spokeswoman declined to predict how much the sale of these kits will bring in, saying that the company only provides revenue details for specific items in its quarterly earnings conference calls.

    The carrier said last month it expects to collect about $40 million from customers buying seats with extra leg room this year. Its $15 fee for a second checked bag is expected to translate into about $20 million in additional revenue. A ticket change fee, which doubled to $100 in the second quarter, is part of a "basket of fee changes" expected to produce about $50 million in extra revenue in 2008.

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    Re: JetBlue charges for pillow and blankets !

    Soon if you have to use the bathroom on the plane or at the airport, they were probably start charging you.

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    • #3
      Re: JetBlue charges for pillow and blankets !

      I wouldn't be surprised.

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      • #4
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        A flight attendant pal told me NEVER to use those nasty pillows and blankets that are NEVER cleaned inbetween!!
        "What fresh hell is this?" Dorothy Parker

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        • #5
          Re: JetBlue charges for pillow and blankets !

          I never use them, but SO always gets the pillow

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          • #6
            Re: JetBlue charges for pillow and blankets !

            IF you worry so much about the pillows then dont lean your head on the headrest either .

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            • #7
              Re: JetBlue charges for pillow and blankets !

              Why should airplanes be so different. Many places in Europe have a 'restroom person' handing out toilet paper for a 'tip'.

              If they really wanted to make some money, they should charge people for taking on a piece (or 2 or 3) of carry-on luggage. Some of the stuff I have seen 'business travelers' carry on to a flight is absolutely disgusting. And why--just because they are too 'important' to have to wait for their luggage. And then, it would be the companies that would be footing the bill then, not us infrequent travellers.
              Communicate. It can't make things any worse!

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              • #8
                Re: JetBlue charges for pillow and blankets !

                Years ago when Howard Hughes was still alive He went into a TWA bathroom and they had coin operated bathrooms (I think it was 10 cents then) and He had no change on him. He had to crawl under the stall to use the bathroom. He later had every machine taken out of the bathrooms. True story!

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                • #9
                  Re: JetBlue charges for pillow and blankets !

                  We just flew on Delta this summer for vacation and were only allowed one carry on and it had to be a certain size. Also, only one checked in bag for free, you pay extra for additional bags.

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                  • #10
                    Re: JetBlue charges for pillow and blankets !

                    Glad I don't fly that much, it is so out of hand anymore. Why not boycott it if we can. Everything is insane anymore. Consumers have to make choices with food, gas & flying etc...we just got to stop & let everyone know we will not put up with the nonsense. I worry about everyone that lives in cold climates, how are they going to pay for heat? It's so sad with all this.

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