Y’all likely don’t know that I’ve got a few phobias. I’m not a fan of bridges. Probably wasn’t the smartest idea to live near the ocean and islands where you have to take bridges to get from one place to another sometimes but I deal with it. Another not so lovely thing are lizards. Those little suckers give me a full on shove my kids out of the way to get away from them anxiety attack. Again, probably not a good idea to move somewhere where they’re all over the place (in my defense I didn’t know until it was too late!). Another biggie for me is flying.
We drive for most of our trips because of the cost. Flying to Walt Disney World would be crazy – it’s just over five hours to drive. By the time I sat at the airport, used Disney’s Magical Express and paid for plane tickets and luggage, I’d have saved time and money just driving. Sometimes though, it’s just easier to fly. Last Christmas (the baby’s first), we flew back up north to spend the holidays with family and friends. Not knowing what the weather might do, it made more sense to fly up and back.
Why am I afraid? Besides the obvious answers of plane crashes and September 11th, I really feel like it’s lack of control. I don’t know that person flying the plane. What if they’re having a bad day? 30,000 feet up is not the time for road rage or getting upset. Hubby hates flying with me and has resorted to laughing at me when we do fly because I hold on to the seat for dear life while either crying or nearly hyperventilating (or both!).
Flying with the kids, I’ve really tried to keep my freak outs in check because I really don’t want them to be scared. They’re always excited and I want them to keep that feeling of fun and excitement about the trip. My fear is that something terrible is going to happen. Nothing thankfully ever has on a flight we’ve been on so it’s really more of the “what if”s that get me.
I was invited to attend an event in New York City later this month and flying was really the only option to be able to attend. Being the budget minded person that I am, I came across JetBlue’s super cheap flights and they fly out of Savannah which is the closest airport to us. Before I fully committed, I checked out the flights and saw they were $80 each way which was really awesome! Of course by the time I was ready to book, the flight to NYC had went up in price. I still booked but hoped the price would go down and jetBlue would do something to match that price.
During one of my visits to the jetBlue page, my flight back did drop down to $59. I tweeted to ask if anyone know if JetBlue would do anything about the drop and within minutes JetBlue themselves answered me saying they would adjust my price to the lower one! With a very quick and friendly phone call, I had a credit in my JetBlue account for the price difference that I had a year to use.
A few days passed and I checked in on the flights again to see where the prices were. Low and behold my flight to NYC had dropped to $59 too! Of course I called JetBlue right away. Sadly this time I sat on hold for a good bit before I got to someone, then had a bit of a problem getting the correct credit but Heather did an awesome job getting it corrected after 80 minutes on the phone and more work after we disconnected for the evening.
Not only are the prices fantastic with JetBlue, I’m loving the first bag free rule they have. I was planning on just packing a carry on since it’s just me going but now I don’t have to worry since my suitcase is free! I’m also looking forward to the DirecTV I can watch on the flight (watching a show without being interrupted??? I can’t tell you the last time that’s happened – at least 9 years ago!) and it’s included with your ticket. Not into tv? They also have SiriusXM radio included with your ticket. Yes both of those things are included – no extra fees!!
Thanks to JetBlue’s very friendly customer service and all the great things they offer their customers, I’m actually starting to get excited about flying! JetBlue and I have exchanged tweets several times now and I really feel like they’re looking out for their customers which certainly makes me want to do business with them again in the future.
No disclosure needed for this post. Yes I’m gushing about jetBlue but I paid full price for all my tickets. I’m just sharing a company I’ve had a good experience with with y’all.
Have you flown jetBlue? Do you have any flying tips to share?