Fliers, Media React to JetBlue's Upcoming Fees
JetBlue follows other U.S. airlines into the realm of baggage fees and less legroom, the company announced Wednesday.By Erik Shute | November 20, 2014
Fasten your seat belts. JetBlue's legroom is shrinking while its fees are adding up — for the first time since its debut in 1999.
Here's how it'll work: the airline's "Fare Families" will be a three-tiered system which incurs fewer fees the more a traveler pays for his or her ticket. The highest paid ticket will receive two checked bags automatically, while the lowest paid will have to fork over a fee to check bags. The airline did not reveal any exact numbers on cost yet, but it's expected the change will generate $200 million in profit, according to KMSB.
And the Airbus A320 jets will get 15 extra seats. JetBlue will shave off an inch from its roomy 34-inch legroom. However, at 33 inches, it still offers more space on average than Southwest.