Traveling on JetBlue this weekend could get messy. The airline is transferring to a new reservation system. Passengers will be unable to check flight status, check in at jetblue.com or make changes to an existing itinerary online for 24 hours beginning at noon on Friday (1/29). They also won’t be able to book travel at all. In addition to those inconveniences, JetBlue is warnings of longer lines at airports and is urging passengers to arrive early.
The airline says it is ready for potential delays and slip-ups after preparing two years for the switch. However, other airlines have attempted to switch reservation systems in recent years with less-than-stellar results, including widespread delays, baggage problems and help center backups.
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- American Airlines is currently conducting an airfare sale – offering one-way fares as low as $49. Book by February 9, for travel dates until the end of May.
- Frontier Airlines announced a “Cinco de Flyo” sale, with fares to five Mexico destinations starting at $124 each way. Sale-priced tickets must be purchased by 9:59 p.m. MST on Jan. 29, 2010, for travel through March 7, 2010. The airline has also put travel to/from the “Northern Rockies” (Billings, Boise, Bozeman and Spokane) on sale as well.
- Travel website Kayak.com has a hidden easter egg reference to ABC’s TV drama Lost. Search Kayak for flights from Sydney’s SYD airport to Los Angeles’s LAX and you’ll see that Oceanic Flight 815 — the very one that crashed on the mysterious island in the first episode of Lost — is one of your options. Lost fans will see that airfare and fees = 4 8 15 16 23 42.