Saturday May 30, 2009 12:16
Is JetAmericaâ€™s $9 flight really a deal?
Jet America only charges $9 for a flight to New York, Detroit and Orlando. Sounds like a great deal, right?
Not really. The $9 only applies to the first nine tickets on each JetAmerica flight. The other tickets can go as high as $199 each.
If youâ€™re fortunate to purchase one of the first nine $9 seats, youâ€™ll be nickled and dimed with convenience fees, security fees, federal taxes, passenger facility charges and baggage fees.
And if you happen to get hungry or thirsty on the flight, you have to pay for your snack and drink.
By the way, you donâ€™t actually fly into New York, Detroit or Orlando. JetAmerica flights actually takeoff and land at airports in nearby cities Newark, N.J., Lansing, Mich. and Melbourne, Fla. So youâ€™ll need to factor in the cost of a taxi or a rental car to actually get to your destination.
Of course, youâ€™ll need to pay all over again for a round trip back to your home.
So when you tally up all of your expenses, youâ€™re not really spending $9 for a JetAmerica flight.
But youâ€™re probably saving a little more than most other airlines if a flight to Newark, Lansing, Melbourne or Toledo, Ohio happens to be in your travel plans.
If those places fit into your plans and you can actually buy one of the first nine seats, you should jump on it because JetAmerica may go the way of its SkyBus Airlines predecessor. JetAmerica CEO John Weikle founded the $10-a-flight Skybus that went under in May 2008 after less than a year in business.
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