Have tight travel budgets grounded your company? JetBlue has launched a $599 promotion to let you fly as much as you want between September 8 and October 8. If you live and work in any of the cities it services, you could save a lot after a couple flights.
The offer lets you book any available seat on a flight as long as you give three days notice ahead of departure. Domestic taxes and fees are included, but if you travel to Puerto Rico or the other smattering of Caribbean locations the company serves, you'll pay those extras for international flights. If you book a flight but don't show up, JetBlue will suspend your pass until you pay a $100 fee.
This sounds like an excellent deal on the surface, but compare your travel needs against the $599 fee. Are you going to jet-set to vendors, clients, and branches located in JetBlue cities? Or will you only take a couple trips before petering out? Be sure to check typical rates for the cities you'll visit to determine actual savings.
If you hadn't been planning travel, remember to add in hotel rates, local transportation, and other costs. There's nothing worse than buying something on sale that ends up costing more that you could afford. If you'd already been planning a JetBlue trip, the company will let you pay the difference to upgrade to the buffet-style pass.
You have to buy into the promotion by Friday, August 21 or "while supplies last." Visit JetBlue for the rest of the fine print.
What price can you put on in-person meetings? Are there tradeshows you've decided to skip next month? If you'd been sidelined by travel costs, this deal could get you back out in front of customers.
Zack Stern is building a new business from San Francisco, where he frequently contributes to PC World. Follow him on Twitter @zackstern.