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Jet Blue Blew It
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NYC (JFK), NEW YORK -- I can't imagine what happened on 08-08-08 for Jet Blue airline.

I was flying home from JFK - New York City to Pittsburgh on the above date.
Got to the airport only to find my flight was going to be delayed by 3 hours. As I looked around the Jet Blue Terminal and started to have conversations with other passengers I realized the whole system was out of sorts. People where laying on the floor, curled up on chairs trying to sleep etc.(being stranded for up to 9-10 hours already) and why I found out, was a delay in the whole system. Planes were ready to go but had no crew. Crews were ready to go but had no planes.

Scheduled flights were canceled to various parts of the country, leaving many passengers stranded, looking for alternative planes with added costs for moving. People with babies and children. Announcements were few and far between. I was routed from Gate 6 at 11:45 pm to Gate 15 at 10:35 pm to Gate 18 by way of shuttle bus for 11:15pm. People passing by in the shuttle bus line were hysterical at the inept service. Many people had been shuttled back and forth between gates several times as their gates were changed.

Whew, what a seriously defective way to handle a misstep on the airlines part.
Some people said it was weather related, but as we searched our laptops and called homes we couldn't find a single incident of really bad weather anywhere.
Over the years I've been in planes that have taken off in storms, winter ice (with planes de-icing more than once) fog, turbulence, So if there was a weather related delay on 08-08-08 no one could find it.

I would think it was a total domino factor. One delay by a late crew or a faulty plane would set the tone for the complete ruination of a travel day.
My biggest complaint is the lack of communication on the part of Jet Blue staff. The way we found out our flight was leaving earlier than the info. board said was by one of our group checking online through her phone.
There happens to be a customers Bill of Rights by Jet Blue that says the following:

Customers whose flight is delayed for 1-1:59 hours after scheduled departure time due to a Controllable Irregularity are entitled to a $25 Voucher good for future travel on JetBlue.

Not one of us was offered this compensation. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 8:35 pm and didn't board until after 11:00 pm and wasn't able to take off until after midnight.

We were truly treated BEST by the man guiding us to the shuttle bus and by the bus driver.

When I flew to NYC on Jet Blue I was totally surprised and delighted, but it doesn't pay to be too optimistic about airline travel. It is at best a precarious, fine line between good and awful.

Thank you for taking my Review.
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Anonymous on 08/10/2008:
You said it yourself don't be too optimistic when traveling by air. Airlines are a very complex business model, fact is you got home - not as scheduled but you got home. Weather incidents can and do effect aircraft across the country - sunny and clear between your city pairs means nothing.
On a side note...sad to see how PIT didn't support a legacy with the loss of PIT as a USAirways base
Ben There on 08/10/2008:
Also remember that bad weather early on in the day at an airlines hub will cause delays all day long. Even though there is nothing going on at 10pm does not mean that all the planes were stuck on the ground for 3 hours at 10am.
Ponie on 08/10/2008:
Don't know if this would have had any effect on your flight, but in our area on Friday (Detroit metro) we had hail/thunderstorms ripping through here that dropped the temperature 18 degrees in 15 minutes. Trees uprooted, homes damaged, power interrupted and thousands haven't had power restored as of this moment. Weather is still unseasonaly cool. It's about 1:15pm, and the outside temp is 63. If there's a silver lining to no power, guess it's best to get it during weather like this than when it's 95 out there.
annee35 on 08/12/2008:
I too was victim to this "weather" story, Friday night , fling JFK to Rochester, when I arrived at the airport the plane was 20 or so min late, then within 1/2 hour went from a 5:20 departure to an 8:50 departure. weather was given as the reason, which did not make any sense b/c flights were being cancelled all over the country.
then again on Sunday , my flight was cancelled and they did not call me, (actually to be fair they called my NY home phone, even though my cell phone is reported to be the one they were supposed to call, according to customer service)
I was able to get on to a 3:30 PM flight on Monday (AUG 11)
Then, just for fun I checked on the flight, and lo and behold, on Monday the 11th I was told that my flight was cancelled, again because of "weather". They could not get me on a flight until Tuesday at 11:30 am.
Fearing more random "weather" cancellations, we drove to Manhattan yesterday, so I can actually go to work today.
Needless to say I cancelled my flight today.
I am very sour about my experience with JetBlu. They were clearly having an organizational problem, and blamed the weather. Not a good thing.
Bruce Le on 08/13/2008:
The cancelled flight 121 from JFK to MCO scheduled for departure at 07:00AM on Monday, 08/11/2008, was nothing short of a horrific experience. It appears that the cancellation was due to a “weather story”. The night before my departure I attempted to get 3 boarding passes online but the program refused to provide me with the boarding passes. Likewise, the program NEVER notified me that the flight was indeed cancelled until I arrived at the JFK airport at 5:30AM, 1.5 hours ahead of the scheduled flight.
Jet Blue’s customer service personnel stated that they could not do anything for me except reschedule my flight for WEDNESDAY, 08/13/2008. I asked the customer service personnel if they could locate a flight into Tampa as opposed to Orlando but they could only offer us 2 seats. I immediately phoned Jet Blue’s customer service and they located 3 seats to Tampa with a 10:45AM departure time ON MONDAY, 08/11/08. Due to inclement weather at JFK, the plane SAT ON THE TAXIWAY FOR 2 HOURS. Finally, the flight arrived in Tampa at 3:45PM.
My experience involved the following: lack of pertinent information and lack of personnel (even supervisory level!) etiquette, that when combined, left me very dissatisfied with the way this Airline handled my situation. It was stressful and disrespectful.

wgaguy1984 on 08/14/2008:
These last two posters need to realize that airlines don't control weather. Annee, it makes perfect sense that your flight could be further delayed by weather, especially if other flights are being cancelled, which, to my mind, makes your delay make more, not less, sense. And yes, there was bad weather two days in a row, any airline operating out of EWR LGA or JFK had flights cancelled.
TOK on 08/20/2008:
WOW. Now I am really annoyed after reading these postings. I too suffered the same problems on 08-08-08. I was supposed to leave SFO to Ft Lauderdale with a connection in JFK on 8-8 at 8am. I received a vm on 8-7 at about 4pm saying this flight was cancelled due to "air traffic control." When I called, they told me they weren't sure what the problem was. But they put me on the next available flight, which would have been 10:25PM, basically losing an entire day!!! I took that flight thinking there were no alternatives. I received a vm again on 8-7 at 730pm saying this flight was cancelled!! When I called, the lady said there were issues with the plane coming into SFO. She never mentioned anything about weather in JFK. If I had known, I would have tried to find a different connecting city. To make matters worse, I could no longer cancel my hotel stay of Friday since it past the cutoff. In addition, I was needed to drive from FLL to Miami on Saturday for a cruise. The lady told me she could get me on a flight Saturday morning that would get me to FLL by 2:30pm. Well, too late as the cruise ship would have already left by then. I finally got her to look into Oakland Intl and we flew a red eye and got to FLL by 11am and made it to Miami and my cruise with 3 hrs to spare. I was about to write a letter to JETBLUE asking for compensation for my lost hotel but it sounds like we are all SOL based on your postings. Never been more stressed for a vacation.
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Flight 591 January 27, 2008
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NEW YORK -- On January 27,2008 flight 591 left white plains,ny at 7:55 am. We taxied for take off and we were told we needed to return to the terminal due to a ventilation problem. We were told the problem was fixed and finally departed at 10:00 am.

We began to take off and we were in the air but not at the correct altitude.The pilot came on and said we needed to be diverted to JFK because we were still having a problem. We waited on the plane for a mechanic and we were told that the problem had been solved that the mechanic at white plains had shut off a valve that was supposed to be open for the cabin pressure which is why we could not reach altitude for flighting. This was a commercial mechanic which was clearly stated by the pilot. We started to taxi after 2 hrs waiting and now due to weather there was a 30 plane wait and the airport was considered close due to weather. We were given warm water to drink and the usual snacks. After waiting another 2 hrs the pilot decided to return to the JFK terminal and decide what to do with the flight. A rep from Jetblue cams to the plane and said that the plane needed to be refueled and have lab checks done before the flight could leave,we must stay on the plane.This is at 2:30. We have been on this plane sine 7:30am, people with children and older people and angry people. We were then told we could leave the airplane but stay close by. We were told that a rep would come by and issue food coupons but we needed to leave the terminal to get the food,many people opted to stay where we were in case they decided to get the flight underway.

We were misinformed by many reps during this time regarding rescheduling and transportation back to White Plains, NY where the flight originated. We were told the flight was cancelled then we were told the flight was not and Jetblue was trying to get another plane for us because our problem was mechanical not due to weather. At 5:00 they cancelled the flight and we waited for transportation back to white plains. We were all advised to call the 800 number to reschedule our flights however because there were many "weather related" cancellations, we were either on hold or disconnected. Eventually we arrived back at white plains where we were able to get a bit more assistance then at JFK's Jetblue associates.

All the passengers seemed to feel that we were being shoved around and that no one really cared if we were satisfied or not. Up till now we were satisfied with Jetblue,but this last experience was very discouraging to think that the consumer is treated so unfairly when without the consumer many of the airlines would not exist. I am following this up with Jetblue and the Better Business Bureau in our area.

Thank you
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Anonymous on 07/28/2008:
Paragraphs are your friend.
Anonymous on 07/28/2008:
The original problem was mechanical. Weather just added to the situation and made things worse.
Ryan84 on 08/02/2008:
What doesn't make sense to me is that when you said the plane was diverted to JFK, you didn't mention anything about the plane needing to fly around for a couple hours to burn enough fuel to land. Then you mention, only after the plane landed at JFK, then taxied, then once again returned to the gate, that they needed to refuel. Any pilot would have refueled the first time as they burned too much fuel during the diversion! Another thing is, where was this plane headed to? I find it hard to believe that JetBlue had to return you to White Plains to rescheduale. JFK is their hub and they fly to every destination from JFK as they do from White Plains.
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Luggage Problem
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Rating: 5/51
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA -- I've always enjoyed flying with Jetblue & I would recommend my family & friends to use them! However, recently I had a problem re:my luggage. I flew from Long Beach to JFK(Aug 28th) & returned to Long Beach (Sept 24th). I did not unpack until the following day.

I had placed a pair of OKNY JEANS sandals in the front compartment of my luggage; had not worn them yet. The Left sandal on its side; instep & heel area were broken off. The Left sandal, its toe & instep area were broken off. To receive that much damage to my sandals, my luggage must have been thrown really hard & crushed under something? I was so disappointed, I truly loved flying JetBlue!
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Flight Delays
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- My flight was number 236, schedule to depart at 1:44 am on August 29. The flight attendant notifies me they had a delayed and was leaving at 3:30 am, but the flight was really leaving at 4:16 am. When you notify someone, the airline should be clear enough and not give misleading information. As result, I will stop my traveling with JetBlue company. My child is tired and hungry. She wants to get home.

I will not recommend you to any my friends and family.I will think twice to travel with JetBlue, and all my reviews will refer to this inconvenience.
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Ben There on 08/29/2013:
A friend of mine was flying to NYC yesterday and due to weather his flight - like many others - was diverted. When this happen it can take a while for planes and crews to catch up.

These weather problems create big headaches for passengers and airlines, and things often change quickly... I wonder if the airline was misleading you, or simply gave you the most correct information at the time. It looks like your flight didn't take off till almost 5am, so the time changed again after you posted this.

A lot of airlines will simply cancel a flight early on instead of having lengthy delays that will change several times. This strands people without hotels and missing a few days of vacation, but the upside is they won't have to spend many hours waiting on a flight that keeps getting delayed. Jetblue, however, is known for completing flights even if it means a long wait.
Weedwhacked on 08/29/2013:
You might want to stop flying altogether since delays happen with all airlines.
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Damaged luggage
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FOREST HILLS, NEW YORK -- On red-eye return flight from CA my suitcase was destroyed. I didn't know it until I got home. I had help getting the bag and getting into the car service. I called customer service and was told I should have brought it to the counter when I got off the plane and I have to bring it back to the airport. I am on disability and cannot take a car service back to the airport to bring them the bag they damaged. I even wrote a letter to the President of jetBlue but did not receive a reply. I am extremely disappointed.
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trmn8r on 10/24/2012:
It does appear that you must do it in person, according to the Contract of Carriage:

It is in the first four lines of Section 22 (A).
CUontheFlipSide on 10/24/2012:
They will justifiably raise the possibility of the damage happening after the suitcase left their control. This is the reason it has to be claimed when you retrieve your bag.
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Airline Temporary Passes for Military Parents
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- Today, July 21, 2012 my husband and I took our son O'Hare Airport at 5:45 AM to drop him off for his destination to Japan. He is a Marine and he was in Afganistan for seven months. Also he was on leave for three weeks. When we approached the Jet Blue counter the supervisor, Jesse, informed us that we cannot get a temporary pass to accompany our son so we can see him depart.

All the other airlines give us the courtesy and gratitude that our son along with other soldiers are fighting for this country. We insisted with Jesse but he gave us the reason that our son is old enough to travel by himself. We thought this was a very stupid response. Can you explain this situation of being denied temporary passes to us?

Frustrated parents
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jktshff1 on 07/21/2012:
This is a public site, I would suggest you remove All of your personal information.
frak on 07/21/2012:
My first thought was what difference does it make that your son is in the military, why not give gate passes to everyone's families. But then I remembered how crowded the gates already are without adding a bunch of people who are not flying. I have no problem with JB's policy. Hang out with your son in a pre-gate restaurant or other waiting area until its time for him to head to the gate.
trmn8r on 07/21/2012:
I have never heard of temporary passes for people to travel through the security checkpoint and enter the gate area.

However, it makes sense that a youngster travelling alone could be attended by a guardian to the gate. I think this is where the comment arose from regarding your son's age. The policy makes sense to me - I don't see why there should be an exception for relatives of members of the military.
yoke on 07/21/2012:
Most airlines have no problem with family members being with service members deploying at the gate. Shame on JB for not allowing parents to be with their son the last few moments before he goes off to protect our country. We were just allowed to be with my sons girlfriend before she left for boot camp and that was with United.
DebtorBasher on 07/21/2012:
Regardless of what their policy is, that age remark was uncalled for and unprofessional.

My thank you and prayers will go with your son.
CowboyFan on 07/22/2012:
Debtor Basher - it was only after the parents "insisted" (probably means demands) with the manager that the remark was made.
DebtorBasher on 07/22/2012:
It was still uncalled for and unprofessional. I know people can get to you when you're dealing with the public, but if you're going to accept a position working with the public, you have to have A LOT of self control...and I tell ya, it's not always going to be easy and when you make a remark like that, it makes you look bad, not the customer.
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Fare Jacking
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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- I attempted to book a round trip ticket from Boston to Las Vegas. After going through everything through seat selection (and upgrading to "Even More Legroom"), I pressed "Continue" and was bounced from the site. Hit back button and attempted to re-book and fare magically increased on return flight. Called to speak with a supervisor who continuously lied to me (i. e., all activity is on "my computer", not on JetBlue server; could not adjust fare through direct adjustment or issuance of credit, etc). She would not even give her name. Not the way to run a business - especially one that will be suffering once again as the economic recovery appears short-lived. Customer service should mean something again. One more extremely loyal customer gone.
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jeffrey on 06/09/2012:
I'm wondering if someone else was booking seats at the same time you were, and so the price jumped before you were able to purchase them.
Anonymous on 06/09/2012:
I don't see where the agent lied to you. They cannot see what is happening on your computer. I worked in the internet department for an airline once (not Jet Blue) and we were not able to access your personal server. We also didn't honor online prices over the phones. Sounds like Jet Blue doesn't honor online prices either. The only time I would honor the price was if the site crashed and there wasn't a ticket booked already.
trmn8r on 06/09/2012:
Airline fares change by the second, based on various factors. My guess is a large one is number of seats remaining. I understand your frustration that an apparent glitch caused you to have to spend more, but I don't know that this is necessarily "fare jacking".
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JetBlue Finds Reasons to Deny You TrueBlue Points
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- I flew JetBlue to Ft. Myers from Westchester on May 16, 2011 and back on May 19th, 2011. I flew JetBlue again to Tampa on August 22nd, and back on the 23rd, 2011.

I realized just a few days ago that I never received credit for either flight. When I called up JetBlue, they cited their rules that "if it's after 90 days, you don't get credit for the flight."

When I asked them what the purpose of the 90 day rule was, no one would answer me - they just said it's JetBlue policy. I asked for the supervisor, she wouldn't answer it either. She then proceeded to lecture me on how there are rules in life, and I need to know how to follow them.

Bogus. I have flown JetBlue countless times over the years, and this is not the company I once was so fond of. Where is David N.'s leadership when you need it.

Bottom line, if you fly JetBlue - you earned the true blue points. The only purpose of a 90 day cut-off is to deny any busy (business traveling 20+ weeks a year, 2 kids, no spare time to check the website regularly to see if I have credit) consumers credit for their flights.

I will vote with my wallet. After my next flight in March (already booked - unfortunately), I will no longer give my business to JetBlue.

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Anonymous on 02/02/2012:
Neeleman was unceremoniously shown the door, but if you want to see his leader ship in action ride Azul in Brazil.
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JetBlue InFlight Crew is RUDE!!
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FLL, FLORIDA -- This past Friday(1/13/2012), I flew with Jetblue on flight 509 from Newark to Ft. Lauderdale. My inflight experience with the flight attendant was horrific. The flight attendant whose name plate read "Jane", was so rude that half-way through the flight, the lady sitting next to me (total stranger) asked me what had I done to the attendant and if I knew her outside of the flight. Jane refused to serve me inflight beverages, a snack or take my trash at the end of the inflight service. My complaint of the sound jack in the armrest not working was met with a curt "and...". The outrageous rudeness of the flight attendant is very uncharacteristic of JetBlue crew members, and is more the behavior that I expect from an American Airlines employee. Never in my life have I had an incident with a member of the inflight crew, nor do I expect to be treated so badly during a flight.
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*SIGH* on 01/16/2012:
Just curious---what trash did you have if you were refused drinks or snacks??
DebtorBasher on 01/16/2012:
Sounds like she won't be working with them much longer if this is the way she treats people.
clutzycook on 01/16/2012:
Yes, I would love to hear the other side of this. As Paul Harvey says, I want to know the rest of the story.
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Hijacked by JetBlue
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I purchased tickets on JetBlue for my family based on the published flight schedule. I received an email about a month before my flight saying the flight times had changed. With these new times I would miss my connection to the Long Island Railroad and in turn miss an important event I had on my return leg. I called customer service to change my flight to an earlier one since the new times were not good. They had the nerve to charge me a change fee for each ticket and pay the current difference in airfare even though the new flight cost less than the original flight. The entire change transaction would have cost more than what I had paid for the tickets. I asked to speak to a supervisor and she actually accused me of trying to take advantage of JetBlue! The reason they gave for not allowing me to change is that the change needed to be at least a few hours before they would waive the fees. Really....a few hours? Basically they scheduled a change and are now trying to profit from this action. My family will now be hostage to their poor customer service.
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Anonymous on 02/07/2011:
I was with you until you compared the flight change to being held hostage. They are not forcing you to take this flight. They explained their policy and you can change the flight if you pay their fees. Is it right? No, but are you being held 'hostage?' No not so much
Blackfang321 on 02/07/2011:
I can understand how the OP would feel held hostage. What I don't understand is the OP saying the "change needed to be at least a few hours". As in you called right before boarding the flight and they charged fees? Because you said you got the email a month before the flight. Or do you mean you had to wait a few hours after getting the email? Because that should have been easy. Or were there no flights avaibale "in a few hours" time of yours and hence nothing worked? I'm just confused!

Still though...sounds crummy.
yoke on 02/07/2011:
Since the new flights were not good for the OP Jetblue should have worked with them and not charge to change the flights. They bought the tickets in good faith that they would be on the flight they wanted and for reason. JetBlue now needs to make them whole or give them a complete refund.
What was the reason Jetblue gave for the changes they made?
Ben There on 02/07/2011:
So by how minutes did your flight change?
FlShopper on 02/07/2011:
JetBlue shouldn't have charged a change fee if they were the ones who imposed a change. When my son was returning to school in ATL in early January, we got an email (as well as a phone call!) from Delta the day before his flight to let us know his flight had been cancelled; he was allowed to change it to any other flight that day free of charge.
Easy peasy.
Ben There on 02/07/2011:
FIshopper - there is a difference between a last minute cancellation and a schedule change for a flight that is not departing for another month.

Most airlines do allow for refunds or changes in the event of a schedule change, but there are some limitations... If the new time is within say 30 minutes of the original time they don't budge. This time varies by airline.
Unhappy JetBlue Guest on 06/23/2011:
So my return flight from Orlando to Buffalo was changed and interfered with plans that I had for that night in Orlando with a friend. But because the change is not 4 hours or greater nothing will be done. I was told that I can accept the change or be charged an addition $100.00 per person to change. Two problems occur with that first is I am not looking to have to pay more money second the time I am looking for is no longer available because that flight was just cancelled the new flight I have been put on is the latest outbound available. So in talking to the agent my only choice is to take the $200.00 cancellation fee and get the balance of my tickets applied as a credit to another flight with JetBlue then pay the difference for a new flight or accept the new itinerary. So I accepted the new itinerary. I also asked for some kind of credit or any kind of customer service we are sorry type of thing but nothing is given. I must say I have never had this issue flying with other airlines. At least you get an “I am very sorry unfortunately that’s all we can do at this time if something comes up we can try and reschedule” But no I was told “that’s all they have at this time and if you want to change it later if something comes up you will have to pay a Change fee of $100 per person” So great if my original flight is available again I have to pay a $200.00 change fee and any increase or other fees they may have for that flight. I paid the extra to fly JetBlue because they had the flight times I wanted even though I have to pay for my second bag. You would think that with all these charges that at some point you would show some feeling for issues you cause your guest.
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