Episode 54: New Routes, New Airlines, New Welcome Bonuses

0:30 JetBlue New York – London Now Bookable

  • Direct Link
  • Website was down when they released these (classic JetBlue)
  • Starts August 12, 2021
  • Economy “from” $595 roundtrip
  • Mint “from” $1,979 roundtrip

4:55 New Airlines: Avelo and Breeze

  • Avelo is a new West coast airline that has set up from BUR (Link for more details )
  • Routes are somewhat unique, to about a dozen western destinations.  In most cases using much more off the beaten path airports than mainline carriers. Ogden Utah, Pasco WA, Grand Junction, CO. 
  • Flights seem very aggressively priced. One example to Santa Rosa is interesting me. $60 round trip versus $244 on the only other carrier who flies it nonstop from the LA area. 
  • BUR is far for me (50 minutes with no traffic) and I don’t like that. But I’d do the drive if one of these destinations really was on my demand schedule (versus a stop at an airport for example) 
  • Breeze seems to be moving closer to launching–livery was posted and they’re setting up their network.
  • Route network now posted on their site
  • That makes quite a few ‘regional’ players by my count:
    • Suncountry
    • Frontier
    • Avelo
    • Spirit
    • Allegiant
    • Breeze
  • While these are not ideal for many reasons–they’re here and they exist. Reminds me of a really short hop flight I took on Spanish LCC Vueling in Italy–it was like $20 per person, we paid for a couple of bags, and it was the only point-to-point option. It was fine. 

12:40 Amex Offer: +1x at Lowe’s (HT Garth on Slack)

  • Stack with a card that has +4x Spring 4ward promo for a total of 6x at Lowe’s
  • 6x MRs + 3x JetBlue card linked

14:00 $750 Chase Business Checking (DoC)

  • Deposit $10,000 in new money within 30 days of coupon enrollment & maintain that balance for 60 days
  • + 25 transactions
  • Early account termination fee: Six months, bonus forfeit
  • “You can receive only one new business checking account opening related bonus every two years from the last enrollment date and only one bonus per account.”

16:45 US Bank Altitude Connect Visa (DoC)

  • 50,000 points (worth $500) after spending $3,000 in first 120 days
  • $95 Annual Fee waived first year
  • 4x on Travel and Gas Stations
  • 2x on Dining, Takeout, Groceries, and Streaming Services
  • 1x everywhere else

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– Written by Robert Dwyer, contributor at Milenomics. Connect with me on Twitter @RobertDwyer

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