TORONTO — Canada has been on JetBlue’s radar for years and now the carrier is making good on its goal to head north.
But agents shouldn’t expect commission from the low-cost carrier any time soon.
The next phase of JetBlue and American Airlines’ ‘Northeast Alliance’ includes new service between Vancouver and two major U.S. destinations: New York City and Boston.
Scheduled to launch in summer 2022, flights will operate between YVR and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). The Boston service is seasonal.
Jetblue is also strengthening service in the Midwest, southern U.S., Central America and introducing JetBlue in Honduras as well as Canada. Seats go on sale in the coming months.
The low-cost carrier works with travel agents, but like most other LCCs and ULCCs, it doesn’t pay commission. In the travel agent section of its website, JetBlue says: ‘JetBlue does not pay commissions for any tickets purchased in the United States, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada for travel to / from all destinations. If a travel agent takes a commission on a JetBlue ticket, a debit memo will be issued in the amount of the commission plus the $50 Service Charge.’
The Canada-U.S.border is still closed but with service targeted for summer 2022, Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority, says she’s looking forward to JetBlue’s arrival.
“We’re delighted that JetBlue has selected Vancouver as its first Canadian destination with service from YVR to New York City and Boston,” said Vrooman. “As we move through the pandemic and prepare for a safe and healthy return to non-essential travel, this new service, scheduled for Summer 2022, gives us all something to look forward to. By selecting YVR, JetBlue has signalled a vote of confidence in our region as a premier destination, and our airport as a trusted partner, that together will attract a mix of business and leisure travellers when the time is right to fly again.”
JetBlue’s codeshare partner, American Airlines, announced their own series of updates today as part of the Northeast Alliance. New in AA’s network in Boston, the airline is adding new nonstop service to Toronto.