JetBlue was one of the last carriers to keep seats blocked on board. Headed into the new year, however, that era will come to a close. As of 8 January 2021 all seats on board will be available for sale.
In a memo to inflight crew members announcing the move the company points out that loads are generally lower during the winter season anyways, implying that passengers can often expect empty seats nearby.
The carrier previously announced that the number of blocked seats on board would be reduced as of 15 October through 1 December. From 2 December through 7 January the carrier will further increase available seats on board to 85% of aircraft capacity. Specific seats will no longer be blocked, however, and most travelers should expect to not have an empty adjacent seat.
From 8 January 2021 all seats will once again be available for sale.
Along with the change in the seating policy comes an opportunity for travelers to seek refunds. Those who booked prior to 13 November for travel on or after 8 January can request a full refund through 27 November. After that the regular change fees will apply.
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I know it was controversial back at the start of covid, but wonder if there is room for carriers to charge for an open seat?
Seth Miller says
JetBlue does have a section on its website about how to buy extra seats, so that’s certainly in the realm of possibility.