Are you finally going on that much-needed family vacation? Yay! Let’s look at everything you should know before you start packing, so you don’t have to remove your beach accessories from your bag at the last minute on Jet Blue Airlines to avoid problems at check-in!
Let’s start with Jet Blue Carry on bags
Sizing and Weight
You are allowed to take one personal item. For example, a purse, a pet carrier, or a laptop bag can be your personal item, and it must measure less than 17 x 13 x 8 inches.
You can also take one carry-on bag as part of your carry-on allowance, unless you are traveling with a Blue Basic fare. This bag must fit in the overhead bin and have maximum dimensions of 22 x 14 x 9 inches. However, on international flights, the overhead bin space is allotted on a first-come first-serve basis, which means that if you are boarding in a later group, you may not be able to take your carry-on bag into the cabin. JetBlue offers $25 credit on JetBlue for a year, for customers who lose their overhead space in this case.
There are no weight restrictions for carry-on baggage as of now, but JetBlue policies state that you should be able to place them in the overhead compartment by yourself.
Jet Blue Excess baggage fees
As the Blue Basic category doesn’t allow a carry-on, you will have to pay an excess baggage fee if you need to check-in at the gate. Your 1st bag and 2nd bag will be charged a fee of $65. Should you need additional bags, it will cost $180 to check one.
Blue Basic customers can avail a free carry-on bag if they purchase “Ever More Space” seats. In addition, mosaic members are entitled to a carry-on bag as well as early boarding in any category. Flights to or from London also allow free carry-on bags for all passengers.
If you are accompanying a minor or a part of the active U.S. military, you are also entitled to a free carry-on bag regardless of your fare category.
JetBlue has some rules as to what your carry-on bags can contain.
Your carry-on bag cannot contain aerosol insecticides, lighters, ammunition, compressed air guns, BB guns axes and hatchets. Bear spray, bear bangers, billy clubs, black jacks, blasting caps are not allowed either.
If you are traveling with a lap infant, you are allowed to take one diaper bag that does not count under your carry-on allowance. Your carry-on bag can contain baby food and baby powder but baby formula and breast milk must be taken in small quantities and are to be screened by security. Some canned foods are allowed, but may take a lot of time to be screened because of the way they look on X-ray.
Bottled water is allowed in quantities less than 100ml. You can also take alcoholic beverages under 100ml, provided they are less than 70% alcohol. Infact, up to 100 ml of most liquids like coffee, cheese, cologne and other toiletries are allowed. Chlorine for pools and spas is prohibited.
Blenders can be present in your carry-on bag, provided the blade is removed. Corkscrews can’t have blades either. Cigar cutters may call for additional screening. Any sharp object must be wrapped safely so as to not hurt baggage inspectors.
Even vacuum-sealed bags may call for an inspection if they trigger an alarm.
Cordless curling irons that have gas cartridges or those fueled by butane can be taken in your carry-on bag, as they cannot go in your checked bag. However, ensure that you fit a safety cover over its heating element. Gas refills are strictly not allowed. Even camp stoves and car parts are allowed only when there is absolutely no fuel or residue in it.
Cast Iron cookware and cooking sprays cannot go into your carry-on bag. A big no to cattle prods, crowbars, cutting boards, hammers, gel heating pads or drills or drill bits. If you must carry a heating pad, it can be electric.
You cannot take Magic 8 Balls, mallets, nail guns, spray starch, paint thinners, spillable batteries or a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in your carry-on bag. Tools like screwdrivers and pliers longer than 7 inches also can’t go in it.
Air mattresses are allowed in carry-on baggage only if they have built-in pumps. You can’t have baseball bats, bowling pins or box cutters in your carry-on bag.
Sports items like Canoe or Kayak paddles, cap guns are not permitted as carry-on baggage.
What about assistive devices?
According to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration, there are some items you can carry, that don’t count under your carry-on and checked baggage allowances.
Some duty-free items bought at the airport, diaper bag for infants, and assistive devices like wheelchairs, canes and walks fall under this category. You can also take a coat, an umbrella, a car seat or a stroller.
However, they are subject to the size and weight restrictions of carry-on bags. They may have to gate-checked and brought first to the jetbridge otherwise.
How about checked bags on Jet Blue?
Sizing and Weight
According to the checked luggage allowance in JetBlue, the weight restriction on your checked bags is 50 pounds. The maximum dimensions of your checked bag are to be checked against the sum of its length, width, and height. This number should not be more than 62 inches or 157.48 centimeters.
Jet Blue Checked Baggage Fee
You can check your 1st bag and 2nd bag while booking your tickets themselves. The checked fees for the first two bags depend on your ticket fare category. If you check them more than 24 hours before departure, the JetBlue baggage fee will be $5 lesser.
If you are traveling within the United States, or to nearby countries like Latin America or the Caribbean, you would have to pay $35 and $45 for your first and second checked bag respectively in the Blue Basic, Blue Extra and Blue categories. In the Blue Plus and JetBlue Plus Cardmember categories, 1st checked bag is free, while your second checked bag still needs a fee of $45.
Mint and Mosaic fare categories allow both 1st and 2nd checked bag free. The difference between them is that these checked bags can weigh up to 70 pounds in Mint.
Passengers flying between the United States and the United Kingdom get their 1st checked bag free, unless they are traveling on a Blue Basic ticket fare, in which case they will be charged $65 or £55 for it. The 2nd checked bag is free for Mint and Mosaic fare categories. In all other categories, passengers will incur a fee of $105 or £85 for their 2nd checked bag.
Jet Blue Excess or overweight Baggage Fees
Additional checked bags will need an excess baggage fee of $200 or £150 per bag in case of routes to or from London. All other routes will need an excess bag fee of $150.
Oversized bags will require to to pay an additional $150 each, provided they are under 80 inches in linear dimension. If you are traveling to or from London, it will be 120 Euros per bag. Checked bags cannot be bigger than 80 inches.
If your checked bag is heavier than 50 pounds but under 99 pounds, you will have to pay an overweight fee of $150 per bag (120 Euros in case you are flying to or from London). Checked bags weighing more than 99 pounds are not allowed on the flight.
Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad & Tobago will not allow more than two bags, even if you are willing to pay the additional checked bag fees. Flights to and from Cuba also do not allow their passengers to check additional bags during extreme winter. The dates are usually around November 16th to January 15th. Also, the overweight baggage limit for all these places is 70 pounds instead of the usual 90.
Televisions are not allowed on any international flights except those to and from Cuba. They should be packaged in their factory-sealed form.
Passengers enrolled in the Veterans Advantage program will receive a discount of 5% on everyday travel to over 85 destinations and two free checked bags. Enrolling in True Blue will give you additional points for the same.
There is a complete checked baggage fee waiver for those in active military, for up to 5 free bags for themselves and their dependents if they are traveling on duty. Off duty, the waiver holds for 1st bag and 2nd bag. Any additional bags will need them to pay the checked bag fees.
Alcoholic beverages with less than 70% alcohol can go into your checked bags. You can carry baby food, fruits, vegetables, fresh meat, seafood, frozen food, et cetera in your checked bags.
Your checked bag cannot have flares, flare guns, gun lighters, gun powder, or rocket launchers. If you have to carry any ammunition, check with the TSA personnel or JetBlue customer service beforehand.
Bear sprays and bear bangers are not allowed. If you want to take parachutes they must not be packed along with other baggage. You will also be required to assist in the inspection of the parachute. Your golf bag and other sports equipment can pass as checked baggage.
Medical devices that have radioactive content, cannot go into your checked baggage. You must carry them in your carry-on baggage only. Even oxygen cylinders or portable oxygen concentrators needed for medical purposes cannot be checked luggage.
Flammables like lighters, butane fueled items, CO2 cartridges, Dynamite, English Christmas Crackers, Fire Extinguishers, Aerosol Paints, safety matches, and torch lighters are also not allowed.
Aerosol insecticides can be checked in provided they are not HAZMAT (hazardous material) labelled. Fertilizers are not allowed to be in your checked baggage.
Live corals and live fish cannot be packed into your checked bags. Put them in a clear transparent bag and take them as part of your carry-on baggage instead.
Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices cannot go into your checked bags. If necessary, they can be carried in the cabin. Power chargers or lithium ion battery power banks also fall under this category.
Your checked bag can contain car parts and car engine parts provided there are absolutely no traces of fuel. Also, the parts must be packed in their original box.
Cymbals and other musical instruments can go in your checked bags but must undergo physical inspection by the security officials. The TSA officer must be informed that special care would be required.
Can I take my pets with me on Jet Blue?
A pet carrier approved by the Federal Aviation Administration can be used to take your cats and small dogs. The carrier must fit under the passenger seat on the flight. Its dimensions should not exceed 17 x 12.5 x 8.5 inches.
It should be well-ventilated and its bottom should be leak-proof. The pet, including its carrier, must weigh under 20 pounds. You may be able to purchase pet carriers for about $55 at the airport ticket counter.
Every customer is entitled to carry only one pet. Most international flights need you to bring proof of vaccination and other important documentation pertaining to your pet.
The remains of pets are not allowed in any form, regardless of whether it is packed in your cabin bag or checked bag.
You need to pay a fee of $125 to take your pet. Only four pets will be allowed into every flight, and three of them can be booked online, during booking. The last pet can only be booked directly at the airport, on a first-come-first-serve basis, from anytime after 24 hours prior to time of departure.
While you are at the airport, your pet must be inside the zipper or closed carrier. Even onboard, the pet cannot come out of the carrier.
Mint customers cannot carry pets. Even those sitting in an emergency exit row or a bulkhead seat cannot take pets. Window or aisle seat works best. You can choose to buy an extra seat for the sake of your pet and place the carrier in the seat too.
Flights to Trinidad & Tobago and those traveling to or from London do not allow pets.
You can take fully trained service dogs on JetBlue flights provided that are under the handler’s control in the airport as well as on the plane. Service animals will be accepted into the flight only after assessment by security officials.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Air Transportation form must be filled and submitted while booking. Flights to Puerto Rico and U. S. Virgin Islands, and many international flights will need you to show vaccination documentation at the destination airport.
All documentation pertaining to the animal must be submitted to JetBlue 48 hours in advance. Ensure that your service animals fit in the footprint of your purchased seats, failing which you may not be allowed to take the animal with you, unless there are empty seats on the plane.
Your service animals must sit on your lap or on the floor, and cannot occupy any part of the seat. If your seat is at the emergency evacuation area, you cannot take a service animal. Mint customers who have a service animal on the floor will not be able to use the lie-flat feature.
Ways to Check-in
On jetblue.com, or at the airport kiosk, you can check-in for your flight in 24 hours before flight departure. Here, you can add checked bags and change the selection of your seats.
At the airport, bags will be accepted only in six hours before the departure of the flight.
In the case of domestic flights, your bags must be checked in 40 minutes before departure. International flights require you to check your bags at the airport an hour before the flight departs.
Note that those traveling to Cuba can check-in only at the ticket counter, and cannot check their luggage online.