Here's a way to work around recession-ravaged travel budgets, and actually get in front of your clients, or go to a trade show or bar association meeting. JetBlue will be offering a sort of frequent-flier buffet next month, launching the "All-You-Can-Jet Pass." So badly does JetBlue want you in the air that they are offering the equivalent of a bus pass for air travel: $599 allows you to fly anywhere JetBlue goes, anytime from September 8 to October 8.
You'll just have to book a flight at least 3 days in advance, and off you go. Cancellation fees and penalties apply in pretty much the standard fashion, with one addition: no-showing for a flight will get your pass suspended until you pony up a $100 penalty. (We're pretty sure that never happens with bus passes.)
Another possible drawback: you'll have to call JetBlue to reserve an
All-You-Can-Jet flight; no online booking is available, although you
can still start your search for available flights online. All the rules
can be found on JetBlue's site.
While you're plotting to get some productive business travel in,
remember too that JetBlue flies all over North America, and to a number
of Caribbean destinations as well. The All-You-Can-Jet deal will impose
a little bit extra in taxes for international flights, but you could
quite easily use your jet pass to sneak in a little beachside vacation
The passes are on sale now, and will be until August 21, or until they
run out. No word on just how many JetBlue is planning to sell.