Low cost air fares on Jet Blue have an added fee, effective immediately – if you want to use a pillow and blanket on a flight over 2 hours, be prepared to pay $7. Free pillows and blankets were removed from all of its airplanes on August 4, 2008.
If you’re willing to pay the added fee, you’ll be able to keep the pillow and blanket for re-use whenever you fly. Of course, you may not want to lug them with you when you depart the plane, or remember to take them in your carry-on the next time you fly.
While Jet Blue spokesman, Bryan Baldwin, maintained that the pillow policy change is an improvement for customers, it seems more like an inconvenience. As airlines battle to keep costs down despite rising fuel prices, simple amenities – beverages, magazines and now pillows – have become a new source of revenue to offset the dwindling income from low cost air fares.
Will they start charging for the tiny bag of pretzels distributed during the flight? Or charge passengers to use the bathrooms? Charging for carry-on luggage may be next. “Low cost air fares” is an oxymoron when you add in all the fees.
When comparing the real cost of low cost air fare, remember to include all the “hidden” fees. If you don’t want to spend additional money once you board the plane, be prepared to starve, be thirsty and cold and sleepless.