JetBlue is offering a one-day airfare sale good for travel booked by 11:59 p.m. tonight.
The airline's flash sale includes discounts on just about every route it flies and comes in the wake of last week's in-flight meltdown by one of its pilots.
Capt. Clayton Osbon suffered some type of emotional breakdown that led to him being restrained by passengers and locked out of the cockpit. The flight, en route from New York to Las Vegas, was diverted to Texas and another JetBlue pilot, who happened to be on the plane, had to take over the controls.
Osbon made his first appearance court on Monday on charges of interfering with a flight crew. He will remain in jail until a bail hearing on Thursday. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
In a statement released by JetBlue over the weekend, Osbon's wife thanked the flight crew for their "compassionate handling of the situation." Connye Osbon also said "It is our belief, as Clayton's family, that while he was clearly distressed, he was not intentionally violent toward anyone."
JetBlue has compensated passengers from the flight, refunding their one-way fare and also offering travel vouchers for double the amount of their original ticket. Classy.
Nonetheless, it's a public relations nightmare that no airline would want to deal with. So it makes sense for a well-timed spring sale that offers some tempting discounts on flights.
Of course, it seems every airline has a weekly airfare sale of some sort. Southwest Airlines is also offering a 24-hour Tick Tock sale today for flights to Chicago. Fares from Baltimore start at $128 each way. AirTran has a sale on fares, starting at $69 each way from Baltimore, booked by Thursday.
JetBlue offers several flights from Baltimore, many connecting through its hub in Boston. The sale fares range from as low as $139 each way on flights to Chicago; $141 each way to Dallas/Fort Worth; and $195 each way to Phoenix. The JetBlue sale fares are for midweek travel, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, on most routes. from April 17 through June 20.