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JetBlue Makes Carry-On Bags Free for Blue Basic

Starting September 6, 2024, JetBlue will loosen restrictions on its cheapest fare class, Blue Basic, allowing passengers to bring a carry-on bag onboard for free. Previously, the airline only permitted Blue Basic ticketholders to bring a small personal item onboard that could fit underneath the seat. 

“Carry-on bags are an important part of travel to customers, and when presented with a choice between JetBlue’s award-winning service and another carrier’s basic offering, we want JetBlue to be the easy winner,” said Marty St. George, president, JetBlue. “We’re always looking for ways to evolve our offering in response to customer preferences. This is a win-win as we improve the customer experience and keep JetBlue competitive in our industry.”

Flyers booked in Blue Basic will be allowed to bring a free carry-on bag starting September 6, regardless of when they purchased the ticket. 

JetBlue’s only update to the Blue Basic fare class is adding a free carry-on bag. Flyers with these tickets will still have to pay an additional fee to select a seat and will board the plane in the last group. 

JetBlue Fare Classes

Blue BasicBlueBlue PlusBlue ExtraMint
Free Carry-On Bag11111
Free Checked Bag (Domestic Flights)00102
ChangesNot allowedNo feeNo feeNo feeNo fee
Cancellations$100-$200 per personNo feeNo feeNo feeNo fee
Seat SelectionAdditional feeFreeFreeFreeFree
BoardingLast groupGeneralGeneralEarlyEarly

JetBlue Carry-on Bag Size

Carry-on space is not guaranteed in the overhead bin, so always be prepared for the possibility that your bag may be gate-checked (especially if you’re boarding in the last group.)  Carry-ons must adhere to JetBlue’s restrictions, which state that bags, including wheels and handles, must not exceed 22” L x 14” W x 9” H. 

All JetBlue passengers (regardless of fare class) are also permitted to bring aboard a personal item, such as a laptop bag or backpack, which must not exceed 17” L x 13” W x 8” H and should be stored under the seat in front of you.

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