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JetBlue caps low airfares out of Florida ahead of Irma

JetBlue helps evacuees out of Florida with special pricing.
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As Floridians desperately try to evacuate before Hurricane Irma hits American soil, JetBlue has capped its prices in that state.

It will charge a maximum of $99 for available seating for direct flights and a max of $159 for the last available seat for connecting flights. Yahoo Finance reports that a spokesman for the airline said those prices also include government taxes.

The company has added flights from cities where they have planes available.

For travelers who already have reservations, JetBlue is waiving cancellation and rebooking fees,

“Given that many Floridians are struggling to get out of harm’s way, this is welcome news,” Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said in an emailed statement sent by a spokesman. “I hope more airlines do the right thing and follow suit.”

Other Airlines have followed suit with JetBlue, American Airlines also capping its airfares.

“While there are limited seats remaining before the storm hits, we will cap our pre-tax fares at $99 for MainCabin seats on direct, single leg flights out of Florida for tickets sold through Sunday Sept. 10 for travel until Sept. 13,” a spokeswoman said in a statement to Yahoo Finance. 

Delta Airlines has also reduced their prices for passengers booking last-minute flights and capping fares at $399 out of Florida.

“In addition, we are waiving change fees for customers who want to change their flight plans due to the forecast. We have full details on the waiver at delta.com,” the Delta spokesman said. “We also are adding flights and increasing the size of the aircraft we’re using on flights to and from San Juan and south Florida, providing more opportunities for customers to leave. New flights are being added to and from San Juan, Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Key West, all to Atlanta (where people can connect to destinations across the U.S.).”

Some customers were unhappy with steep airfares as they tried to get to safety, some complaining that airlines were charging sometimes more than $1000 for tickets out of Florida.