This is breaking news and I have not had the time today to dedicate to writing a real post about Jet Blue Airways joining eBay. I apologize, but this will simply be the standard press release until I can sit down and flesh out a real post.
Let me just say this move has potential for eBay, Jet Blue and consumers - I see no reason why any standard eBay seller would be against this...
It's not any of us have a fleet of jet aircraft ready and available to compete with Jet Blue. Jet Blue is not moving in on anyone sellers niche on eBay like Buy.com has and Jet Blue negotiated a sweet deal with eBay - So What. If eBay is a dealing mood, why shouldn't any smart company like Jet Blue not take advantage of the opportunity?
In any case, I have to run... I will edit this post or create a new one at a later date... In the mean time, let me know what you think? Is this some awful conspiracy against travel agents? Has eBay gone off their rocker? Well, OK thats a given, but....
JetBlue Airways is Nickel-and-Diming Fares! Flights and Vacation Packages Now Up for Bid On eBay Starting At Five and Ten Cents* Each
300+ Roundtrip Flights, Two Getaways Vacations and Four,
Four-Star "Mystery Destination" Packages Up for Bid
Bidding Open Today Through September 14 At www.jetblue.com/ebay
Airline Becomes First to Sell Last-Minute Flights and Packages On eBay
NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Value airline JetBlue Airways Corporation (Nasdaq:JBLU) today announced it is auctioning more than 300 roundtrip flights and six JetBlue Getaways Vacation packages on eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, with opening bids starting at a nickel or a dime (*taxes and fees apply). Customers can join in the online auction action at www.jetblue.com/ebay from today through September 14.
The first airline to sell last-minute flights and packages on eBay, JetBlue, JetBlue is offering flights and packages to more than 20 destinations, including four mystery JetBlue Getaways Vacation packages -- two "No Passport Necessary" and two "Pack Your Passport" -- to exciting undisclosed locations. Each mystery Getaways vacation package includes flights for two and hotel accommodation at a four-star Marriott property.
"We're putting the price of spontaneous weekend trips this fall into the hands of our customers," said Don Uselmann, Manager of Business Development for JetBlue Airways. "This is their chance to compete to get the best deals on flights and vacation packages to many of JetBlue's most exciting destinations -- on their own terms. And no matter what flight they win, our lucky eBay customers, like every JetBlue customer, will enjoy our award-winning in-flight experience -- 36 channels of DIRECTV, 100 XM Satellite Radio stations, Dunkin' Donuts coffee, lots of legroom, and delicious brand name snacks and sodas -- for free**."
JetBlue's three-day, five-day and seven-day auctions on eBay include one and two person roundtrip, weekend flights in September from cities including: Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale and Southern California. In addition, JetBlue Getaways Vacation packages, including airfare and a four-night hotel stay for two are also up for bid to Las Vegas and Nassau, Bahamas. Outbound travel packages take place on Thursdays and Fridays, returning Sundays and Mondays. All travel must be complete by Monday, October 6, 2008.