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2011 Best U.S. Budget Airline

JetBlue Airways

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2011 Best U.S. Budget Airline
Mark Kahler, licensed to About.com

About.com readers have voted JetBlue Airways the best U.S. budget airline. It serves 63 destinations in 21 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and 11 countries with a fleet of 161 aircraft. It is not among the largest low-cost airlines in the world, but it does serve heavily populated areas on the eastern seaboard of the United States and has a hub at New York JFK. Focus cities include Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach, Orlando and San Juan.

JetBlue operates its frequent-flier program on a system that rewards travelers for dollars spent on tickets, excluding taxes and fees. Interestingly, competitor Southwest adopted a similar approach for its frequent-flier program, making the change during the course of Readers' Choice voting.

The first checked bag on JetBlue is free, but the airline recently increased fees for a second checked bag from $30 to $35. But JetBlue frequently touts added legroom as a major emphasis in their marketing.

Although voting is done for this year, please feel free to weigh in on JetBlue. Is the airline a worthy recipient of the title Best U.S. Budget Airline? Discuss JetBlue and other U.S. budget airlines by clicking the link below and posting your thoughts.

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