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.