JetBlue and Delta offer special pricing to people fleeing Hurricane Irma – MarketWatch

Delta said on Wednesday it’s capping airfares for areas affected by the hurricane. Delta is also adding additional flights to and from San Juan, Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Key West, and increasing the size of aircrafts flying from San Juan and South Florida to allow more people to leave.

This comes after a Twitter user noted the company was increasing tickets from $547.59 to $3,258.50 for a flight out of Miami. A spokesman from Delta said contrary to this report, the airline has not raising any fares in response to the hurricane and that the price hike was related to dynamic pricing on the third-party travel site where the customer was booking the flight.

“As the storm approached we actually reduced the price level of our highest fares (which are typically seen when customers are booking last-minute travel and inventory is limited) to and from cities in its projected path,” he said.

JetBlue is capping direct flights out of Florida at $99 for direct flights or a maximum of $159 for connecting flights. “We want those trying to leave ahead of the hurricane to focus on their safe evacuation rather than worry about the cost of flights,” JetBlue spokesman Doug McGraw told Reuters. (JetBlue did not respond to request for comment.)

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JetBlue and Delta offer special pricing to people fleeing Hurricane Irma – MarketWatch.