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JetBlue Increases International Flights With New Ecuador Service

Oct. 30, 2018
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Is snorkeling with sea lions near the Galápagos Islands on your bucket list?

If so, you’re in luck.

JetBlue can now take you to Guayaquil, Ecuador, nonstop with its newest route from Fort Lauderdale.

Tickets are on sale for travel beginning Feb. 28, 2019, between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Guayaquil’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. JetBlue is offering an introductory fare starting at $89 one way. Additionally, travelers coming from major U.S. cities will benefit from connections through the new route.

Guayaquil, a port city known as a gateway to beautiful Pacific beaches and easy access to the Galápagos Islands, becomes JetBlue’s sixth destination in South America and second in Ecuador. The airline has routes to 22 countries and more than a dozen routes to the Caribbean and cities in Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica and Colombia.

The new service will be operated on JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft. The airline is known for having the most legroom in economy seating (33-34 inches).

Travelers will not be able to purchase JetBlue fares from online travel agencies like Orbitz and Priceline as the airline cut ties with several sites in October 2017 in an effort to lower costs. And flights departing from Guayaquil’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport will be more expensive because of higher government taxes/fees.

Yet, American travelers will be able to forget currency exchange worries because Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar. Bonus tip: It’s always smart to check what credit cards are best for international travel before hopping on the plane.

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