Cheap Flights from New Airline, Breeze Airways
Breeze Airways is off the ground and the real winners are customers who live in smaller markets, not typically offered nonstop flights.
Breeze’s business model aims to give those underserved markets and customers nonstop service at a low price, and generally avoiding competition to do so!
$39 Flights for Breeze Airways Launch
The first flights are priced at $39 one way for the launch. The company has not said whether it’s committing to this price point long term, or what “normal” flight prices might be. They’re also launching with an in-house loyalty program for customers to earn credits for future flights.
Which cities will have service with Breeze Airways?
The first flights kicked off in May, with the balance of the routes scheduled to be up and running by the end of July.
Breeze is focusing on the southern states to start, with the bulk of the routes centering around Charleston, SC, Tampa, FL, New Orleans, LA and Norfolk, VA. There are also a few point-to-point destinations outside of these core cities.
The full list of cities offering some flights:
San Antonio, TX
Oklahoma City OK
If you don’t see your small city on the list, don’t despair. There’s another carrier with a similar style – Avelo Airlines – and it is serving a whole different set of cities.
Breeze Airways Will Lease Jets
One way Breeze plans to keep costs low is by avoiding the startup costs associated with purchasing planes of their own. Instead, they plan to lease Embraer E195 jets from Azul, as well as E190s from Nordic Aviation Capital. The airline also plans to purchase a total of 60 Airbus A220-300s, but will slowly roll those out, one a month over the next few years.
What kind of tickets will Breeze sell?
Breeze has two fare classes for sale – “Nice” and “Nicer.” Both tickets have no change or cancellation fees. In fact, you can cancel your ticket up to 15 minutes before departure. If you do need to cancel, you’ll be issued a flight credit good for 24 months.
“Nice” tickets come without a seat assignment, but you can buy an assignment for $10. Families flying with kids under 12 can choose their seats for free! A personal item is free, but a carry-on will cost you extra. Both carry-on and checked bags are $20 a piece. That’s it – very straightforward.
“Nicer” fares come with one carry-on, one checked bag, a drink, a snack, and the all important extra legroom.
Look for “Nicest” seats to be debuted alongside the Airbus product in the months to come.