Lost Your Job? Here's Your Refund!

By: Gay.com
2.17.2009

Did you book a leisure trip while still employed, but then got laid off before you could go? Well, how about a full refund? That appears to be no problem for some businesses in the current dismal travel industry.

Take for instance JetBlue ... The airline said this week that it will issue full refunds to eligible customers who lose their jobs after purchasing tickets.

Customers who book flights between Feb. 1 and June 1 and lose their jobs on or after Feb. 17 may be eligible for the JetBlue Promise Program. JetBlue fares are generally nonrefundable.

Customers must notify JetBlue and request a full refund at least two weeks before the first day of travel. The customer who purchased the flight can request a refund for up to nine customers traveling on one reservation.

The program is part of an effort to spur early bookings as consumers pull back on travel amid a gloomy economy.

Does this sound like a novel approach? At least one analyst said he does not think the deal is unusual, noting some car rental companies already offer similar programs.

Have any tips on other companies offering a similar deal? Let us know by posting your comments below!

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