JetBlue Airways is trying to see the lighter side of the seemingly endless debates over the U.S. government shutdown and debt ceiling. The airline is offering a “Keep Bills Moving” program that gives free “Even More Speed” passes to any JetBlue customer with the name “Bill” flying out of the three main Washington, D.C. area airports.
Those airports include Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Passengers with any form of the name “Bill” will be offered the free passes as long as they have the appropriate identification. The program is valid through Oct. 31, 2013.
Even More Speed gives passengers the quickest option through security with expedited lines. To take advantage of the offer, customers must go to the JetBlue ticket counter at the airport to receive an Even More Speed lane stamp. Those traveling in the same party with a “Bill” are eligible for a stamp, too.
“Whatever our personal politics, we'd like to see good legislation moving through Washington," said Marty St. George, senior vice president marketing and commercial strategy for JetBlue. "JetBlue is doing our part to keep 'Bills' moving. And because we're not picky we'll take any 'Bill' - Bill, Billy, William, Willa, Billie - heck, we'll even offer it to Guillermos and Willems!"
On the other hand, JetBlue’s tongue-in-cheek program comes despite its refusal to refund any airline change fees resulting from the government shutdown.