Jet Blue Contest Offers a Free Flight if Your Candidate Loses

-By Warner Todd Huston

Since he didn’t seem to be able to find his way out of the country when George W. Bush won the White House in 2000, Alec Baldwin just might like JetBlue Airway’s new contest. The discount airline is offering 2012 seats — that’s 1,600 free round-trip tickets — to foreign destinations to customers whose candidate doesn’t win the presidency in November.

JetBlue spokesperson Allison Steinberg reported that the airline’s Live Free or Fly contest is already a hit. Steinberg says they are “extremely pleased” with the response thus far and says,

“We decided to bring some humor into the election season to both sides of the aisle. We thought Election Protection is the perfect way to encourage people to exercise their right to vote and highlight our 21 beautiful international destinations,” she said in an e-mail to FOX Business.

The JetBlue spokesperson said that the most popular destinations so far are Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, St. Maarten and St. Lucia.

Even if only temporary, a flight out of the country might be welcome news to those frazzled by this close and hard fought election season.

The JetBlue contest requires entrants to fill out a registration form, pick a candidate, and choose a destination. The cut off for entering is 11:59 PM, November 5. Winners will be selected on November 7.

The contest covers only the airfare itself. The free flight does not include taxes, fees or hotel stays.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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