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When is a crying baby on a plane a welcome addition? When the airline offers free flights to everyone onboard if the baby does just enough crying.
JetBlue sent a shoutout to parents everywhere, but especially moms, with a Mother’s Day message meant to soothe the frustrations of flying with a cranky baby.
The New York-based airline released a video on Monday of a flight from JFK to Long Beach, California, where several babies were being given the opportunity to cry their hearts out. If they cried enough, everyone onboard would receive a free roundtrip ticket. The babies came through, with everyone onboard cheering.
“In honor of Mother’s Day, we are giving everyone a reason to smile every time a baby cries,” the airline wrote on its YouTube channel, where it posted the video, which you can also see below.
Crying babies on a plane are a minor annoyance compared to some of the other headaches travel can produce, like a lost or stolen credit card, lost luggage, unexpected airline fees and missed connections. You can help smooth your way through some of these hassles, though, by using one of the best travel rewards credit cards when booking your flight and hotel and paying for incidentals.
Which credit card you use to pay for your travels will make a big difference in the rewards you earn. For example, the Chase Sapphire Preferred ($95 annual fee that is waived the first year; you can see a full review here.) offers double points on all travel purchases, while the American Express Premier Rewards Gold ($175 annual fee, waived the first year; you can see a full review here.) offers triple points for all flights booked directly with the airlines. (The latter is actually a charge card, which must be paid in full each month.)
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