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Flying to Disney: JetBlue Makes Bid for Spirit Airlines

For all of our fellow Disney Fanatics whose Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort vacation begins and ends with an airline flight, there appears to be some shakeup going down among the budget carriers.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, JetBlue has just put in an offer to buy Spirit Airlines for an all-cash deal supposedly trumping the offer already made by Frontier Airlines several weeks ago:

JetBlue offered to buy Spirit in an all-cash transaction for $33 a share, Spirit said Tuesday, describing the offer as an unsolicited bid.

Frontier Group Holdings Inc., another ultra-low-cost carrier, had in February announced a deal to buy Spirit for $2.9 billion in cash and stock—a deal that would transform the two discounters into the fifth-largest U.S. airline.

Spirit said its board would evaluate JetBlue’s proposal and determine the best course of action.

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JetBlue, Spirit, and Frontier all offer flights in and out of Orlando International Airport (MCO), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana (SNA), and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). They give Guests value options for their trips to Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the rest of The Happiest Place on Earth and The Most Magical Place On Earth.

Spirit Airline Check-In, MCO

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It is unclear at this time how any takeover of Spirit Airlines–be it from JetBlue or Frontier–will affect Guests’ travel plans, and if any such takeover of such a majority stake in the extra-low-cost airline market will be allowed to go through.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to monitor the story and update our readers on all news that can affect their Disney vacation–for better or worse–as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

TK is a writer and editor based in Tampa, FL with a passion for all things Disney, and adventure.