Summer Routes to Nantucket from $79

by  Anna Carey | May 31, 2009
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Brushing shoulders with old money isn’t limited to Hamptons’ beaches: New Yorkers can walk alongside tony residents of another coveted summer rental location – Nantucket, Massachusetts – courtesy of JetBlue’s recently re-launched service there for a third year in a row. With a flight time of approximately one hour, it'll take most New Yorkers even less time to reach this Cape Cod isle than to reach their fave Long Island getaway.

In addition to the non-stop service via New York, the airline will be launching connections between Nantucket and a myriad of other U.S. cities, including Chicago and Los Angeles (connections to Burbank and LAX start June 17).

Prior to this low-cost air connection, ground travel to Nantucket was quite the process, requiring a car ride to Hyannis, followed by a potentially sea-sickening 2 hour and 15-minute boat ride on traditional Steamship service, or an hour-long voyage on the high-speed ferry. Although roundtrip service to the island onboard the Hy-Line high-speed ferry is a mere three dollars cheaper than a $79 one-way ticket to Nantucket on JetBlue, add that to the price of gas, coupled with the $17 per vehicle (per calendar day) parking fee, and costs easily surpass that of an enjoyable flight.

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