For some voters, Nov. 6 could be the end of the world if “the other guy”—not-enough-jobs-creator President Barack Obama or out-of-touch-plutocrat Mitt Romney—wins the White House.
For those die-hard partisans, JetBlue Airlines is offering a means of escaping their bitter disappointment.
The New York-based airline on Oct. 3 announced a promotion offering free seats to those who may want to leave the country after the elections.
To participate, customers can visit the Web site jetblue.com/electionprotection and enter their choice for president, clicking a donkey or an elephant. Then, after logging on through Facebook, voters are entered for a chance to win tickets to one of 21 international destinations if their candidate doesn’t win.
“We’ve all heard it said before: if my candidate does not win, I’m leaving the country,” Marty St. George, senior vice president marketing and commercial strategy for JetBlue, said in a statement. “Fun is one of our five founding values, and in this spirit we decided to give people a chance to recover from the political noise and follow through on their claim to skip town if their candidate comes up short.”
“Most importantly, we want to highlight the freedom we have as Americans to exercise our right to vote and encourage everyone to do their part on Nov. 6,” he added.
JetBlue is giving away 2,012 one-way seats, or 1,006 roundtrip certificates, to destinations such as the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, St. Maarten, St. Lucia and Turks & Caicos.
President Obama currently holds a six percentage point lead over Romney in JetBlue’s online “poll.”