Advantages An All Around Good Experience
Disadvantages They Don't Fly To All The Places I Want To Visit
I'd been aware of JetBlue for quite a while and had heard mainly good things about them so when we decided to add a side-trip from Utah to Los Angeles it seemed like a chance to give them a try..... especially as their fares were so much lower than the legacy airlines.We checked in on-line for our first flight from Salt Lake City to Long Beach and simply had to drop our bags off at the desk. Simple-or would have been had the desk been manned but there was no-one in sight-just a note saying "back at 3pm" a mere 45 mins before takeoff. The staff were pleasant-even if they made us repack as we were over the weight limit. As we had booked before the new charges for luggage came in we weren't charged despite having luggage for a three week trip.
Boarding was fast and the seats were fine. Leather with decent seat pitch. I'd heard that Jet Blue crew could be a bit OTT and come across like Butlins Redcoats but our crew both ways weren't like this. They were efficient and smiley (which is something some of the big name American carriers can't claim on domestic flights).There were seatback entertainment screens -however earphones had to be purchased on the ground ($1) so we ended up using one pair from a previous flight for my son and I had nothing. This could have been better publicised.
Surprisingly for such a short flight there was both free beverage and snack service. The snacks were in a basket-the usual cookies and potato chips...one snack per person the only notable feature was that the potato chips were BLUE ! Bit of a gimmick but they tasted fine.Long Beach airport is a small but perfectly formed airport and a refreshing change from the vastness that is LAX. Within ten minutes of landing we had collected our bags and were picking up our hirecar. If we'd flown into LAX we'd still have been walking to baggage claim by this point !
The return flight was equally good and the smallness of Long Beach airport came into its own as we'd underestimated the LA traffic and arrived less than twenty minutes before scheduled takeoff time. We checked in with no problems or even comment from the ground staff.All in all a solid product-I'd happily fly them again. The last time I flew into LA had been with United and it had been a miserable experience -this was much better both in terms of the airport and the attitude of the crew and ground staff.
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