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User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

this week has been a big week for me:
after a year long drought of flying (still not beaten by my 3+ year drought before then) I have scheduled 2 trips in 2 months! This is part of every high school seniors "right of passage": THE COLLEGE VISIT!

Here are the details: (dates and airline only...no times or flight # for safety reasons)
OCT 1: jetBlue FLL-LGA
OCT 3: jetBlue LGA-FLL
I am going to visit family in New York and look at a college in Conn.
NOV 5 WN FLL-JAX
NOV 6: WN JAX-FLL
visit to Jacksonville University

Notes:
jetBlue flight:
first flight on B6 (as you may remember, my trip in March was schedueld for B6, but canceled  Sad)
There is a good chance I will be flying B6 to LGA or JFK in March or April as well.
Southwest flight:
First flight on Southwest! This will be a short flight, so the trailer-trash stereotype isn't as big of an issue.
My shortest flight in my short life!
My first flight to JAX (We've driven there countless times)

So, a few questions...
for jetBlue, what should I expect in general?
Is there an option to turn off the TVs if I want to do homework? (or should I keep it on airshow anyway!?!?)
Are the sattelite radio stations installed? Is there other radio?
Is the FOX IFE still free? Will it be on OCT 1 and 3?
Will Neelman be on my flight!?!?!?

What gate will B6 use at LGA and which baggae carrousel? Which carrousel at FLL? (I know the FLL gates: B9, C4, C6, C8)
I'm behind the wing on both flights, will I be able to board and deboard from the airstairs?

Southwest:
What should I expect in general?
If I do not eat peanuts (allergic), do they have other options?
Will my plane have the backward facing seats? My mom wouldn't like those, but I'd like to try it out...I almost feel like trying to get a C boarding pass just to get away from her and sit there!
If I go online at 12:01am and check in, will I have the A pass?
I see on Airline! that they have the boarding zones at the gate in lines, do they have that at FLL and JAX?
Where is WNs gates at JAX? Carousel? Where is there carousel at FLL?
My dads birthday (I think) is NOV 7, could I request to get the "special" birthday treatment for him? Big grin and how do I do that?

In general:
I am not familiar with any other terminals other than terminal 2...what is in terminal 1?
I am 17, should I show my ID when asked or tell them I'm 17? or both? What can they do to me if I tell them I'm 17 and don't show ID?


Also, I'm looking for 1 more roundtrip....
It will either be FLL-GSO, AVL-FLL on NOV 18, 21...FLL-GSO, TYS-FLL on NOV 18, 21...FLL-AVL, GSO-FLL on NOV 11, 14...FLL-TYS, GSO-FLL on NOV 11, 14...the NOV 11 and 18 flights would be evening only...the other times are flexible!
Could you all do some sluthing for the best fare? (airline doesn't matter!)
Thanks!
(THIS IS A GREAT YEAR FOR TRAVEL FOR MEA Middle East Airlines (Lebanon)">ME!)


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User currently offlineAa777mia From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 686 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

Well lets see, yes you can turn off the TV, just press the minus key until the contrast goes out. Is David on your flight, well roll the dice and who knows, he is a busy man, but still makes his rounds when he can, being that you are going between NY and FLL, there is a great chance. The third question, FOX TV is still free, due to start charging sometime in OCT, not sure of the effective date yet. Hope that helps! Have a great trip!

User currently offlineDeltaMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1672 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

Are you just taking the trip to take them or are you really considering the schools (I know when I did my college visits I knew where I was going I just took the 5 I was allowed and went to places like NYC, MIA, PHX, etc.)? If you are just going to fly I would say GSO is the better airport, but if you are going to see the school then Tennessee is the best campus. If you do want to tour schools RDU is a good one as there are some good campuses up there.


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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32596 posts, RR: 72
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2828 times:

First flight on Southwest! This will be a short flight, so the trailer-trash stereotype isn't as big of an issue.


But I thought you said you were flying to Jacksonville?  Big grin

Just kidding...enjoy your flights. As for the jetBlue IFE, I am not sure if the XM radio and FOX onDemand is fully installed across the whole fleet yet, is it?

I am 17, should I show my ID when asked or tell them I'm 17? or both? What can they do to me if I tell them I'm 17 and don't show ID?

You do not need to show ID. When they ask, say you are minor, that's all. They can't do anything to you.



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User currently offlineTxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2789 times:

What should I expect in general?

Somewhere between 75% and 80% of my travel is on WN. Expect courteous and friendly employees, a full beverage service on even very short flights, and a comfortable Y cabin. Their legroom and seating is superior to anyone's Y cabin with the exception of AA's MRTC.

If I do not eat peanuts (allergic), do they have other options?

Most of the time I see Lorna Doone or Chips Ahoy cookies on morning flights, Wheat Thins at mid-day, and Ritz Air Crisps or Cheese Nips in the late afternoon/early evening. The FAs serve whatever based upon the length of the flight....most everything I am on is an hour to an hour and a half. If they come by with nuts alone...if you tell them you are allergic to peanuts and wondered if they have some Nabisco cookies or similar hidden away, I'd be willing to bet they will turn you onto some.

Will my plane have the backward facing seats? My mom wouldn't like those, but I'd like to try it out...I almost feel like trying to get a C boarding pass just to get away from her and sit there!

Probably not. You see fewer and fewer of the rear facing seats. The 200s still have them, I think, but you are not liable to be on a 200. And yes, backwards is my favortie way to sit.

If I go online at 12:01am and check in, will I have the A pass?

I would be real surprised if you didn't. I've checked me, my daughter, and business associates in online at 10 AM before a 6 PM flight and they got boarding pass #9 or 10.

I see on Airline! that they have the boarding zones at the gate in lines, do they have that at FLL and JAX?

As I recall they do at FLL, not sure about JAX. Most stations have the line-up things, though.

Where is WNs gates at JAX? Carousel? Where is there carousel at FLL?

My dads birthday (I think) is NOV 7, could I request to get the "special" birthday treatment for him? and how do I do that?

On a short flight they probably won;t have time for an extra special birthday extravaganza....however, last trip EL_SAT (1hr 25 gate-to-gate) a passenger merely informed a FA upon boarding that a member of their party was celebrating their 16th birthday, so the entire plane sang Happy Birthday to this individual during the descent into San Antonio. It was pretty surrreal, actually.......coming down thru several layers of cloud with the associated chop.....while a planeload of folks sing Happy Birthday led by a fA on the PA system.



User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2789 times:

Wow, an exclusively MIA/FLL thread so far...lol! (Thanks TxAg for ruining it  Big grin)

If you are just going to fly I would say GSO is the better airport, but if you are going to see the school then Tennessee is the best campus. If you do want to tour schools RDU is a good one as there are some good campuses up there.
I am going to view Elon in GSO and UNC Asheville in AVL...the problem is my mom who will not fly porp planes and probably not RJs. I convinced her to fly RJs from AVL, but if TYS is a chaper option, I'll take it!

Are you just taking the trip to take them or are you really considering the schools
Yes, I am considering the schools...Jacksonville the most of them.
I am going to NY to visit family while up there
I wouldn't be ale to take the trips had I not been interested in the schools, my parents wouldn't let me!

But I thought you said you were flying to Jacksonville?  Big grin
Well, scratch that college from my list  Big grin

I'd do the birthday thing, but my dad would be soooooooooooooo...oooooooo mad! He's not into that!

[Edited 2004-09-10 05:28:00]

User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26350 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2734 times:

WN does have a peanut alternative. It used to be raisins, but I believe they now serve pretzels. If you check in online, you will get an A pass and it will actually be a good idea if you want any chance of flying backward, as plane nuts like us usually grab them up. I don't know how the seats will be. If it is a 200, they will be there. If it is a 300, it is almost 50/50. If you see leather seats, however, no chance. None of the 700s have them. This is a really short flight, but the window seat in the right side exit row has enough legroom to make Shaquille O'neal blush


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User currently offlineGsoflyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1093 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

You know, I graduated from Elon in 1997.

User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4238 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2606 times:

No XM radio on JetBlue yet, only the TV. Still, it is not a bad deal.
Yes, the tv can be shut off (or left on the map screen) but why would you want to do homework??!!  Smile



None shall pass!!!!
User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2556 times:
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TXAgKuwait,

FYI, jetBlue's planes also have more legroom than Southwest if seated at the Emergency Exit rows, or behind, with a pitch of 34".

JBLU


User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6296 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Well I think everyone has covered everything so...as someone who is a junior in college, the college visit is...well it kinda sucks...you dont see anything about how the college really is! but the better the visit the better the college usually is so, ENJOY!

User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2517 times:

TXAgKuwait,

FYI, jetBlue's planes also have more legroom than Southwest if seated at the Emergency Exit rows, or behind, with a pitch of 34".

JBLU


Yes...but if I sit in row 20 (not an exit row) then what's the pitch? On Southwest it is about 33.75. The exit rows in a SWA-700 has room enough to slow dance.


User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2475 times:

This is a really short flight, but the window seat in the right side exit row has enough legroom to make Shaquille O'neal blush

Too bad my mom doesn't like exit rows  Sad! She doesn't like sitting in the back either (it's "bumpy"...it was bumpy on a DL MD88 flight and she gets scared flr life!), so that A pass is important! (Un)Foruntantly we had to book behind the exit row for the jetBlue flights. When my mom complains of the bumps, I'll just turn on some ESPN! (gotta love jetBlue for that!)

FYI, jetBlue's planes also have more legroom than Southwest if seated at the Emergency Exit rows, or behind, with a pitch of 34".

Another reason why It is (Un)Fortunant to get the back rows! (I cannot believe the front filled up first!)

It's really tough for us though, I don't like sitting over the wing, I want to have a view, I want to sit in the back, I want extra legroom!...My mom doesn't like to sit on the wing, she doesn't like the view, and she wants to be in the front. There are only 2-3 rows for us

Well I think everyone has covered everything
Still to be answered:
WN Gates at JAX, and their baggage carousels at JAX and FLL (I've been thorugh the baggage claim level at T1 before, but no flights were coming in!) Also, jetBlues gates at LGA and their baggage claim locations.

I have a few to add:
How are the WN loads on Fridays to JAX and on Saturdays to FLL?
Obviously, we cannot get the B6 LGA loads yet, but when the time comes, I'll ask that as well!
Anyone know where Avis is from LGA?

Also, I still am looking for the NC trip... we now have a few changes
FLL-AVL or TYS on NOV 18 evening (Any airline) and from AVL, TYS, GSO-FLL on NOV 21 afternoon.

You know, I graduated from Elon in 1997.
I'll e-mail you around Thanksgiving if I like the school, ok?



User currently offlineJAXpax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2429 times:

WN Gates at JAX, and their baggage carousels at JAX and FLL (I've been thorugh the baggage claim level at T1 before, but no flights were coming in!) Also, jetBlues gates at LGA and their baggage claim locations.

It's not like JAX is a very big airport... Southwest uses C2 and C3, occasionally C10. There is very little seating in Southwest's gates... normally see most people standing. They have huge gate podiums and kiosks in their small gates, crowded by the exit to the TSA checkpoint (which occupies what used to be the C1 half of the combined C1/C3 boarding lounge).

All baggage carousels at Jacksonville are in the same place. Go down the escalators to baggage claim and turn right. They normally use the last belt on the end, next to their baggage service office.

I would think the answers to some of your questions isn't particularly relevant as there are signs showing you where to go, and it's not like there's a lot of options at JAX or FLL.

How are the WN loads on Fridays to JAX and on Saturdays to FLL?

Typically they run a high load. Unless it's one of the first filghts of the morning southbound, the JAX-FLL flights are continuations for the most part. Many come in mostly full from places like BNA or IND. Last time I flew south to FLL, I had an A boarding card out of JAX. However, over 70 passengers stayed on the airplane from Indianapolis and Chicago, and not many good seats were left. Those with a B card got middles for the most part. Loads northbound are still fairly heavy from FLL-JAX as the flights continue on to the north for the most part and, in my experience, only about half the plane is actually bound for Jacksonville.



There are many of us who attend JU, feel free to e-mail us with any questions (I can be contacted through my profile).


User currently offlineGsoflyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1093 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2385 times:

Actually, you can feel free to email me about Elon any time.

You should like it better than UNCA, but that is just me. Though UNCA has the mountain aspect. But there is a ton more to do in the Triad and Triangle that are close by, plus Elon is one of the best schools in the SE as it is.


User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26350 posts, RR: 76
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2344 times:

What about Tulane? I go to law school there and man oh man, the women are attractive.


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User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Last time I flew south to FLL, I had an A boarding card out of JAX. However, over 70 passengers stayed on the airplane from Indianapolis and Chicago, and not many good seats were left
Is that going to be a problem if lets say that 70 people are scattered around the plane and i need 3 seats?

I'll be sure to e-mail you next month definantly! JU and U Tampa are my top 2 right now!


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