Tmarch291 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 147 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6254 times:
This is my first trip report. Be nice please.
I am a fifteen year old boy who loves flying. I got very excited when I learned that my dad had a business meeting in Denver, and I could go along, because I had Spring Break. I shopped around for fares online. I first looked at Frontier, which does a LGA-DEN. Even though Frontier would not have been my first choice, I looked there first because my dad was flying them. When I looked on frontier.com, it would have been around $965 round trip for both me and my mom. My mom thought that was a bit pricey and I should keep looking. I looked on Orbitz, and I found LGA-MSP-DEN on Northwest for $199 per person, round trip. I would have chosen that (I always wanted to ride on a DC-9) but my mom didn't want to change in MSP. She thought it was "too cold." I almost gave up, but then I thought of JetBlue. I remembered that they did fly into Denver. (BTW how recently did they begin service there, it seems to me like it is pretty new) On JetBlue, it was around $750 round trip for the both of us. I was going blue.
The day before I called Four Ones Car service and I told them to pick me up at 610. I woke up early the next day and packed my things. The taxi arrived on time and since there isn't much traffic on the Van Wyck at 615 in the morning, we got to terminal 6 in about 10 minutes. Curbside check-in was fast and easy, even though my mom thought she left her driver's license at home. The line for security was normal (10-15 minutes) and we were past the checkpoint with 1.5 hours to kill. My mom sat and read the paper while I looked for the EMB-190 arriving from BOS. I looked around the terminal a bit, and it was actually a bit depressing. JetBlue had fixed the place up a little, but it was still very dark and dingy. I suppose they don't bother to improve it, due to the fact that they seem to be fixing up the terminal next to it for them. At about 7:59 boarding was called. The gate agent said the load was 100% with a lot of standbys. A friendly FA greeted us as we walked onto the A320, and we took our seats 16E and F (of course I got the window seat.) At exactly 8:30 we pushed back and at around 8:40 we took off. Fifteen minutes after that, FA's started taking drink orders. The FA's didn't seem particularly perky or at the very least, happy, like I would expect a low-cost airline's FA's would be. These guys made AA's flight attendants seem like the Hooters girls. After the snack service, I used my mom's credit card to buy "The Ringer" for $5. It was actually not that bad and it help pass the time quickly. After that I watched a bit of Jeopardy on my PTV until we started to descend. Our flight path took us over northern Pennsylvania and over Wisconsin. We then went down into Iowa and Nebraska, before coming into Colorado. As we "lowered" into DEN, it seemed as if the airport was in the middle of nowhere. All I could see was dry grassland, a big difference from what I'm used to. I believe we landed on Runway 34L or 34R; it was a bit hard to tell, since they are parallel. There was a quick taxi to the gate and we deplaned quickly. Since my dad wasn't scheduled to arrive from PHX for another hour, both my mother and I went to Taco Bell in the Jeppesen terminal. I walked around the terminal a bit, and I quickly found that my dad's plane was delayed an hour due to mechanical problems. The main terminal is very nice, but it doesn't have a large variety of shops and restaurants, so I basically sat around for a few hours with nothing to do. Two hours later my dad's flight arrived and we rented a car and drove off to Silverthorne, CO.
I won't go into details, but from Friday-Wednesday we stayed in Silverthorne and went skiing at Breckenridge and Keystone. From Wednesday-Sunday we explored Denver. I personally think it is a very nice city, a lot nicer than New York.
I woke up around 700 to finish packing my things. At around 805, we drove to the airport. We had to return our rental car at Hertz, which is only about 1 1/2 miles away from the terminal. They make it very easy to return your car, all you have to do is drive your car right up to the front of a line and a woman hands you a receipt and you are free to go. We got to the main terminal a few minutes before nine o'clock. My dad dropped his bags off at the Frontier curbside and the rental car bus drove me and my mom to the area where JetBlue is. Since JetBlue doesn't have curbside at Denver, we had to drag our bags up an escalator and go to a main check-in desk, which was just opening. I asked for exit row seats again, but the flight had another full load and I was unable to get them. After that we went through security, which is on the large bridge connecting Concourse A with the main terminal. The line at security was a bit long, but the TSA folks were somewhat efficient and very nice (unlike at JFK.) After that we were in the terminal with 2 1/2 hours to kill. I walked around and got the newspaper, and some KFC and Pizza Hut for the trip. Two hours later, boarding commenced. I am very surprised by JetBlue's boarding procedures. The gate agent just takes part of your boarding pass and puts it on a table near the gate. They don't take much of a look at it at all. I was very surprised that they didn't scan it. I probably could have given them my Pizza Hut receipt and gotten on board that plane, since their boarding passes just look like receipts. Anyways, we quickly took our seats, and we pushed back at around 1205. The pilot told us that many of the runways were closed due to the high winds. We waited, and waited, and waited some more. After about an hour wait, we finally took off (sorry I didn't get the runway). The pilot said we would arrive at JFK at 615, because we would be making up time in the air. Most of the FA's on this flight were just as surly as the ones on the outbound one. Only one was friendly and made some jokes. I again got a Sprite with no ice, my trademark drink (I hate ice) and some munchies snack mix. On JetBlue, they do actually give you the can; however AA also did that when I flew them to TUS this past winter. Our flight took us over Nebraska, Chicago and Central Pennsylvania, our cruising altitude was FL360. Since they did not change the movies on the PTV, I watched Blue Collar Comedy Tour on comedy central. That is a very funny show, even though it has some very rude humor. We started to descend about 25 minutes before landing. It was getting dark outside, so I didn't get to see much of JFK when we landed. We landed on time (at 615) and got our bags and went home.
I liked JetBlue. The seats we are a bit wider and had more legroom than some of the legacy carriers. The plane was in good shape, however my seat smelled strongly of tobacco smoke on the way back. The FA's weren't that nice, but maybe I just got a bad bunch. JetBlue was a great value for the money, and I will probably fly them again.
Brendan03 From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 951 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6122 times:
Quoting Tmarch291 (Reply 2): I left my camera at home becuause I wasn't planning on writing a TR.
Lol, I usually take pictures of my flight anyway if I can... unless it's a night flight... one time I came back from Indonesia and We were landing at dawn in Melbourne (Simply breathetaking, It nearly brought tears to my eyes and I'm usually a faceless emotionless person, but wow) and Unfortunatly I had a flight attendant sitting infront of me and went to take a photo but was told I wasn't allowed to...
Anyway, as I said before, A good report, Nicely compiled, Well done, I'll give you an A for it (I'd give you an A+ but there's no photos)
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5952 times:
Nice report. Such is life with F/A's in general, and I think that regardless of carrier, you can always get a crew that simply isn't too interested in being there. I think that as the age and seniority of the crews at B6 begins to increase, you may begin to see more of the "matron" F/A's that are more common at the legacy carriers. It seems to be an unavoidable issue for every airline.
Tmarch291 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 147 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5918 times:
Thanks for the comment about my TR. I realize that the age of FA's on JetBlue is going up, however the crew on both flights was relatively young. I also don't think age has much to do with being happy and nice. I have met many happy, nice and even "grandmotherly" FA's on other airlines.
MajorNelson From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5874 times:
Quoting Tmarch291 (Thread starter): I found LGA-MSP-DEN on Northwest for $199 per person, round trip. I would have chosen that (I always wanted to ride on a DC-9) but my mom didn't want to change in MSP. She thought it was "too cold." I almost gave up, but then I thought of JetBlue. I remembered that they did fly into Denver. (BTW how recently did they begin service there, it seems to me like it is pretty new) On JetBlue, it was around $750 round trip for the both of us.
You live in NYC and were travelling to Denver to ski in March -- and your mother decided to spend $350 more than was necessary because MSP was too cold to connect thru? Tell the woman never to become a travel agent .. no offense!
Tmarch291 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 147 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5835 times:
Quoting MajorNelson (Reply 7): You live in NYC and were travelling to Denver to ski in March -- and your mother decided to spend $350 more than was necessary because MSP was too cold to connect thru? Tell the woman never to become a travel agent .. no offense!
United737522 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5533 times:
Probably just missed ya that day. The departure delays were terrible. I am remember the line to take off on rwy 25. My thread on it: DEN Departure Delays (by United737522 Mar 26 2006 in Civil Aviation)
Tmarch291 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 147 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5390 times:
Those delays must have lasted a long time. My flight left at 11:50 and your post is at 21:23. I suppose its not like that a lot in Denver, otherwise the runways wouldn't have been set up the way they were.
Freedomtofly From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 750 posts, RR: 6 Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5353 times:
I totally agree with you on the cities thing, Denver is a great city! I mean I like NYC, but it's almost too much for me lol. Anyway nice TR, hopefully next time you can grab the camera before you leave.
JetBluefan1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2785 posts, RR: 15 Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5175 times:
Quoting Tmarch291 (Thread starter): I remembered that they did fly into Denver. (BTW how recently did they begin service there, it seems to me like it is pretty new) On JetBlue, it was around $750 round trip for the both of us. I was going blue.
Actually, B6 has been flying to DEN since 2000 or 2001. The flights slowly went to 2x a couple of years ago, then BOS service was added as 1x in 2005. This summer JFK-DEN will be 3x. Just thought you'd like to know.
Great TR! Happy to see that B6 did most things well. As for your crew, that isn't the usual standard on B6 - they're usually pretty friendly but nothing too much. But then again, as someone who lives in New York, I don't expect too much from a New York-based crew except efficiency. I've had LGB crews before and they were all very friendly.
Oh well - people have off/on days. Guess you caught them on an off day.
Most people on a.net hate JetBlue. Get used to it.
AlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3564 times:
Quoting Tmarch291 (Thread starter): I am very surprised by jetblue's boarding procedures. The gate agent just takes part of your boarding pass and puts it on a table near the gate. They don't take much of a look at it at all. I was very surprised that they didn't scan it. I probably could have given them my pizza hut receipt and gotten on board that plane, since their boarding passes just look like receipts.
As of 2010 B6 does not print those crappy receipts as boarding passes anymore. They give you a real boarding pass (printed on ticket stock), which is in fact scanned and the stub torn off and returned to you at the gate.