Sorry I've been busy in NYC recently, I haven't been able to contribute a trip report. I took Flight 6, a 2:00pm FLL-JFK run on, what else, an A320. Overall teh flight was satisfactory, I'll go into detail.
Long before my flight, my gf had scheduled a MIA-LHR flight on BA at 4:40 to visit her family in the old country. I decided to leave this same day so I scoured the net looking for flights, 3 days prior. I really had no preference for airline, actualy I was banking on DL Express, because of the double miles, and I have a pretty sizeable SkyMiles account, but as it turned out, DLX's 732 left at 11:40, and I wanted to ride down with to FLL and let her continue to MIA for her transatlantic. So the 11:40 was not viable. I was surprised to see that Delta mainline left at 11:35, and Metrojet, 10 mins later. The only next flight to either JFK or LGA was JB at 2:00 which seemed to work. I booked it on their VERY USER FRIENDLY site, and got a confirmation #. Alicia and I headed south and got stuck in traffic on 95 around Pompano. I began to get worried, as time ran by, and when I arrived at FLL T4 for at 1:45 for the 2 flight I was nervous, I had 2 bags to check. JetBlue's counter was very helpful. Before saying anything the women behind the counter asked my name and told me to hurry up, to make the plane. I was impressed, she was on my side! She quickly printed out a recepit for a bording pass, checked the bags, and called the gate allerting them to my late arrival. She assured me, she would personally see to it the bags made it on the plane. I continued down the terminal withj a smile. At the gate, the professionalism contintiued. As I jogged through the concourse the gate agent politely called out, "Come on Russell, we've been waiting for you". I slipped them my boarding pass, which is really more like a credit card recepit, price and seat on the flimsy paper, and boarded the jetliner. Plane looked a little dirty, a few scratches on the leather seats, and some dirt on the carpet but nothing to cry about. Friendly flight attendents, seemed to be a lot of them showed me to my seat and handed my a headset. We took off ten mins late, and headed to NY. We were informed that the PTV's $5 charge would be waived whcih was nice, and the entire plane settled in watching the History Channel, CNNSI, etc.
An intersting mix those B6 passengers are. Crying babies next to well dressed business men. Intellectual looking Hamptonites and persons of all minorities rounded out the mix. Beverage service was curious. They came aorund with a clipboard, but I didn't receive my orange juice with ice, I had requested no ice, untill 10 mins later. The snack was bagel chips or potato chips. I wasn't really pleased with either. The flight was smooth, the seats were a little cramped however, and when you recline your seat, it moves it up, this is really a little tight for taller people like myself. The TVs were entertaining, I watched golf on ESPN. Landed at JFK on time, the flight was continuuing to Buffalo, and those passengers were advised to stay in their seats, but everyone got off. That was disheartening, because I know B6 is sort of forced to fly that route, and will only expand in the coming months to ROC and SYR. Arrival at JFK was uneventful. TWA's old domestic termianl looked its age, and the baggage claim, was really worn. Outside T6, it was only worse, construction crews had torn apart the surface parking to make way for AirRail, so we had to trek to the garage, unwisely built towards the middle of the giant JFK parking lot. Seemed very confusing, my driver even seemed to get lost. Traffic at JFK was expected, bumper to bumper. This is a big shortcoming for B6, JFK is very inconvenient. They need to recify that somehow, maybe pushing for an express subway, there used to be one, in the 70s and 80s.
Anyhow, fine trip, no surprises, very predictable, whisch is good. I'de fly jB more, but lack of FF points, and JFK location veruses Metrojet at LGA hurts.