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NYC-LAX Which Airline?

Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:01 pm

I am coming to the states in a few weeks and have to get from New York to Los Angeles.

I was planning to try the new AA 321t service from JFK but in the last few days have been reading favourable reports on the jetblue A321 service.

As a 6'3 guy the extra leg room in Y seems a bonus for a mid-haul flight to LAX.

Does anyone have experience of jetblue and how it compares to the new AA A321t service - which I appreciate has only just got going.

Thanks

PS I tried to do a dummy booking on jetblue to find total costs etc but my booking failed when my UK phone number wasn't recognised as a vaild number - any idea how to get round that?
 
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RE: NYC-LAX Which Airline?

Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:53 pm

I have not been on JetBlue's A321 yet. I've only done several short haul hops in the Northeast with their A320s. I think they are a great airline and would only consider them, Virgin America and Southwest when flying domestic in the US.

You have to write down your UK phone number in this format: 01144xxxxxxx. 011 is prefix for calling international from the US, 44 international calling code for the UK as you know and then you phone number.
 
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RE: NYC-LAX Which Airline?

Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:36 am

If you need extra leg room all the airlines have products with a few extra inches.

AA has its Main Cabin Extra on the new A321.
Delta has Economy Comfort.
JetBlue has its Even More Space section.
United with Economy Plus
Virgin America - Main Cabin Select

For things like inflight IFE and cool factor I think Virgin America is the one the beat.
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RE: NYC-LAX Which Airline?

Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:45 am

JetBlue has the most legroom of any airline for standard economy overall. All economy seats are 33 inch pitch or greater, so you can get more legroom without paying extra. Their IFE is also a nice feature. Be careful if you find an A321 since the IFE may not be installed yet.

Use an online travel agent like orbitz or expedia to get around any credit card problems

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RE: NYC-LAX Which Airline?

Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:11 am

Quoting jumpjets (Thread starter):
any idea how to get round that?

Book through Orbitz (presuming that you were planning to pay in US dollars anyway). The prices are the same as the carrier's own websites, and I've never had any problems with foreign addresses or foreign credit cards when I've booked US domestic flights through them. AA and UA, on the other hand, have thrown obstacles in my path when I've tried to book directly with them in the past.
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RE: NYC-LAX Which Airline?

Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:22 am

Book with Orbitz and then should you - god forbid - need to contact their customer "service" be prepared to spend tens of minutes calling overseas and deal with their incompetent agents who a) barely speak English and b) either can't and won't decide anything slightly more complicated so they will make you repeat your name, credit card post code and details of your reservation, put you on hold for 20 minutes and then repeat the whole process again only to bore the crap out of you and then hang up on you. They're too big to care about an individual customer.
 
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RE: NYC-LAX Which Airline?

Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:30 am

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 1):
You have to write down your UK phone number in this format: 01144xxxxxxx. 011 is prefix for calling international from

Thanks - I was using 0044 for the international element of the phone number which might explain a lot!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 4):
Book through Orbitz (presuming that you were planning to pay in US dollars anyway)
Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 5):

Book with Orbitz and then should you - god forbid - need to contact their customer "service" be prepared to spend tens of minutes calling overseas and deal with their incompetent agents

Thanks for all the advice guys - I am very tempted to give jet blue a try as their prices for the date I expect to be travelling to LA are very competetive and it adds a new airline to my flight log!
 
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RE: NYC-LAX Which Airline?

Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:50 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 2):
Delta has Economy Comfort.

And......Economy Comfort passengers now get complimentary meals on the JFK-LAX segment.
 
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RE: NYC-LAX Which Airline?

Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:55 pm

While all the airlines listed above deliver expanded legroom for an additional price, JetBlue has comfortable seats at their standard economy fare. I am 6'2", and those extra one or two inches make the difference between comfort and torture. If you want to save a bit of money and still maintain your comfort, go with JetBlue. (No, I don't work for them!)
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RE: NYC-LAX Which Airline?

Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:45 am

Quoting jumpjets (Thread starter):
jetblue A321 service

The only A321's JetBlue currently has aren't being used for transcon service. Also currently none of the B6 A321's have IFE installed. However the product on the 320's is solid, good IFE, legroom and snack choices. They are also rolling out more substantial food offerings on JFK-LAX/LGB routes, sandwiches, parfaits etc.
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