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
. 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
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.
Terminal 6- Gate 5
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.
Concourse A- Gate A36
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.
Hope you enjoyed my TR
and don't be too harsh.