JetBlue Economy Review San Francisco (SFO) to Long Beach (LGB) and return to San Jose (SJC)

Posted on January 12, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Jetblue TrueBlue

IMG_8518

I have not had a chance to fly JetBlue in almost a decade! Last week, it was finally time for me to see how the airline has managed to stay in business.

My flights were into Long Beach Airport (LGB) from San Francisco (SFO) and then returning to San Jose (SJC). JetBlue is slot-restricted to 31 operations at Long Beach (all other airlines combined only have 10 operations a day), so I was surprised to see another Bay Area destination added. JetBlue introduced the new service with $19 all-in one-way fares – I needed to take advantage of those!

IMG_8517

JetBlue has been quite innovative in domestic travel, adding entertainment devices to every seat and making every seat leather. The company also recently added gate-to-gate WiFi, which is markedly faster than Gogo (and allows video streaming). Overall, I expected a painless and comfortable flight experience.

JetBlue staff are somewhere in-between Southwest and American. They are less jolly than their excellent Southwest co-workers but are still better than most US legacy carriers. Since I checked in online and had no bags, I did not have any interaction with the ground staff (I just scanned my boarding pass at the boarding pass scanner myself).

JetBlue has a quirky boarding process, so it’s mandatory to listen to the announcements about which rows are being boarded. It’s much more easygoing than, say, United, with its needlessly demanding lane system that crawls through an airport.

The A320 planes now seem rather old – like an old Mercedes. Lufthansa is a major investor in JetBlue, so no wonder there is this Mercedes feeling. They are still classy, but certainly dated.

IMG_8242

The amount of legroom on JetBlue is amazing, though – many long-haul airlines have less legroom in economy!

Despite the somewhat shaky weather, both flights stayed exactly on time; Delta could have not done it better.

IMG_8243

IMG_8516

JetBlue is a lovely alternative that I should consider more often. It runs efficiently, you are largely left alone and not bossed around and the seat and entertainment options are dated but comfortable.

4 / 5 stars     


About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

This post has been tagged with:
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |

Don't miss - more topics from Mighty Travels

AAdvantage | Aegean Airlines | Aeromexico | Aeroplan | Air Canada | Air China | Air France | Air France/KLM Flying Blue | Air India | Air New Zealand | AirAsia | AirBnB | Airline Reviews | Alaska Airlines | Alaska Mileage Plan | Alitalia | American Airlines | American Express | American Express Membership Rewards | ANA | Asia Miles | Asiana Airlines | Avianca | Avios | Avis | Award Booking | Bank Bonuses | Best coffee | Best Rate Guarantee | Best Western | British Airways (BA) | Capital One | Cash Back Deals | Cathay Pacific Reviews | Chase Sapphire Reserve | Chase Ultimate Rewards | Cheap flights | Cheap Passport Photos | Cheap Visas | Checking Accounts/ Bank Bonuses | China Airlines Review | Choice Hotels | Choice Privileges | Citibank | Club Carlson / Radisson | Credit Card Deals | Currency Arbitrage | Delta Airlines | Delta Skymiles | Destinations & Inspiration | Emirates Reviews & Skywards | Error Fares / Mistake Fares | Etihad Reviews & Etihad Guest | Expedia Coupons | Fare Monitoring Service | Frequent Flyer Programs | Fuel surcharges | Getaround | Google ITA Matrix | Hainan Airlines | Hawaiian Airlines | HHonors | Hilton Honors | Hilton Hotels | Hotel Corporate Codes | Hotel Deals | Hotel Friends & Family Discounts | Hotel Loyalty Programs | Hotel Reviews | Hyatt | Iberia | IHG Rewards Club | Immigration & Airport Security | Immunization | Japan Airlines | Jetblue TrueBlue | Krisflyer | Lifemiles | Lounge Reviews | Low Cost Airlines | Lufthansa Miles and More | Malaysia Airlines | Manufactured Spend | Marriott Hotels | Mighty Travels Premium | Mileage Plus | Mistake Fares | Mountain Gorillas | Norwegian | Online Shopping Mall Deals | Orbitz Coupons & Deals | Priority Pass Lounges | Qantas | Qatar Airways | Radisson Rewards | Rapid Rewards | Ryanair | Saudia | Singapore Airlines | South African Airways | Southwest Rapid Rewards | Sri Lankan | StarHOT | StarwoodONE | ThankYou Points | Things to Do (City Guides) | TOP Travel Destinations | Travel Agent Rate | Travel Deals | Travel Insurance | Travel News | Travel Tech | Turkish Airlines Review | Uber | United Airlines | United Mileage Plus | World of Hyatt | Wyndham Hotels | Wyndham Rewards |