I have a United Airlines credit card, so I try to fly United whenever I can.
But on a recent trip from New York City to Las Vegas, all of my friends were flying JetBlue and I decided to join them.
I’m glad I did.
From the legroom to the snacks, to the hot towels that were passed out just before landing, I felt like I was being treated like a first class customer at a coach price.
Let's start with the legroom. JetBlue claims that it has the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline at 32-33 inches.
And the amount of legroom was the first thing I noticed when I sat down. I was even able to comfortably cross my legs.
Up next: Free wifi. At first I thought I had to be a TrueBlue member to get online for free, but even guests don't pay to check Instagram throughout the flight.
Something that might seem small, but was actually a huge perk: water. The flight attendants walked up and down the aisle almost the entire flight asking if you wanted more. I feel like I always get dehydrated on flights, and after this one, I felt great.
In addition to the water there were unlimited snacks, which is important on a 5+ hour flight! You could pick from their signature Terra Blue chips, pretzels, cookies, and more.
To pass the time while I drank water and ate snacks, I watched JetBlue's free in-flight entertainment. I could even watch my guilty pleasure, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network.
There were also several fairly new movies I could have watched. They change up the movies each month for flights over two hours.
Just before we started our descent, a flight attendant was walking down the aisle again. I figured she was just collecting trash, but as she got closer I realised she was passing around hot towelettes!
My return flight was a red eye and I was exhausted. I was pleasantly surprised to see this 'snooze kit' on my seat when I sat down.
Inside was an eye mask and ear plugs, something I didn't even get on my United flight to Portugal earlier this summer. I slept the whole flight, and felt refreshed when I landed in NYC.
Overall, my JetBlue experience was very enjoyable, something I can't say about a lot of other flights I've taken. If JetBlue ever expands to start to fly to more destinations, I'll definitely make the switch and ditch my United card.
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