Jetblue is traveluso’s PREFERRED airline

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Ranked via Houston*

  1. jetBlue
  2. Southwest
  3. American Airlines
  4. Delta Airlines
  5.  Frontier Airlines
  6.  Spirit Airlines
  7.  United Airlines

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NOTE: Hawaiian, Virgin America, and Alaska are usually rated higher than Jetblue, but they constantly rank in the top 5. However, I haven’t had the opportunity to fly these airlines due to their destinations.

Since 2014 (maybe earlier, but definitely since), Jetblue Airways has been boarding from Gate 30 at Houston Hobby Airport. The odd jetway has no usual Southwest markings, (Southwest virtually controls the airport) – it pretty much looks like you’re in the northeast already.

Being from Houston, having a Houston football club in the AFC of the NFL that plays Jetblue’s official football team the Patriots, having the usual touristy trip to the northeast (mostly NYC, but BOS has easy connections!), Jetblue should be the northeast airline officially for Houston – but has insane competition with United and Southwest. This doesn’t mean United or Southwest are cheaper. On the contrary, it’s much more.

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JetBlue is the official airline of the Boston Red Sox….and we’ll just ignore any personal opinions about that.

In all seriousness – Jetblue could be the best mile high club on Earth. 36 channels on the A320, 100 on the A321 of DirecTV, 100 Sirius XM channels, the best legroom in coach domestically (We’ve looked around the world too – it’s very hard to beat for economy)

Southwest offers 2 free** bags (but think -$50 if you only have a carry on, which should determine your fare) and United is rated worst domestically and personally, our least favorite airline.

Jetblue is traveluso! number one airline – as they’ve been transferring my family to the Northeast for years. My (CEO) last trip was in January. Besides TWA in 1994, this is the only airline every member of the immediate family used. Funny enough, Jetblue now runs out of the old TWA terminal at JFK, so when we moved to Texas, any time coming back to JFK is bittersweet. (More bitter for me)

Via JFK – easy access to Manhattan, Long Island, etc

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Via BOS – use the Silver Line for connections via bus or train at South Station. VERY EASY TO USE FOR FIRST TIME COMMUTERS

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Thanks for getting my mom back home, Jetblue. Thanks to my brother for helping too.

**Houston based airlines

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Amtrak saves me AGAIN from a Winter Storm

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It’s quite apparent that Amtrak, no matter in what types of crazy blizzards, can still operate and take passengers where they need to go in times of crazy-ness and winter weather.

In 2014, immediately upon landing in Pittsburgh (it was -2 degrees when I landed), I received an email from Megabus. Because of the detoriating road conditions between Pittsburgh and New York, they gave me two options: One, to reschedule completely, or two, get my money back. When I went on Amtrak’s website and did the math, I would only be paying $60 for the Amtrak trip to Newark, NJ – and it was an eight hour trip through Pennsylvania, and one hour up the Northeast Corridor.

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Amtrak saved me because of certain obligations I had to attend in the northeast. If I lived in the northeast full time, I wouldn’t have minded rescheduling for a day, but all my events were important. The nine hour trip, which sounds daunting without a Sleeper car (look at videos below) was absolutely fantastic, and is one of the most scenic routes Amtrak has during the winter months.

On January 22, 2016, the NOAA advised the entire Northeast coast to brace for Winterstorm Jonas. The storm was set to drop about 10-12 inches in the New York area by early morning. By late Friday night, it moved to 18 inches. By Saturday morning, in white out conditions, 10 more inches were added on, and by only a small decimal point, Winterstorm Jonas was the 2nd worst blizzard in NYC history.

John F. Kennedy International Airport, La Guardia Aiport, and Newark International Airport began cancelling flights immediately. However, my whole plan was to go through Boston on the way home – which was incredibly smart on my behalf, even though I couldn’t see into the future – but Boston barely got hit by Jonas.

After speaking with a couple of airline professionals and looking at all my options, and with Greyhound cancelling all routes till Monday morning (my flight departed Boston Logan at 6:55 AM), I had to bite the bullet and book an Amtrak ticket via Acela. I waited two hours too long and had to pay $137, when two hours previous it was $73. Obviously, people were in a panic.

While Amtrak slashed service on the Northeast Corridor, especially that south of New York Penn, they only cancelled or delayed half their service up to Boston. Because of an obligation to be back in Houston by 1:45 PM central time, I had to book this fare.

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Acela was a beautiful way of traveling up to Boston, but it was nothing to glorious or special compared to the regular NER trains that run the line. While the lowest form of travel is in business, you don’t really receive any benefits. In first class, the spacing is a little better, and you might get a free meal, but that’s about it.

After arriving early in Boston, and hitting 152 mph for a couple of minutes in Rhode Island, I don’t have the words to thank Amtrak enough for being punctual and getting those snow plows working.

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The following are some videos if you would enjoy cross country journeys on Amtrak. I’ve never been on one, so you might enjoy this. Also , Amtrak played a major role in my “blind SoCal trip” which one of my customers described as “the most fun part of his trip.” He visited Disney.