Ugh. I’ve spent the last 6 1/2 minutes staring at my screen trying to figure out how to start this JetBlue A320 Even More Space review. I can’t figure out how to do it without sounding like I’ve got a total man crush on this big little airline from New York.
If I come right out and tell you it was one of the most comfortable economy flights I’ve had a long time, you might think I was being paid to say that (and I’m not).
If I tell you that the onboard amenities (mood lighting, in-flight entertainment, snack service, etc.) are industry-leading, you might tell me that I need to get out more and try your favorite airline.
In an effort to come across as neutral as possible, let me just say this: the $10 cheese and crackers from the menu sucks harder than a mid 40’s divorced mom of 3 locked in a room with Brad Pitt.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) – San Diego, CA (SAN)
Sunday, December 31, 2023
Duration: 5 hours 12 minutes
Seat: 3F (Even More Space)
My full review of the JetBlue A320 Even More Space seat from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego
As a reminder, the Even More Space seat is essentially a regular economy class seat (which you can read more about in my JetBlue A320 Core seat review) with a few extra inches of leg room. Also included are perks such as early boarding and expedited security at select airports.
Arrival at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
My first indication of the Even More Space seat experience not being that special is the fact that there is no dedicated check in queue for it. You’ll have to use the same kiosks that the Core (economy) seat passengers have to use. If mingling with the masses such as this repulses you, you’re probably flying the wrong airline.
There’s really not all that much to do inside T3 at FLL. I killed some time checking out the Escape Lounge (thanks to my Amex Platinum Card), which was a total lifesaver considering how busy and chaotic the individual concourses were.
The boarding process for flight number 529 to San Diego
Boarding group A FTW! Being able to board in the very first group (after families with small children of course) is a pretty nice perk of holding an Even More Space ticket. It’s the highest class of seat on these JetBlue A320s. Everyone else will have to wait.
The good news about the Even More Space seats on the A320 is that the leg room is phenomenal. The bad news is that they’re not nearly as feature rich as the seats you saw in my JetBlue A321neo economy review. I like the large video screens, but not the awkward placement of the power outlets.
The departure out of FLL
The sun had just set by the time we pushed off the gate, but it was still a visually stimulating departure – to say the least. The deep blue mood lighting (combined with the beauty of the twilight) had me in a pretty good mood. Not only that, the seat next to me had remained vacant. Life was pretty good at that very moment.
Food and drinks
Normally there’s enough time between the departure and the beginning of the snack service that I can squeeze in a review the in-flight entertainment. Such was not the case tonight, as they brought the snack carts down the aisle even as we were still climbing to cruising altitude.
Nonalcoholic drinks and a light snack are complementary in the JetBlue Even More Space seat. Also available is a full menu of food for purchase items – some of which look decently substantial.
The large video screens are nice! However, I’ve never been a huge fan of the JetBlue in-flight entertainment system UI. Of course the selection of movies and TV shows is excellent. The extensive listing of live TV channels (via DIRECTV) is very much appreciated. I just don’t like how they split screen ads with content much of the time.
In my opinion, the Even More Space seat is perfect for these long westbound transcontinental flights. The seat itself leaves much to be desired, but the extra leg room helps so much when you’re 3 1/2 hours into the flight and you start getting fidgety.
The descent and arrival into San Diego
29 minutes early?! C’mon, man! Why is it that my best flights always end up arriving so dang early? It’s not like that was a totally luxurious experience or anything, but I will admit that I was feeling pretty darn comfortable as we initiated the descent into San Diego.
Pros and cons of the Even More Space experience on the JetBlue A320
Testing out this extra legroom seat on a long 5 hour flight from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego was the ultimate way to experience it IMHO. Spending that amount of time in any economy class seat is going to be uncomfortable (no matter how good the leg room is), but I’m happy to report that I quite enjoyed this. It was worth every penny to pay for the upgrade over a standard Core seat.