Orlando Connections

Posted by on Oct 25, 2010 in Colombia | No Comments

The key to using the jetBlue’s All You Can Jet deal was determining the cities with most connections possible. Orlando servers much of the East and Caribbean and appears to be almost as much of a hub as New York or Boston. With only one flight a day to Bogota I found myself connecting through Orlando with an entire afternoon free. Orlando International Airport looks like Florida to me—teal carpet, skylights, chain restaurants and palm trees.

Sunset over the Caribbean

My flight to Bogota was the first where I was acutely aware of other AYCJers. The line to get on the plane was full of 20-somthings with backpacks and AYCJ baggage tags. The man sitting next to me on the plane was wearing an AYCJ sweatshirt and confirmed that he and his friend were traveling together for the month and only spending one full day in Bogota.

My second foreign immigration experience on this trip was very different than my first. Whereas I barely spent 15 minutes entering the Dominican Republic, the Colombian immigration process took more than two hours. After finally reaching the front of the line I endured a list of questions in Spanish from the officer. I was amused to see that when I described myself as a designer the closest category he could find to place me in was “systems engineer.”

All I Could Jet 2010

After more than 39 hours in the air and nearly 19,000 miles flown across 15 flights I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of Jet Blue’s All You Can Jet promotion. With that much flying I had the in-flight commercials memorized and had no problem deciding what snacks to choose (plantain chips are interesting but you can’t go wrong with the Munchies Mix).

I touched down in eight states and three countries over the course of 29 days this fall. Although it could be argued that this promotion is environmentally irresponsible, I’ve been consoling my guilt by remembering that these flights would have left even without the additional AYCJ passengers. You can see my route below—highlights were definitely Washington D.C. and Colombia but I enjoyed seeing family, friends and sights in all of my destinations.

All You Can Jet 2010 Route