This week, the UK and Commonwealth will honor Queen Elizabeth II for her 70 years on the throne. Her Platinum Jubilee is unprecedented in the history of the British monarchy. I’m on my way to London to join the celebration…and review a product I’ve been meaning to review for many months.
My Trip To London To Honor Queen Elizabeth II On Her Platinum Jubilee
I’ll offer further reflections on Queen Elizabeth II in the days ahead, but I deeply respect her life of public service and reaching 70 years on the throne is an amazing accomplishment (just think, she has been on the throne twice the number of years I’ve been alive). I will also admit the UK Daily Mail and The Crown from Netflix have turned me into a bit of a royal watcher (though I would stop far short of calling it an obsession).
I thought it would be worthwhile to be part of this unique moment in history and it also gave me a great excuse to finally review JetBlue Mint on a transatlantic flight. It’s not all that difficult to score premium cabin award space on JetBlue using Emirates Skywards, though it’s sad that JetBlue has not disrupted New York – London fares in nearly the way it has promised (in part, due to its lack of cheap one-way fares).
I’m flying Mint all the way from Los Angeles, which will give me a chance to provide a fresh update on JetBlue’s transcontinental product as well and finally get a chance to check out the lovely terrace in New York JFK Terminal 5.
For purposes of my own security, I am not going not going to reveal which hotels I am staying at, but I will be providing three reviews, including of a hotel that is less than one month old (normally I’d just stay with my sister-in-law, but she is out of town this week…perhaps a wise move considering how many millions are expected to descend upon central London on Thursday).
So I might as well ask here…because you never know: can anyone get me into the Service of Thanksgiving on Friday June 3rd at St Paul’s Cathedral? Otherwise, I’ll be heading home on a more familiar product.
I’m quite looking forward to returning to London, particularly during this momentous time period. Tomorrow I’ll offer my initial impressions of JetBlue Mint and if time permits, some thoughts or photos from the Trooping the Colour event.
image: @RoyalFamily / Twitter