A First Look at JetBlue's Sexy New "Mint" Flights
I shouldn’t even be telling you all this, because if word gets out then all the JetBlue “Mint” flights will be sold out. After all, at this writing, there’s only one flight a day, with just 16 seats in each direction on the New York JFK to LAX route. (They’ll be adding a red-eye flight soon, however).
JetBlue's "Mint" plane. (Photo: JetBlue)
Mint is what JetBlue calls its premium cabin, launched with much fanfare on June 16th with fares starting at $599 each way, far less than what United, Delta, Virgin America and American charge for their trans-con routes in business or first class (I was not invited to the launch ceremony or other events so I just used 35,000 TrueBlue points to write this review).
JetBlue doesn’t call their new cabin business or first class, heavens no. That would sound too un-Jetblue-like. So Mint it is. With mint cocktails and mint ice cream and lots of other minty stuff.
So here’s Mint:
One thing I thought I’d miss is the lounge access that American, United and Delta give to customers flying in business or first class (you don’t need to be a lounge member if you’re flying on the JFK-LAX route in business or first). However, at LAX there’s a Virgin America lounge near the JetBlue gates. The JetBlue LAX gates can be a zoo, so definitely worth using the lounge. It costs $40 per visit to non-members, or free to Priority Pass or American Express Platinum members who get their free Priority Pass card. And at JFK, there’s a similar lounge near gate 26 in the JetBlue terminal. So even if you have to pay, with $599 fares vs. $2500 on the other airlines, you’re all set.
We had tweeted that we’d be flying Mint, and surprise! The woman who would be our flight attendant on the flight tweeted back. Kat was very nice, in fact the entire crew was super. A little packet with earplugs and eye shades was already at our seat, and Kat came round with Mint’s signature mint cocktail (with or without vodka). There’s no canned safety demo video—it’s all done manually. Four of the seats are singles, with no one seated next to you, so no crawling over your neighbor to reach the aisle. (So far these seats are being sold for the same as the double seats, but that could change depending on demand).
Lay back in relax in JetBlue’s comfy Mint seats. (Photo: JetBlue)