Monday, March 7, 2016

JetBlue's Mint Business Class, March 2016 LAX - JFK

I'm a big fan of JetBlue's new "Mint" Business Class service. I wrote about it right after launch, and again six months into service. I've flown it several times since then and thought I'd share a few more observations from my flight this week (one year after my last post on the subject).

I'm happy to report it's mostly unchanged :)
  • first and foremost the seat is still the best in the business
  • the staff are all incredibly helpful and professional
  • the food is fantastic and modern
  • fares are still super reasonable and much cheaper than the competition (from $600 each way)
  • fares on the "big 3" are still $1000 cheaper than they were before Mint launched
  • they still need a lounge in LAX, but i think the lack of one is reflected in the price
  • (the gate situation at JFK and SFO is so much nicer than LAX you don't really miss the lounge there, I can't speak for BOS)
  • it's still pretty easy to make Mosaic status. Mosaic + a JetBlue Amex means 8 points per dollar spent which is, effectively, a 14% discount. (points are worth around 1.7¢ each)

New things:
  • the BirchBox amenity kit has been redesigned and has a reusable bag now
  • they also fly to Boston, Barbados, and Aruba now
  • flight attendants now offer to swap out the fancy Grado headphones with cute, complimentary iPhone style headphones in a nice carry case
  • it sounds like the pricing is getting more variable. the $599 – $999 range we were seeing after launch is now $499 – $1374.

Individual suite (with closing door!)

Grado headphones (and the old Birchbox look)





New birchbox amenity kit. Still a random hodge-podge of things inside :) 
Once they've collected the fancy Grados for landing, they give you these to keep

LAX gate is still super chaotic

Though they did add these counters, seats, and outlets

Spring 2016 JetBlue Mint food 



Saxon + Parole menu
Wine list
mushroom mousse appetizer
porchetta, tuna, beets. plus bread with olive oil for dipping
fruit and ice cream for dessert
March 2016 JetBlue Mint redeye "prix fixe" menu (my husband flew the redeye from SFO)


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