JetBlue Mint Expands to Seattle, San Diego, Las Vegas, Caribbean

JetBlue Mint Expands to Seattle, San Diego, Las Vegas, Caribbean

 

JetBlue Mint is expanding to Seattle, San Diego, Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale and the Caribbean (St. Lucia, St. Martin, Aruba and Barbados). I'm happy to see greater competition on these routes, since JetBlue's Mint product is better than most business class products flying in the domestic U.S., except for American Airlines' A321 first class on the transcontinental NYC to LAX and NYC to SFO routes. But with JetBlue's Mint expansion, you'd be hard pressed to find a better business class seat on domestic routes to and from Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego and Fort Lauderdale.

JetBlue's Current Mint Routes are:

  • NYC JFK – San Francisco SFO
  • NYC JFK – Los Angeles LAX
  • Boston BOS – San Francisco SFO
  • NYC JFK – Aruba AUA
  • NYC JFK – Barbados BGI
  • Boston BOS – Barbados BGI
 
JetBlue's New Mint Routes are:
  • New York JFK – Seattle SEA
  • New York JFK – Las Vegas LAS
  • New York JFK – San Diego SAN
  • New York JFK – St. Lucia UVF
  • New York JFK – St. Martin / St. Maarten SXM
  • Boston BOS – Seattle SEA
  • Boston BOS – Los Angeles LAX
  • Boston BOS – San Diego SAN
  • Boston BOS – Aruba AUA
  • San Francisco SFO – Fort Lauderdale FLL
  • Los Angles LAX – Fort Lauderdale FLL
Here's the JetBlue Mint Route Map:
 
JetBlue Mint Route Map
 
 
FAQ

When Do the New JetBlue Mint Routes Start?

So far JetBlue has just said “early 2017” for the new Seattle, San Diego, Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale routes. For the Caribbean, see below.

 

When Do the Caribbean Routes Operate?

Some of the Caribbean routes are seasonal:

  • New York JFK to Aruba operates on Saturdays through April 30, 2016, and resumes on Saturdays starting November 5, 2016. Daily service is December 22, 2016 – January 3, 2017.
  • New York JFK to Barbados operates on Saturdays year round, with daily service December 21, 2016 – January 3, 2017
  • New York JFK to St. Lucia UVF operates on Saturdays beginning November 5, 2016, with daily service December 23, 2016 – January 2, 2017
  • New York JFK to St. Martin SXM operates on Saturdays beginning November 5, 2016, with daily service December 23, 2016 – January 2, 2017
  • Boston to Aruba starts Saturday service beginning November 5, 2016, with daily service December 23, 2016 – January 2, 2017
  • Boston to Barbados BGI operates on Saturdays through April 30, 2016, and resumes on Saturdays starting November 5, 2016.
 
How Much is JetBlue Mint?

The lowest advance purchase fare for JetBlue Mint is $599 each way, but fares can be considerably higher after the least expensive fares are booked and for the most popular times.

 

How Many TrueBlue Points Do I Need to Redeem for JetBlue Mint?

When JetBlue Mint was first introduced, it was possible to buy one way for $499 or 29,100 TrueBlue points. Now that the lowest price is $599 each way, it costs a minimum of 45,200 TrueBlue points + $5.60, so you'll have to be a frequent JetBlue flyer or be racking up points with the new JetBlue credit cards to be able to redeem for JetBlue Mint.
 
 
Does JetBlue Mint Include Lounge Access?
 
No; per my contact at JetBlue, JetBlue hasn't created its own lounges as doing so would considerably increase the cost of JetBlue Mint. At JFK, you can access the rather underwhelming Airspace Lounge at JFK Terminal 5. At San Francisco SFO, if you have an AMEX Platinum or Centurion card you have complimentary access to the AMEX Centurion Lounge at SFO and in Seattle the AMEX Centurion Studio (both of which I'll review in future posts). At LAX, your best option in Terminal 3 if you're a member of Priority Pass or Lounge Club is the Virgin America Loft at LAX. In Boston, your best bet is likely the United Club in Terminal B if you have access to it, although note that JetBlue flies out of Terminal C.
 
Do you plan to fly JetBlue Mint on one of the new routes?
 
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