JetBlue's Exciting New Take on Premier Travel with Mint Class
At a time when some discount airlines are considering adding vertical
seat sections to their cabins to pack in the passengers and improve
profitability, Jet Blue is taking a different approach. They recently
debuted their new A-321 aircraft making transcontinental flights from
New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA. The planes feature more legroom for
core seats, and Mint (first class) cabins that offer mind-blowing
premium amenities at prices even leisure travelers can afford. If
you've always wanted to fly first-class, but resisted the four-digit
price tag, JetBlue Mint is your chance to experience the best there is
at an affordable $599 one-way.
Lie-flat Seats and Suites Accommodate the Even Big and Tall
The lie-flat sleeper seats are the most fascinating feature of the new Mint cabin
Double seats are 20 inches wide. Single suite seats are up to 22.3
inches wide, which beats its transcontinental competitors. All seats
can accommodate a passenger up to 6"8' tall. The seats not only lie
completely flat, but have an adjustable firmness control and massage
options. There are 16 of these wider, more comfy leather seats, twelve
of which are aisle/window pairs, and four of which are single person
suites on either side of the aisle in rows two and four with sliding
doors for complete in-flight privacy.
A World of In-Flight Entertainment is at Your Fingertips
Your Mint cocoon of personal luxury features your own 15-inch
flat-screen television. Besides the usual on-screen flight pattern
progress and in-flight movie fare, Mint TV offers passengers 100
channels of DirecTV and an additional 100 SiriusXM channels. There is
space to hang your coat and a "wake me for service" indicator light.
In the single person suites you'll also find an easy to use console
with seat adjustments and a remote control for the TV, a large, private
storage compartment, several netted holders, and two 3-way lamps.
If 200 channels of television and radio programming aren't enough to
keep you busy, there are also two USB ports and two AC power cord
sockets for your personal devices. Work on your computer while charging
your iPad and smartphone. You can even brag about your Mint experience
in real time on Facebook using JetBlue's complimentary in-flight
Ka-band satellite Fly-Fi. You'll be able to surf the net, send e-mails,
or hang out on social media with the free in-flight Fly-Fi. If you want
to upload a video to Instagram or watch Netflix from your laptop, you
can upgrade your bandwidth for $9 per hour.
Mint's Fresh Fare in the Air is a Unique Culinary Experience
Jokes about airline food do not apply here. Right now, JetBlue's Mint
in-flight eastbound dining features a rare partnership with Manhattan's
gourmet restaurant, Saxon + Parole. Their curated menu offers five
small-plate dishes from the more familiar Ribeye and fingerling
potatoes to signature dishes like corn custard and poached lobster.
Yes, you read that right, lobster. The emphasis is on fresh and
flavorful domestic meat and seafood with seasonal produce. Mint
passengers choose three interesting dishes from the selection of five
to create a personalized culinary adventure. Meals are topped off with
fresh seasonal fruit and mint chocolate chip ice cream from Brooklyn's
own organic Blue Marble Ice Cream shop.
Westbound brunch flights are equally tantalizing. Passengers again
choose three items from the tapas-style menu, plus an appetizer, and
dessert. Brunch selections range from French toast with figs and
toasted pecans to their signature watermelon salad with feta, basil,
toasted pumpkin seeds. The brunch appetizer is toasted brioche, and
dessert features Blue Marble's lemon honey sorbet and seasonal fruit
salad. Dining in either direction will make you wonder why no other
airline has thought of this. Combine the unique food selections with
impeccable service and it's easy to see why JetBlue named their first
class Mint. JetBlue can now also offer Mint passengers the simple, but
luxurious option of an authentic espresso with the addition of espresso
JetBlue Mint Upscale Amenities Just Keep Giving
You may already be familiar with JetBlue's complimentary gourmet snacks
from their famous Terra Blues potato chips to Dunkin' Donuts original
hot coffee, and all their great snacks are still available, and still
free. In addition to the array of snacks, the smooth and delicious Blue
Marble organic ice creams, and the savory Saxon + Parole entrées,
JetBlue makes the classy move to send Mint passengers off with a box of
artisanal fresh treats from New York's Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, or what the
bakery's owner refers to as "love in a box".
Departing Mint passengers also receive a complimentary gift box from
JetBlue's partner Birchbox. The lifestyle and grooming products have
been hand selected for the amenity kit and are personalized for both
men and women. Kits include upscale products from specialty companies
like Coola, Jack Black, and The Laundress. There are skin care
products, hair products, and even a stain remover. With both Mah-Ze-Bar
treats and the Birchboxes, JetBlue Mint passengers depart from flights
like celebrities with swag bags in hand.
Although the superior seating may be the best part of the new JetBlue
Mint cabins, the first-class experience starts before you ever board
the plane. Mint passengers enjoy pre-boarding amenities as well with
expedited check-ins at dedicated Mint queues, expedited screening with
access to the fastest security lane, and the option of early boarding
at the gate to be one of the first passengers on the plane. With all
the in-flight luxuries ahead, of course Mint passengers will want to
take advantage of these perks.
Even baggage is a Mint experience on JetBlue. Mint passengers are
allowed two complimentary checked bags, as opposed to the standard
single checked bag. Although there is no under-the-seat storage in the
Mint cabin, passengers still have plenty of room overhead for a
carry-on item and a personal item, not to mention all the storage space
in single suite seats. Finally, the last perk Mint passengers can take
advantage of is the preferred baggage claim check, which affords you
the opportunity to be one of the first to collect your bags from the
JetBlue's Limited Mint Flights and Expansion Plans
JetBlue just began transcontinental Mint flights between JFK Airport in
New York City and LAX Airport in Los Angeles. Westbound flights are
mornings and eastbound flights are later in the day. The popular
airline intends to offer Mint on all flights between JFK and LAX by
August, add Mint flights between New York and San Francisco in October,
and expand the service to more cities in 2015. The airline is rapidly
gaining popularity among both passengers and investors as both the
flight experience and the airline's overall profitability continue to
improve at a pace faster than their competitors. It looks like they're
on to something big!
Have you been one of the lucky passengers to take JetBlue's
transcontinental Mint flight yet? It's getting 5-star reviews all over
the place. Tell us what you thought of the experience.
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