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JetBlue Launches Mint from New York (JFK) to San Francisco

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Back in March 2013, JetBlue announced that it would create a new lie-flat business-class product for its transcontinental routes from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles and San Francisco called Mint. The move was a major departure (pardon the pun) for the airline, who had previously operated only single class aircraft. JetBlue realized if they wanted to compete with Virgin America, Delta, American, and United on this route, they would need to offer a premium product as well.

You can fly JetBlue's Mint seats from JFK-SFO starting today.
You can fly JetBlue’s Mint seats from JFK-SFO starting today.

The service, which has changed the transcontinental pricing structure somewhat with seats starting at just $599 each way, already launched on the airline’s JFK-LAX route back in June. Today, JetBlue has started operating Mint aboard two of its flights between JFK and SFO as well. (And by the way, by December 19, it plans to offer Mint on up to 7 flights daily between LAX-JFK.)

Here are the details:

The Flights

To start there will be 2 flights daily in each direction:

  • Flight 415 from JFK-SFO departing 4:30pm arriving 8:09pm.
  • Flight 915 from JFK-SFO departing 8:30pm arriving 12:11am.
  • Flight 16 from SFO-JFK departing 7:00am arriving 3:20pm.
  • Flight 916 from SFO-JFK departing 9:20pm arriving 5:32am.

Then around Thanksgiving and continuing into December, the airline will add one more daily flight in each direction:

  • Flight 15 from JFK-SFO departing at 7:05am arriving 10:43am.
  • Flight 416 from SFO-JFK departing 11:55am arriving 8:19pm.

The airline also announced that it would offset the carbon dioxide equivalents for an entire year on all A321 flights between JFK and SFO in partnership with Carbonfund.org and donate 1,000 meals per day to the homeless of San Francisco for the month of November through its partnership with Two Degrees Food.

Pricing

One of the best-selling points about Mint is the fact that tickets start at just $599 each way, meaning you can snag a lie-flat seat for about half the price of what some of the legacy airlines will typically charge you. In fact, for this flight later today from JFK-SFO, Mint is only about $50 more than a last-minute economy seat!

Mint isn't much more expensive than a last-minute coach ticket today!
Mint isn’t much more expensive than a last-minute coach ticket today!

JetBlue’s TrueBlue points program is a fixed-value program, so if there is an available seat on the plane for purchase, you can use your points for it. For example, here is a roundtrip itinerary from 10/29-11/4 from JFK-SFO for $1198.

Screen shot 2014-10-27 at 1.49.50 PMThe same itinerary would be 69,800 points + $11.20.

Screen shot 2014-10-27 at 1.54.53 PMSo you’re getting a value of about 1.7 cents per point if you want to redeem some TrueBlue points instead of paying cash.

The Cabins

The new cabin is available aboard the airline’s A321’s – of which it will have 11 by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

The cabin contains 5 rows total. Three of them are in a 2 x 2 layout, while the other 2 are 1 x 1 “suites” with sliding doors for more privacy. They are among the largest domestic first class seats at 6’8” long and 22.3 inches wide with a massage function, adjustable firmness and shoe storage as well as electrical outlets and USB ports. Each has its own 15-inch personal monitor with 100+ channels of DirecTV and SiriusXM Radio.

Seats are in 2 x 2 and 1 x 1 configurations in the cabin.
Seats are in 2 x 2 and 1 x 1 configurations in the cabin.

The menus include a choice of 3-5 tapas-style plates created by Saxon + Parole, a New York-based restaurant group, dessert by Blue Marble Ice Cream and pastries from Mah-ze-Dah Bakery. You can caffeinate before you land thanks to the plane’s cappuccino machine. Mint flyers also receive his-and-hers Birchbox amenity kits.

Customized men's and women's amenity kits curated by Birchbox
Customized men’s and women’s amenity kits curated by Birchbox

Even better, JetBlue is offering free in-flight WiFi, so you can get your work done without having to pay exorbitant internet access fees that are over $30 in some cases.

I flew Mint for the first time last week, so stay tuned for my review!
I flew Mint for the first time last week, so stay tuned for my review!

I recently had the chance to fly Mint for the first time myself from JFK-LAX last week, so stay tuned for my flight review. In the meantime, if you fly Mint on one of these SFO-JFK flights, share your experiences in the comments below!

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