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This week, JetBlue announced that it will expand its Mint service for flights to the Caribbean. At present, the airline flies its lie-flat business seat on just a handful of routes — and those are mostly on its longer transcon flights, like New York to Los Angeles. JetBlue only recently launched Mint-equipped seasonal service to Aruba (AUA) and Barbados (BGI) from New York (JFK) and Boston (BOS), but due to positive customer response the airline has decided to increase the service from seasonal to year-round.

TPG's lie-flat seat on his flight to California.
TPG’s lie-flat Mint seat on a flight to Los Angeles.

Starting in 2016, JetBlue will begin regularly operating flights from New York with Mint service to Aruba and Barbados. With this change, JetBlue will become the only carrier offering regular service to the Caribbean from the US with lie-flat premium seats. These products are usually reserved for longer-haul flights, such as transcons and international travel, or are flown to reposition aircraft between cities.

Fares are quite reasonable on select dates, as you can see below:

New York (JFK) to Barbados (BGI) for $398 one-way in Mint on JetBlue in April:

New York (JFK) to Barbados (BGI) for $398 one-way in Mint on JetBlue in April.

New York (JFK) to Aruba (AUA) for $449 one-way in Mint on JetBlue in April:

New York (JFK) to Aruba (AUA) for $449 one-way in Mint on JetBlue in April.

With economy fares to the Caribbean often jumping above $300 each way, a small premium for Mint is a no-brainer. On some dates, you can pay just $60 more for a lie-flat seat with meals, alcoholic beverages, including bags and much more.

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