JetBlue Eyeing Mint Expansion With New Flights to Europe
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
JetBlue has had its eyes set on flights from the US to Europe for quite some time now. The carrier’s CEO Robin Hayes has hinted at a transatlantic expansion the past, and now Hayes is saying that the carrier will take aim at competing in the premium transatlantic market.
As Air Transport World reports from the IATA Annual General Meeting in Cancun this week, Hayes noted that JetBlue could convert some of its A321 orders to A321LRs when the latter becomes available in 2019. With the longer-range aircraft, JetBlue could fly across the Atlantic to Europe from both New York and Boston, two of the carrier’s largest markets. Hayes said that if JetBlue does opt to order A321LRs, they’ll be equipped with more Mint seats than the 16 seats in the current premium cabin on its A321 aircraft.
Hayes noted that on the current routes where Mint is offered, there is high demand. “My only regret is that, with hindsight, we should have put more [Mint seats] in the fleet we have,” Hayes said. So, if JetBlue does decide to launch service to Europe, customers can expect to see a larger premium cabin — good news for passengers, as Mint is TPG’s favorite way to fly across the country.
The move could make sense for JetBlue. The three major US carriers — American, Delta and United — and their alliance partners control 87% of the transatlantic market, and nearly all of the premium traffic. JetBlue is eyeing that dense market as one that it could disrupt, offering lower prices in the premium cabin and increasing competition — the same it did for domestic transcontinental flights. Hayes noted that the carrier wouldn’t compete in the same realm as low-cost carriers like Norwegian and WOW Air that have emerged on the scene, but instead, it would focus its efforts on the premium transatlantic market.
This card from Bank of America gets really interesting if you have a BofA checking, savings or investment account. Depending on the value of your combined accounts you can potentially get as much as 3.5x points on travel/dining and 2.625x points on other purchases making it the richest consumer banking bonus out there.
- Receive 50,000 bonus points – a $500 value – after you make at least $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening
- Earn unlimited 2 points for every $1 spent on travel and dining purchases and unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all other purchases
- If you're a Bank of America Preferred Rewards member, you can earn 25%-75% more points on every purchase
- No limit to the points you can earn and your points don't expire
- Redeem for cash back as a statement credit, deposit into eligible Bank of America® accounts, credit to eligible Merrill accounts, or gift cards or purchases at the Bank of America Travel Center
- Get up to $200 in combined airline incidental and airport expedited screening statement credits + valuable travel insurance protections
- No Foreign Transaction Fees
- Low $95 annual fee