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Options for getting from New York and Boston to Las Vegas are about to get much more comfortable. JetBlue announced on Monday that effective immediately, it’ll begin flying Mint-equipped aircraft between New York (JFK) and Las Vegas (LAS). And, as of January 4, 2018, flyers will be able to travel in Mint between Boston (BOS) and LAS.

The seats on both routes are now available to book. On a quick search, we’re finding one-way availability from JFK to LAS for $499. On the same day, JetBlue is charging $263 for the one-way ticket in economy — so for $236 more, you’d be able to get a lie-flat seat in the Mint cabin. If you were to put your TrueBlue points to use on this example, the one-way flight would cost you 37,600 points + $5.60 in taxes and fees. Return flights are pricing out at the same $499+ mark, so you could fly round-trip between New York and Vegas in JetBlue’s Mint cabin for $998.

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Flights in Mint between BOS and LAS are pricing out a little bit more than their JFK counterparts. For example, we’re seeing tons of one-way availability at the $599 level — even on the inaugural flight on January 4. When priced out using TrueBlue points, that same flight would cost 45,300 points + $5.60. Round-trip flights between the two cities are pricing out around $1,197.

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JetBlue’s Mint cabin is regarded by some as the best domestic US business-class product — even by TPG himself. With Mint, you’re not just getting a seat with extra legroom. When you book a ticket in the 16-seat cabin, you’ll get expedited security, early boarding, large entertainment screens, Saxon + Parole meal options, Milk Bar treats, ice cream and, of course, the comfortable lie-flat seat.

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The New York-based carrier announced its plans to expand Mint service to Las Vegas from JFK and BOS in April 2016, however, the launch has been a long time coming. At some point in the future, it’s also possible that the “Mint Effect” could take place, bringing down business-class fares from other carriers on the route. So, even if you don’t fly JetBlue often, there’s the possibility for lower fares from your carrier of choice.

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