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Cheap business class deals: Fly JetBlue Mint to the West Coast, Caribbean for under $740

June 10, 2020
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We’re starting to see more premium cabin deals as more travelers begin to take to the skies even amid the pandemic. Nearly a third of Americans are ready to travel this summer, according to a TPG nationwide survey. If that’s you — and you’re comfortable getting on a plane again — then these deals to the West Coast and the Caribbean may be for you.

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As first reported by PremiumCabinDeals, JetBlue has several fares in its premium cabin, Mint, on sale later in the summer from cities like Seattle (SEA). After doing some more digging, however, I found that the deals are much more widespread. We’re also seeing round-trip deals from New York (JFK) and Boston (BOS) to Seattle, Las Vegas (LAS) and even Grenada (GND) for summer and fall. The transcontinental deals start at $621 round-trip, while the fare to Grenada is around $740 round-trip.

This is an excellent deal, no matter which route you pick. Summer and fall transcontinental business class fares can easily top $1,000. Even then, you might not even get a lie-flat seat. So if you’re looking to save some cash and travel in style, these are the deals to grab.

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Alternatively, you could also book these flights using TrueBlue points, which start at 60,000 points for the transcon flights or nearly 70,000 for the flight to Grenada. Note that if you’re traveling to the Caribbean, you’ll be forced to pay high taxes, so in this case, you’re better off booking in cash.

This could also be a way to get (or keep) JetBlue Mosaic status, which you can earn through traveling in two different ways. The first is by flying 30 segments and earning 12,000 base points ($4,000 in spending) or by earning 15,000 base points ($5,000 in spending) in a calendar year. You can also earn this status outright by spending $50,000 in a calendar year on a JetBlue credit card.

Related: What is JetBlue elite status worth in 2020?

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JetBlue Mint deals currently available

New York (JFK) and Boston (BOS) to Seattle (SEA) and Las Vegas (LAS)

Round-trip deals from New York-JFK and Boston to Seattle and Las Vegas are available between July and early September 2020, starting at $621 round-trip.

JetBlue Mint — which we awarded Best Domestic Business-Class Product at last year’s TPG Awards — is one of the best ways to fly domestically. TPG’s Zach Griff reviewed the fully-enclosed suite experience last year and gave the Mint experience high marks. Now, here’s your chance to fly it at one of the lowest fares we’ve ever seen.

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

New York (JFK) to Grenada

If you’re not comfortable traveling this summer or earlier in the fall, the flights to Grenada in November might be more tempting to you. These flights are available from JFK to Grenada and are on sale for $740 round-trip in Mint class.

How to book

You can find this deal through Google Flights. You can search for flights to your destinations from multiple airports to help you spot the best deal. Or, you can search from your destination (“Where from?” field) to any gateway in the United States by typing “USA” in the “Where to?” field. You’ll get a map showing the cheapest flights to airports around the country.

We recommend that you book directly with the airline to save you any potential headaches down the line.

Understand cancellation policies before buying an airline ticket

Before buying any airline ticket in the current realities, understand the cancellation and rebooking policies for the carrier you book. Fortunately, with any new bookings by June 30, 2020, with JetBlue, there is a substantial amount of flexibility:

  • Change or cancel tickets booked for no fee
  • If rebooking, fare difference between the original ticket and the new price apply
  • Cancellations and changes to lower-fare tickets will result in the issuance of a travel credit valid for 24 months from the date it is issued

Photo by Zach Griff / The Points Guy

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Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
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    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

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  • Annual Fee

    $250
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees