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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family

Never flown Mint? Now’s your chance, as JetBlue’s premium business-class product is pricing out as cheaper than economy on at least one route to the Caribbean. On some dates through the end of the year and into 2019, you can find one-way prices from Boston (BOS) to Aruba (AUA) for cheaper than economy — for $301.

Not only are some fares between BOS and AUA cheaper than economy, but we’re also seeing some low Mint fares on other Caribbean routes. Though they may not be cheaper than economy, they’re still worth giving a look — especially if you’ve been eyeing a Mint flight.

Mint is JetBlue’s premium product, flown on select transcontinental and Caribbean routes. Widely regarded as one of the best domestic business-class products (it’s TPG’s favorite way to fly across the country), Mint offers lie-flat seats and a refreshing take with its soft product. Remember, if available, you’ll want to select rows 2 or 4 for the throne, closed-door suites.

My JetBlue Mint lie-flat seat – with laptop ready to take advantage of Fly-Fi.

To book, head to Google Flights and search the route that’s best for you. Then, select date(s) and scroll through the calendar for travel times and prices that work. These fares likely won’t be around for long, so act quick!

Airlines: JetBlue
Routes: BOS/JFK to AUA/UVF
Cost: $266+ one-way in Mint
Travel Dates: November 2018 – April 2019
Pay With: Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Boston (BOS) to St. Lucia (UVF) for $266 one-way in Mint:

New York (JFK) to St. Lucia (UVF) for $266 one-way in Mint:

Boston (BOS) to St. Lucia (UVF) for 18,000 TrueBlue points + $11 one-way in Mint:

Boston (BOS) to Aruba (AUA) for $300 one-way in Mint:

Boston (BOS) to Aruba (AUA) for $800 round-trip in Mint:

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Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on travel purchases, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier, (3x on all travel purchases) and the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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