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How JetBlue's new Mint business class stacks up against the original

March 12, 2021
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How JetBlue's new Mint business class stacks up against the original
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JetBlue's Mint business class disrupted the transcon market when it was unveiled in 2014.

With four individual suites and 12 lie-flat pods, the TPG award-winning Mint experience scores high marks from flyers headed between the coasts. But, JetBlue isn't resting on its laurels.

The carrier is launching a brand-new Mint cabin, in a unique, all-suite 1-1 configuration. These seats will be outfitted on the London-bound Airbus A321LR, and will be found on select transcon and regional flights operated by the carrier's latest Airbus A321neos.

So, how do they stack up against version 1.0? Read on to find out.

Start here: TPG’s first look at JetBlue’s super-posh Airbus A321neo

Welcome to the suite life

The biggest change in the Mint cabin is the new 1-1 configuration. With one suite on each side, every flyer will enjoy direct aisle access — a massive improvement compared to the current arrangement, which has three rows of 2-2 seating.

Current Mint configuration (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Solo flyers will stand to benefit most from the new suites, since they'll no longer need to climb over other passengers to use the lavatory or stretch their legs.

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

For passengers who lucked out with one of the four suites in Mint 1.0, the new configuration might be a bit disappointing. The latest Mint Suites, which are a customized version of the Thompson VantageSolo product, don't offer as much personal space as the old ones.

Footwell of the original Mint Suite (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

The good news is that the footwell in the new suites is noticeably roomier than the one in the current Mint suites.

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Related: A pre-pandemic review of JetBlue's original Mint Suite

Privacy for all

This is big.

The new Mint features sliding doors for every passenger. Though the suites aren't fully enclosed (like the new Emirates first-class product), the door is quite high.

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Additionally, the suites are arranged in a herringbone layout, with each passenger facing the aisle. That's not great for aviation enthusiasts who prefer a window view, but it's a notable upgrade compared to the forward-facing Mint 1.0.

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Plus, with the door and elevated privacy partitions around the seat itself, the new Mint offers considerably more privacy than the original product.

Seat comfort

Another subtle yet welcome improvement is the seat padding.

JetBlue partnered with Tuft & Needle, a popular bed-in-a-box mattress brand, to create an adaptive foam layer built into the seat itself, which promises a far more comfortable sleeping experience.

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

I could immediately tell that frequent Mint flyers will instantly notice the difference.

The current Mint seat is supported by an air cushion with adjustable firmness. However, I prefer the new foam-based support, especially as my Mint seats have been partially deflated on recent flights.

Current JetBlue seat (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

From suites to studios

Mint's current layout affords four lucky flyers a private "throne," or suite that's substantially nicer than the other pods.

JetBlue's current suite (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

In the new JetBlue business class, there are two Mint Studios located in the bulkhead row that each offer additional living space, a buddy seat, a larger seat-back screen and added storage.

Unlike the old suites, the studio will come at a (yet) undisclosed upcharge.

Related: The new gold standard: JetBlue’s spiffy Mint Studio, with the largest bed in biz

Connectivity galore

Every JetBlue plane features free inflight Wi-Fi, but the new A321neos connect to the far-speedier ViaSat-2 satellite, which boosts internet coverage, speed and reliability compared to the older JetBlue planes.

Additionally, every Mint Suite has two power outlets, one standard USB-A port and a second USB-C port.

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Adding USB-C is a nice upgrade to the current product, though the older generation suites have three outlets, compared to two in the new cabin.

Another nifty feature is the built-in wireless charging mat for Qi-enabled devices.

An inflight entertainment boost

If there's one element of the current Mint experience that could use a big improvement, it's the inflight entertainment system.

Mint's original IFE system (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Fortunately, that's changing with the new jets.

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

JetBlue installed Thales AVANT Android-based software, which represents a massive upgrade compared to the clunky system currently installed on Mint-equipped planes.

Expect on-demand movies and TV shows, over 100 channels of live DirecTV, as well as a customizable 3D flight map.

The monitors also got a size (and resolution) boost. Mint Suites have a 17-inch screen, while the studios have 22-inch ones. All monitors tilt and swivel, too.

What's not changing

Late last year, JetBlue unveiled a comprehensive "soft product" refresh, which includes new bedding, food and beverage offerings and onboard amenities, in preparation for London service later this year.

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

The new Mint cabin looks great decked out with the latest Tuft & Needle comforter and pillows, as well as the collection of Wanderfuel amenity kit and Master and Dynamic MH40 noise-reducing headphones.

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

The food's great, too, but you'll have to trust us on that one.

Related: Review of JetBlue's new Mint "soft product"

Bottom line

JetBlue's latest business-class cabin is a massive improvement for (nearly) everyone. With direct aisle access, sliding doors, comfortable seat padding and more, there's lots to love about Mint 2.0.

However, flyers who've scored one of the four suites in the original Mint might still prefer the original configuration.

Of course, the oversized Mint Studios offer even more space than today's suites, but that'll now come at a (yet undisclosed) cost.

Featured image by (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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