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Watch us fly JetBlue 2 different ways: Mint Studio vs. economy

Aug. 10, 2021
3 min read
Watch us fly JetBlue 2 different ways: Mint Studio vs. economy
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With JetBlue about to launch flights to London from New York-JFK for the first time ever on Aug. 11, I was very eager to get on board to see if this airline lived up to all the hype.

Related: A business-class boost: Reviewing JetBlue’s new Mint Suite that will fly to London

While JetBlue will fly its new Airbus A321LR aircraft to London, it's already flying its almost-as-new Airbus A321LD planes between New York-JFK and Los Angeles (LAX). This is important because both aircraft feature the new and exciting Mint Suite and Mint Studio products, as well as a refreshed economy cabin.

I was determined to test out and show everyone what they can expect when JetBlue finally arrives in the U.K. So, along with TPG credit cards writer Stella Shon, we hopped on board this transcontinental U.S. flight to experience JetBlue's new product.

Watch the full video of our experience here:

https://youtu.be/3KUcqFhQizM

Mint Studio (business class) — Nicky Kelvin

We paid: $1,556.40

As part of the total ticket price, we paid $199 to select one of two seats in the front row of the plane, known as “Mint Studio” seats. The rest of the business-class cabin on this aircraft features “Mint Suites,” which are slightly smaller with no buddy seat but still have a door.

I thought the new suite was fantastic, especially for a narrow-body jet. The Mint Studio felt comfortable and spacious, which is helped by the generous 1-1 configuration. The buddy seat was a great addition that allows you to dine or meet with others in the air. The food offered was both comprehensive and delicious, and there are great amenities on offer for a domestic flight.

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On the downside, the overall ticket price for a flight from New York City to Los Angeles was a little steep. While the door on the suite is a nice gimmick and adds privacy, to an extent, the door is still quite low and doesn’t offer true privacy even when closed. Finally, for a great night’s sleep on overnight flights, you may miss a mattress pad and a more comprehensive bedding selection.

Core (economy) — Stella Shon

We paid: $267.40

We booked a Blue fare, which includes seat assignment and a carry-on bag.

Shon loved the brand-new plane. There were many positives to mention especially for a relatively cheap economy ticket, including fast and free Wi-Fi, an updated, user-friendly inflight entertainment screen with lots of shows and movies to choose from, a comfortable seat with headrest adjustment and plenty of legroom.

It wasn't all rosy, though. The return to the normal boarding process (instead of back to front) made boarding a somewhat chaotic experience, especially for a full flight. There were no sandwiches or salads to purchase yet, just snack boxes which can be rough for a nearly six-hour transcontinental flight. Finally, because the flight was completely full, it was hard to be totally comfortable, though this is not necessarily JetBlue's fault and signals that, indeed, travel is back.

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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TPG Editor‘s Rating
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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10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
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    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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  • 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.

    740-850
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023