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March 10, 2021
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2021 is shaping up to be especially exciting for JetBlue. Earlier this year, we had a chance to check out the carrier's first Airbus A220, which offers short- and medium-haul flyers a far more comfortable ride, with wide seats in a spacious 2-3 configuration, high-res seat-back entertainment and speedy and free Wi-Fi throughout the plane.

Now, the carrier is ready to grow its family of Airbus A320 planes — the type of aircraft you'll find on many of JetBlue's longer and more popular flights. The airline has been working to refresh its existing A320s, adding newer seats and upgraded amenities, but this latest A321neo takes onboard amenities to an entirely new level.

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Naturally, the biggest changes will impact JetBlue's premium cabin — flyers lucky enough to score a spot there will find the airline's latest Mint business-class suite. While a long-range version will eventually fly 24 business-class travelers across the Atlantic, this first A321neo will be used to domestic and regional flights, sporting a total of 16 Mint suites, arranged in a spacious 1-1 configuration.

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

The economy cabin, which the carrier more commonly refers to as "Core," offers some notable upgrades as well. You'll find 144 seats in this regional A321 version, arranged in a standard 3-3 configuration. Expect a seat width of 18.4 inches, a 10.1-inch 1080p screen, and both AC and USB power ports.

Ready for a closer look? We dig into the new A321neo experience in much more detail in the posts below. And be sure to bookmark this page — we'll have plenty more to share over the next few days.

JetBlue takes delivery of first A321neo with new Mint biz

(Rendering courtesy of JetBlue)

The first new Mint-equipped A321neo will begin flying passengers as early as June 2021. Read more.

First look: JetBlue’s brand-new Mint Suite, Mint Studio

(Rendering courtesy of JetBlue)

Every cabin will feature two versions of the new product, with the first row offering even more personal space. Read more.

Take a tour of JetBlue's A321neo Mint cabin

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

The new Mint is expected to begin flying as soon as June 2021, when it launches on the carrier's existing route between New York-JFK and Los Angeles. Read more.

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Touring economy on JetBlue's new Airbus A321neo

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

JetBlue's new Airbus A321neo doesn't just feature a new Mint business class — it also sports a refreshed, top-notch coach cabin. Read more.

The new gold standard: JetBlue’s spiffy Mint Studio

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

While JetBlue's new Mint Suites are definitely an improvement over the tried-and-true Mint 1.0, the real show-stopper is Mint Studio. Read more.

How JetBlue’s new Mint stacks up against the original

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

JetBlue's latest business-class cabin is a massive improvement for everyone, except those who scored one of the four suites in the original configuration. Read more.

Where to sit when flying JetBlue’s latest A321neo

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Thanks to speedy onboard Wi-Fi, on-demand entertainment and a fun snack bar/drink fridge, regardless of where you sit, you're likely to enjoy your ride. Read more.

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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