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JetBlue’s new Mint service, its brand for First / Business Class, is now launched, and it’s upping the game for First and Business Class service from New York to the West Coast. It’s starting with a few flights to LA, and will soon expand to all LA and San Francisco flights from New York.
The seats are the widest and longest flying across the country, and every one of them lies fully flat. The big new feature is that four of them are private Suites like no other, with a private divider and no one seated next to you. You can book those Suites for the same price as a regular Mint seat, as they are first come, first served.
The food is fit for foodies, with New York’s Saxon + Parole restaurant handling the meals, giving you a choice of three dishes from a menu of five, plus organic ice cream for dessert.
And you can book it with points at a good price and MileCards.com’s check of space shows lots of days available.
In fact, almost every day from now until the end of JetBlue’s current schedule offers seats on Mint at the lowest mileage price of 35,000 JetBlue True Blue points each way. That’s a decent value of almost 2 cents per point, with the retail price of the seats at $599.
If you don’t have JetBlue points, you may have American Express Membership Rewards points you can use to book these flights.
This is a great new way to transfer and use them to fly from New York to the West Coast.
You’ll be frustrated trying to use Membership Rewards points on Delta’s flights in Business Elite class, which cost 120,000 Delta SkyMiles roundtrip on most days.
For JetBlue Mint, you can transfer your Membership Rewards points to JetBlue True Blue points and you’ll need just 43,750 points to score a seat (87,500 points roundtrip), based on the transfer ratio of 250 Membership Rewards points needed for 200 JetBlue True Blue points.
There are some cheaper options, but they generally don’t offer as many days at the lower prices.
You could book United’s P.S. flights for 40,000 points roundtrip by transferring your points to Singapore KrisFlyer, but United is more stingy than JetBlue at making seats available at its lowest prices.
American’s flights are bookable in Business Class for 50,000 points roundtrip or 75,000 points in First Class by transferring to British Airways Avios. Business Class seats are hard to find, but First Class seats are a little easier.
Finally, Virgin America’s flights can be booked in Business Class by transferring to Virgin Atlantic points and paying 75,000 points roundtrip, but availability is limited and can only be found on the phone by calling Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin America has service that feels a lot like Mint, but doesn’t have lie-flat seats.
So, JetBlue Mint is a great new addition for taking advantage of your Membership Rewards points, giving you more chances to sit in the big seats on long transcontinental flights at a reasonable point price.
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