I just wrote last week about a new discount on Mint, JetBlue’s low-cost business class cabin. Now it’s even easier to fly Mint with routes to new destinations in Seattle and Las Vegas (HT to One Mile at a Time). Somehow I didn’t notice this despite including the same map in my last post.
Part of what makes Mint great are the lie-flat seats in a staggered configuration, with alternating rows of 1-1 or 2-2 seats. If you’re lucky enough to reserve a single seat, there’s even a small door that provides an added sense of privacy.
- Service between Las Vegas and Boston will begin on January 4
- Service between Las Vegas and New York will begin on February 15
- Service between Seattle and New York will begin on April 15
Las Vegas is a regular hotspot for tourists and business conventioneers, so I’m a little surprised that JetBlue didn’t have Mint service there already. These seem like prime demographics for a new business class product, especially one that tries to compete on price while still offering good amenities.
The service to Seattle warms my heart a bit. As a local, I’ve seen carriers come and go. Even Delta, despite its efforts to establish a new domestic hub at Sea-Tac, no longer puts Seattle in the same class as its LAX and SFO transcon service. Since Delta downgraded its jets, Mint is now the only domestic carrier to offer lie-flat seats to New York.
I still haven’t traveled with JetBlue since their network on the West Coast is limited. I certainly am not going to fly down to San Francisco just to get on a plane with Mint to fly to New York. Adding a connection isn’t worthwhile. But with non-stop service from Seattle I will definitely give it consideration the next time I have to travel east.