JetBlue’s new Mint class nonstops cranked up on the SFO-JFK run on Sunday, offering a totally new premium transcon experience…and significantly lower first class fares on the popular route.
>Currently the lowest Mint roundtrip fare is $1,200-– that’s about half off compared to average first class fares on offer before Mint entered the market. All other carriers on the route have now discounted first class to match JetBlue’s new Mint fares– but that fare is only available on a few seats per flight. A quick look at JetBlue.com shows nearly all the $1,200 Mint fares sold out through mid December- the next step up is about $1,620 round trip.
>JetBlue says that Mint class (click for pics) features the widest seat and longest fully-flat bed in the U.S. domestic market and four private suites among the 16 seats. Each seat has a 15 inch flat screen TV with 100 channels and in-seat power ports. Mint is only available on JetBlue’s A321 aircraft.
>In coach, JetBlue offers 10-inch seatback screens and in-seat power outlets in each row. Coach passengers also have access to a complimentary self-serve station full of snacks and soft drinks. JetBlue is known for having some of the roomiest coach class seats flying and it’s A321s boast 33-37 inches of pitch.
>By early next year, JetBlue will offer five roundtrips per day between SFO and JFK. Currently, there are three daily SFO-JFK nonstops, two have Mint, one does not. By December, all three will have Mint. (JetBlue will have Mint on seven daily LAX-JFK roundtrips by December 19.)
>All JetBlue A321s are also equipped Fly-Fi, JetBlue‘s new, fast inflight wi-fi. It’s currently free, but likely not going to stay that way for long.
>Mint class passengers choose from five “tapas style” menu items curated by New York’s popular Saxon+ Parole restaurant. For dessert there is Blue Marble ice cream.
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