Call it a seat or call it a suite, either way it’s best-of-breed for domestic flights
It’s only been around for about 2.5 years, but JetBlue’s Mint product has been a game-changer since its launch. Not only is it unique or even unheard of for a low-cost-carrier (LCC), but it’s on a whole new level for transcon business class products, period. Sure, AA, UA, and DL all offer lie-flat options on select transcon routes (mostly LAX/SFO/SEA to JFK/BOS/ATL), but nobody has business class with a 1-1 configuration (rows 2 and 4; 1, 3, 5 are all 2-2), let alone with a door to make the seat a veritable suite. The best part? These seats can be had for a fraction of the price of AA/UA/DL/VS transcon, though I have seen that the legacy carrier business class fares have been forced to drop due to the pressure JetBlue is putting on them in those markets. This flight was ~$600 for me, whereas at time of booking AA would’ve been $2200! Here’s why you should book JetBlue Mint over a legacy carrier at least once…
- close your door for privacy in the only domestic suite product in existence
- tapas-style catering is fun and different
- comfortable lie-flat seat with plenty of storage
- business class service without the apathetic or stuffy attitudes you sometimes get on legacy carriers
- not much! the only thing I can think of is if you prefer a traditional meal service, you may not vibe on the tapas setup
JetBlue has created a special experience with their Mint product, which they’re continuing to expand to several new destinations. They don’t have the most lucrative or rewarding loyalty program, so that may stop someone like me from flying them everywhere (not to mention I’m SEA not JFK based), but I will certainly be booking JetBlue for transcon and Caribbean flights in the future when I can get myself into rows 2 or 4.
Which seat and why
Get into rows 2 or 4 to get the suite — kind of a no-brainer considering it’s the same price as the other seats. Rows 1, 3, and 5 are standard 2-2 but still a great option if you’re traveling with a companion. As with most 2-2 domestic business class cabins, the first row tends to have slightly more legroom in the footwell area at the bulkhead, so try for row 1 if you’re not going for the suite.
For more seat reviews from other travelers on JetBlue, check out this plane’s seat map here: JetBlue A321 Seat Map
The IFE screen
The footwell – a tad cramped but not terrible
Light, water, and cellphone holder
The Mint seat in fully lie-flat bed mode
Single light, single air vent (gasper)
JetBlue Mint menu
You can actually close your door in JetBlue Mint!
Blanket/pillow greet you at the seat
The JetBlue Mint menu, continued..
The inside of the Birchbox amenity kit in Mint
The JetBlue Mint amenity kit, from Birchbox
Some people shouldn’t be allowed to fly…
My tapas-style lunch in Mint class, which I actually enjoyed (some don’t dig tapas-style)
Some wine with my amuse bouche
About the Birchbox amenities
The in-seat storage (without anything in it)
The gift cards and chocolates
The footrest/footwell area
Shoe storage – a nice touch
Closeup of the blanket & pillow
These headphones were ok – I ended up using my own instead (per usual)
The Birchbox goodies from the Mint amenity kit
Nice phone storage solution for the Mint suites 🙂
The official JetBlue “Mint” cocktail PDB, which was actually quite refreshing…and minty!
Notice the extra footspace for the 2-2 seats at the bulkhead for Mint first row
Mint class has excellent in-seat storage for computer etc.
The JetBlue Mint seat/suite
Nice touch with the JetBlue Mint welcome card
Gift cards in the JetBlue Mint amenity kit, one of which I actually used!
I call this the “glovebox” storage space
Dual power outlets is great
The seat controls
JetBlue Mint is arguably the best business class product on offer for domestic travel in the US. Add to that attentive and friendly service at prices lower than American, Delta, United, and even Virgin America, and you’ve got a winner. Rows 1, 3, and 5 are great four couples (row 1 being best due to extra leg/foot space), while solo travelers should try their best to get into row 2 or 4 (the suites).
What are Your Thoughts on JetBlue Mint?
If you’ve flown it and are a fan, let us know in the comments below! Or better yet, write a review of your seat here: JetBlue A321 Mint Reviews 🙂
JetBlue Mint Business Class