The cheapest way to fly in JetBlue’s premium Mint cabin

The reviews on JetBlue’s premium Mint cabin have been almost universally positive since the product debuted. Paths with Mint continue to be added to the JetBlue program and experiencing this cabin has been high on my #avgeek wish list for months. We’ve seen mint routes for a minimum of $ 301 per person, so you can get a relative price for this comfortable flight experience. Today I will examine both revenue and timely options to find the cheapest ways to book JetBlue Mint.

Routes

Your best chance of flying on a domestic route with the Mint service is on a transcon originating in California. Alternatively, fly from New York or Boston to the Caribbean – many of these routes also have the Mint cabin. Due to the popularity of the product, JetBlue has continued to expand the routes operated by Mint which now cover many transcon and Caribbean destinations.

From Boston

  • Aruba * 2x / week
  • Barbados * 1x / week
  • Las Vegas Up to 2 times a day
  • Los Angeles Up to 4x / per day
  • San Diego Up to 3 times a day
  • San Francisco Up to 5 times a day
  • Seattle Up to 3 times a day

From New York (JFK)

  • Aruba * 1x / week
  • Barbados * 2x / week
  • Grenada * 1x / week
  • Las Vegas Up to 2 times a day
  • Liberia 1x / week
  • Los Angeles Up to 11 times a day
  • San Diego Up to 2 times a day
  • San Francisco Up to 6 times a day
  • Seattle Up to 3 times a day
  • Saint Lucia* 1x / week

From Fort Lauderdale

  • Los Angeles (LAX) Up to 2 times a day
  • San Francisco (OFS) Up to 2 times a day

As you can see, many of the routes are seasonal or only work once a week, so be sure to check the JetBlue program carefully when planning your travel dates.

How to book mint

While researching this article, I found it very interesting that there is no way to use the miles of a partner airline program to book JetBlue Mint award seats. You can book JetBlue flights with Hawaiian miles and Emirates Skywards miles, but they do not have the option to book JetBlue Mint tickets. I called both programs to confirm that it was. This leaves you with the following options: booking tickets for cash mint, TrueBlue points, transfer of Citi ThankYou points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points or American Express Rewards on TrueBlue or redemption of transferable points to cover an entry ticket at a rate any 1 to 2 cents per point.

(Photo by Zach Griff / The Points Guy)
(Photo by Zach Griff / The Points Guy)

Regardless of which of the roads you use above, since the amount of TrueBlue points required is based on the ticket entry fee, the cheapest way to book JetBlue Mint will always be tied to the cheapest route and time you can find for a Mint flight.

To see if I was able to determine a schedule or route that was consistently the cheapest, I searched 14 Mint routes for a one-way ticket for both closing dates (48 to 72 hours) and three months in the future. I looked for a weekend flight and a weekday flight for each route. Many of the Caribbean routes don’t work daily and are seasonal, so mid-week and many close searches are N / A. Here is a graph of the results:

Origin Destination Weekend close up Weekends On weekdays Future weekend Future weekday
Boston San Francisco $ 699 $ 1,199 $ 599 $ 599

Boston

Los Angeles $ 1,358 $ 514 $ 549 $ 549
Boston aruba $ 889 N / A $ 709 $ 489
Boston barbados $ 481 N / A $ 551 N / A
New York JFK San Francisco $ 1,556 $ 687 $ 849 $ 849
New York JFK Los Angeles $ 1,100 $ 858 $ 849 $ 849
New York JFK San Diego $ 729 $ 530 $ 799 $ 799
New York JFK aruba $ 639 N / A $ 489 N / A
New York JFK Saint Lucia $ 485 N / A $ 335 N / A
New York JFK grenada $ 644 $ 344 $ 494 N / A
New York JFK barbados $ 1,131 N / A $ 381 N / A
New York JFK Liberia N / A N / A $ 496 N / A
Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles $ 1,424 $ 722 $ 899 $ 499
Fort Lauderdale San Francisco $ 849 $ 896 $ 949 $ 599

Overall, the Caribbean Mint routes that I have found will be your best chance to fly with Mint at the lowest prices. Additional outliers at cheap prices are if you’ve flown New Year’s Eve where routes to Caribbean destinations start at $ 344 or 30,000 TrueBlue points plus $ 20.50:

If you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the ticket for New Year’s Day costs 22,934 Last Rewards if you redeemed through the Chase travel portal. If you have the American Express Business Platinum┬« Card and receive 35% pay with the points discount, the ticket costs 22,360 very interesting Amex points.

Bottom line

Watch fly to the Caribbean if you want the cheapest way to experience JetBlue Mint. Alternatively, it may be difficult not to give yourself the luxury of trying one of the different transcon routes for less than $ 550. If you end up going crazy on a paid flight, be sure to use your American Express Platinum Card so you can take advantage of the 5-point card offer when you purchase a plane ticket through the Amex journey or directly through the airline.

jetblue mint cabin

When it comes to points, ~ 22k American Express Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards is currently the lowest number of points for a Mint reward ticket (assuming you are an American Express or Chase Sapphire Reserve Business Platinum Card). JetBlue mint is a wonderful product and there are many convenient opportunities to fly at almost any moment.

Main image Zach Griff / The Points Guy

Richard Kerr
is the Points Guy loyalty and engagement editor focused on content creation that educates and empowers TPG readers.

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