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JetBlue Moves Forward With Mint Expansion Plan

by Michael BeenerApril 6, 2017

JetBlue announced it is progressing with its Mint transcontinental expansion plan with the on-sale of new routes, introducing competition in east and west coast markets where customers are faced with decreasing choices and where other carriers sell dated business class options at a high cost.

For the first time, JetBlue is now offering Mint seats on two routes of New York’s JFK to both Las Vegas and San Diego, as well out of Boston to San Diego. In addition to the new Mint routes, JetBlue will expand Mint service between Boston and Los Angeles. JetBlue will also continue to leverage its Mint fleet opportunistically by bringing back seasonal favorites and growing Caribbean Mint routes, including new seasonal service between Boston and St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).

Customers on many of these routes have never had the option to fly a modern and customer-focused premium experience, including the longest fully-flat bed seating in the U.S. domestic premium market (among U.S. carriers), fully enclosed private suites, a 15-inch flat screen with complimentary entertainment and the unmatched hospitality of JetBlue crewmembers.

The wave of new Mint flights grows the airline’s popular premium service to approximately 70 daily Mint flights before the end of the year. By December 2017, roughly one in every 14 JetBlue flights will offer Mint.

“When we set out to reinvent premium travel nearly three years ago, we knew we were on to something revolutionary,” said Marty St. George, executive vice president, JetBlue. “But even as a constant innovator, we could have never imagined that we would be landing Mint in cities up and down the east and west coasts.”

New Mint Routes Serve Markets With Strong Demand for Premium Travel

Later this year JetBlue will add Mint on four new routes and in two new cities that have not previously had scheduled Mint service. On each route, JetBlue will be the only airline to offer a regularly scheduled lie-flat domestic product.

OUT OF NEW YORK’S JFK
NEW YORK-LAS VEGAS
Beginning in November, JetBlue will offer two daily roundtrip Mint flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (LAS). With world-class hotels and entertainment options, Las Vegas attracts more than 42 million annual visitors.

Mint Schedule Between New York (JFK) and Las Vegas (LAS)
Beginning November 6, 2017; Second Beginning November 10, 2017
JFK – LAS Flight #1611 LAS – JFK Flight #748
8:49 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 12:55 p.m. – 8:46 p.m.
JFK – LAS Flight #711 LAS – JFK Flight #948
5:55 p.m. – 8:52 p.m. 10:06 p.m. – 5:49 p.m.

 

NEW YORK-SAN DIEGO  JetBlue also announced an expanded schedule for Mint flights between New York-JFK and San Diego. Earlier this year JetBlue announced a single daily roundtrip starting in August between the cities, but the airline is pleased to announce a second roundtrip that will begin in October. By the end of the year every JetBlue flight between San Diegoand the northeast will be operated on a Mint aircraft.

Mint Schedule Between New York (JFK) and San Diego (SAN)
Beginning August 15, 2017; Second Beginning October 10
JFK – SAN Flight #189 SAN – JFK Flight #190
9:00 a.m. – 12:04 p.m. 1:15 p.m. – 9:48 p.m.
JFK – SAN Flight #89 SAN – JFK Flight #90
4:45 p.m. – 8:01 p.m. 9:11 p.m. – 5:11 a.m. (+1)

 

OUT OF BOSTON
BOSTON-SAN DIEGO  JetBlue Mint flights between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and San Diego International Airport (SAN) will start in December. JetBlue is the top airline in Boston, offering 150 daily flights and carrying more customers than any other airline at Logan. Last year JetBlue launched Mint service between Boston and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and between Boston and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Mint Schedule Between Boston (BOS) and San Diego (SAN)
Beginning December 10, 2017; Second Beginning December 20, 2017
BOS – SAN Flight #619 SAN – BOS Flight #620
7:15 a.m. – 10:49 a.m. 11:59 a.m. – 8:11 p.m.
BOS – SAN Flight #19 SAN – BOS Flight #20
4:34 p.m. – 8:05 p.m. 9:15 p.m. – 5:27 a.m. (+1)


BOSTON-CARIBBEAN
 Travelers in Boston looking for a winter warm up this season will benefit from a new Caribbean Mint route from Logan. On Saturdays between November and April, JetBlue will operate Mint flights between Boston and St. Maarten. St. Maarten is home to world-class resorts and calm waters and also serves as a gateway to nearby St. Bart’s and Anguilla which are two of the top luxury destinations in the Caribbean.

Mint Schedule Between Boston (BOS) and St. Maarten (SXM)
Saturdays Beginning November 4, 2017 – April 2018:
BOS – SXM Flight #77 SXM – BOS Flight #78
7:15 a.m. – 12:32 p.m. 1:57 p.m. – 5:24 p.m.


More Mint Flights in Existing Markets

JetBlue continues to expand Mint service to existing markets as well. Beginning October 20, JetBlue will add a fourth roundtrip Mint flight between Boston and Los Angeles. Since launching last year, the route connecting JetBlue’s Boston focus city in New England with southern California has grown in popularity and the fourth roundtrip is being added to meet demand. At Los Angeles-LAX JetBlue now operates the majority of its flights using Mint aircraft. One of JetBlue’s first Caribbean Mint routes is also getting a boost in service. Mint service between New York-JFK and Barbados will expand to include a second Saturday roundtrip beginning November 4. This will complement existing year-round Saturday Mint service between JetBlue’s hometown and the popular Caribbean destination. JetBlue is also adding more premium service on peak travel days between New York-JFK and St. Maarten, a Mint route it first introduced last fall. A second daily roundtrip is being added over the Christmas peak and on the Saturdays before and after Thanksgiving.

Favorite Seasonal Caribbean Mint Routes Return

JetBlue is bringing back many of the same popular Caribbean Mint routes it has previously operated. Seats are on sale now for service between: New York-JFK and Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND) – Beginning December 2; New York and St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) – Beginning December 2; New York-JFK and St. Maarten – Beginning November 4; New York-JFK and Aruba – Beginning September 9; Boston and Barbados – Beginning November 4, and Boston and Aruba – Beginning September 9.

Selected Seattle flights will also see Mint service in the coming months. The start date for this added service will be announced in the coming months.

 

Since launching in 2014, Mint has become a favorite way for celebrities, technology executives, creatives, and entrepreneurs to travel across the country. Mint was recognized by Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Awards, which honors innovative and disruptive design that pushes boundaries and seeks to change the world.

Lastly, all customers will benefit from JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 with Mint aircraft, which features the airline’s new core experience for customers seated throughout the entire aircraft.

 

About The Author
Michael Beener
Michael Beener
Michael is the Editor-in-Chief of Go Jetting and Explorer Magazine. An avid traveler, Michael is out of the office more than in the office. Along with travel, he enjoys cycling, photography and the general outdoors.