Review: JetBlue Mint Suite A321LR New York To London

Review: JetBlue Mint Suite A321LR New York To London

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I can’t even begin to say how excited I was to be flying the new JetBlue Mint Suite across the Atlantic — that’s both because it was a brand new business class product, and because a decade ago I would have never expected we’d see JetBlue operating transatlantic flights.

Despite my over-the-top excitement, JetBlue didn’t disappoint — the carrier’s transatlantic business class product is phenomenal, and on the passenger experience front, a force to be reckoned with.

How to book JetBlue Mint to London

As I explained in the introduction post to this series, we found a great Mint fare back when JetBlue first put flights to London sale. Our roundtrip fares from San Juan to London cost $880 per person, and then in each direction I upgraded one of us to JetBlue’s first row Mint Studio for $129. In other words, each of our Mint tickets cost about $1,000 roundtrip — not bad, eh?

What’s the best way to book JetBlue Mint to London going forward?

  • Business class fares vary significantly, and seem to start at just under $2,000 per person roundtrip
  • You can redeem TrueBlue points, but JetBlue has a revenue based frequent flyer program, so the number of points required is directly correlated to the cost of a ticket in cash; however, Mint redemptions generally get you less value than economy redemptions (expect to get just over one cent of value per TrueBlue point — ouch!)
  • You can redeem 64,000 Emirates Skywards miles for a one-way JetBlue Mint ticket between New York and London, but the taxes, fees, and carrier imposed surcharges can be significant

Something I find interesting about JetBlue’s Mint is that the airline very much is about maintaining the “integrity” of the cabin in terms of pricing. Most airlines will sell discounted upgrades as the departure date approaches (or on the day of departure) if seats are empty, but JetBlue doesn’t. I’m curious if that will change over time.

The JetBlue Mint ground experience at JFK

We had a roughly four hour connection at JFK Terminal 5, as we were arriving from San Juan the same day (I won’t review that flight, because I reviewed our JetBlue Even More Space experience to San Juan). JetBlue doesn’t have any sort of a lounge for Mint passengers. This doesn’t come as a surprise (we knew the airline didn’t have a lounge), though it certainly distinguishes JetBlue from other airlines.

I can’t help but wonder if JetBlue will eventually have a lounge, or what exactly the plan is. I did some walking around Terminal 5, and didn’t notice any obvious spaces where a lounge could be opened. The only lounge in the terminal is operated by Aer Lingus, and that’s even shut at the moment.

The only thing I’d note about the ground experience is that JetBlue did have some decorations in the terminal celebrating the new transatlantic service.

JetBlue Terminal 5 London decoration
JetBlue Terminal 5 London decoration

Our flight was departing from gate 22, which is a pretty convenient gate if you’re just entering the terminal.

JetBlue departure gate to London

Already at the gate was the gorgeous JetBlue A321LR that would be flying us to London. Specifically, we were flying N4048J, JetBlue’s second-ever A321LR, which was delivered to the airline in June 2021. JetBlue has fun with naming planes, and this plane was called “Allow Me To Mintroduce Myself.” Hah.

JetBlue Airbus A321LR at JFK
JetBlue Airbus A321LR at JFK

Since we had a long layover, we just sat down the in the quiet gate area and got some work done, as there was fast and free Wi-Fi in the terminal.

The flight was scheduled to board at 9:03PM, 45 minutes ahead of the 9:48PM scheduled departure. The gate agents were exceptionally friendly, and the gate was very well staffed (there were at least four gate agents, if not more — JetBlue is really putting its best foot forward with this London flight).

Full disclosure — while I almost always try to “fly undercover,” I had reached out to JetBlue a few days before my flight to ask about early boarding, so I could snap cabin pictures. I really wanted some good pictures of the plane, and that can be tough to do with a narrow body plane when otherwise just trying to be first onboard. So I was able to board about five minutes before other passengers.

JetBlue Mint from New York to London review

I’ve flown millions of miles and almost all the great premium products in the world, but there was something that had me downright giddy about boarding a JetBlue flight to London.

JetBlue B67
New York (JFK) – London (LHR)

Thursday, August 19
Depart: 9:48PM
Arrive: 10:10AM (+1 day)
Duration: 7hr22min
Aircraft: Airbus A321LR
Seat: 2A (Mint Suite business class)

When I first boarded the A321LR, my jaw dropped. It’s not that JetBlue has the world’s best long haul business class seats, but there’s something so incredibly beautiful about this cabin — seeing a premium cabin this big in a 1-1 configuration was special.

At the front of the plane was JetBlue’s Mint cabin, featuring a total of 24 seats. This includes the two Mint Studios (the two seats in the first row, which feature a bit more room), plus the 22 Mint Suites (the next 11 rows of seats).

JetBlue Airbus A321LR Mint cabin
JetBlue Mint cabin Airbus A321LR

Seriously, how futuristic is this cabin?! The general design blows La Compagnie’s A321neos and American’s A321Ts out of the water, in my opinion.

JetBlue Mint cabin Airbus A321LR
JetBlue Mint cabin Airbus A321LR

Behind the 24-seat business class cabin was economy, which featured 114 seats, spread across 19 rows.

JetBlue Airbus A321LR economy cabin
JetBlue Airbus A321LR economy cabin

This included four rows of Even More Space seats, which are JetBlue’s extra legroom economy seats. In the Even More Space section there was one exit row and then three “regular” rows.

JetBlue Even More Space exit row Airbus A321LR
JetBlue Even More Space seats Airbus A321LR

JetBlue’s regular economy seats even feature 32″ of pitch, which is excellent, and among the best you’ll find across the Atlantic. Add in the good seat width on narrow body Airbus aircraft, and economy doesn’t get much more comfortable across the Atlantic than this.

JetBlue Core seats Airbus A321LR

Surprisingly the first row of the cabin isn’t Even More Space, but rather is just standard economy seating, despite the amount of legroom. Is this due to the lack of recline, or…?

JetBlue Core exit row Airbus A321LR

While we’re talking about the plane’s overall layout, I think it’s worth contrasting the A321LR’s 138 seats to some of JetBlue’s other A321 versions:

  • JetBlue’s all-economy A321s feature 200 seats, so that’s 62 more seats than you’ll find here
  • JetBlue’s A321s with the “old” Mint product feature 159 seats, so this plane features 21 fewer seats, though it does have eight extra business class seats
  • Ultimately this is a fairly efficient configuration, given the size of the premium cabin

On this flight I assigned us seats 1A (Mint Studio) and 2A (Mint Suite). Ford had the Mint Studio on the outbound, and I had the Mint Studio on the return. So I’ll briefly talk about the Mint Studio, but expect a more detailed review of that on the return.

JetBlue’s first row of business class seats are known as the Mint Studio. Due to the way the plane is configured, the first row features a bit of extra space, so JetBlue decided to create a special product around it, and it can be purchased for a modest upcharge.

While this is still a herringbone seat, the main point of differentiation is that it has a lot more shoulder space, your bed is wider, and in theory two people can dine together (as there’s an additional tray table on the side).

JetBlue Mint Studio A321LR
JetBlue Mint Studio A321LR
JetBlue Mint Studio A321LR
JetBlue Mint Studio A321LR

On this flight I was seated in the Mint Suite, which is what the other 22 business class seats are. In some ways JetBlue’s new Mint product is regressive, in the sense that the new seats are herringbone seats, and face the aisle. Most airlines with herringbone seats are eliminating these in favor of seats that instead face windows, like reverse herringbone seats.

That being said, that wasn’t a thoughtless decision on JetBlue’s part — figuring out a premium product for a narrow body plane isn’t easy, and I’d say JetBlue did a great job balancing passenger experience with economics.

JetBlue Mint Suite A321LR

On the plus side, this was by far the most comfortable herringbone seat I’ve ever flown in. The shoulder space was excellent on both sides, and the seat finishes were thoughtfully designed.

JetBlue Mint Suite A321LR

The entertainment monitor was attached to the “wall” of the seat, and could be extended out so that you could view it straight on.

JetBlue Mint Suite legroom A321LR

Underneath the entertainment screen was a storage compartment, which is an awesome feature — it’s shallow, but it’s perfect for storing a laptop, reading glasses, etc.

JetBlue Mint Suite laptop storage A321LR

One massive advantage of this over a reverse herringbone configuration is just how big the footwell was. Whether lounging or sleeping, there was plenty of space for my feet, and no small hole they had to be squeezed into. Also underneath the footwell was a convenient place where you could store your shoes during the flight.

JetBlue Mint Suite footrest A321LR

Along the left side of the seat was a further small “basket” where you could store shoes, or something else.

JetBlue Mint Suite storage

Along the left side of the seat closer to the fuselage was a small storage area where there was a bottle of water, and an area that allows for wireless charging. While the concept of wireless charging is great, I’m not sure this was fully thought through. I had to move my phone around for 30 seconds (like literally one millimeter at a time) before it started charging. And then without me touching it, it stopped charging, I guess because it moved a little bit. I definitely wouldn’t rely on this.

JetBlue Mint Suite armrest & wireless charging A321LR

Also along the left side of the seat was a hook for headphones, which was a convenient place to store them.

JetBlue Mint Suite headphone storage A321LR

Most of the features were along the other side of the seat. There was a cute lamp, and immediately below that was the latch that closed the door. Then there were also 110v and USB outlets.

JetBlue Mint Suite side table A321LR

The seat controls were also to the right of the seat, and were easy to use. I do wish they had been placed somewhere slightly different, since they were right near where you might naturally place your arm. I accidentally shifted the position of my seat several times just because I rested my arm in the area.

JetBlue Mint Suite seat controls A321LR

Underneath the seat controls were the entertainment controller (though the entertainment is also touchscreen, so this isn’t really needed), as well as buttons to either get your seat fully upright or fully reclined. This is also where the literature pocket is located.

JetBlue Mint Suite entertainment controls A321LR

The tray table folded out from this side of the seat, and was easy to maneuver around.

JetBlue Mint Suite tray table A321LR

One of the coolest features of the new Mint Suite, no doubt, is the door. This can be closed by pulling the latch underneath the lamp, and then can easily be opened by just physically pulling the door. The door is very similar to what you’d find in Delta One on the A350, which makes sense, since the seat manufacturers are the same.

JetBlue Mint Suite with door closed

The doors aren’t particularly high, so don’t expect the doors will give you any privacy from the crew as they walk down the aisle. However, the door is useful in terms of giving you privacy from the person seated across from you, since seats do face the aisle.

JetBlue Mint Suite with door closed

As far as other features go, the overhead console was pretty swanky-looking, and featured a reading light and an individual air nozzle.

JetBlue Mint A321LR overhead console

Also, thanks to JetBlue’s A321LRs having Airbus’ Airspace interiors, the overhead bins are huge, not that you should ever have trouble finding space for your bags in business class.

JetBlue overhead bins A321LR

So yeah, JetBlue’s new Mint Suite is a solid hard product. Is it the best business class seat in the world? Absolutely not. But it’s a pretty incredible product for a narrow body plane. I’d say this is as good as herringbone seats get, by a long shot. While this product had more storage space than other herringbone configurations I’ve flown in, I still found that storage in general was lacking.

As far as the other amenities go, waiting at my seat upon boarding was some bedding from Tuft & Neddle.

JetBlue Mint bedding

This included both a pillow and blanket, which I thought were excellent — the pillow was nicely padded, while the blanket was thick without being warm. While there’s no mattress pad, it’s claimed that the seat cushion as such has Tuft & Needle mattress pad technology, and I’m inclined to believe that, as the padding was awesome.

JetBlue Mint bedding

JetBlue Mint passengers get Master & Dynamic headphones, which I found to be reasonably high quality.

JetBlue Mint headphones

Then there were the other goodies that JetBlue Mint passengers get, including slippers, Tuft & Needle sleep amenities, and a Wanderfuel wellness kit.

JetBlue Mint amenities

I loved JetBlue’s slippers, as they were so well padded.

JetBlue Mint slippers

Then there were the Tuft & Needle sleep amenities, which includes earplugs, eyeshades, and a single-use toothbrush. I wasn’t a fan of the toothbrush — it apparently already had toothpaste on it, but my mouth didn’t feel particularly fresh after using it.

JetBlue Mint amenities

Then there was the Wanderflow wellness kit. There are a few different versions of these, and I got the “Flow” one, which includes socks, deodorant wipes, an immune support chew, a lip mask, an electrolyte powder, and a recovery cream. While not your typical amenity kit, I thought the contents were cute.

JetBlue Mint wellness kit

Lastly, there were a bunch of amenities available on demand, including a lint brush, lotion, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and a stain stick. Those are some amenities you may not find on other airlines.

JetBlue Mint amenities

Service began within minutes of boarding. JetBlue’s A321LRs have five flight attendants, with three working in business class and two working in economy class. The Mint team consisted of Susan, Megan, and Ashley, and they couldn’t have been lovelier.

Suffice to say the flight attendant to passenger ratio was incredible — only 10 of the 24 Mint seats were taken. Economy was surprisingly full, by comparison, with around 80 of the 114 seats occupied.

The reaction of economy passengers walking through the cabin sure was something. While some people obviously booked JetBlue because they were excited to fly the airline, there were just as many people caught off guard. I can’t count the number of expletives I heard (in a positive way), as people saw the Mint cabin.

Within moments of settling in, the crew greeted each Mint passenger with a big smile, and asked if they had flown Mint before, and if so, if they had flown the new Mint product yet. They then gave each passenger a rundown of the seat, the service, etc. It’s so nice when crews take the time to provide an explanation like this, and it’s also a great way for them to interact and show their personality.

A few moments later pre-departure drinks were served, with the choice of sparkling wine or a non-alcoholic spritzer. I selected the sparkling wine, and basked in the fact that this was my first pre-departure drink on a US airline since the start of the pandemic.

JetBlue Mint pre-departure drinks

Once pre-departure drinks were served, the crew distributed the menu and cocktail list for the flight. I loved the personalization, that the menu listed the names of the crew members.

JetBlue Mint menu & drink list

At around 9:35PM, captain David made his welcome aboard announcement, informing us of our flight time of 6hr28min. He said he anticipated some light bumps within the first 30 minutes of the flight, but that it should be smooth after that.

A couple of minutes later the door closed, at which point the safety demonstration was performed. Even though JetBlue has personal televisions throughout its fleet, it doesn’t have a safety video — rather the demos are manual.

By 9:50PM we began our taxi to the runway. The Mint seats on the A321LR have shoulder straps that have to be worn for takeoff and landing. We had quite a long taxi to the runway (by coronavirus-era standards), though were airborne by 10:15PM.

As we climbed out I browsed the entertainment selection, which was endless. The monitor was touchscreen, or you could just use the controller next to the seat. The options were impressive, with more movies, TV shows, and even live TV options, than I could count.

JetBlue inflight entertainment A321LR
JetBlue inflight entertainment A321LR
JetBlue inflight entertainment A321LR
JetBlue inflight entertainment A321LR
JetBlue inflight entertainment A321LR

You can also pair your phone with the entertainment and use it as a controller if you’d like, though I didn’t find that to be necessary.

JetBlue inflight entertainment A321LR

I also checked out the moving map for our flight, which offered quite a bit of flexibility to zoom in and out as much as you wanted.

JetBlue moving map enroute to London
JetBlue moving map enroute to London

The best part of JetBlue’s entertainment is Fly-Fi, which is JetBlue’s unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi. Yep, this is even available across the Atlantic. All passengers can use as much Wi-Fi as they’d like on as many devices as they’d like, with no data caps.

JetBlue complimentary Wi-Fi

This is such a ridiculously awesome competitive advantage. Not only was Wi-Fi free, but it was also the fastest I’ve experienced across the Atlantic. La Compagnie is the only other airline I know of with free Wi-Fi across the Atlantic with no data caps, and speeds there were comparable.

As we climbed through around 10,000 feet, the crew came through the cabin to “unlock” the suite doors, since they’re locked for takeoff and landing. On top of that, they asked each Mint passenger if there was anything they could get out of the overhead bin for them. How refreshing!

Shortly thereafter meal orders were taken, in anticipation of dinner. The dinner menu read as follows:

JetBlue Mint dinner menu

JetBlue has partnered with Delicious Hospitality Group for its catering on these flights. As you can see, JetBlue takes an unconventional approach to meal service. Rather than having a dedicated appetizer and then a main course served separately, you can choose three of five dishes, and then afterwards dessert is served.

As an alternative, there’s a pre-set menu you can select to be served right away, if you want to maximize your sleep.

JetBlue Mint menu

The cocktail, beer, liquor, and wine list read as follows:

JetBlue Mint cocktail list
JetBlue Mint beer & liquor list
JetBlue Mint wine list

The first round of drinks were served around 55 minutes after takeoff (which was a rather long wait, especially since we were seated at the front of the cabin, and there was also a light load), but boy was it worth the wait. First of all, I feel JetBlue read my mind with the cocktail list. Dirty martinis are my go-to cocktail always, so to see that selected as one of the few signature cocktails sure made me happy.

The dirty martini was excellent (I would’ve been happy with it in a bar), and it was served with a tasting trio of snacks, including dolma, almonds, and roasted red peppers.

JetBlue Mint dinner service — cocktails & snacks

About 25 minutes later the meal was served. For my dinner, I had selected the following:

  • Panzanella with plums, tomatoes, and basil
  • Lasagna with roasted cherry tomatoes and ricotta
  • Roasted chicken with leeks and croutons

This was served with a bread roll, as well as extra virgin olive oil, sea salt flakes, and chili oil.

JetBlue Mint dinner service — three dishes
JetBlue Mint dinner service

All three dishes were amazingly delicious. I would’ve been thrilled to be served any of these in a fancy restaurant. I just don’t get it — how is JetBlue’s food so much better than what virtually every other airline serves in business class? This tastes like food you’d get in a restaurant, rather than food you’d get out of the microwave.

For example, just look at the lasagna — isn’t that beautifully presented, unlike virtually every lasagna I’ve otherwise been served on a US airline? The food was exceptional.

About 25 minutes after the main course was served, a dessert trolley was rolled down the aisle with coffee, dessert, and after dinner drinks. I decided to try the Italian dessert wine, and also asked if I could try both the dessert and the cheese (just so I could report back, of course). 😉 The dessert consisted of vanilla gelato with roasted pineapple and salted oats (YUM!), and a cheese plate with English cheddar, stilton, and accompaniments.

JetBlue Mint dinner service — dessert & cheese

My tray was cleared just around two hours after takeoff. I can’t say enough good things about the meal — what a feast, from the cocktails, to the food, to the service. JetBlue simply puts all other US airlines to shame with its catering and overall dining experience. And that’s not even factoring in that most other US carriers have significantly cut back catering due to coronavirus.

After the meal I checked out the lavatories — there were two at the front of the cabin — one right behind the cockpit, and one behind the main cabin door. They were a good size, had a cool tile-looking wallpaper, and they even had some touchless features.

JetBlue A321LR lavatories
JetBlue A321LR lavatories

At that point I reclined my seat and prepared to get some rest, with around 4.5 hours to go to London. While I’m generally not a huge fan of herringbone seats, these seats are comfortable for sleeping — the padding and bedding is excellent, the seat was wide enough so that I didn’t feel restricted, and there was also lots of room for my feet.

JetBlue Mint Suite fully flat bed
JetBlue Mint Suite fully flat bed

I feel asleep almost immediately, and woke up about 2.5 hours later, with just under two hours remaining to London.

JetBlue moving map enroute to London

I headed to the lavatory to brush my teeth, and was cheerily greeted by the three flight attendants. It’s amazing that the three of them were hanging out in the forward galley all night without disturbing passengers, which is all too common on other airlines.

One saw I had a toothbrush in my hand, and ran to get a bottle of water for me. While I didn’t quite want breakfast yet, I figured I’d put the crew’s barista skills to the test. Unlike other US airlines, JetBlue has cappuccinos in business class.

So the crew whipped up a delicious oat milk cappuccino for me.

JetBlue Mint cappuccino

I also noticed that there were iced cappuccinos on the menu, so I decided to try one of those as well. Both were excellent. JetBlue is definitely winning the coffee game, though if I had one further wish (since JetBlue actually listens to customers), I’d love to see the airline also introduce cold brew onboard.

JetBlue Mint iced cappuccino

About an hour before landing, I asked about having breakfast. Much like with the dinner service, there are several options you can choose from. There are a total of three things on the menu, and you can select two of them, plus you can choose whether or not to have a side of bacon (pigs are adorable and smart, so I passed). The breakfast menu read as follows:

JetBlue Mint breakfast menu

The service began with a wrapped warm towel, which had a nice lemon scent. This is the first warm towel I’ve been served on a US airline since the start of the pandemic, so I was happy to see that.

JetBlue Mint warm towel

Much like the dinner, the breakfast was excellent. I ordered the farm egg tart with zucchini and basil, as well as the coconut yogurt with maple pecan ginger granola. Rather unusually, breakfast was accompanied by two scones, as well as jam and clotted cream. I was too full to finish the two dishes I had been served, let alone the scones.

JetBlue Mint breakfast

JetBlue has another awesome breakfast option, for those who prefer to sleep. You can choose to have breakfast to-go, which Ford took advantage of. This was served in a cute bag, and included a pressed juice with greens and ginger, a cold brew with milk and sugar, and a breakfast bar. This is such a great concept, and JetBlue actually chose some thoughtful things to put in the bag, rather than a banana and a juice from concentrate.

JetBlue Mint breakfast to-go

Shortly before the descent started, the crew came around and gave each person a thank you card, along with a little Mint-themed cocktail pin.

Note from the JetBlue Mint crew

At 9:20AM local time the captain announced we’d be landing in about 25 minutes, and should be at the gate about 20 minutes ahead of schedule. We had lovely views of London on the approach, even though it was a cloudy day.

View approaching London
View approaching London

We touched down on runway 27R at 9:45AM — hi, British Airways A380!

View approaching London Heathrow

From there we had a short taxi to the gate at Terminal 2, where we parked next to an Air India 787-8 and Hi Fly A330-900neo.

Arriving at Heathrow Terminal 2

We bid farewell to the crew, and then headed to immigration… an experience I’ll save for the next post.

Bottom line

JetBlue’s new transatlantic Mint Suite is a phenomenal product, and this was easily one of my most enjoyable transatlantic business class flights ever. If I had to rank what I loved about the flight, it would probably be the crew (who are consistently excellent in JetBlue Mint), then the restaurant-quality food, then the top notch drinks (dirty martinis and iced cappuccinos, yes please!), then the free and fast Wi-Fi and great entertainment, and then the seat and amenities.

While the New York to London market is a tough one to crack, I wish JetBlue all the best, and I can’t encourage people enough to give JetBlue a try, and for that matter to support the airline on this route. There’s something so refreshing about flying with genuinely consistently awesome employees, and more than anything else that’s what sets JetBlue apart here.

The only disappointment of the experience was the lack of a lounge on the ground, but that’s something all passengers know of going in. I’m curious if that might be introduced over time.

What do you make of JetBlue’s Mint Suite?

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  1. EBWaa

    This looks like a fabulous product, and not with the usual caveat “for a US airline”. I love the cabin finishes and it seems they’ve really thought out the details.

    A great read, thanks.

  2. jason

    Does anyone else notice that in economy the seat cushions are uneven across the rows. What is going on with that? I mean is D supposed to have an inch more pitch than F?
    At least I know what to expect if I'm in Mint and announce myself as a reporter...

  3. Jimmy K

    Fantastic to read another great trip report, Ben. Thanks! As a maybe once a year (UK-based) leisure flyer in economy, I'd love to try out JetBlue if the general hype about quality of service and legroom is to be believed in economy just as much as it seems they've got business class nailed. Anyone flown transatlantic economy with any feedback?

  4. Azure_dreaming

    Warm greetings from China mainland.

    That is sooooo fantastic and inspiring to see such kind of gorgeous and caring services on the trans-Atlantic route in such a devastating COVID-19 period where other airlines are cutting the services and be cost savers.

    Hope everything will go back to the original track in the near future!

  5. Paul

    This looks like a great way to cross the Atlantic.

  6. VT-CIE

    Always love it when an airline other than Cathay Pacific has handwritten notes by the crew. They make a flight all the more special!

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ VT-CIE -- Totally agree, and great point. I think JetBlue is the only airline other than Cathay Pacific to consistently have handwritten notes, right?

    2. Leigh

      I've flown CX many times in front, and also oneworld Emerald, but I've never had a note from the FA's?? That's not a complaint, as I am not that fussy....and they certainly always superbly take care of me.

  7. reddargon

    The lasagna is beautifully presented? It looks like… lasagna. I guess. I actually wasn’t initially sure what it was at first when reading on my phone until I read your description. Needless to say, beautiful was not the word that came to mind when looking at that food.

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ reddargon -- Clearly you haven't seen some of the airline lasagna I've seen over the years, which typically looks like it exploded in the microwave.

  8. Endre

    You said you wish they’d serve cold brews. But if you take a look at JetBlue Mint breakfast to-go, you spot a can of cold brew

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ Endre -- Good point, but it was only available in the to-go bag, and not on the menu otherwise. Furthermore, it would be nice to just have plain cold brew that can be customized (if you don't want it with milk and/or sugar).

  9. Niko_jas

    Great review, I've missed these aspirational reviews!
    Would love to try it. Disappointing that their fares from the UK aren't as disruptive as hoped. Almost twice the price of TAP in the coming months.

  10. shoeguy

    Nice review. The product and service elements are really nice. B6 definitely needs to have a lounge at JFK and at LHR in order for this service to truly "take off" once demand returns. I'm a huge fan of the JetBlue concept, but the delivery is always a mixed bag with them, with operational problems very common and frequent delays. It will be interesting to see of JetBlue maintains or starts to dial back some...

    Nice review. The product and service elements are really nice. B6 definitely needs to have a lounge at JFK and at LHR in order for this service to truly "take off" once demand returns. I'm a huge fan of the JetBlue concept, but the delivery is always a mixed bag with them, with operational problems very common and frequent delays. It will be interesting to see of JetBlue maintains or starts to dial back some of the perks offered in this cabin and route. The route itself is off to a not so great start. It will only operate 4 days a week in October and part of November and the LGW route has been postponed.

    1. Bob

      Gatwick is not postponed. Get your facts straight. September 29 launch.

  11. Guillaume

    Excellent review! It certainly seems to be a great product to fly on ! Too bad about the lack of lounge. I tend to fly SkyTeam (FB Platinum) or one world (BA Gold) when flying transatlantic. Too bad JetBlue does not belong to an alliance... Do you know if there are partnering with a European airline for flights from the EU in/out of LHR ?

    1. FNT Delta Diamond

      Doesn't JetBlue partner with Tap Air Portugal? If so, you could fly JetBlue to London and then Tap via Lisbon to elsewhere.

    2. Ben Schlappig

      @ Guillaume -- While JetBlue has some stateside partnerships with foreign airlines, to the best of my knowledge the airline isn't partnering with any airlines for connectivity in Europe. Hopefully that changes over time.

  12. James W.

    I'd love to book a flight in Mint, but every time I visit the JetBlue site to book, it falls apart and doesn't show any available flights in any month.

    A cursory glance across the Internet suggests JetBlue has a notoriously janky website, so at least I know it's not just me

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ James W. -- JetBlue's website and app are AWFUL, agreed.

  13. Jamie

    Wow. I would try that in a heartbeat but the lack of lounge is disappointing, surely they could partner with someone to sort this out. It seems such a shame you go from sitting in Starbucks at the gate to such a compelling offer on the aircraft.

  14. Mark C

    Great review and appears to be in a different league to the traditional carriers.

  15. Emily

    I struggle to find anything in this product that is exception, unless one compares to the American airlines. I wouldn't go out of my way to fly on JetBlue's mint to LHR when alternatives from Virgin and BA exist. It seems like a fairly basic business product with a marginally nicer hard product; although I would describe the hard product as cozy while some may describe it as cramped.

    1. FNT Delta Diamond

      Not sure how you can say JetBlue's product is objectively better than British Airways. Isn't British Airways still using its old business class on many aircraft? Virgin has a great soft product out of London, but is weak elsewhere. Look at Manchester or Edinburgh. No Clubhouse lounges, etc.

    2. Sam G

      LHR-JFK on BA is scheduled all Club Suite now and their food these days isn't bad at all. With lounge access both sides if the price were the same I'd probably go BA - especially if you're a OW FF member

    3. Emily

      I didn't say that JetBlue's product is objectively better. In fact, I allude to the exact opposite. I would fly British Airways or Virgin over JetBlue any day.

  16. Stephen Morrissey

    Ben, I love your reviews. They are informative and generally intelligent.

    This review is smarmy and smacks of "insider trading" so to say. And I am being very polite here. How much did Jetblue pay you for this ass kissing review?
    Honestly, I had more respect for you than I do now.

    1. Michael

      You lose respect for someone over one single review in which you *suspect* without any hard evidence that Ben was paid off? What a sensitive respect mechanism you have. Oh, and I am being very polite here.

    2. Ben Schlappig

      @ Stephen Morrissey -- I haven't been paid a dime by JetBlue for what I wrote. You realize you're accusing me of doing something illegal by not disclosing a financial relationship here, right? I've been blogging for almost 15 years, so hopefully my transparency speaks for itself.

    3. Hunter

      While I wouldn't accuse you of being paid I am a long time fan and this review leaves me confused....and a bit sad. It reads almost like Tesla fanboys reviews of new teslas, they build it up and build it up and then they find everything they've been obsessing over to be true. I really don't see much here to prefer over AA's 321T product for instance. Pre covid their service and food was excellent,...

      While I wouldn't accuse you of being paid I am a long time fan and this review leaves me confused....and a bit sad. It reads almost like Tesla fanboys reviews of new teslas, they build it up and build it up and then they find everything they've been obsessing over to be true. I really don't see much here to prefer over AA's 321T product for instance. Pre covid their service and food was excellent, the seat was massive and comfortable.. and there was lounge access and one world connections at either end. Again, you have always been transparent and honest but I really did not get anything approaching a "game changing" read from this review. Did the mood lighting on a new plane do it for you? A new build UA 777-300ER in polaris looks just as nice during boarding. I honestly don't see anything that says I would rather be on B6 over AA/BA/UA. All I'm left with is the price point which for now is compelling but I also cannot imagine being profitable longer term. Again, I have always appreciated your integrity and honest reviews but this review does feel like a miss in terms of conveying your experience which might be what triggered @ Stephen Morrissey's misguided comment.

  17. glenn t

    Does the all-engulfing blueness of the cabin fade to something more normal in-flight? I totally hate it.
    I notice the pre-departure drink (nice!) is served in a plastic cup. Do they switch to glassware for meal service?

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ glenn t -- They do indeed have glassware during the flight. Yes, pre-departure drinks are in plastic cups, but then again, other US airlines don't have pre-departure drinks right now. And yes, the mood lighting is turned down a bit later in the flight, and in particular at night.

  18. JB

    That Hi fly A330-900neo is headed to Pakistan on behalf of PIA (because of their EU/UK ban from 2020). They've been using that plane for a while now and it seems to operate their LHR, MAN, BHX, and CDG routes from Islamabad and Lahore. They also utilized the Hi Fly Air Senegal A330neo's for a short period a few months ago.

  19. Matt

    The best J class meal I had so far was on Turkish Airlines (pre pandemic). Ben, I know you liked their meals, too. How does JetBlue’s compare?

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ Matt -- Turkish Airlines definitely still has the edge with catering. Turkish has the best meals of any airlines in business class, in my opinion. I'd say Qatar Airways follows closely behind. JetBlue is definitely the best among US airlines, and perhaps in the top five globally.

  20. Aaron

    That meal and drink service looks amazing. Pretty astonishing that they can produce that kind of meal in a narrow body galley, and yet, many wide body galleys simply can't compete (or won't compete).

  21. DCharlie

    This is the first product on an US-based airline that I may actually want to fly. Usually, I board all my journeys with zero expectations - typically with UA and DL. While the cabin, food and amenities don't excite me so much, the service and attention to detail are refreshing. Cannot help but notice that the seat in the fully flat mode is quite narrow for those of us with broader shoulders. Having said that,...

    This is the first product on an US-based airline that I may actually want to fly. Usually, I board all my journeys with zero expectations - typically with UA and DL. While the cabin, food and amenities don't excite me so much, the service and attention to detail are refreshing. Cannot help but notice that the seat in the fully flat mode is quite narrow for those of us with broader shoulders. Having said that, seems like a journey on a US airline that I may actually disembark without feeling dread.

    How is their coffee game? Any comments on their traditional cappuccino? Oat milk cappuccino doesn't say much about the quality of the actual coffee.

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ DCharlie -- I also had a standard cappuccino on the way back, and it was one of the best cappuccinos I've had on a plane. So their coffee game is strong.

  22. Ted

    While the food does look good, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything other than ice cream offered for dessert in Mint. It would be nice to see more variety.

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ Ted -- Agreed on that front, it would be nice if they mixed it up beyond ice cream. That being said, this was probably the best ice cream dessert I've ever had on a plane.

  23. Bruno

    I hope the Breakfast-To-Go option doesn't contain any meat/dairy, given the UK import restriction on these products.

    Feel they should also have offered a real Champagne.
    While the Cremant De Bourgogne could be excellent, not having a real champagne (on top of not having a lounge) may make them look cheap to some customers.

    1. FNT Delta Diamond

      It could be the best cremant (French sparkling wine made from the champagne method but not from Champagne) but it's still not champagne. Reminds me of Delta serving cheap-as-heck Andre out of Boston or serving Mionetto prosseco on all domestic Delta One flights.

  24. nofreebies

    Ben asks, "I just don’t get it — how is JetBlue’s food so much better than what virtually every other airline serves in business class?"

    Ben previously said, "...maintaining the “integrity” of the cabin in terms of pricing. Most airlines will sell discounted upgrades as the departure date approaches (or on the day of departure) if seats are empty, but JetBlue doesn’t."

    Perhaps there is no such thing as a free upgrade (or discounted one)?...

    Ben asks, "I just don’t get it — how is JetBlue’s food so much better than what virtually every other airline serves in business class?"

    Ben previously said, "...maintaining the “integrity” of the cabin in terms of pricing. Most airlines will sell discounted upgrades as the departure date approaches (or on the day of departure) if seats are empty, but JetBlue doesn’t."

    Perhaps there is no such thing as a free upgrade (or discounted one)? You simply end up getting what you paid for: Many airlines in the USA operate "upgrade class" rather than "first class", and their product is designed appropriately to that positioning and pricing, perhaps JetBlue's is designed for those who are willing to pay full price only?

  25. NYGuy24

    Don't think I can bring myself to pay full price for this flight. If it goes on sale sure then we are definitely talking, but the default price is just a bit much for a shorter flight NY to London. I can tolerate economy for NY to London. Anything further than that though I need to be in at least J, unless I am doing layovers. Hopefully they put these seats on sale close in.

  26. FNT Delta Diamond

    When I flew Tap Air Portugal out of the JetBlue terminal at JFK, there was a lounge. I forget the name. This was pre-pandemic, however.

    But anyways, WOW. This blows away Delta, American and United. By leaps and bounds. Delta doesn't even give slippers on transatlantic business-class flights. And for wine, in Delta One, they're using big plastic bottle wine with no published wine list and plastic cups.

    If I had one one complaint...

    When I flew Tap Air Portugal out of the JetBlue terminal at JFK, there was a lounge. I forget the name. This was pre-pandemic, however.

    But anyways, WOW. This blows away Delta, American and United. By leaps and bounds. Delta doesn't even give slippers on transatlantic business-class flights. And for wine, in Delta One, they're using big plastic bottle wine with no published wine list and plastic cups.

    If I had one one complaint it's that JetBlue should serve a champagne over sparkling wine from Burgundy. Or serve an English sparkling wine since this is a London flight or even something from Dr. Frank in New York's Finger Lakes.

  27. wpcoe

    With the breakfast "to go" is there any issue with bringing it into the UK? Some international arrivals ports are fussy about bringing in food from overseas.

    1. Will in SFO

      Nope. Unlike the US, the UK is relaxed about food coming in. Besides none of that food is fresh so wouldn’t be caught by the US rules.

    2. Will in SFO

      Stand corrected. I got the EU rules mixed with non EU. So no fresh fruit or meat allowed in from the US.

  28. orflyer

    The details of the seat really are nice. @ben did you notice the tray table is in the shape of their mint leave logo? Very fun and subtle touch they added for that one!

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ orflyer -- Thought that was super cute as well. JetBlue's attention to detail is on point.

  29. tom

    Why would they put jack in the old fashioned instead of bulleit? Unbelievable.

  30. Grey

    Considering how they offer their business class on several routes these days, some lounge access would probably not be a bad idea. Particularly when trying to compete on the NYC-LON route.

  31. David W

    There are plans for T7 to be demolished and rebuilt into T6 and be connected to T5, which means there should be plenty of space for lounges.

  32. Frank Valentino

    Looks great ! Is the Bos to LHR starting later this year ?

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ Frank Valentino -- Boston to London is supposed to be the next transatlantic route for JetBlue, but no official start date has been announced yet.

  33. Scott F

    I cannot wait for Biden to open up the US/UK for travel again, this is number 1 on my list of airlines to try.

    I’m usually a BA loyalist but with those kind of fares and with a review like this its a no brainier.

  34. Rob

    @ Ben

    Great review, but you made an error on the seat count.

    The LR has 22 mint seats and 2 studio suites, and 114 core seats. For a total of 138

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ Rob @ Jim -- Thanks, no clue how I messed that up, my apologies. Post updated.

  35. Jim

    Hey Ben, you have the seat count wrong, JetBlue's A321LR's have 138 total seats not 164. 24 in Mint and 114 in core

  36. William

    IMO a lounge is pretty necessary for an airline that wants to operate long-haul business class.

    Build one for Mint passengers at JFK, and then use a contract lounge at LHR. Even if the TATL flights don't stick, a JetBlue lounge option at JFK T5 is long overdue.

    1. Steve

      I feel like this product is so good id choose it over the competitor despite not having lounge access. Plus who doesnt have a priority pass anyways which works great at LHR, and at JFK im not worried about lounge because im about to board mint and get real food and service.

    2. Ben Schlappig

      @ Steve -- Indeed, at T2 Heathrow on the way out the Plaza Premium lounge (accessible with Amex Platinum) did the trick for me.

    3. William

      Keep in mind that PP doesn't work on Plaza Premium lounges anymore. Only Amex Platinum does.

  37. John

    Great review @Ben! I suspect Europe Business class tickets to be much cheaper now, even next summer!

    1. Kai Moll

      This report is putting the competitors to shame. I am certainly intrigue in trying JetBlue's Premium Cabin.
      Add a great Lounge to the Business Class package..it will be the " preferred airline" like QR and SQ.

  38. bill

    There was an Airspace Lounge at Terminal 5 that closed - you even reviewed it back in 2016! https://onemileatatime.com/airspace-lounge-new-york-jfk-review/ That space wouldn't be big enough for a lounge for all J passengers, but there's some retail space nearby that could be reclaimed...

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JB

That Hi fly A330-900neo is headed to Pakistan on behalf of PIA (because of their EU/UK ban from 2020). They've been using that plane for a while now and it seems to operate their LHR, MAN, BHX, and CDG routes from Islamabad and Lahore. They also utilized the Hi Fly Air Senegal A330neo's for a short period a few months ago.

orflyer

The details of the seat really are nice. @ben did you notice the tray table is in the shape of their mint leave logo? Very fun and subtle touch they added for that one!

Rob

@ Ben Great review, but you made an error on the seat count. The LR has 22 mint seats and 2 studio suites, and 114 core seats. For a total of 138

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