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The final time I reviewed JetBlue Mint was in August 2016, so I determine it’s time for an replace to see how the product is holding up.
After an extended layover in Boston, I headed to gate C17 round 8PM, in time for the Eight:10PM scheduled boarding time. Sadly there was no aircraft on the gate, after which quickly sufficient the gate screens have been up to date to point a 9:02PM departure.
As a lot as I really like JetBlue, their on-time efficiency isn’t superb, they usually’re additionally not nice about posting delays prematurely, even once they know they’re occurring. We ended up lastly boarding at Eight:50PM, and as my boarding cross was scanned I used to be advised “enjoy your Mint experience.” And luxuriate in my Mint expertise I did!
Boston (BOS) – Los Angeles (LAX)
Tuesday, August 21
Arrive: 12:19AM (+1 day)
Plane: Airbus A321
Seat: 2A (Mint)
Ah, JetBlue Mint, the easiest way to journey domestically! On the door I used to be greeted by the fabulous Grecia, who welcomed me onboard and pointed me in the direction of my seat. The Mint cabin consists of a complete of 16 seats. This consists of three rows in a 2-2 configuration, and two rows in a 1-1 configuration.
JetBlue A321 Mint cabin
The only seats can be found on a primary come first served foundation on the time of reserving, and I managed to attain one in every of these. What makes them so particular just isn’t solely that you simply’re sitting alone, however that your seat additionally has a door. It’s fairly superb that JetBlue was the primary airline on the planet to put in doorways in enterprise class.
JetBlue Mint suite
For those who don’t find yourself in one of many suites, you’ll nonetheless have a pleasant absolutely flat seat that’s on par with the transcon onerous merchandise provided by different airways. On this specific flight solely 11 of the 16 seats up entrance have been taken, so a number of individuals even had empty seats subsequent to them.
JetBlue Mint seats
I really like how nicely designed the Mint suites are. To the left of my seat was a big counter with 4 energy retailers (two 110v and two USB).
JetBlue Mint suite aspect console
There’s one other counter to the appropriate, which has yet one more two energy retailers (one 110v and one USB). That is additionally the place the seat and leisure controls are situated.
JetBlue Mint suite aspect console
There’s additionally an enclosed storage compartment, so there’s no scarcity of storage at these seats.
JetBlue Mint suite storage
The one draw back to the suites is that they’ve footwells, they usually’re on the small aspect. So when you have massive ft you’ll really feel fairly constrained whenever you recline your seat and attempt to transfer round. That’s a small worth to pay for the privateness and private area afforded by this seat, although.
JetBlue Mint suite legroom
Ready at my seat upon boarding was a welcome card from Grecia and Kiayana, the 2 flight attendants working Mint. That is such a private contact that I want we noticed on extra airways.
JetBlue Mint welcome card
Additionally ready at my seat was a pillow and cover. The pillow was good and thick, and the cover was snug with out being too heat.
JetBlue Mint pillow & blanket
There was additionally a unusual amenity package, with a toothbrush and toothpaste, earplugs, eyeshades, toiletries, socks, and extra.
JetBlue Mint amenity package
A second after settling into my seat, Grecia got here by to introduce herself and familiarize me with the seat. “Hi Mr. Ben, welcome aboard. Have you flown Mint before?”
“Thank you! Yes, I have.”
“Well great, welcome back. Let me just remind you of a couple of things about the seat…” She jogged my memory of the place the don’t disturb button was, and to not hesitate to let her know if there’s something I wanted. She additionally requested me what I needed to drink earlier than takeoff.
I ordered the signature pre-departure cocktail, which is a honey infused limeade with recent mint and vodka, together with a splash of membership soda. Yum!
JetBlue Mint pre-departure drink and menu
It impresses me a lot how variety Mint flight attendants are. They undergo the identical spiel with each passenger. Since there have been some open seats, they even proactively inspired passengers to maneuver round so they might have as a lot private area as attainable.
Boarding was fairly environment friendly, and as you’d anticipate, so many passengers commented in amazement at how good the cabin seemed whereas strolling by. American doesn’t get the identical response for his or her 737 MAX plane, that’s for positive. 😉
At 9:05PM the captain made an announcement apologizing for the late begin. He stated our flight time can be 5hr58min, and that we’d be cruising at 32,000 ft. Lastly at 9:15PM the door closed, and moments later the security demonstration was carried out.
After pushback we started our taxi to our departure runway, which was runway 9, and have been airborne at 9:35PM.
As we climbed out I performed round with the leisure system a bit. Many individuals just like the DirecTV provided by JetBlue. I ended up watching Household Feud and Money Cab, which, like, I’d by no means watch on the bottom, however on an airplane…
Personally I don’t have a robust choice for reside TV vs. on-demand programming, I’m simply comfortable that JetBlue has quick and free wifi.
JetBlue Mint private tv
My one criticism of their IFE, as an airplane geek, is that I want their map was a bit extra detailed. As an alternative they only have one place by which they present the map, and the aircraft all the time seems about as huge as three states.
JetBlue Mint airshow
About 15 minutes after takeoff the crew got here by means of the cabin and requested every Mint passenger if there was something they might get out of the overhead bin for them. Once more, this can be a degree of service you gained’t discover on another US airline.
A number of moments later they got here round to elucidate the dinner service and take meal orders. That is one other space the place JetBlue wins. On American (even on their premium transcon routes), you solely get a snack service on flights departing after 8PM (which is an awfully early cutoff). In the meantime JetBlue provides a full dinner service.
The menu and drink record learn as follows:
Service started with a heat towel.
JetBlue Mint heat towel
I ordered a glass of rose to drink, which was served with the “welcome taste.” On this case it was an Asian sesame dip with fried wontons. It was scrumptious and actually spicy. Sure, these are all pink pepper flakes on prime of the dip.
JetBlue Mint rose & welcome style
The best way JetBlue’s Mint menu works is that there are 5 meal decisions, and you may select three of them, so to style various things. I actually like this idea, moderately than a multi-course meal consisting of issues that many individuals don’t need.
For my meal I selected the next three:
- heirloom tomato and peach salad with sautéed corn, cucumbers, arugula, and chardonnay French dressing
- mushroom cobbler with sautéed mushroom stew, tarragon cheddar scones, and chives
- hen ribolita, with cannellini beans, tuscan kale, butternut squash, and parmesan broth
JetBlue Mint dinner
All three dishes have been excellent. Particularly I appreciated the heirloom tomato and peach salad and the mushroom cobbler.
JetBlue Mint dinner
JetBlue Mint dinner
My one slight critique is that I want that they had a bread choice in Mint. As an alternative they only have one type of bread that they put instantly in your tray.
As soon as the primary course was full Grecia provided me dessert. She requested if I needed fruit and/or ice cream, and I chosen each. I used to be additionally provided a espresso or cappuccino, although handed on that.
JetBlue Mint dessert
All the meal service was accomplished about 90 minutes after takeoff, and I’ve nothing however constructive issues to say concerning the service. Grecia was such a delight. She was attentive, environment friendly, and continuously smiling.
At this level within the flight I used to be tremendous drained, provided that I hadn’t slept on my earlier transatlantic flight. So I closed the door to my suite and went straight to sleep.
JetBlue Mint suite closed door
I obtained about 4 hours of sleep, and I awakened after we began our descent. At this level I requested Grecia if I might have a cappuccino. On different airways they’d doubtless say “we’re landing soon,” however not Grecia. She stated “of course you can,” and moments later I had my cappuccino.
JetBlue Mint cappuccino
As we received additional into our descent, Grecia and Kiayana got here via the cabin to distribute cookies.
“Mr. Ben, sorry to disturb you. I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for flying Mint today. It was a pleasure to have you onboard. Here’s a sweet treat you can enjoy now or later. I hope to see you again soon.”
JetBlue Mint cookie
On our descent we flew out over the Pacific and landed into the East (which is sort of uncommon, and sometimes solely occurs in the midst of the night time or very early morning) at 12:45AM.
From there it was a 10 minute taxi to our arrival gate, the place we pulled in at 12:55AM. I bid farewell to Grecia, and was excited to get to an actual mattress for the remainder of the night time.
JetBlue Mint backside line
JetBlue continues to impress me with their distinctive Mint pricing. Not solely have they been nice from a aggressive standpoint in decreasing fares and inflicting different airways to enhance their merchandise, however additionally they nonetheless do the premium home expertise higher than some other airline.
JetBlue Mint flight attendants are persistently distinctive, and I really like their meal idea. It’s robust to return to flying American after experiencing this type of a product on JetBlue…