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JetBlue Mint is hands down my favorite way to fly within the U.S. I flew it for the first time this August from New York to Los Angeles, and was blown away by the product. Not only are the seats great (four of them are even fully enclosed suites with doors), but the food is excellent, and most importantly, the service is phenomenal.
JetBlue Mint flight attendants are specially chosen, and seem to be consistently excellent, which I don’t think can be said to the same degree about flight attendants at any other U.S. carrier.
The other thing about JetBlue Mint is that the fares are reasonable, and have caused the competition to improve their service and lower their prices. For example, fares from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco start at $549 one-way, which is good for a fully flat bed with a door.
There are certainly some other somewhat cheaper fares out there. For example, between Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale Mint fares start at $449 one-way, which is otherwise the cheapest published Mint fare I’ve seen.
However, it looks like there’s an even better Mint fare out there. Running With Miles points out that JetBlue has some great Mint fares to Aruba. JetBlue operates some seasonal and limited frequency flights to the Caribbean, and one of those is to Aruba.
For travel between late December and mid-February, JetBlue has Mint fares between New York and Aruba starting at ~$282 one-way. That’s an exceptionally good deal for a nearly five hour flight.
The catch is that starting in early January, JetBlue will only operate the flight once per week using a Mint plane, meaning you’d have to stay a week if you want to fly it both ways.
Or if you’re crazy like me and just really want to fly Mint, you can fly there and back the same day for under $600, which is a good price to pay for 10 hours in Mint.
On top of that, for booking through JetBlue’s website you’d earn 6x TrueBlue points per dollar spent.
That means you’re earning either 12x TrueBlue points per dollar spent, or otherwise 5x Membership Rewards points and 6x TrueBlue points. That’s a return I value at around 20%, lowering the cost even further.
If you want to redeem points for one of these flights, see my previous post about redeeming miles for JetBlue Mint.
This (obviously) isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve been wanting to try JetBlue Mint and are based in the NYC area, the fares we’re seeing over the coming months to Aruba are the best I’ve ever seen. You could fly JetBlue Mint to Aruba and then fly back on another airline, or if you just want to try the product, you could fly to Aruba and back same day.
Anyone tempted by these great JetBlue Mint fares to Aruba?