Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
JetBlue’s Mint class is one of the best business class products available on premium transcontinental flights and select Caribbean flights. 2019 marks the 5th anniversary of the revolutionary business class. Nearly 5 years after Mint first debuted on transcontinental flights between New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), Mint is still available at insanely low prices. Now through June 1st, Mint is available starting at just $299 one-way to the Caribbean or $399 nonstop on transcontinental flights.
Mint is available on a few select flights from the US East Coast to the Caribbean. JetBlue offers Mint from its hubs in Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK) to destinations including, Aruba (AUA), Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI), Grenada (GND), and St. Marteen (SXM). Availability on these US-Caribbean routes was scarce, to begin with. Now, many of flights featuring the Mint premium cabin are completely booked full with other flights selling for well over $1,000. However, there are a few flights left with Mint starting at $299.
As for transcontinental deals, coast-to-coast flights are available starting at just $399 one-way. While you might be able to find comparable deals on American, Delta, and United, these flights are not nonstop and therefore, will not feature that airline’s premium business class product. On JetBlue, $399 will score you a seat in Mint on a nonstop flight. Low fares are a staple of the Mint class service but it’s important to keep in mind that prices, while still less than other airlines, will inevitably increase as travel begins to peak in the spring and summer months. If you’re looking to take advantage of cheap transcon fares in JetBlue Mint, now’s the best time to do so.
For more on how to best optimize your points and miles when flying JetBlue, take a look at TPG’s JetBlue TrueBlue guide. And lastly — to make sure you don’t miss out on what your destination city has to offer, check out Get Your Guide’s list of best activities in places like Aruba and cities like Seattle.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book with JetBlue directly. Some OTA’s like Expedia and Orbitz might also feature the featured JetBlue premium class fares.
Routes: JFK to GND/BGI/SEA, BOS to AUA/BGI/SXM/SFO
Cost: $299+ One-way
Travel Dates: Trans-con Deals: February – March 2019 / Caribbean Deals: Saturdays March – June 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Grenada (GND) for $299 one-way March 31st:
New York (JFK) to Seattle (SEA) for $399 one-way throughout February/March:
Boston (BOS) to Aruba (AUA) for $301 one-way throughout May, June 1st:
Boston (BOS) to Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI) for $303 one-way June 1st:
Boston (BOS) to St. Marteen (SXM) for $343 one-way April 27th:
Boston (BOS) to San Fransico (SFO) for $404 one-way throughout February/March:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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