I was casually browsing through the web like I usually do, until I saw an interesting deal come up for JetBlue's new Mint class (their business class product). I've done a lot of research on the product and it looked absolutely amazing. So, when I saw the chance I decided to just take the plunge!
I booked a one-way ticket from San Diego to Boston for $300 USD and I strategically chose a red-eye flight because I wanted to take advantage of the lie-flat seat. Overall, it was an amazing experience. Hopefully you find this article and my experience to be helpful!
Before the flight
In the evening, I went to San Diego International Airport to check in for my flight. One of the perks of buying Mint was getting priority boarding and expedited security. I have TSA PreCheck, so the benefit didn't do too much for me but it would make a world of difference if you didn't.
The flight actually got delayed by around ~2.5 hours because the inbound aircraft was late, so I just chilled in the terminal until it was time to board. I wish that buying Mint class gave you lounge access, since that could had made the experience better.
When it came to boarding, Mint was the 2nd group to board (after people with disabilities, active duty military, etc.). This is when the fun started!
The flight itself
When it comes to seat configuration, the "new" Mint class is being rolled out to all aircraft. The Mint class configuration was set in a 2-1-2 fashion, where 1 row would have 2 seats, the row behind it would have 1 seat and the row behind that would have 2 seats.
Since I was traveling by myself, I opted to chose the individual seat and I would say this was infinitely a better deal. The 2 seat row is better if you're traveling with another person, but my individual seat had a sliding door. This made it feel like I was in my own "suite" which was super cool!
To break the seat down, it came with a "bedding" kit/pillow and an amenity kit that had selected products geared towards giving you a good night's sleep, which was nice. I read that the products you get depend on your flight's time and your destination. There was also a small kit that had a toothbrush with toothpaste built in (which was super cool), earplugs and an eye mask.
I was really impressed at the bedding since 1) it was comfortable, and 2) it even had directions on the packaging on how you could wear it. In the end, I just used it as a blanket but I thought it was cool to have that option.
The seat itself was quite impressive for a domestic flight. On the right you had some space to put things (somewhat like a desk), the IFE in the front, some shoe storage space below that to the right, and some storage space, seat controls, night light, and a water bottle to the direct right.
I didn't test out the IFE too much since I pretty much slept the whole flight, but the entertainment offerings was nothing special. I ended up watching some Wimbledon towards the beginning and the end of the flight. On the right, you could also pull out a table if you wanted to do some work.
The storage space on the right gives you access to a slightly movable night light, which was nice to put some small things away. However, the most impressive part here was the seat controls.
For the seat controls, you had the following buttons: take off/landing, relax (the setting was similar to how you would lounge around the pool), bed, cushion (with a plus and minus button), massage, floor light, and the ability to adjust the leg rest and lumbar. Most of it is self-explanatory except for a few.
The bed was simply amazing - I got a really good night's sleep considering it was only around a 5-hour flight on an airplane. It got me semi-energized for the next day, as compared to if I were in Economy class where I would be a zombie.
The "cushion" button was a little tricky. Basically, you could adjust on how firm or soft you wanted the seat to be, which worked to a certain extent. Same goes for the massage button, where I felt the massage but I felt that it missed some key muscle areas.
It was also interesting to adjust the lumbar, which just allows you to make the seat go out a little more in the direction you want. It was especially convenient when I was just lounging and watching TV.
After I woke up, it was basically time for landing. The drinks/food menu looked really good but I didn't get the chance to try it. However, right before take-off I found that the crew left all the passengers a small bag filled with snacks and drinks, which was super nice!
The flight surpassed my expectations, even though I just slept through most of the flight. If I were to test out this product again on a longer flight and saw another good deal, I would 100% do it again. The seat is amazing for a domestic flight and even better on a red-eye.
My only regret was that I didn't get to try the food and play around with the seat more. But, for a red-eye, the seat did its job and I was pleased with my experience. I would pay a little more if I had the opportunity again, but I wouldn't pay more than like $750 USD for this.
Overall, if you get the chance I would recommend that you give JetBlue's Mint class a try!
Read all about my experience in economy class on United Airlines as well as the United Club at LAX right here.
Read all about my upgrade to Business Class on Qatar Airways, why I decided to splurge this time as well as my afterthoughts of the flight here.