looking forward to JetBlue's Mint Suite

JetBlue is proud of the special touches on its Mint service

I last flew JetBlue in 2008. We flew to Boston for my son's wedding, and you can read my review of the flight here. Instead of booking United First for $2200 each round-trip, we bought a row of three "38" Extra Leg Room" seats ... it worked out to $450 each round-trip with plenty of room for our legs and shoulders. While we didn't get free alcohol or the chance to experience airplane food à la United, we each saved $1750 — which will buy a LOT of much better meals.

Nine and one-half years later, I'll be on JetBlue again. This time I'm flying their SFO-FLL nonstop route, and I've booked their Mint service. Having made my booking early (5 months ago), I was able to select a Mint Suite for both flights. The Mint cabin has five rows of seats. Rows 1, 3, and 5 are configured with 2x2 sleeper seats. Rows 2 and 4 have a 1x1 configuration and contain the Mint Suites, four small private cabins with both a window and a door closing to the aisle.

Each Mint seat converts into a 6'8" lie-flat bed, and the meal service is supposed to be something special. The JetBlue website shows the intent to provide an experience unlike the typical legacy airline's first class — they serve artisanal ice cream, bakery items, espresso, and even provide an amenity kit.

Be watching Travel Horizons — I'll write a review after my flights.

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