JetBlue Mint NYC to SF Review: Best Domestic Business Class?
I rarely fly first class on domestic flights because most airlines only offer larger seats. JetBlue Mint is different because it's the only international first-class experience you can get on a domestic flight. I was in New York for work and my client graciously booked a return flight on JetBlue Mint back to San Francisco. This is not a sponsored post.
The JetBlue terminal is at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in Terminal 5. Arrive early and enjoy the fresh air in JetBlue's rooftop garden.
JetBlue Mint Seats
JetBlue's Mint cabin consists of 16 seats, spread across five rows. Four Mint suites are available on a first come, first serve basis at no additional cost. The rest of the cabin is in a 2-2 configuration. Each seat comes with an amenities kit and blanket.
You can book in advance and score a JetBlue Mint suite for a lower cost. The Mint suites have closing doors for privacy.
The Mint suite offers the most living space of any other domestic carrier in the U.S. There's plenty of legroom. The flat-bed seats are the longest in the domestic market and recline up to 6' 8" long.
The seats below are the 2-2 configuration.
Each seat has a control panel to recline the seat, plus a built-in back massager!
JetBlue Mint Food
The one thing I love about JetBlue Mint's food is they support local businesses. Menu items consist of artisan selections from New York. The coffee is from Brooklyn Roasting Company, cookies are from Milk Bar Bakery, and ice cream is from Blue Marble.
Presentation could be improved, but the food was great for a domestic first-class flight. From left to right: pork tenderloin porchetta, lobster risotto, and vegetable pot pie.
The ice cream from Blue Marble was some of the best I've ever had.
JetBlue Mint Service
The customer service on JetBlue Mint is incredible. From the moment you arrive at the gate, you are greeted by name and invited to board first. Once you step on the plane, the cabin crew welcomes you and offers a complimentary drink and snack.
Bill and Jeff were genuine and enthusiastic during the flight. Upon getting settled into the Mint suite, they gave me an in-depth overview of the suite features.
When we were in the air, they made sure I was well fed and hydrated throughout the flight. Bill and Jeff made me feel right at home and provided a great experience. U.S. airlines should take notes from JetBlue on how to provide an incredible customer experience.
JetBlue's Mint business class experience is hands-down the best value and best domestic flight you'll ever take. Prices range from $400-$1,200+ depending on where you're flying and how far in advance you reserve tickets.
JetBlue, I'm a fan. Thanks for setting the new standard for domestic premium cabin experiences.
Airspace Lounge at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Review
Have a flight or a layover at JFK Airport? Check out the Wingtips Lounge.
Where to find the Wingtips Lounge
The Wingtips Lounge is located post-TSA security checkpoint in Terminal 4. Once you past security, make a right and the lounge is located approximately 100 yards down the hall and on the left.
Who can access the lounge
Priority Pass cardmembers can access the lounge for free. Be aware that Priority Pass entry is at the lounge's discretion. They have the right to turn guests away if the lounge is at capacity.
Premium credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and The Platinum Card from American Express offer Priority Pass for free. Remember to activate Priority Pass to receive the card. Each credit card also has a different additional guest policy — check with your benefits administrator for details.
Important: Due to capacity concerns, the Wingtips Lounge at JFK may have a blackout period from 5:00 PM-1:00 AM daily.
Other network members who can access the lounge: • Lounge Club • Diner’s Club • DragonPass • LoungeKey • LoungeBuddy
If you're not a Priority Pass member or part of the above networks, day passes are available for purchase for $50. Day passes are valid for up to 4 hours from time of entry.
Food and beverage
Wingtips offers a limited selection of food and beverage items.
The fruit rack needed to be refilled. There was also a self-serve snack bar.
A limited selection of wine and liquor are available, along with soda and juice for mixers.
We visited around 4 pm in the afternoon and a limited breakfast spread was still available.
Three different varieties of food were available.
The salad bar needed to be refilled.
The lounge was packed and seating was limited. There's an area with a view of the runway that was occupied (only 5 chairs available).
The Wingtips Lounge is good if you want a comfortable seat and free alcohol. I personally wouldn't pay $50 to access the lounge because the food seemed unappetizing. If you're paying out of pocket for the day pass, save your money and buy food at the food court.
New York - LaGuardia Airport (LGA) Centurion Lounge Review
The American Express Centurion Lounge at LGA features a view of the runway, fresh seasonal fare, and a premium bar.
Where to find the Amex Centurion Lounge at LGA
The lounge is located pre-security, on the 3rd floor between Terminal B and C. The elevator to the lounge is located directly across from the escalators to the basement food court.
Take a left when you exit the elevator on the 3rd floor and follow the signs to the lounge.
Who can access the lounge
Complimentary lounge access, along with two guests, is available to Amex Platinum and Amex Centurion cardholders.
Guests with any other Amex credit card or charge card may purChase a one-day pass for $50.
Fresh Seasonal Fare
The food at LGA was the best compared to the SFO and LAS Centurion Lounges. The menu is designed by one of Zagat's top 30 under 30 chefs, Cedric Vogericheten.
The staff was attentive and refilled the food often. Below are the seasonal strawberry and watermelon smoothie, and brownies.
We visited the lounge in the afternoon. The hot food consisted of tomato bisque, fried chicken, green pea puree, carrots, and ginger rice. Fried chicken was boneless and topped off with a lemon zest — easily one of the best fried chicken entrees I've ever tasted.
Enjoy a cocktail at the premium bar. The cocktail menu was designed by one of the nation's top mixologists, Jim Meehan. Wines were handpicked by renowned wine authority Anthony Giglio.
Member services desk, workspaces, and computer bar
The member services desk is located right when you walk into the lounge. The staff is super friendly and is ready to assist with anything. Be aware that this lounge does not have showers.
Complimentary high-speed wifi is available to all guests. Be sure to ask for the wi-fi code at check-in.
Semi-private workspaces can be found throughout the lounge. There's a corridor with nooks and large flat-screen TVs.
A computer bar is available to surf the web or print documents.
Communal workspaces are available throughout the lounge.
The Centurion Lounge at LGA is a great experience for anyone looking to enjoy a meal with a view before/after a flight. Although it is smaller than some of the other Centurion Lounges, the food and service makes up for it.
Chased on our other lounge experiences at SFO and LAS, the LGA lounge has the best variety and quality of food.
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