JetBlue, part II, for you, it’s true

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JetBlue is kind of a weird airline. I was super excited about them when they first happened and they flew out of the 60’s style, now-decommissioned Terminal 6 at JFK. They were like Southwest on the east coast, only with comfier seats, live TV, and, you know, seat assignments.

Then I just completely stopped flying them, because I’m a shit planner, and their flights always seemed to be more expensive at the last minute, in part because they seem to sell cheapest-first, unlike the other airlines who dynamically fluctuate. Also, their flights to California always seem full, and, until recently, were economy only. You know what I think about flying in economy for more than three hours. Forks, eyes, I’ve said it.

Then I noticed some things happened that made me like JetBlue again. They made a business class, called Mint, that everyone says is super fucking awesome, better than that of any other domestic airline and rivaling that of international service. Four of the 20 seats in the cabin (rows 2 and 4) are semi-enclosed suites. With little doors. I still haven’t flown Mint, but we’re about to in a couple of weeks. Caroline and I are gonna sit across the aisle from one another in our own suites. We’ll have to knock on each others’ doors. We’ll have to text each other.

Which brings me to the next JetBlue advantage: JetBlue supposedly has much faster Wi-Fi than anyone else, for fucking free, and you can use it gate-to-gate — no 10,000 feet cutoff. Their Wi-Fi is fast enough to stream video with, though it’ll have to be on Amazon Prime. They throttle other streaming services, and possibly things like messaging service picture uploads; you can unthrottle for the not-so-cheap price of $9/hour, but what better to use your credit card incidental travel credits for?

Finally, and this is what really glues it all together for me, there’s their Mosaic elite status, which, apart from allowing me to get drunk, lets me buy and cancel tickets willy-nilly.

So, great biz class + free fast wifi + no-fee cancellable tickets = I’m in.

The biggest problem I have with JetBlue is that, like Delta, and somewhat like American, and less like United, their award tickets are $$ when the cash price is high, making their points not that valuable in my mind. In general, they’re worth about 1.4 cents towards a JetBlue ticket. The whole appeal of United miles to me is that if the price is astronomical, I still might be able to get the ticket for a modest amount of miles. Not only that, but United miles are potentially useful on non-United airlines when traveling internationally or whatnot. Have fun trying to use your TrueBlue points anywhere else. It’s possible to transfer Amex Membership Rewards and Citi FuckYou ThankYou points to JetBlue, but at a pretty brutal rate (1 for 0.8).

If you fly JetBlue all the freaking time, then it makes sense to get a Barclay JetBlue Plus or JetBlue Business card, because then you’ll get 6 bonus points (worth about 8.4 cents) per dollar spent when you book on JetBlue, plus you’ll get 10% of your points back when you redeem an award ticket (and I think 20% if you have both cards). Personally, I’d rather just earn 3 points per dollar spent on a Chase Sapphire Reserve, and use those points for pay for a ticket at 1.5 cents per point, so I can earn Mosaic status while still getting back 4.5 cents per dollar spent, or 5 points per dollar spent on an Amex Business Platinum, and get a 35% rebate when I pay using them, yielding 7.7 cents per dollar spent. But to each her own. Of course, I never actually want to pay for a plane ticket ever, so which card I plan to use buy tickets is sort of moot. But I digress.

So, United’s gonna have to step up their game, because I’m increasingly in on JetBlue. We’ll see how I feel after I fly their vaunted Mint class in a couple of weeks.

 

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