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JetBlue will launch their inaugural service from JFK to London Heathrow on August 11th.
- Flights will depart JFK at 9:48pm and arrive into London/LHR at 10:10am the next day.
- Flights will depart London/LHR at 6:10pm and arrive into JFK at 9:35pm the same day.
On September 29th they will launch their inaugural service from JFK to London Gatwick.
- Flights will depart JFK at 7:48pm and arrive into London/LGW at 7:55am the next day.
- Flights will depart London/LGW at 12:00pm and arrive into JFK at 3:33pm the same day.
Flights from Boston to London have been pushed off to the summer of 2022.
The UK is expecting to open this summer, but if you book by 5/31 you can change any fare type for free or you can deposit the ticket value into your JetBlue TravelBank.
Heathrow is London’s prime airport and the Heathrow schedule is very poor for connecting passengers. London Heathrow takeoff and landing slots are among the most prized in the world and I’m not surprised that they couldn’t get an earlier departure from London. However it means losing out on passengers that want to fly JetBlue from Heathrow and connect from JFK to other airports.
To make matters even worse, they are not offering one-way fares for the same price as round-trip travel. That means if you just want to take advantage of the ability to fly JetBlue to London and fly home on another airline, you will pay nearly as much or even more than the cost of a round-trip flight.
Additionally, the cheapest fares will require a Saturday night stay. This is all rather disappointing to say the least! I was hoping that JetBlue would shake up the round-trip pricing model used on transatlantic flights, but at least for now, that won’t be happening.
JetBlue will fly their new A321LRs on the route with Mint suites. Live TV and free Wi-Fi will be available for all customers.
You can book round-trip intro fares from JFK to London/LHR by 5/25 for travel on most dates from 8/12-11/18 as follows:
- Blue Basic: $593.15
- Blue: $743.15 or 37,200 points+$207.45 (Value of 1.44 cents per point compared to Blue or 1.04 cents per point compared to Blue Basic)
- Mint: $1,968.45 or 158,000 points+$345.75 (Value of 1.03 cents per point)
You can book round-trip intro fares from JFK to London/LGW by 5/25 for travel on most dates from 9/30-11/18 as follows (These fares are also valid if you fly into Heathrow and back from Gatwick):
- Blue Basic: $545.55
- Blue: $695.55 or 37,200 points+$159.85 (Value of 1.44 cents per point compared to Blue or 1.04 cents per point compared to Blue Basic)
- Mint: $1,920.85 or 158,000 points+$298.15 (Value of 1.03 cents per point)
Change fees by fare type:
- Blue Basic: Currently none. If you purchase your ticket after 5/31 a $200 change fee will apply.
- Blue: None
- Mint: None
Bag fees by fare type:
- Blue Basic: Free carry-on bag. 1st checked bag is $60 in advance ($65 within 24 hours), 2nd checked bag is $100. JetBlue cardholders and companions get 1 free bag. JetBlue Mosaics get 2 free bags.
- Blue: Free carry-on bag. 1st checked bag is free, 2nd checked bag is $100. JetBlue cardholders don’t get an extra free bag. JetBlue Mosaics get 2 free bags.
- Mint: 2 free bags. JetBlue cardholders and Mosaics don’t get an extra free bag.
Seat fees by fare type:
- Blue Basic: Seat assignments are not included. If you want to reserve a seat in advance, a window or aisle seat costs $25-$30 or a middle seat costs $9-$15 each way. If you want an extra legroom seat, a window or aisle seat costs $144-$174, and a middle seat costs $95-$120 each way.
- Blue: Seat assignments are included. If you want an extra legroom seat, a window or aisle seat costs $99-$129, and a middle seat costs $50-$75 each way. Mosaics can reserve an extra legroom window or aisle seat for 4,200-5,400 points or a middle seat for 2,100-3,200 points each way.
- Mint: Seat assignments are included. If you want the bulkhead Mint Studio seat you can reserve it for $129. Mosaics can also reserve it for 12,900 points. That seat includes an extra wide seat, more space, a guest seat that can be used for meals or chatting with another passenger ticketed in the Mint cabin, a larger TV, and extra storage. Note that bulkhead seats are typically noisier and brighter than other seats due to proximity to the galley.
JetBlue’s new Mint class suites look awesome:
The A321LR will feature 24 Mint business class suites based on the VantageSOLO seat concept. JetBlue is the first airline to launch the VantageSOLO seat. The herringbone configuration gives each seat doors that close, direct aisle access, a 17″ seatback screen, wireless charging, an integrated phone ledge for multitasking, easy-to-reach in-seat power, as well as laptop, shoe, and handbag stowage.
I generally prefer reverse herringbone as that angles the seat towards the windows, but this still looks like an incredible business class configuration for a narrowbody aircraft and the doors will give this more privacy than typical herringbone seats.
JetBlue currently flies their A321 neos with 16 Mint seats, but only 4 of them are suites, while 12 are in a 2-2 configuration. The new Mint suites look much nicer and more spacious, but they’re not as family friendly.
The bulkhead seats will be branded as Mint Studio and will have a 22″ seatback screen, an extra side table, and a guest seat that can accommodate an additional Mint customer during flight at cruising altitude. It will also feature the largest lie-flat bed of any U.S. carrier.
JetBlue recently launched Tuft & Needle bedding in MINT class featuring a convertible blanket with a built-in foot pocket, a memory foam lined pillow/pillowcase, and a snooze kit with a matching eye mask and earplugs.
Will you fly JetBlue to London? If you fly Mint, will you upgrade to Mint Studio?