They will fly narrow-body A321LRs with a redesigned and expanded Mint class to get there. They are trying to get slots at London Heathrow, though they may have to settle for a secondary airport like Gatwick.
There are several reasons I’m excited about this.
- JetBlue offers fast and free internet on their flights. Internet can be quite expensive on other international flights.
- JetBlue Mint business class fares should be much more reasonable than current business class fares. This should spark a fare war which will cause business class fares to plummet. JetBlue Mint service and even their kosher meals are also much better than on the major airlines.
- JetBlue offers one-way fares. Once upon a time one-way fares on domestic flights cost a fortune, but airlines like JetBlue forced the major airlines to match their one-way pricing. One-way fares have remained stubbornly expensive on international routes, but I’m hopeful that JetBlue will be able to force a change to how those are priced as well. That would allow a passenger to book a one-way award ticket if they only have enough miles for a one-way ticket or if they can only find award availability one-way, and then book a paid ticket for the other direction.
- Hybrid currencies, like AMEX and Chase points are the best way to book products like JetBlue Mint class. A Quinfecta strategy is a great way to rack up those points and redeem them at a great value. As fares on other airlines drop and as they devalue their mileage programs, it will make using hybrid currencies even more affordable for award redemptions on paid tickets.
I’ve had terrible luck with London flights.
I went with my mother to a wedding in 2003 and American lost our luggage.
In 2010 Mimi and I booked an American round-the-world award ticket and had a flight from Dallas to London in British Airways first class that was cancelled. Thankfully we were able to get re-routed on a Cathay Pacific 747 in First Class on the way to our first stop in Phuket, Thailand. Our 2010 round-the-world award ticket cost just 230K AA miles. I can’t even imagine how many miles it would require today…
In 2015 I booked 4 business class tickets to London for $446 on American. Well, you know how it ends, American cancelled the flight and left us stranded overnight. Then they refused to even give us a refund for their cancelled flight until the DoT stepped in.
Maybe I’ll try my luck on JetBlue to London next time 🙂
I’m hopeful that it works out well for them and that they keep on expanding their international offerings!
Will you fly JetBlue across the pond?