JetBlue Airways New York JFK-Boston – Flight Review

By Jonathan Spira on 24 October 2016
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In order to experience JetBlue’s Mint premium cabin on its inaugural flight from Boston to Los Angeles, I had to position myself the night before in Beantown. It’s been a while since I last flew JetBlue and that flight, several years back, was actually to nowhere (it was the Fly-Fi in-flight Internet launch occasion which had the routing JFK-JFK).

Not having spent much time in the new Terminal 5 (to distinguish it from the original Eero Saarinen-designed T5, the TWA Flight Center), I was curious what the ground experience would be like from New York’s hometown airline. I needn’t have been concerned.

Since I had been unable to check in using the JetBlue app because of how my ticket was issued, I was pleased to see a dedicated check-in area for Mint passengers and those with Mosaic status in the TrueBlue frequent flyer program.

Check-in area for Mint and Mosaic passengers

Check-in area for Mint and Mosaic passengers

By virtue of a status match, I had Mosaic status and the airline had upgraded me to Even More Space premium-economy lite seating on the Embraer E190 plane. The agent welcomed me with a smile, asked if it was my first time flying Mint (referencing the next morning’s flight) and handed me my boarding passes.

JetBlue doesn’t operate a lounge in T5 but there is a very nice lounge that is open to the traveling public. The cost to access the Airspace Lounge is normally $25 but it’s free for American Express Centurion and Platinum cardmembers and the complimentary admission comes with a $10 credit that can be used for food or drinks. The staff was nothing to write home about but the cheese platter would have been a bargain even if I had had to pay the $8 cost.   Other amenities include a shower and an amenity kit with dental and shaving kits. After enjoying my evening meal, it was time to head to the gate.


JetBlue invites those flyers with Mosaic status as well as those in the Even More Space section to board first. The plane was full but boarding was accomplished quickly.

Click here to continue to Page 2Flight Plan and T5’s Airspace Lounge

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