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JetBlue’s London flights to New York are bookable – from £956 return in Business

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JetBlue has been promising flights between London, New York and Boston this Summer for some time now, but it is only today that the flights are finally bookable.

Now that it is selling tickets we know the confirmed schedules it will operate. It appears that JetBlue will operate flights to New York from both Heathrow AND Gatwick, with Stansted, which had been a contender, falling by the wayside. Boston will only be served from Heathrow.

JetBlue tailfin

The Heathrow flights from Terminal 2 will launch first, operating daily from 12th August. The flights are initially as follows:

  • B620 (London – New York) departs Heathrow at 6:10pm
  • B67 (New York – London) departs New York at 10:05pm

Gatwick flights will commence from 29th September from the North Terminal, also daily:

  • B644 (London Gatwick– New York) departs Gatwick at 12pm midday
  • B643 (New York – London Gatwick) departs New York at 7:48pm

Earlier rumours suggested that these will be joined by a Boston route from the 12th September, although in its press release JetBlue says Boston won’t be on the cards until 2022.

All flights are now bookable on the JetBlue website here.

Heathrow or Gatwick?

It sounds like Gatwick may become JetBlue’s permanent home, with the JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes saying:

“Our initial [Heathrow] schedule is made possible due to temporary slot availability from the past year. We continue to work with the slot coordinators and the U.S. and U.K. governments to identify long-term pathways to continue serving Heathrow, as we believe the public benefit from true competition into this market will be extremely meaningful.”

“We have an incredible opportunity to secure long term slots in London’s second-largest airport, and we look forward to building our presence there over the long-term. Gatwick will perfectly complete our London service, giving customers options as they plan their travel. Gatwick is an attractive choice with its low costs, speed and convenience to Central London.”

JetBlue A321LR Mint Studio

What is JetBlue’s onboard experience like?

JetBlue is often called a low cost carrier. In truth, it operates more of a hybrid model, with a ‘proper’ business class cabin up front on many of its US transcontinental flights and soon-to-launch transatlantic flights.

JetBlue will be one of the first airlines to use the single-aisle A321LR aircraft for transatlantic flying, although Aer Lingus has used used this aircraft on select routes since 2019.

Despite being a ‘low cost’ airline in its domestic US market and charging for ancillaries, JetBlue will offer a lot of ‘included in your ticket’ benefits on flights to London. This includes free, unlimited Wi-Fi for all as well as a new approach to economy food that will let you mix and match items:

JetBlue transatlantic Core economy dining

“Customers will have the option to choose one of three main selections including a protein or vegetable that comes with a base, and two out of three hot and chilled side options.”

In February, it unveiled its new business class ‘Mint’ seat that would operate the London flights. This looks like an impressive product given the restrictions of a single aisle aircraft. It features improved bulkhead seats with even more personal space and the option for buddy dining, which it is calling ‘Mint Studio’:

JetBlue A321LR Mint Studio seat 2

How cheap are JetBlue’s transatlantic flights?

Is JetBlue still able to honour its promise of cheap fares given that it will match (and even exceed) the amenities offered by other major airlines on transatlantic flights?

It appears it can. JetBlue has announced that prices for its Mint business class will start from £999 (round trip) whilst return economy flights are priced from £329. We found flights slightly cheaper – from £990 in Mint from Heathrow, for example:

JetBlue Mint transatlantic fares £990

If you are willing to head to Gatwick, you can pay as little as £956 return. The flight time outbound is substantially better too, giving you an extra six hours in New York on the first day.

It goes without saying that these are excellent fares, and fairly widely available. Business class fares typically bottom out at £1,300 in British Airways sales, so JetBlue is undercutting these by a considerable margin.

In economy (which it calls ‘Core’) fares pretty much match some of Norwegian’s lowest fares except that, unlike on Norwegian, you’ll get free Wi-Fi, food and in-flight entertainment.

Conclusion

Flights for JetBlue’s transatlantic services now bookable. By the time flights launch in August it is expected that a USA-UK travel corridor will open, allowing leisure travel between the two countries.

We have yet to see whether JetBlue can live up to expectations and help pressure legacy carriers into improving their customer experience and pricing. All the signs so far point to an airline that is intent on providing a quality experience at a competitive price.

JetBlue is not part of any airline alliance, unfortunately, so you can’t earn or redeem miles with either British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. It is a partner with Emirates but redemptions are only allowed for economy seats.

You can book on the JetBlue website here.

Comments (53)

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  • Smid says:

    Any idea of the lounges on either end, if any?

    • David Cohen says:

      As per my other comment, no lounge access at all, at either end, departure or arrivals.

  • Freddy says:

    Makes BA avios redemption ‘taxes’ looks ludicrous

    • Barry cutters says:

      Or makes avios worthless for flight redemptions . Depending which way you look at it

  • Tom says:

    Barry,

    Avios works great for flight redemptions. Just not on BA for long-haul flights in a premium cabin.

    Like others here, I have access to various lounges through my credit cards, so JetBlue’s lack of a lounge is not a big deal.

  • Mirp says:

    Thanks I have booked for August and looking forward to trying JetBlue. I have been locked in an BA/AA rotation for awhile so looking forward to something different. Mint both ways — may look at adding a connection in the US to lower price.

  • Anna says:

    They have something called Mint but not flying from MAN?!!

  • Lyn says:

    JetBlue appear to have a partnership with American Airlines that lets you book connecting flights to/from NY on AA, which could be useful for some people.

    They also hint at the ability to earn AA miles in the future
    https://www.jetblue.com/airline-partners/american-airlines

  • Tim Rogers says:

    jetBlue recently launched a codeshare agreement with American Airlines. Sadly it doesn’t look like these aren’t being sold under an AA code – and I wouldn’t expect this to change given the Atlantic Joint Business.

    • Nick says:

      Plenty online about the JetBlue/AA tie-up, including the DOT conditions. But yes, it’s (very) heavily restricted, and definitely won’t extend to transatlantic. I’d be surprised if it extended at all beyond the limited scope it has now.

  • Littlefish says:

    Well, good news having another option. Hopefully this will work out and give wider competition and choice, in time.
    Sadly, choice is what JetBlue’s website is currently lacking.
    I couldn’t combine Blue Plus (Main Cabin Extra) out with Mint (business) coming back.
    I couldn’t get a multi-city to price at all apart from in Economy.
    The whole experience of trying to find flights to suit (ie. Mint planes on the intra USA flights) is terribly clunky and the practical difference between refundable and non-refundable eludes me.
    One-ways seem very expensive!
    So, I think I’ll watch this space with interest for now. Certainly, not worth cancelling my current bookings to risking JetBlue’s keenly priced opening gambit.
    For now, really not confident in what I’m getting or who I’m dealing with. The website inspires little confidence.

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