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Great value JetBlue business class fares to New York and elsewhere

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JetBlue has been shaking up the market between London and New York / Boston with its flights from Heathrow and Gatwick.

Using single aisle Airbus A321LR aircraft – also used by Aer Lingus and TAP Portugal to the US East Coast – the airline is getting good feedback.

In Business Class, the Mint Suite offers similar levels of privacy and space to British Airways Club Suite (albeit with better food, based on a tasting I attended at caterers Do&Co this week). Image below.

JetBlue A321LR Mint Studio

In Economy there is a revolutionary ‘build your own meal’ service, where you can mix and match a series of mains and sides using your touchscreen TV to create your preferred tray.

Rhys looked at the Mint Suite in more detail here. We haven’t reviewed it yet but hope to get around to it soon.

JetBlue is currently running some excellent deals to promote its London Gatwick flights. In return for trading Heathrow for Gatwick, you can fly to New York in Business Class for under £1,250 return.

Here’s an example:

JetBlue discount flights to New York in Mint business class

This fare is widely available. You need to book at least 120 days in advance, travel out on a Tue / Wed / Thu and return on a Mon / Tue / Wed, staying over for the weekend.

As well as New York and Boston direct, you can book (with a connection) to Washington, Atlanta and Orlando for a small premium.

You can earn Avios from JetBlue too

You can’t credit JetBlue flights to British Airways. However JetBlue is a Qatar Airways partner, and Qatar Airways now has Avios as its currency.

This article confirms that JetBlue transatlantic flights credit to a Qatar Privilege Club account and earn Avios. You can link your Qatar Privilege Club account to your British Airways Executive Club account following the guidelines here and move the Avios across.

What you cannot do is earn tier points in British Airways Executive Club.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (19)

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  • The Lord says:

    Have JetBlue sorted out a London lounge yet?

    • Rizz says:

      No lounges anywhere in the network. London or elsewhere.

      • Willmo says:

        Wonder if that will change at JFK, as Aer Lingus will soon be vacating T5 – opening up lounge space

        • Rob says:

          The Aer Lingus lounge isn’t huge. Would only work if JB reserved it for transatlantic flights.

          • Rizz says:

            US airlines don’t give lounge access on domestic flights regardless of status and class, so that would make sense. B6 can limit it to international flights which have the Mint product.

          • Track says:

            Can access lounges in the US with Oneworld status of ANOTHER airline.

  • Sam G says:

    Looking at how they list the fare rules I think connecting prices is just the sum of all the legs added to the LON-JFK pricing. So you should be able to find reasonable options to plenty of places . I could also see LHR flights and flights via Boston at similar low pricing

    Going to Vegas but the long flight in economy and awkward times on the way back make it not worthwhile – £1600 vs BA £900 for economy isn’t bad though!

  • Skywalker says:

    @Rob you haven’t put in a link to the JetBlue website – or did I miss it?

  • Thywillbedone says:

    Regarding the Park Hyatt Paris: checked several dates in June and they are not accepting points on any of them. Obviously not the only Hyatt property that doesn’t take points bookings from time to time (I’m looking at you Hyatt Centric Dublin) but worth noting as you mention it in the article.

    • Rob says:

      That’s now how it works.

      If a standard room is bookable for cash it is 100% guaranteed to be bookable on points. You will find that the cheapest room category is sold out.

      • Thywillbedone says:

        Ah, fair enough. Hard to know where ‘cheap’ starts and finishes in that property!

  • Jonathan says:

    It’s simply annoying that there’s no redemption options for JetBlue via Avios, earning only !

    • Track says:

      JetBlue has no business relationship with BA/AA and their partnership.

      To redeem Avios, it means BA or QR will have to hand in cash to JetBlue, and that fare will not be a special price!

  • Gordon says:

    Flew with them last week (Blue extra). LAS to LAX-LAX to CUN,Return journeys next week.I was impressed with the IFE and updates to your mobile device for departure and baggage locations and free Wifi that was surprisingly good,But I was most impressed by the strict boarding procedure, People being turned away trying to board ahead of their boarding number as a few did at LAX, BA should take a leaf out of their book on this boarding the procedure, I am now considering Jet Blue out of LHR because of the service. PS, The US has got very expensive Avoid purchasing a club sandwich for the Farmers market cafe at LAX. I consider $16.50 a tad expensive.I thought this excessive pricing had been curbed obviously not….

  • Aron says:

    First available room to book isn’t until 20th July.

    Suite bookings are available from Feb 2024.

  • RobMan says:

    Will buying Hyatt points stop my points expiring or is a stay required to prevent expiry?

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