If you’ve purchased an airline ticket lately, you might still be suffering from the sticker shock. Most major airlines are constantly increasing their prices without offering anything in the way of additional services. As a matter of fact, the overwhelming majority of them are providing fewer and fewer services and expecting more money for it. Fortunately, you do have some options available to you if you’re tired of being cramped into a seat that’s too small and being denied even the smallest of courtesies, despite the fact that you easily paid three digits for that ticket and then some.
One airline that you might want to consider is JetBlue. This is one of the newer airlines when compared to air carriers like American, United and Delta, but it certainly isn’t new to the game. In fact, it’s been around for a number of years now. It got its start as a low-cost airline and it still has that reputation. Therefore, customers initially expected to get even less because they were paying less. That being said, JetBlue is trying a new approach. They’re calling their service Mint and it’s definitely a premium service that still costs you less than flying economy class on many of the other larger airlines.
What exactly can you expect to get with this type of service? For one thing, you won’t have to worry about being crammed into a seat like a sardine. When you fly first class on JetBlue, you get seats that actually lie flat. They’re also wide enough to accommodate people that have fuller figures and even when you lay them flat, you don’t have to worry about crushing someone’s knees who’s sitting behind you. You have more than enough room to take that seat and use it as a bed if you wish and it’s comfortable enough that you can actually do so.
There are only about 16 seats in first class on the JetBlue aircraft, which consists exclusively of the Airbus A320 or A321 aircraft. However, if you really want to kick things up a notch, you can even use one of the four suites. That’s right, you have your very own area where you can lie flat and close the door to have privacy so you won’t be bothered by anyone else. You also get other amenities like a 15 inch television screen, a choice of 100 different satellite television channels, numerous movies that are provided for in-flight entertainment, and even XM Satellite Radio. It’s also worth noting that those seats have special cushions that allow you to adjust the firmness so that it’s just right for your comfort level.
You’re probably already surprised, but there’s still more. These seats come with what the airline calls amenity kits, which consist of basic things like toothpaste, a toothbrush, a comb and some deodorant. Furthermore, meals are specially prepared and you can choose from a menu that has five different options on it. You’re allowed to choose three of those five options as part of the price of your ticket. It really doesn’t get much better than that. You certainly won’t find service like that on any other air carrier.
You’re probably wondering how much all of this is going to cost you, and that’s understandable. Generally speaking, a ticket for this type of seat will run you somewhere between $500 and $600, depending on when you book your flight and exactly where you’re headed. That’s not really much more than what you’re spending on an economy seat for most of the major airlines. For what you’re getting, it seems like a real bargain.
Currently, JetBlue is offering this type of service on flights that operate within the contiguous United States, provided the flights are longer distance trips and not just short hops. More recently, they also started offering them on trips to and from the Caribbean. Who knows, they just might be in the process of reshaping first class air carrier service and that certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing. They managed to do it once when they first came on the scene as a low-cost airline. Back then, they made the major air carriers do a double-take when it came to the money they were charging for a ticket. This was because customers suddenly had another option. Today, the cost of a ticket has gone completely out of control but thanks to
this service from JetBlue, it’s possible that ticket prices could be reigned in and more services could be offered on other air carriers as well.