When you want to book a JetBlue flight that’s an upgrade from economy class but not quite first class, it's business class to the rescue. And while JetBlue doesn't offer a designated business class, the airline does offer many of the standard benefits you'd expect from any other airline business class seat including more spacious seats and extra legroom, not to mention priority boarding.
Here's everything you need to know about JetBlue “business” class:
What to know about JetBlue Business class
Technically, JetBlue doesn’t offer a designated business class. Instead, you can go all out and purchase JetBlue Mint airfare, the airline's premium travel experience and JetBlue's version of first class. There are two types of Mint seats: fully lie-flat seats (the longest of any domestic airline in the U.S.) and suite-style seats with a door for a bit of privacy. These seats are available only on select cross-country flights. If you need to arrive refreshed and relaxed, Mint is the way to go.
But if you’re looking for something in between economy and Mint, what JetBlue does offer are more comfortable seats with a few added benefits that will make you feel less like you’re riding in economy class. It's called Even More Space, and it gives you a more upscale experience without the bonkers Mint price tag.
JetBlue's Even More Space seats y include up to seven inches of extra legroom, early boarding and access to Even More Speed (a dedicated fast lane through security). Even More Space seats are available on every JetBlue aircraft, so you can always count on the option of an upgrade being available.
What to expect with Even More Space seats
When you purchase an Even More Space seat, be prepared to enjoy not just the extra legroom, but early boarding, which means early access to overhead bin space, which means no more cramming your laptop or large backpack under the seat in front of you (all JetBlue customers except those with Blue Basic fares are permitted a carry-on and personal item at no extra cost).
You’ll also get access to a priority security lane in over 60 airports across the country so you can get to your gate faster than ever.
Plans change? No problem. As is the case with most JetBlue airfares (aside from Blue Basic), Even More Space fares are refundable with no penalty fees applied if you have to change or cancel your flight. However, if you simply decide after booking that you’d prefer another seat, the price difference won’t be refunded.
If you need to work during your flight, there's free high-speed Wi-Fi on all JetBlue planes, and access is available from every seat. Plus, you'll find USB ports for charging your phone and scores of entertainment options on the seatback screen.
How to book
Essentially, Even More Space seats are available as an add-on. You won’t see it as an option when you search for a flight. Instead, you’ll see fare choices like Blue, Blue Basic and Blue Extra. Select the fare type you want (any fare can be upgraded to Even More Space); after you type in your personal information, you’ll have the option to select your seat.
Even More Space seats are identified as a circle on a light blue background. When you hover over the seat you want, it will tell you how much the seat upgrade will cost. Click on it to select the seat, and the cost of the upgrade will be added to your total. You’ll also see specific details about that individual seat, like whether it has fixed armrests or doesn’t offer under-seat storage.
You will have to pay for the seat upgrade for each leg of your journey. For example, if you’re flying from Chicago to Baltimore and have to connect in Boston, you’ll pay for the Even More Space seat on both the Chicago to Boston leg and the Boston to Baltimore leg.
Alternatively, if you want to add on Even More Speed to any booking, you can do so on the Checked Bags and Extras page before you check out (though it will be included on any flights that include an Even More Space seat).
One additional thing to note is that Even More Space seats cannot be booked with points; they will require an additional form of payment upon checkout.
If you have Mosaic elite status
Mosaic members can request a same-day Even More Space seat upgrade at the airport at no extra charge. It’s first come, first served, and subject to availability. To better your chances, come to the airport a little early to make your request and beat the other Mosaic members to the punch; you can always kill time in the airport lounge while you wait.
If you really want an Even More Space seat but don’t want to leave it up to chance, you can also redeem your TrueBlue points for an Even More Space seat upgrade, unless you had purchased a Blue Basic fare.
How to know whether booking is a good deal
Basically, whether or not you think upgrading to an Even More Space seat for business travel is worth it comes down to personal preference. Are you willing to shell out a little extra cash for more legroom, early boarding and speedy security? If so, you might just find the additional cost worth it. If, however, you travel light, aren’t in a hurry to get onto the plane and don’t need a few extra inches (or don’t think they’re worth paying for), it’s a pseudo-business-class seat that might disappoint more than it impresses.
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