Arriving from a redeye, I had the whole day ahead of me in New York prior to my Qatar Airways QSuite flight to Doha. It was a perfect day for productivity inside AA’s Flagship Lounge at JFK.
A note on access. I did not have my boarding pass for flight (in 15 hours) because my destination was Vietnam, which requires a visa for U.S. Citizens. Even without the boarding pass, however, I was granted access my presenting my itinerary to the agent. I’m not sure if this was an exception or the norm, but was thankful to be granted access right away. The JFK Terminal 8 lounge is open daily from 4:15a to 1:00a.
AA Flagship Lounge JFK Showers
My first stop, after a delayed redeye from Los Angeles, was a shower. At 7am, every shower suite was available. There was no attendant: it seemed to be self-service, with towels already present inside.
The lounge also has large men’s restroom:
AA Flagship Lounge JFK Seating
The lounge comfortably seats at least 200, with several distinct seating areas. I found a comfortable “breakfast nook” designed for solo travelers and spent most of the day there (last picture in this section).
AA Flagship Lounge JFK Breakfast
I enjoyed a hearty breakfast after my shower. Fresh berries, a delicious (and no doubt unhealthy) quiche with jalapeño peppers and chorizo, a yogurt parfait, and a decent cappuccino.
The buffet selection was actually quite impressive, with a large selection of hot and cold items.
AA Flagship Lounge JFK Lunch + Dinner
I didn’t have another meal in the lounge, but when the buffet transitioned to lunch at 11am, I took a look. There were several new hot items and several salads. Also available: cheese, soup, fruits, and sweets.
Probably the best thing I had at the buffet, however, was the spiced almonds and parmesan cheese bread. This was a delicious afternoon treat.
AA Flagship Lounge JFK Drinks + Champagne Bar
Like LAX, all alcohol is self-service, with a selection of red and white wines as well as Tattinger Champagne.
Soft drinks (Coke Freestyle machines), bottled water, juices, coffees, and tea are also available.
In the morning, a Bloody Mary bar is also available.
AA Flagship Lounge JFK Access Rules
The JFK Flagship Lounge is accessible to travelers:
- Traveling in AA intercontinental business or first class
- Traveling to Los Angeles LAX or San Francisco SFO in first class
- AA Concierge Key
- oneworld Saphire and Emerald members traveling on any oneworld flight in any cabin of service
- oneworld passengers traveling in business class on an intercontinental flight
Tomorrow I will provide a review of the AA Flagship Bridge, a separate area of the lounge with a la carte dining and calm in an otherwise crowded lounge. Actually, the JFK Lounge never became uncomfortably crowded, though it filled up around 4pm and remained crowded for the last four hours of my stay. It’s a tremendous lounge for the USA.
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