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What are the lounges at Kennedy Airport and how to access them

'08.05.2023'

Olga Derkach

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When most people think of New York, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is often the first thing that comes to mind, and for good reason. Serving as New York's main airport, JFK typically handles over 60 million passengers a year, making it one of the busiest airports in the US. It has many waiting rooms and each has its pros and cons. Edition Simple flying talked about the most popular ones.

Located just 26 km from downtown Manhattan, John F. Kennedy International Airport boasts four runways and five passenger terminals. With over 70 domestic and international airlines serving the airport, JFK is not only the main gateway for air travel to North America, but is also known for its wide selection of shops, restaurants and lounges.

1 terminal

Air France KLM Lounge

  • Opening hours: daily from 10:00 to 23:00
  • Location: T1, level 3, near gate 1

Located in Terminal 1, the lounge offers a variety of amenities - a self-service hot and cold counter, a wide selection of hot and cold drinks including alcoholic beverages, a Clarins treatment room, showers, lounge dining, newspapers and magazines, Wi-Fi and TVs, and overnight catering service for passengers on flights AF017 and AF009.

To access the Air France-KLM Lounge at JFK Airport, you must be flying La Première or Business Class on a Standard or Flex fare, have a Flying Blue Platinum, Flying Blue Gold or SkyTeam Elite Plus status, or purchase a Day Pass. These are the main ways to get into the lounge and enjoy its facilities.

Lufthansa Senator Lounge

  • Opening hours: daily from 9:30 to 21:30
  • Location: T1, turn left after security control

Amenities available at the Lufthansa Senator Lounge include showers, a premium hot and cold buffet, self service with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, Wi-Fi and TVs. To access the Lufthansa Senator Lounge at JFK, you must be a First Class passenger, a Star Alliance Gold member, or a Miles & More HON Circle member. Alternatively, you can access with a valid lounge voucher or with a Senator card.

It is important to note that Lufthansa has a second lounge located in Terminal 1 known as the Business Lounge. Available to Business Class or Premium Economy Class passengers, this lounge offers amenities comparable to the Senator Lounge. However, the Senator Lounge is generally considered to be on a higher level than the Business Lounge.

Korean Air KAL Lounge

  • Opening hours: daily from 08:30 to 12:00
  • Location: T1, before gate 3

The Korean Air Lounge is divided into separate sections for first class and business class passengers. However, the amenities provided in each section are very similar: snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, showers, a conference room (for first class passengers only), Wi-Fi, TVs and sleeping quarters.

To access the Korean Air Lounge, you must be a First Class, Business Class or Prestige Class passenger who is a Million Miler or Morning Calm Premium Member.

4 terminal

Emirates Lounge

  • Opening hours: daily from 06:40 to 10:40 / from 18:10 to 23:00
  • Location: T4, level 2, near gates A5-A6

The amenities offered in the lounge include an open buffet with cold and hot dishes, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, showers, a prayer room, newspapers and magazines, Wi-Fi, TVs and access to the gate directly from the lounge.

Lounge access is available to Emirates First Class passengers, Business Class passengers (excluding those on "basic" Business Class fares), and Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members traveling in Economy Class.

Air India Maharaja Lounge

  • Opening hours: daily from 09:30 to 18:30
  • Location: T4, level 4, near gate A5

The Air India Lounge JFK, which seats only 70 people, is not very spacious, consists of only one room and floor-to-ceiling windows. Facilities on site include snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, Wi-Fi, televisions, newspapers and magazines.

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To access the Air India Lounge, you must be a First or Executive Class passenger flying with Air India or have a Priority or Lounge Club pass.

Delta Sky Club Lounge

  • Opening hours: daily from 04:45 to 23:30
  • Location: T4, near gates B31-B32

JFK Terminal 4 is currently the exclusive home of all Delta flights, so the Delta Sky Club Lounge can be found here. This lounge offers many amenities, including an open buffet with snacks and hot meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, showers, Wi-Fi, TVs, newspapers and magazines. In addition, the living room has an outdoor terrace.

It is worth noting that the Delta Sky Club Express Lounge is temporarily located in Terminal 4 to the right of the security checkpoint. This place is open mainly for takeaway food and drink.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Lounge

  • Opening hours: daily from 05:00 to 8:00 and from 15:00 to 22:30
  • Location: T4, near gates A4-A5

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Lounge consists of several separate rectangular areas. Lounge amenities include an à la carte menu, a full-service bar, showers, an entertainment area, luggage storage, Wi-Fi and TVs.

You can access the Virgin Clubhouse if:

  • you are a Virgin Atlantic First Class passenger, a Delta One international Delta passenger, or a China Airlines first or business class passenger;
  • a Gold Card Flying Club member traveling with Virgin or Delta;
  • SkyTeam Elite Plus member traveling on Virgin Atlantic or Delta flights;
  • Virgin Australia Velocity Club Gold, Platinum and The Club cardholder traveling on Virgin flights;
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold, Solitaire PPS Club and PPS Club member traveling on Virgin flights.

5 terminal

USO Lounge

  • Opening hours: daily from 09:00 to 17:00
  • Location: T5, opposite baggage carousel 3.

Facilities:

  • snacks and soft drinks;
  • Wi-Fi, TVs;
  • gaming and entertainment area with PS4 and playing cards;
  • work area with computers;
  • library.

The USO Lounge is available to active duty military personnel, security guards, reserve military personnel and their dependents, and retired military personnel.

7 terminal

Alaska Airlines Lounge

  • Opening hours: daily from 5:00 to 20:00
  • Location: T7, on the mezzanine, just above security

The Alaska Airlines Lounge at JFK Airport consists of one main room. The hall accommodates just over 100 guests. The Lounge offers a rotating selection of fresh, seasonal food throughout the day, an open buffet, a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, self-service Starbucks coffee, free Wi-Fi, TVs, and concierge services.

If you have purchased a Day Pass, are an Alaska Lounge member, or are a First Class passenger flying with Alaska Airlines, you are eligible to access the Alaska Airlines Lounge.

Air Lingus Lounge

  • Opening hours: daily from 12:45 until last departure
  • Location: T7, near exit 1

Located in Terminal 7, the Aer Lingus Lounge at JFK offers typical services including hot and cold meals, soft drinks, wine and spirits, and Wi-Fi.

Lounge access is available to the following clients:

  • business class clients;
  • AerClub members (Silver, Platinum and Concierge);
  • United Airlines codeshare customers traveling in business class;
  • holders of a prepaid subscription to the waiting room;
  • holders of gold business cards of the Bank of Ireland.

It is worth noting that the Aer Lingus Lounge has moved from JFK Terminal 5 to Terminal 7, which was formerly the home of British Airways. British Airways has since moved to Terminal 8, where they share space with American Airlines.

8 terminal

American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge

  • Opening hours: daily from 04:30 to 22:30
  • Location: T8, level 3, after the checkpoint opposite exit 42

The main section features rows of comfortable red and gray chairs, complemented by a few cafe tables and general tall workspaces. The American Airlines Lounge has a full-service bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and food, Wi-Fi, and a children's room.

You are eligible to access the American Airlines Admirals Lounge if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • you buy a day pass;
  • you are a first or business class passenger flying with American Airlines;
  • you are a member of the Admirals Club;
  • you are an AAdvantage Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum Pro, or AAdvantage Platinum member;
  • you are a member of the US military;
  • you are a Citi/AAdvantage Executive cardholder.

American Airlines and British Airways lounges

  • Opening hours: daily from 04:30 to 00:30
  • Location: T8, after security check, take the elevator located on the right to the first level

Between 18 and 30 November 2022, British Airways has gradually moved its operations from JFK Terminal 7 to Terminal 8. As of 1 December 2022, British Airways operates exclusively from Terminal 8. This change has resulted in the opening of new lounges and check-in services at Terminal 8 JFK by American Airlines and British Airways. In total, three separate premium halls were introduced with a total capacity of about 1000 guests.

Chelsea Lounge

Replacing British Airways' Concorde and American First Dining's flagship restaurant, the Chelsea Lounge has become the most exclusive lounge with a champagne bar, fireside lounge and restaurant.

This is available to Gold Executive Club members who earn 5000 Tier Points in their first year and 3000 Tier Points each year thereafter when traveling on scheduled British Airways or American Airlines long-haul or transcontinental flights.

As well as First Class customers traveling on a scheduled long haul or transcontinental British Airways or American Airlines flight.

Soho Lounge

Soho Lounge with wine bar, cocktail bar, library and buffet is the second most exclusive lounge. Eligibility:

  • gold members of the Executive Club;
  • Oneworld first class customers;
  • emerald members of Oneworld.

Greenwich Lounge

The Greenwich Lounge is a rebranded version of the Flagship Lounge and is expected to offer the same amenities as before. This lounge is the standard option for Business Class passengers and oneworld Sapphire members. The following are eligible to participate:

  • business clients (Club World);
  • silver members of the Executive Club;
  • Oneworld business customers;
  • Members of Oneworld Sapphire.
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