American Airlines Flagship Lounge, New-York JFK Terminal 8 : Impressed !

After a very unpleasant immigration procedure upon arrival at JFK, I join Kristof at terminal 8, from where American Airlines operates on the platform.

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As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1DiaryA one day return trip to the US ?
2LoungeBritish Airways Galleries First, London Heathrow Terminal 5
3FlightBritish Airways Club World Suite, London Heathrow to New-York JFK, Boeing 777
4LoungeAmerican Airlines Flagship Lounge, New-York JFK Terminal 8
5FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, New-York JFK to Miami Internarional, Boeing 737
6LoungeAmerican Airlines Flagship Lounge, Miami International
7FlightBritish Airways World Traveller, Miami international to London Heathrow, Airbus A380-800
8LoungeBritish Airways Arrivals Lounge, London Heathrow Terminal 5
Today’s itinerary

Location

The lounge is located just after the security checkpoint, on the mezzanine of the terminal.

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Thanks to the priority queue and the low traffic in this early afternoon, these checks are passed in less than 3 minutes, and we use the nearby elevators to get to the Flagship lounge.

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The reception is extremely charming and we are directed to the lounge without any effort.

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My BA Gold card gives us automatic access to this lounge.

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Lounge design

The lounge is very elegant, and shows the enormous progress made by the American airlines on the subject, long decried as providing the worst lounges in the world.

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Admittedly, I did not visit the Admiral’s Club, which is the “standard” lounge, but I think it is in the same vein and in the same state of renovation. Many types of areas are available: work, lounging, dining, well separated from each other.

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We will settle down with Kristof in one of the armchairs with a view on the runways.

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If the lounge was almost empty when we arrived, it gradually filled up to become completely full when we left.

Catering offer

The restaurant offer is very good.

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A Piper-Hiedsick podium is present at the entrance and a glass of champagne (real!) is offered to each passenger.

In the lounge itself, there is a main station with good hot and cold food, a full self-serve bar, and several coffee and liquor stations set up around the lounge.

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My choice will be fish and vegetables, and some cakes to go with the coffee.

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Bottom line

An excellent American lounge, open to Oneworld Sapphire and + loyalty programs, excluding AA.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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