Last step of this short itinerary to Paris with the last flight back to Boston.
As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:
Check-In and ground experience
I arrive at terminal 8 of the New-York JFK airport about 3 hours before the departure of my flight to Boston Logan by Uber.
The Uber drops me off at the very beginning of the boarding pier, which allows me to enter the terminal right in front of the Premium check-in area of American Airlines and British Airways, which now operate together in terminal 8.
After checking my eligibility by the agent posted in front of the area, I proceed to the formalities by collecting my paper BP. The check-in is done either sitting or standing, and the area leads to a dedicated TSA queue.
As I am not a TSA Pre member, this line merges with the classic priority line, and I will wait about ten minutes before arriving airside.
Location and welcome
The Soho lounge, like all the new lounges co-operated by British Airways and American Airlines, is located on the mezzanine of the boarding gates and their access is just after the security controls.
So I head to the elevator that leads to the Chelsea and Soho lounges, on the right after security.
For my itinerary to Boston, I don’t have access to the Chelsea lounge (only possible on transcontinental routes) and so I head to the Soho lounge reception.
My eligibility is quickly verified and I am invited to enter.
The lounge is simply magnificent. It rivals, in its decoration, with Asian or Middle Eastern lounges.
A staffed and well-stocked bar operates even in the morning. The stools are pleasant.
Large lounging areas, both light and dark, are scattered throughout the lounge and are very comfortable. Each of these spaces is equipped with American outlets but also USB and USB-C outlets.
A large dining area is set up in the center of the lounge, with the possibility of ordering at the table thanks to a clever QR-code system.
The catering offer is very good.
In addition to the à la carte menu, a buffet is available. During my visit, it will be the classic but qualitative breakfast offer.
I will take a glass of champagne at the bar… The waitress tells me that she is sorry and that she has “only this”… This is a Laurent Perrier Rosé Cuvée Alexandra! I do not refuse…
A superb space, which reflects the exceptional rise in range of American these last years.