American Airlines & British Airways Soho Lounge, New-York JFK T8 : Superb hard product and attentive service

Last step of this short itinerary to Paris with the last flight back to Boston.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1DiaryThe Norse Atlantic Experience
2LoungeAmerican Airlines Admiral’s Club, Boston Logan Terminal B
3FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Boston Logan – Washington Reagan, Airbus A319
4LoungeAmerican Airlines Admiral’s Club, Washington Reagan, Concourse E
5FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Washington Reagan – New-York JFK, Embraer E175
6FlightNorse Atlantic Airways Premium, New-York JFK – Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Boeing 787-9
7HotelRenaissance Paris Vendôme
8FlightNorse Atlantic Airways Premium, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – New-York JFK, Boeing 787-9
9HotelRenaissance New-York Flushing Hotel at Tangram
10LoungeBritish Airways & American Airlines Soho Lounge, New-York JFK T8
11LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club, New-York JFK T8
12FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, New-York JFK – Boston Logan, Embraer E175
Today’s itinerary

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.

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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.

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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.

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So I head to the elevator that leads to the Chelsea and Soho lounges, on the right after security.

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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.

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My eligibility is quickly verified and I am invited to enter.

Lounge design

The lounge is simply magnificent. It rivals, in its decoration, with Asian or Middle Eastern lounges.

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A staffed and well-stocked bar operates even in the morning. The stools are pleasant.

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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.

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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.

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Catering

The catering offer is very good.

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In addition to the à la carte menu, a buffet is available. During my visit, it will be the classic but qualitative breakfast offer.

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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…

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Bottom line

A superb space, which reflects the exceptional rise in range of American these last years.

American Airlines & British Airways Soho Lounge, New-York JFK T8 : Superbe hard product et service aux petits soins

Localisation
Hard product (Design, Décoration, Taille et Confort)
Propreté
Catering (Restauration)
Catering (Boissons)
Sanitaires (y.c. douches et spa)
Expérience globale

Excellent

Un superbe espace, qui reflète la montée en gamme exceptionnelle d’American ces dernières années.

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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