British Airways Concorde Room, New-York JFK T7 : Far from the Air France La Première lounge

After a day of sightseeing and relaxation in New York, it’s time to return to Europe.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

1DiaryBack to school trips to Paris and the United States
2LoungeClub Aspire Lounge, London Heathrow T3
3FlightAir France Business, London Heathrow – Paris Charles-de-Gaulle
4HotelIntercontinental Paris Champs-Elysées
5LoungeAir France Business Lounge, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle 2E-K
6FlightAir France Business, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – London Heathrow
7LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, London Heathrow T5
8FlightBritish Airways First, London Heathrow – Chicago O’Hare, Airbus A380-800
9HotelKimpton Grey Chicago
10HotelKimpton Monaco Chicago
11HotelIntercontinental Chicago
12LoungeAmerican Airlines Flagship Lounge, Chicago O’Hare T3
13FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Chicago O’Hare – Charlotte, Boeing 737-800
14LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club, Charlotte Concourse C
15FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Charlotte – New-York La Guardia, Boeing 737-800
16HotelKimpton Muse, New-York
17HotelIntercontinental New-York Times Square
18LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, New-York JFK T7
19FlightBritish Airways First Suite, New-York JFK – London Heathrow, Boeing 777-300ER
Today’s itinerary

Check-In and ground experience

The day before departure, I check-in for my flight on the BA website… What a surprise to see that my seat was unilaterally changed ! In the middle of the night, I contact the British Airways Twitter account to ask about this change, before finalizing the check-in online.

I was told that the seat was broken and that I had to be relocated to a middle seat. No alternative is offered to me, even on a earlier flight.

I find it indecent not to offer me to position myself on the previous flight, which still has 2 window seats available, without an additional fee of over £6000!

The discussion being sterile, I put an end to it and swallow my anger.

I arrive at the airport almost 3h30 before the departure of my flight to London.


I go to the First check-in area, and after checking my passport, I am given my boarding pass to London. The sorry attendant tells me that my seat has been changed, and I ask again if I can change my flight to the earlier one which still has window seats. I am offered to change for a £300 fare difference, which seems equally absurd since these two seats will not be sold at H-1…


I refuse, and head for the TSA checkpoint, which will be very very slow due to poorly organized agents.


Location and welcome

The lounge is located at the end of the terminal, near gate 1.


The reception is extremely cold, and I am invited to enter after a quick scan of my boarding pass.

Lounge design

The lounge decoration has not changed since the last time. The style is very nineties but well maintained.


Various spaces are available and the eligibility criteria are restrictive enough that it is not crowded.



Like my first visit to the lounge, the food and beverage offer is excellent. There is no real buffet, except for some sweets, everything is ordered a la carte.


I will order, before dinner, a glass of rosé champagne. In the Concorde lounge, BA serves a very good Pommery Brut Rosé Royal.


I go to the restaurant and am installed by a (very) charming waitress.

She brings me the menus and I choose a poke bowl as a starter, and a shrimp curry as a main course.


The poke will be quite average in its execution while the curry will be perfect. I will continue to drink Pommery Rosé.

To close this meal, I will finish with the cheese board, served with its crackers. Very good for US made pasteurized cheeses. The Bordeaux served with it will be succulent.


Bottom line

A solid, but not exceptional lounge. I’m waiting to see what the T8 lounge will look like once BA moves there.

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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