My review of the British Airways Concorde Room lounge at New York JFK airport
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This is my review of the British Airways Concorde Room lounge at New York JFK Terminal 7.
I don’t think I have been here before, to be honest. That is not as odd as it seems since a short overnight flight from New York to London is not the best way to experience British Airways First Class or maximise the value of your Avios points. I would have taken a Club World seat if one was available or, preferably, the new American Airlines business class seat, but the option wasn’t there.
My other New York trips since I started this site have concluded with flights on Singapore Airlines First Class (to Frankfurt, reviewed here) or airberlin (see here and here, and a new airberlin long haul review is in the pipeline).
Terminal 7 has a private security channel for premium passengers. The problem is that it only has one scanning machine. Given the large number of premium passengers and premium seats flying out of Terminal 7 – including the ‘all business class’ Open Skies services to Paris – the numbers don’t work. A staff member was desperately trying to get people to walk to the other side of the terminal to use the normal lanes which were apparently empty.
I was probably part of the problem as I ended up needing FIVE trays for my hand baggage after they insisted it be broken out in certain ways ….
The good news, once through security, is that you are just 10 seconds from the entrance to The Concorde Room. Like the Heathrow version (which I don’t like, see my Heathrow Concorde Room review here), this lounge is exclusively for ticketed First Class passengers and the top tier of Gold Guest List card holders.
There isn’t a huge amount going on in the lounge, but that isn’t the point. It is meant to be a quiet space where you can have a proper meal and a waiter-delivered drink. There is more ‘going on’ over in the main lounge.
Here is part of the seating area (click on any of the photos to enlarge):
…. and opposite:
Tucked around the corner is a small business centre:
If you don’t want a formal meal, snack are limited:
…. and, by the bar:
Whilst I didn’t get a picture, the selection of magazines is woeful – clearly ‘pay to play’ is at work. (That said, the Heathrow Galleries are also ‘pay to play’ AFAIK but they do seem to draw a line. Not here! At least it wasn’t as bad as What Pool and Hot Tub? which Singapore Airlines is happy to give out at Heathrow ….) There was a decent selection of newspapers.
Here are the dining booths:
The food choices that night were,as appetisers:
Tuna slider with avocado, charred lime, sriracha chips, brioche bun (see below)
Eckerton Hill Farms heirloom tomato with buffalo mozzarella, shallot red wine gastrique, sea salt
There is also a salad option which you can have as well as, or alongside, a starter or main.
The choice of mains was:
Filet Mignon with pea ravioli, baby carrot, celeriac puree and au poivre sauce
Miso glazed pork tenderloin with braised baby leeks, corn and boiled potatoes
Seared polenta crusted monkfish with cockle mariniere broth, pistou and samphire (see below)
Vegetable pot au feu with limami consomme
And finally for dessert which only had one option:
Passionfruit crumble with pistachio crumb, micro mint, Summer berries and passionfruit coulis (see below)
There was also Black River blue cheese with lavender honey as an additional option afterwards.
And that is about it. If you want a pool table, book yourself on Virgin! (here is my review of Virgin’s JFK lounge). The Concorde Room is a quiet, relaxing space where you can have a decent – although not life-changing – meal before your flight.
It isn’t the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, by any means. I would happily go there again but I would not recommend spending the extra Avios for First over Club World purely on the basis of visiting the New York JFK Concorde Room.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
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Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.