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Review: the (temporary) AA Admirals Club lounge, New York JFK Airport Terminal 8

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I was heading back to Europe on airberlin, flying business class from New York JFK to Berlin Tegel for the attractive price of 60,000 Avios and just £3 of tax.  I will write about that flight tomorrow.

First I had to brave the temporary American Airlines Admirals Club lounge in Terminal 8.  Rob did warn me that lounge standards in the US are pretty low, but what I found at JFK was even worse than I expected.

To be fair to American it is currently undertaking a major global refurbishment programme of its key lounges.  The Heathrow arrivals lounge, the only one AA has, re-opened two weeks ago.  The main Admirals Club lounge in Terminal 8, used by airberlin, is currently being rebuilt and will reopen in 2017.  A temporary lounge is currently open in Concourse B, which is where I was sent.

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The temporary lounge is located on a mezzanine level. You can see security when looking down one side and shops down the other.

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The temporary Admirals Club lounge is a small rectangular ‘room’ where someone tried to squeeze as many seats in as possible, whilst still leaving a bit of room for aisles inbetween.

Restrooms were about a 3 minute zig zag walk away.

JFK airport new york admirals lounge coffee seating

Don’t expect do be properly fed in this lounge. There were some carrot sticks, crackers and hummus, olives and soup and that was it.  You don’t know you’re born when you complain about Galleries Club at Heathrow!

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I tried the lemon chicken orzo soup which was absolutely horrible! Way too salty…

JFK airport new york admirals lounge soup

The cookies were ok …..

JFK airport new york admirals lounge cookies

…. and so was the G&T.  Note that the bartenders expect you to tip them for pouring your drink, so take a few dollar bills to the bar if you don’t want to get that look.

JFK airport new york admirals llounge food and drink

The socket situation wasn’t great and it took me a while to find a seat with a socket next to it.  There was at least one positive thing about this temporary Admirals Club lounge: there were USB chargers, woohoo!

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The temporary Admirals Club lounge in JFK Terminal 8 Concourse B is currently good only to grab a quick drink before your flight or charge your phone.  You won’t want to spend too much time there.  Roll on 2017 and the new lounge.

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Comments (53)

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  • Scott says:

    We’re at JFK now travelling to dusseldorf and have to say very dissapointed in the lounge we stayed 5 mins and left horrible feel to it, if I had paid standard prices would be jumping up and down. Poor show indeed

  • dicksbits says:

    I was in the temporary Flagship American JFK lounge two weeks ago, and the situation was only marginally better. Food offering was much more substantial than shown above, and the showers were fully operational, which was much appreciated after flying overnight from HNL – LAX and all day LAX – JFK!

  • dicksbits says:

    HNL is a very poor lounge. There was only soup on offer when I was in there recently.

    • Kipto says:

      Apparently the one in HNL is meant to be the worst in the world. Will try it out next week.

      • Alan says:

        It’s pretty dire – I had soup and some crackers. The Priority Pass lounges are totally hilarious in dreadfulness – down in the garden courtyard (with furniture to match), all that was on offer was a cold or hot drink!! Can’t imagine how peeved you be if you paid for it but with Amex Plat it was free for me and my friend and we just thought it was funny – downed our drink and headed off to the AA/JAL lounge – seemed luxurious in comparison!

  • Jon says:

    That’s a real shame, the admirals club at ORD was pretty decent when I was there a couple of weeks ago.

    The best U.S. lounge I’ve been in is the centurion lounge at LAS, no showers but everything else was pretty decent.

  • LondonAndy says:

    I was in the flagship lounge at JFK yesterday morning and it was pretty empty – from what the staff said it’s already been refurbished.

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