In April 2017 British Airways announced a £52 million refurbishment to its Terminal 7 at New York’s JFK airport. This was to include an update of the check-in areas, lounges and departure gates.
The Concorde Room was refreshed earlier this year and so were the First and Club World check-in areas. This included a new Premium Zone with direct access to Fast Track security for Club World travellers, and the new First Wing and First check-in for First Class passengers and BAEC Gold members. For the rest of you, the main concourse has received additional seating in the gate areas and a number of new power outlets.
Earlier this week the new First Lounge opened its doors. The pictures look very promising.
As a reminder, this lounge is not for First Class passengers who are able to use the Concorde Room. The First Lounge is for British Airways Executive Club Gold card holders.
The new First Lounge is 60% larger than its predecessor and split into several zones.
There is a special wine room with fridges and shelves to keep every wine at the right temperature:
The new First bar is stocked with, apparently, ‘premium’ beverages:
The lounge has a dining room for (only) Club World passengers who would prefer to eat before an overnight flight and go straight to sleep on the plane:
….. and those who need to do some work before their flight can use the quiet work area:
Executive chefs Gavin Mackenzie and Waylon Walker have ‘created a boutique menu with seasonal dishes’ as well as a new ‘bowl food’ concept which was apparently designed to offer customers a chance for a lighter option before they fly.
A reader called Antony dropped us an email on Friday night to say that he had just been in and:
“Have to say, I’m super impressed with the variety and quality of food.”
Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said – not entirely unpredictably:
“We fly thousands of customers between London and New York every week so we’re absolutely dedicated to making the experience as relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We are investing £52 million in to our home at JFK this year as part of the £4.5 billion investment we’re making in our customer experience globally, and there will be further investments at JFK planned for the future. We hope our guests enjoy using the new facilities as much as we’ve enjoyed designing them.”
The refurbishment of Terminal 7 is due to be completed in 2019. Next up is the upgrade of the Galleries Club lounge.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.