American Airlines Admirals Club JFK Review
Location + Hours + Access
The lounge is located in Terminal 8, Concourse B on the mezzanine (upper) level after the security checkpoint. It is open daily from 4:00am to 8:00pm. There are many ways to access the lounge, including:
- AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum members traveling internationally
- oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members
- Qualifying first and business class passengers
- LAX – JFK
- SFO – JFK
- Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard
- One day pass holders ($59)
Even with membership, you must be traveling on an American Airlines, Alaska, or oneworld flight in order to enter.
Take the elevator up, where you’ll check in with the front desk. From there, you’ll be directed right around the corner and the past the Flagship Bridge to the Admirals Club.
Masks are required at all times except for eating and drinking. Seating is self-serve, but placards promoting social distancing essentially cut the number of available seats by 50%.
All food is individually packaged and only disposable plate, bowls, cups, glasses, and utensils are in use.
As you enter the lounge, you’ll pass by a desk with agents providing flight assistance, then can continue straight or take a right. If you turn right, you’ll hit a number of booths in which you can work or sit and enjoy privacy.
Around the corner is more seating, including a row of window seating with comfortable easy chair. There’s also a printer and copy machine available.
Keep walking and you’ll find the main room of the lounge, with tables and chairs beside the buffet and bar.
Turn left and you’ll hit the TV room, which was empty.
A conference room and kid’s room were closed due to the pandemic.
I had to smile as my four-year-old son decided to introduce my seven-month-old daughter to airplanes as they taxied by, including the 777-200 in oneworld livery that would take us to Los Angeles.
If you are staying awhile, there’s plenty of space to store your luggage near the entrance.
Food + Drink
Self-serve snacks were available at the buffet including;
- Terra chips
- Cookies (butter + chocolate chip)
- Rice Krispie treats
- Cheese cubs
Beverages including a Coke Freestyle machine, coffee machine, hot cocoa, and tea were available.
Behind the bar, a wide selection of alcohol beverages were available. I even noticed several bottles of Krug on offer.
Furthermore, soup, salty and sweet snacks from a tower dispenser, and a guacamole bar were available (and not self-serve).
Restrooms + Showers
Restrooms and showers are available inside the lounge, though the two shower suites were closed due to the pandemic.
We spent nearly three hours in the lounge and I’ll remember it for the rest of my life, and not for any of the reasons above. Instead, I’ll remember that it was January 6, 2021 and dozens of us watched in awe as the U.S. Capitol was breached and looted by treasonous insurrectionists. Just like I will always remember where I was when the 9/11 attacks occurred or when the U.S. invaded Iraq, so will I remember this frigid afternoon in which history unfolded in the American Airlines lounge at JFK.
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