The Wingtips Lounge at New York JFK just got the upgrade of a lifetime after moving one door down after SWISS vacated its beautiful Terminal 4 lounge. The common space is beautiful…the lounge amenities are just as pitiful as before.
The “New” Wingtips Lounge New York (JFK) Review
For context, you can read my review of the “old” Wingtips Lounge here and the SWISS lounge here. It was only during the pandemic that SWISS remodeled its T4 lounge to create a beautiful space on par with its lounges in Zurich.
But earlier this year in February, SWISS joined Lufthansa in Terminal 1 at JFK, thereby abandoning its newly refurbished lounge space. Wingtips smartly took over this space, closing up its old lounge (which it had also refurbished, but was still quite mediocre).
Lounge hours are from 8:00am to 8:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and 8:00am to 9:00pm on Sunday, Thursday, and Friday. This is a Priority Pass lounge and also a premium class lounge for the hodge-podge of non-affiliated airlines that utilize T4 at JFK. You can purchase a one-time pass for $50-150 deeding upon your length of stay (max stay is 16 hours).
The common areas have not changed–
Nor have the restrooms and showers–
But the food and drink selection have been scaled back drastically. Gone are freshly-made dishes with rich soups and delectable salads. Here’s what you can expect instead:
- Fruit yogurt
- Bagels, toast, muffins
- Scrambled eggs
- Hash browns
- Chicken salad
- Garden vegetable soup
- Chickpea salad
- Mesclun mix
The drink selection has also been scaled back, with a limited selection of canned soda, orange juice, wine, beer, spirits, coffee, and tea.
The former first class side of the lounge is closed off…it is not clear whether permanently or temporarily.
It’s sad to see this lounge that has so many elements of SWISS is no longer a SWISS lounge. Still, I’m glad Wingtips secured the space because it does represent an improvement to the old lounge. However, the food and beverage selection is quite limited so don’t come on an empty stomach.