Along with a brand new look and feel, the space also broadens its door list – now welcoming AA’s international and transcontinental business class passengers plus Qantas Gold cardholders prior to any AA or Oneworld flight – reiterating the unique ‘Flagship Lounge’ brand as being the best facility for high flyers rather than a first-class-only lounge.
(Previously, AA Flagship Lounges were only open to international and east-west first class flyers plus Oneworld Emerald cardholders like Qantas Platinum and above.)
Step through those frosted glass doors and the old, aged lounge (pictured below) has disappeared…
… in its place, a facility better-suited to the modern business traveller:
When work is on the agenda, a variety of new solo seats now provide both privacy and access to power while working on your laptop or tablet…
… or you might instead perch yourself at one of many communal benches which also offer space to work and those all-important power points while being a tad more sociable:
In need of a drink? Help yourself from the bar which always features Champagne (Taittinger NV on our last visit)…
… or mix up something more exciting at a new self-serve cocktail bar:
Although a tended bar is available in the neighbouring Admirals Club lounge with some drinks available for purchase, complimentary self-pour alcohol has long been a feature of AA’s Flagship Lounges, which avoids both paying for your drinks and the obligation to tip the bartender.
A buffet with a variety of hot and cold food is also at-hand in the Flagship Lounge, joined by a new ‘chef’s table’ concept with a rotating menu of made-to-order starters available to all lounge guests.
But passengers flying in Flagship First – AA’s first class service on international flights to Australia, Europe, Asia and South America, and from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco – also now enjoy exclusive access to Flagship First Dining.
Located within the Flagship Lounge, a dedicated wing of dining tables provide added privacy for true first class flyers…
… with waiters bringing regionally-inspired dishes to your seat, along with your selections from an upgraded list of wine, beer and spirits, or a hand-crafted cocktail – so if the thought of mixing your own drink was unappealing, relax: they’ve got it covered!
All Flagship Lounge guests can also freshen up in one of many private shower suites. These were available in the previous JFK Flagship Lounge, but have been renovated to bring a more hotel-like feel:
AA’s new Flagship Lounge in New York is the first of many new and upgraded Flagship Lounges to open throughout the United States, with further openings planned in Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami in 2017 and in Dallas/Fort Worth and Philadelphia – along with London Heathrow – in 2018.
Once a lounge becomes an ‘American Airlines Flagship Lounge’, such as at JFK, the following guests are welcome to visit:
- American Airlines business class and first class flyers on qualifying international flights (excluding to Canada and Central America except to Mexico City) and qualifying transcontinental flights (New York-Los Angeles, New York-San Francisco and Los Angeles-Miami routes only, and vice versa)
- Business class and first class passengers travelling with any other Oneworld airline to any destination
- Non-AA Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members (including Qantas Platinum & Gold), plus American Airlines ConciergeKey members, prior to any American Airlines or Oneworld flight to any destination (including before domestic flights)
- American Airlines Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum frequent flyers prior to qualifying international flights operated by American Airlines or another Oneworld airline (excludes journeys to Canada and Central America unless to Mexico City)