The American Airlines Flagship Lounge in New York JFK has undergone a major overhaul. The airline is also rolling out brand-new lounges in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Philadelphia. This is happening as United launches its upgraded and new Polaris lounges. These American Airlines lounges will be accessible by all long-haul international and transcon domestic first and business-class passengers.
The New flagship lounge at New York JFK has all sorts of seating, from cozy single sofa seats – At last! Comfy single seats for the single traveler! – to communal tables and cafe chairs. The central piece is a wine and champagne display, much like the iconic tables in the British Airways’ lounges such as the BA Gatwick Business Lounge or the Galleries Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5.
Along one wall are separated desk booths with workspace, and some of them have computers in them. There is also a quiet room with more of those single sofa seats. There are also bathrooms with showers.
There is a great selection of soft drinks, wines, and spirits, pretty much everything you could wish for. Food on offer includes cheese, soups, an array of salads, bread, and some hot foods in silver dishes. Once flagship sit-down dining is also on offer, the food offered here should be excellent.
The American Airline’s new flagship airport lounge New York JFK will accept all first class, business class, Oneworld Emerald, and Oneworld Sapphire members. It is a good lounge but is going to become busy at peak times and is not a patch on the newly introduced United Polaris Lounges.
American Airlines is also introducing a new Flagship Dining which will be offered as a sit-down meal service at certain lounges, including JFK, LAX, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Miami.
The airline will also be updating their Admirals Clubs and will be adding locations in Houston (IAH) and Orlando (MCO) and they will be renovating their arrivals lounge at London Heathrow (LHR).
You may also be interested in my review of United vs. Delta vs. American Airlines: Which Has The Best Business Class.