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  • Writer's pictureMark Vogel

JFK’s Greenwich Lounge with American Airlines: Convenience Before Your Flight

JFK Terminal 8 in New York City


Greenwich Lounge at JFK Airport
Greenwich Lounge at JFK Airport

My visit to the Greenwich Lounge at Terminal 8 of JFK Airport in New York City was a comfortable and relaxing experience. This lounge, formerly known as the Flagship First Lounge, is shared by American Airlines and British Ariways. The lounge provided a nice respite from the busy airport while I waited for my flight.



Greenwich Lounge at JFK Airport


“Overall, the Greenwich Lounge offers a comfortable and convenient spot for premium passengers flying out of JFK.”

The Greenwich Lounge is strategically located within Terminal 8, which serves as a major hub for American Airlines. It's easily accessible for passengers flying in First or Business class on American Airlines or one of their Oneworld partners. Additionally, Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members also have access to this lounge. The lounge is designed to be accessible to all travelers, including those with disabilities.


Flagship First Lounge, now Greenwich Lounge, at JFK Airport when the mask mandate was still in effect.
Flagship First Lounge, now Greenwich Lounge, at JFK Airport when the mask mandate was still in effect.

The lounge is approximately 27,000 square feet and can seat around 590 guests. Once you clear security, it's easily found by following the signage. The lounge operates daily from 4:30 AM until 11 PM, catering to nearly all departures from the terminal. It's accessible to American Flagship Business passengers, long haul business class passengers on all Oneworld partners, American AAdvantage Platinum members, and Alaska Mileage Plan MVP Gold members on long haul itineraries, as well as Oneworld Sapphire members with foreign frequent flyer programs on any same day Oneworld itinerary.

 

The Greenwich Lounge is well-regarded for its spaciousness and variety of food and drink offerings. It has comfortable seating with power adaptors readily available, which was helpful for when I needed to charge my devices.

 

In comparison to other lounges, the Greenwich Lounge is seen as a solid business-class option, offering a light space with big windows, a variety of different types of furniture and seating options, and well-cooked food. It scores highly for making wait times at JFK more comfortable and enjoyable.


Greenwich Lounge at JFK Airport

The lounge boasts a range of amenities that cater to the needs of international travelers. The seating is comfortable and offers a variety of options, whether you prefer a quiet corner to work in or a more social spot to relax.  The lighting is strategically placed to create a warm and inviting environment, which is particularly appreciated by travelers seeking a respite from the bustling airport. There's free Wi-Fi, and a business center for those needing to catch up on work.

 

While I chose not to eat during my stay in the Greenwich Lounge, the lounge offers a selection of food and beverages. From what I observed, it included a mix of hot and cold dishes, snacks, and a range of beverages. For travelers with specific dietary requirements, like kosher meals, it's worth noting that these can usually be requested from the staff. I had previously requested and received a kosher meal at the Soho Lounge, indicating the airline's accommodation for such needs.


Greenwich Lounge at JFK Airport
Greenwich Lounge at JFK Airport

For those looking to freshen up before their flight, the Greenwich Lounge offers well-appointed shower facilities. These are particularly beneficial for long-haul travelers or those who have had a long day before their flight. The shower rooms are typically stocked with high-quality toiletries and offer a private space to rejuvenate.

 

The lounge provides various forms of entertainment and relaxation options. This includes a selection of newspapers and magazines, along with TVs placed in strategic locations.

 

I’ve found the staff at the Greenwich Lounge to be professional. They are typically available to assist with any requests, whether it’s about flight information, lounge services, or special meal requests like kosher options.

 

The Greenwich Lounge, Soho Lounge, and Chelsea Lounge, all part of JFK's American Airlines lounges, each have their distinct character. The Greenwich Lounge, with its former Flagship status, tends to have a more upscale feel compared to the others. The Soho Lounge is smaller and often less crowded, making it a quieter choice for travelers. As for the Chelsea Lounge, it's typically more bustling, reflecting a more mainstream business-class experience.


Greenwich Lounge at JFK Airport
Greenwich Lounge at JFK Airport

Overall, the Greenwich Lounge offers a comfortable and convenient spot for premium passengers flying out of JFK. While I didn't eat while I was there, the available options and the possibility to request special meals like kosher options make it a practical choice for travelers with varied needs. The lounge serves as a peaceful retreat before embarking on long-haul flights. Whether for work or relaxation, the Greenwich Lounge provides an accommodating environment for its eligible passengers, maintaining a standard that aligns with American Airlines' commitment to passenger comfort and convenience.


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