Sunday, 03 August 2008
John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport
On my many flights around North America, I occasionally get to enjoy a visit to the airline lounge. Unfortunately, American Airlines doesn't offer any but being a One World Sapphire gave me access to the British Airways Terraces Lounge at JFK airport when I was taking a flight on Cathay Pacific:
The lounge is at the escalators immediately to the left after security. There is a staffed front desk that can see anyone that comes in.
After walking past the front check-in desk you are greeted by a wide open area:
Walking further you will see the snack area on the right:
An assortment of snacks are available:
A lot of the foods are packaged cookies, chips, cheese, popcorn:
They also had a few sandwiches such as the egg sandwich:
As you can see, I really like the Monterey Jack Cheese over crackers. I wish they had Brie.
There are a lot of seats available with different texture like leather in the background or the cloth in the foreground:
I like the cloth ones more because they have more grip when I wear dress pants.
A fountain sits right under the skylight:
They have an assortment of self serve juice such as cranberry and orange along with the usual canned pop:
Another open area by the fountain:
They have an assortment of wine available at the self serve bar:
Just behind this table, you can mix your own drinks.
The TV room:
That LCD looks awkwardly small on that wall.
It's very clean but, as you can see, there is only 2 stalls and 2 urinals for guys. I didn't see any showers available.
The British Airways Terraces Lounge offers a lot of seating area so it never feels crowded even on a Friday evening. There is a decent selection of drinks but the food selection was limited and there were no hot foods. I didn't even see soup which is available at the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge. There were little to no reading material like newspapers and magazines available but the lounge offers free WiFi access. Some web sites through WiFi are blocked like Xanga. If you're flying First Class on a British Airway flight, you also enjoy access to a pre-flight dining area.
The lounge is a great place to relax before your flight as the normal waiting area has uncomfortable plastic seats and they're very crowded. I really don't see why you wouldn't visit the lounge if you had the time so there's nothing to really recommend except to drop by your gate at least 30 minutes before departure just in case. Moreover, as with most lounges, you can only enter once so there is no in/out privileges.
Eric Tummy Points: 2.5 out of 5