October 23, 2018

Admirals Club JFK Terminal 8 Review

I visited the American Airlines Admirals Lounge in mid-June 2016 on a flight to Dusseldorf Germany.  I had access to the lounge through a business class ticket with Air Berlin.  The Admirals Lounge is located on the second floor of terminal 8, immediately past security in concourse B.  You need to make a left turn immediately past security and look for an elevator with a sign out front for the lounge.

Entrance to the American Admirals Lounge
Entrance to the American Admirals Lounge

Details:

American Airlines Admirals & Flagship Club
Location: JFK Airport, Terminal 8 Concourse B
Hours: 4:30am to 11:00pm
Access: Open to the public
Cost: $55 per day or included with $500 annual American Airlines Admirals Lounge membership
Free Access: Citi AA Chairman Credit Card, Citi Prestige Credit Card (when flying on American Airlines flight paid for with the Prestige*), Business or First Class customers traveling on American Airline partner airlines.
How I accessed: Business class ticket with Air Berlin which is an American Airline partner airline.
*Citi Prestige American Airlines lounge benefit will be discontinued starting in July 2017.

Visited June 2016

The elevator leads to an entrance for the Admirals Club Flagship Lounge.  Unfortunately, that lounge is currently under construction and will not be available until 2017.  It’s too bad because the Flagship Lounge implies a higher level of service than what is available in the standard American Admirals Club lounges.  So as I walked in to the lounge, I initially looked forward to a Flagship Lounge, but upon seeing the construction sign, that positive feeling diminished somewhat.

Flagship lounge on the left is under construction
Flagship lounge on the left is under construction
Sign for the new Flagship Admirals Club
Sign for the new Flagship Admirals Club

The lounge itself is relatively large with plenty of seating spread out in an open space which overlooks security on one side and the airport gates on the other side. There is a bar area in the center of the room which has free soft drinks, house beer, and house liquor, as well as a number of premium options.  Walking further past the bar to the other end of the room has two tables setup with coffee, tea, and various snacks.  At the opposite end of the corner another table with newspapers, magazines, and fruit.

Main Room of the lounge
Main room of the lounge
Admirals club bar
Admirals club bar
Corner chairs by the bar
Corner chairs by the bar
View of the runway from the lounge
View of the runway from the lounge
View of terminal 8 security
View of terminal 8 security
Coffee and soft drinks
Coffee and soft drinks
Cookies and brownies
Cookies and brownies
Soup bowls
Soup
Various snacks
Various snacks
fruit
fruit
Snack mix
Snack mix
Brooklyn lager from the bar
Brooklyn lager from the bar

Pros

– The lounge is in a relatively big area so except in very peak periods, plenty of seats are available.
– Drink options are very good and there are plenty of available places to charge your electronics.

Cons

– The Flagship Lounge is currently under construction and will not be open until 2017 so the Admirals Lounge section operates with more limited services than usual.
– No restroom inside the lounge. Customers are required to walk to the back of the lounge and down a long hallway to get to the restrooms.  I believe this is just temporary until the construction is completed.

Final Thoughts

When the Flagship Lounge opens in 2017, I expect major improvements for the Admirals Club in Concourse B Terminal 8.  Currently the lounge operates with more limited services while the construction of the Flagship Lounge is taking place.  If you are close to Concourse C, you may be better off using that Admirals Club until the construction of the Flagship Lounge is completed.  However, if your tight on time and your flight leaves from Concourse B, the Admirals Lounge is a good place to go to escape the crowd, recharge your phone, and have a few drinks before your flight.

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