JFK is a hub of international travel in the United States but it can be difficult to figure out how to get access to a Lounge if you are a Priority Pass member (through American Express Platinum or otherwise). The good news is that it is often possible if you have time and tenacity to find a Priority Pass Lounge at JFK. Our advice at airlinecarryon.com is to plan a strategy before you go! We have just completed roaming JFK for a day to give you the latest and greatest advice!
The Bad News: JFK has separate terminals and each terminal is not connected on the air-side. In other words, you need to go through security to get access to the terminal and lounge.
Critical Hint: If you take off or land in a terminal that has a Priority Pass accessible lounge or restaurant benefit get to or stay on the air-side (after security) so you can visit. For example, if you land at Terminal 8 on a trip to New York City, stay air-side (DO NOT EXIT SECURITY) and visit the restaurant to get a free breakfast, lunch, or dinner (see below!). If you leave security you will not be able to go back unless you have a boarding pass for a later flight that day.
The GOOD NEWS: For most, but not all terminals, you can go visit a lounge even if you are not flying from that terminal. You must be willing to go through security (and you must have enough time to get back to your home terminal to get through security yet again to get to your flight).
This info is current as of November 2018; lounges change (a Centurian Lounge is coming to JFK!) so check here to get the latest info and any time restrictions which change often: https://www.prioritypass.com/en/airport-guides/new-york-ny-jfk-international
Travel Hint: To get between terminals use the Airlink train! Pay attention to which line to take.
And now the Terminals!
Terminal 1: This terminal is ONLY accessible if you land at or if you have a boarding pass for a flight departing from Terminal 1 (BUMMER!). If you try to go through security without a boarding pass for a Terminal 1 flight, you will be turned back. Most terminals are better; don’t despair!
KAL Business Lounge open 14:00 – 20:30 daily
Terminal 2: No Lounges or other Priority Pass options (go to another terminal if you have time!).
Terminal 4: If you have a valid boarding pass for ANY TERMINAL you can go through security and go to the:
Wingtips lounge. 24 hours. Access may be restricted 17:00-01:00 daily. An ok lounge with good drinks (self-serve bar and soda) and bottled beer selection. Basic salad/sandwich/soup. Good wifi!
Terminal 5: No Lounges or other Priority Pass options (go to another terminal if you have time!).
Terminal 7: If you have a valid boarding pass for ANY TERMINAL you can go through security and go to the:
- Alaska Air Lounge. See priority pass for hours. ONLY 3 hours before your flight departure! (BUMMER!). Nice live moss on the wall (ferns are plastic); haven’t visited because it was more than 3 hours before our next flight (BUMMER).
Terminal 8: If you have a valid boarding pass for ANY TERMINAL you can go through security and go to the:
BOBBY VAN’S STEAKHOUSE. Check your priority pass benefits (if through American Express Platinum, you get $28 budget plus one additional guest ($28) for a total of $56 to spend). Great benefit. If you are there for breakfast, the steak and eggs are pretty tasty and < $28
written by the Airline Carry-on team.