Review: American Airlines Admirals Club New York JFK

Since I was already in the American Airlines Admirals Club anyway while visiting the Flagship Lounge (the Flagship Lounge is located within the Admirals Club) at Terminal 8 in JFK, I decided to take a tour of the Admirals Club to see what the differences were between the two.

The physical amenities were largely the same: a fairly large room, lots of seating, and ample electrical sockets (why is that last part so hard for so many lounges?). The two clubs share the same shower rooms, which are pretty nice, and the Admirals Club also offers computers for use, as well as a children’s room, which the Flagship Lounge does not have.

Lots of seating with views of the tarmac

Lots of seating with power ports and views of the tarmac

More seating

More seating

Business area

Business area

Sign at the children's room

Sign at the children’s room

The Admirals Club clearly had more people than the Flagship Lounge, but it still didn’t feel crowded. This could have been due to the fact that it was a Tuesday morning, which I doubt is a particularly busy travel time, but it was a lot less hectic than the United Club in the International Terminal of SFO.

The biggest difference was in the food offerings. Understandably, the Admirals Club is a domestic business class lounge while the Flagship Lounge is a first class lounge, so the free food offerings were little more than fruit, snack mix, and some pastries for breakfast.

At least there are yogurt-covered pretzels

At least there are yogurt-covered pretzels

Breakfast?

Breakfast?

There was, however, a pretty wide selection of food to purchase. I’m not familiar with the other food options in the terminal, but I was a little surprised to see so much on offer, and I have no idea if it was any good.

Prepared foods for sale

Prepared foods for sale; would you really buy that sushi?

Snack foods for sale

Snack foods for sale

Menu part 1

Menu part 1

Menu part 2

Menu part 2

Overall, I thought it was a fine domestic lounge, with the key selling points being ample space and power ports. I’d be curious, though, if any of you have tried the food-for-purchase options in the club. Are they any good?

4 thoughts on “Review: American Airlines Admirals Club New York JFK

  1. VR

    the lounge at JFK is terrible for international business class. On a transatlantic flight, you want to eat dinner in the lounge prior to boarding so you can get some sleep. They have nothing to eat except if you purchase it. Why should I have to buy food for a $5,000 flight? Compared to international airlines like British or Lufthansa it is just terrible.

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    1. Edward Post author

      I agree that the regular Admirals Club is pretty disappointing. Definitely not to the standard of international business class lounges, and I would choose almost any European carrier over any American carrier if I were paying for business class.

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  3. Dennis

    I take the early flight on AA every two weeks from JFK to MCO – at the beginning I was paying for the Admirals club but then I realized the great breakfast I can have with the cost of the pass – after what you get in the club ? A pastry , coffee and some fruit – very poor , no worth it !

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