Another perk of flying first class on an American Airlines three-class transcontinental flight besides Flagship Check-In is access to the Flagship Lounge.
The Flagship Lounge at JFK is located within one of the Admirals Clubs, so when you enter, you need to get specifically let in to the Flagship Lounge.
The first thing I did upon getting into the lounge was get a shower room. The Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge share the same set of showers, so it’s feasible that you might have to wait for one, but it seemed like there were plenty of shower rooms available.
The shower was good: I liked the Dermalogica products, the towels were reasonably fluffy, and the water temperature and pressure were good.
Back in the lounge, there was plenty of seating available, and it never got crowded. The lounge also offered some nice views of the tarmac.
The food selection was also pretty good. It was nothing fancy, but there was a typical hot food breakfast buffet as well as some tasty cold options. There was also plenty of alcohol available, if you wanted to drink in the morning.
The best part of the lounge, though, was the service. I couldn’t find the New York Times at the newspaper rack, so I inquired at the desk about it. The agent told me that the delivery for that day hadn’t come in yet, which was a little disappointing, but an hour or so later, I was hand-delivered a New York Times by a different agent. Nice!
The American Airlines Flagship Lounge at JFK is the nicest domestic lounge I’ve been in. There’s lots of space, it doesn’t get crowded, the food is good, and the service was spot on.