Big JFK Plans for American & British – New Lounges, Premium Check-In, Champagne & Wine Bars

by Zoe

American Airlines and British Airways finally announced further details regarding plans to co-locate operations at American’s JFK Terminal 8 beginning Dec. 1, 2022.

The updates start on arrival with a co-branded premium check-in area providing personalized, concierge-style service for top-tier guests that will replace American’s former Flagship First Check-In space. There will also be an exclusive new check-in space for eligible business customers.

American Airlines British Airways Concierge Check-In JFK

Three distinctive custom lounges will be available to passengers of both brands based on cabin of travel and loyalty program status. The expanded premium lounge offerings will incorporate seating for approximately 1,000 of American and British Airways’ “most loyal customers”. Each lounge has been designed with original high-end finishes — evoking a unique sense of space while elevating the experience and service offered to every guest.

  • The most exclusive lounge will have an all-new champagne bar, fireside lounge and a la carte dining room, which reimagines American’s Flagship First Dining into a fully immersive experience.

American Airlines British Airways Champagne Bar JFK

  • Adjacent, another premium lounge — with sweeping airside views, a wine bar, cocktail lounge, library and buffet — will offer an elevated, lively experience.

American Airlines British Airways Premium Lounge JFK

  • American’s Flagship Lounge and Concourse B Admirals Club will be repurposed into a contiguous lounge for eligible business class customers.

American’s Flagship First Check-in at JFK is expected to close, beginning Feb. 1 for construction. Premium customers traveling on eligible itineraries will be directed to temporary check-in counters located nearby. All lounge spaces will remain open and operational through the duration of the redevelopment project. Following completion, the Concourse B Admirals Club will close. The Concourse C Admirals Club will continue to serve members, qualifying elite customers and those traveling on eligible itineraries.

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