For our most recent trip to London, I booked us on Virgin Atlantic Premium from New York JFK with 55,000 Delta SkyMiles. As we were getting closer to the trip, the missing link of our transportation plans was getting to JFK airport for our flight. Living in Orlando, there’s no shortage of airlines non-stop to JFK, since I can choose from American, Delta and JetBlue to get us there.
In the end, I decided to book us on a Delta flight, even though it was slightly more expensive, since I would be able to check our bags all the way to London when we checked in because of Delta and Virgin Atlantic’s interline agreement. Since we’d be able to check our bags all the way to London from Orlando, there was a chance we’d not have to re-clear security at JFK. That is, if we could get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 4 past security.
JFK Terminal 2 is the home for most of Delta Airlines domestic traffic, while Terminal 4 is where several airlines, including Delta’s international (and trans-con) flights, depart from. So we’d have to get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 4. For most locations at JFK airport, that would mean we’d have to leave the terminal, board the Airtrain and then re-clear security at the terminal we were departing from. However, since Delta has flights leaving from two adjacent terminals, they’ve arranged for a way for passengers (and employees) to get between terminals, The Jitney Bus!
Since we landed at the C gates of Terminal 2, we had to get to the Jitney loading station, last gate C60. There isn’t much signage about the Jitney in the terminal until you get to the loading area.
The sign is pretty confusing since there isn’t a separate bus that goes to the A gates. There’s one stop for the A gates or the first half of the B terminal and another stop at B54 for the far end of the gates, and trust me the B gates are LONG!!!!!!!!!!
As we left the terminal, there was an airport agent there to scan boarding cards, as only passengers who were leaving from the A or B gates are allowed to ride the Jitney. We took an escalator down one level to board our bus.
It was a quick ride across the tarmac but we did get some great views of the planes parked at JFK. Since we were taking Virgin Atlantic and departing from the A gates, we got off the bus at the first stop.
It was only a short walk to the Wingtips lounge were we spent an hour or so of our layover. After that, we had about a 15 min walk across to the A gates of Terminal 4.
This is where we waited for the rest of the time until our flight on Virgin Atlantic.
I spent more time than I should have to look into whether we could transfer between terminals so if there’s a better reference than some five-year-old TripAdvisor threads, please let me know and I’ll update the article. 🙂
In the comments section, someone asked the operating hours of the Jitney. After some back and forth, I did receive an answer from JFK Airport’s Twitter account.
Hi @YourMileageVary the Jitney bus hours are in fact based upon activity. On a normal day, the Jitney will run as follows: B18 – T2: 4:00 am – 11:00 pm B18/T2 – B54: 5:00 am – 9:30 pm. Hours will be extended if activity reflects keeping the bus running longer.*JB
— Kennedy Airport (@JFKairport) May 30, 2019
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