John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport will be losing an airport lounge at the end of the August, just one week from now. The last day of operations for the Airspace Lounge in Terminal 5 will be August 31, 2018. T5 is the main terminal for JetBlue at JFK airport and it also had flights by Aer Lingus and Hawaiian Airlines.
Airspace Lounges are affiliated with the American Express Global Lounge Collection. That means AMEX Platinum card holders, along with their spouse and children (or two guests), can get in for free. All guests also receive a $10 voucher to use for food or drinks inside the lounge.
The Airspace Lounge at JFK was never considered a world class facility. However, it did have tables, chairs, snacks, drinks, WiFi and most importantly to some travelers, shower facilities. Since entrance was free for AMEX Platinum guests, the lounge could reportedly get quite crowded at times. Still, in most cases, lounge access is better than no lounge access.
JFK Terminal 5 is one of the nicer domestic terminals around. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and do some shopping, but should you really do that at the airport? There’s also a rooftop terrace at T5 that’s free to access.
There’s no notice about the closure on the Airspace Lounge website. I verified the closure date by attempting to buy a ticket on their website and the last day I could do so was for August 31st.
There’s no news from JFK airport or JetBlue about what this space is going to become but I think it’s unlikely it’ll become another lounge. Aer Lingus already has a lounge at T5 for their passengers and Terminal 5 is a pleasant enough place to wait for their regular, cost conscious passengers.
Losing a lounge that I possibly could use is a downer. It’s even more a shame because I like flying with JetBlue. They’re currently my favorite US airline. This lounge closure alone will not change my opinion of JetBlue and I’d still rather fly out of JFK with no lounge than fly from Newark Airport (even if I get to use the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge while I’m there).
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