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.
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On our most recent trip to London, Sharon and I decided that we would save some miles and book tickets in Virgin Atlantic’s Premium (Economy) cabin for the flights. When using Delta SkyMiles, each segment in Premium costs 55,000 miles while a segment in Upper Class costs 120,000 miles. We were able to find flights from New York JFK to London Heathrow on an A330. A round trip on this flight would cost anywhere from $1,600 to $4,000. We’d never flown with Virgin in their Premium cabin before, so what did we think of their product?
The first noticeable difference is that when you’re flying in Premium, you don’t get lounge access like you do when you’re flying in Upper Class. While that’s not a huge deal, it did hurt a little bit inside knowing that the Virgin Clubhouse was just down the hall but I was sitting for my flight with this view:
To say the area of JFK’s Terminal 4 where Virgin Atlantic departs from is bland is a bit of an understatement. (Insert any generic airport picture here, but no, this is actually JFK).
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One of things that made flying to/from New York on JetBlue so nice was if you had an American Express Platinum card, you had access to an airport lounge regardless of whether you flew out of JFK, LaGuardia or Newark airport. If you had a Priority Pass card from any of the different sources available to get a membership, you could also use a lounge at Newark airport.
Due to a series of unfortunate events, you no longer have easy access to a lounge from JetBlue gates at any of the New York Airports.
Here’s a breakdown of what happened:
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Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
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I’ll admit one thing about traveling that Sharon and I have a real problem with is figuring out when to leave for the airport. We sit there and do the type of math where you know the answer and then try to figure out the number you started with.
Our last trip from JFK to home went like this: Our plane is at 4:00pm and boarding will start at 3:15p. We want to be at the gate before that and we don’t know how far of a walk it will be because we’re not super familiar with that airport, so figure we’re at the terminal gate area by 3:00pm. There might be a line for security (again, we don’t know the airport very well), so let’s be at the airport to check in our bags by at least 2:30pm. We had a hard time getting an AirTrain from the terminal to the LIRR on the way here, so we need to leave at least 20 minutes for that and there’s another 20 minute train ride from Penn Station. Leaving time for connections, buying train tickets and walking to the train station, we need to be out of the hotel by noon.
As it turned out, everything went smoothly and we were at the airport, bags checked and through security by 2 PM. Drats!
We were flying home on American so we were in Terminal 8. I have no lounge access with American so I pulled up the Priority Pass app and looked to see if there were any lounges in the terminal. What came up wasn’t a lounge at all, but a steakhouse.
Continue reading “We Ate Lunch At An Airport Steakhouse And Priority Pass Paid The Check”