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Introduction: An Insane Week In The Sky
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Review: Airspace Lounge New York JFK Airport Terminal 5
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Thanks to Global Entry we cleared immigration and customs within about 10 minutes, and then took the AirTrain to Terminal 5, where our JetBlue flight would be departing from. As we took the AirTrain we had a great view of the PIA 777 that just flew us from Manchester.
As we took the AirTrain we passed the iconic former TWA terminal, which will eventually be turned into a hotel.
This was my first time flying out of Terminal 5 since JetBlue renovated it, so I was quite curious to see what it was like.
Once off the AirTrain it was still quite a walk to the actual terminal. At the end of the walkway there was an escalator down to the check-in level.
We already had our mobile boarding passes, so headed straight for the TSA Pre-Check lane, located at the far end of the terminal.
The line there was only very short, and we were through within a few minutes.
Compared to JFK’s other terminals, Terminal 5 is rather beautiful. It’s modern, has high ceilings, and is well organized.
Once through the security checkpoint we walked to the end of the hallway.
Then we turned left and followed the signage towards the Airspace Lounge.
On the way I stopped and took a picture of a JetBlue A321 with the Mint configuration, the same type of plane we’d be flying later (though our flight would leave in the dark, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a good exterior shot).
The Airspace Lounge was located about halfway down the hallway and to the left, between gates 24 and 25. The lounge is open daily from 4:30AM until 11PM.
I should note that even though we were flying JetBlue Mint (their version of business class), JetBlue doesn’t operate any lounges. Instead we could use the Airspace Lounge thanks to our credit cards.
There was a sign outside describing all the features of the lounge.
Once inside the lounge there was a departures monitor to the left, along with some nice decorations.
The reception desk was located immediately ahead, and wasn’t staffed when we first arrived. However, within a few moments a representative appeared.
This lounge can be accessed directly with The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN. While those cards come with a Priority Pass membership, you don’t actually need Priority Pass to access the lounge, but instead the card itself gets you in.
Those entering with the Amex Plat Card receive a $10 per person credit to spend in the lounge on premium drinks, food, etc. Each cardmember can bring up to two guests into the lounge.
I had heard the lounge was small, though it was even smaller than I expected. It’s tiny.
There are maybe a dozen seats on the ground level of the lounge, split between tables along a bench, along with some leather lounging chairs.
Then on the upper level of the lounge there’s another area with eight seats.
Behind that is a bar with seven seats.
To the left of the bar is the self serve snack and drink area.
Lastly, in the corner of the lounge is what’s described as a semi-private conference room, which in practice has seating for six. We really lucked out, because when we first arrived at the lounge we were the only people in it, and we had the room to ourselves for several hours, despite the lounge otherwise being full.
If you think an Admirals Club or United Club has a bad snack selection, you should check out the selection at the Airspace Lounge.
The complimentary snack selection is limited to whole fruit and snack mix. That’s it.
Then there was complimentary Peet’s coffee & tea, as well as iced tea.
There was also a tap with water and soda.
The lounge theoretically has free wifi (oddly with the password “peetscoffee”), though it was almost unusable. Instead I used the JetBlue terminal wifi, which was much faster.
As mentioned above, the complimentary drink and snack selection is pretty bad, so each person entering with the Amex Platinum gets a $10 credit to spend on the bar menu.
The menu and beverage list read as follows:
We decided to sample a few things on the menu. We ordered the “daily cheese board.” Based on the unimaginative cheeses on offer, I suspect this might as well be renamed the “yearly cheese board,” as I can’t imagine there’s much variance.
We also ordered some olives.
Matthew wanted a smoothie, and apparently the day’s selection was a vanilla smoothie. Matthew said it tasted like a vanilla milkshake.
The most redeeming quality of the lounge is that it has a single shower room. Getting one of the staff members to make it available is a bit of a challenge, as the bartenders seem to double as shower attendants.
I was so excited about this shower after flying for a countless number of hours. The shower room was surprisingly nice and large, and even had a departures monitor in the mirror.
The shower room also had a Japanese toilet.
The shower was large and featured both a wall-mounted showerhead, as well as a handheld one.
It’s also quite impressive that Airspace gives guests using the shower an amenity kit of sorts, with shampoo, body wash, a toothbrush and toothpaste, razor, etc.
The one issue with the shower was that the water pressure was pretty bad, and the temperature controls didn’t work properly. The water also fluctuated between lukewarm and scalding hot, even without changing the settings. Regardless, I was so happy to finally get a shower (as were the people seated around me, I’m sure).
We had a roughly seven hour layover in New York, most of which we spent in the lounge. I was happy to get caught up on email. Ford was joining Matthew and me on the flight back to Los Angeles (he had been in New York for the week), so I was excited to see him again as well.
At around 9PM we headed to our departure gate for our flight to Los Angeles.
Airspace Lounge New York JFK bottom line
The Airspace Lounge Terminal 5 is really small, and has a pretty bad drink and snack selection. Even the “paid” options weren’t very good. The redeeming quality of the lounge was that it had a shower.
On one hand I’m inclined to say that this lounge is “better than nothing,” though I’m not sure that’s necessarily true. The JetBlue terminal at JFK is nice and spacious, and has free wifi. Towards the end of our layover we sat down at a restaurant in the terminal, and I found that significantly more relaxing than being in the lounge. Still, if you have access to the Airspace Lounge for free, it’s at least something to be aware of, as it’s the only lounge option as a JetBlue passenger.
If you’ve visited the Airspace Lounge JFK, what was your experience like?