Emirates has closed its lounge at New York JFK for renovations and won’t re-open until “early 2018” though in my experience most airport construction projects delay. In the meantime anyone who would have received lounge access gets a voucher to use for food in the terminal. I haven’t seen reports yet on how much the voucher is for.
Emirates Airbus A380
Reader Steve S. shared an email with me that he received from Emirates in advance of a flight he’s taking from New York JFK to Dubai.
We’d like to let you know that we are refurbishing and upgrading our lounge in New York John F. Kennedy Airport, so that you can relax in a more inspiring space before you fly.
The lounge will be closed until early 2018 while we make these improvements. Customers who are eligible for lounge access will receive meal vouchers* that can be used in any restaurant or café across Terminal 4.
We apologise for any inconvenience while the lounge is being enhanced, and look forward to welcoming you there again soon.
The Emirates Skywards team
Wandering Aramean points out that the current Emirates lounges offers boarding straight onto the upper deck of the aircraft. Boarding instead from the gate means “business class passengers are likely to walk up the forward “grand” staircase and through first to get to business class.”
Anyone with a Priority Pass card can access the Wingtips Lounge in the terminal. Honestly I’d rather have the voucher and use a restaurant, certainly the food in Wingtips isn’t appealing. I haven’t been there in some time but the internet at least used to be spotty and the place really filled up. (Update: The wingtips lounge may still be under renovation with limited capacity and turning away Priority Pass guests.)
Gate area seating in terminal 4 is nice enough but add Emirates A380 premium passengers and their gate is going to be packed.