Now Open: “Flagship” Amex Centurion Lounge New York JFK

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One of the best perks of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express is access to Centurion Lounges. These lounges are for the most part significantly better than what’s offered by US airlines.

Despite the pandemic, 2020 is an exciting year for Amex Centurion Lounges, as a total of six new lounges are expected to join Amex’s network:

Unfortunately Centurion Lounges closed shortly thereafter due to the pandemic, though they are now starting to reopen once again.

Beyond that, three more lounges are expected to join the network before the end of the year, at Denver International Airport, London Heathrow, and New York JFK.

There’s good news on that front, as the Amex Centurion Lounge New York JFK is open as of today. The first guest even recorded himself entering the lounge.

Centurion Lounge JFK now open

The Amex Centurion Lounge JFK was first announced a couple of years ago, and it’s now open in spite of the pandemic. This is the 13th lounge in Amex’s Centurion Lounge network, and it is also the largest Centurion Lounge yet. Not only that, but Amex is referring to this as the new “flagship” Centurion Lounge, so I guess we should have high expectations.

Let’s get into some of the details…

Centurion Lounge JFK size

The Centurion Lounge JFK is over 15,000 square feet, making it the largest Centurion Lounge yet (by a small margin, since several are in the 13,000-14,000 square foot range).

This is also the first Centurion Lounge with two floors.

The Centurion Lounge JFK will feature a speakeasy-style bar

Centurion Lounge JFK location

The Centurion Lounge JFK is located airside in Terminal 4. After clearing security you can find it after the TSA checkpoint and to the left of the escalators that would otherwise take you downstairs to the departures level.

Terminals at JFK aren’t connected airside, so it’s not particularly practical to use this lounge if flying into or out of another terminal. The largest airline in Terminal 4 is Delta, but it’s also used by dozens of international airlines, ranging from Air India to Emirates to Singapore Airlines.

The Centurion Lounge JFK exterior

The Centurion Lounge JFK reception desk

Centurion Lounge JFK hours

The Centurion Lounge JFK is open daily from 6AM until 8PM. I imagine over time those hours could be adjusted (and presumably extended), but for now those seem like pretty long hours.

Centurion Lounge JFK food, drinks, and amenities

Obviously due to coronavirus Centurion Lounges aren’t currently offering the full experience that members may be used to, but the lounge offers the following:

  • A curated menu by renowned Chef Ignacio Mattos, channeling the elegance and ethnic diversity of the city’s vibrant restaurant scene
  • A first-ever speakeasy-style bar in a Centurion Lounge by mixologist Jim Meehan, called “1850”
  • Wellness offerings from Equinox Body Lab, including self-led meditation and stretching sessions using Equinox’s health-and-fitness app Variis
  • Elevated New York inspired design — guests are greeted by a handmade, custom mosaic mural, a nod to the NYC subway tiles
  • Coffee by Irving Farm and local wines curated by Anthony Giglio

The Amex Centurion Lounge JFK

The Amex Centurion Lounge JFK

Bottom line

The new Amex Centurion Lounge JFK is now open, and it looks great. It goes without saying that this isn’t really the ideal time to show off a new “flagship” lounge, given the limited service that can be offered at the moment.

This is not only a great addition to the Amex Centurion Lounge network, but it’s also a great addition to Terminal 4 at JFK, as this will hopefully cause less crowding in the Delta SkyClub.

Anyone excited to check out the new Amex Lounge JFK?