Review: British Airways First Class Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7
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Review: British Airways First Class Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7


This review of British Airways First Class Lounge at New York JFK Terminal 7 is part of a new trip report (but not on British Airways). See all of our airport lounge reviews, or, if you are flying British Airways, see our posts tagged British Airways.

I'll add more about the check-in process for our flight after I review our first class flight.

Entrance to British Airways Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7


British Airways First Class Lounge at New York JFK Terminal 7 Access and Hours

The British Airways First Class Lounge at New York JFK Terminal 7 is located after security. After clearing security, go up the escalators and immediately turn left to go up another set of small escalators. The lounge entrance is directly in front of you, both to the British Airways Galleries Lounge on the right, and the British Airways First Class Lounge on the left. The lounge is open daily from 5am to 10pm.

The following passengers have access:

  • Passengers flying First Class on British Airways, ANA, Cathay Pacific, and Qantas
  • British Airways Executive Club Gold members in any class of service, plus one guest
  • oneworld Emerald elite frequent flyers flying on a oneworld flight in any class of service


British Airways First Class Lounge at New York JFK Terminal 7 Amenities

The British Airways First Class Lounge has ample seating space, but if you want a shower or Elemis Spa treatment, that's only on the business class side in the Galleries Lounge. There's seating by the window, but the entire lounge was warm when we were there, so the seating by the window was uncomfortably hot.

Window Seating, British Airways First Class Lounge New York JFK


The main amenities are WiFi and refreshments. There are also restrooms, but as at the British Airways Concorde Room at JFK, these don't feature showers, just toilets and Elemis hand wash and moisturizer.

Women's Bathroom, BA First Class Lounge JFK Review

Elemis Spa Products


In the seating area, I was disappointed to find that there was a lack of power outlets. New lounges such as Etihad's have power outlets by each seat, but that definitely wasn't the case here. I also was dismayed by how worn the furniture was--it had all seen better days. Here's the scratched table we sat near:

Scratched Table


And the worn arm of the armchair:

Worn Out Furniture, BA First Class Lounge JFK Review


British Airways First Class Lounge at New York JFK Food and Drink

As we were on a morning flight, the food being served was breakfast. The only hot item was oatmeal, with brown sugar, raisins, dried cranberries and honey as accompaniments. There were no eggs or other hot items.

Oatmeal, BA First Class Lounge JFK Review


The cold buffet offered some sandwich wraps:

Sandwich Wraps


There was a basket of fresh fruit, which in my view every lounge should have, as it's one of the healthiest options.

Fresh Fruit, British Airways First Class Lounge NYC JFK Review


My son had some of the plain Greek yogurt mixed with vanilla yogurt, along with some fresh blueberries and strawberries on top.

Yogurt and Berries, British Airways First Class Lounge JFK Review

Yogurt and Berries





There were also a few pastries and mini bagels with cream cheese, although unfortunately no toaster to toast the bagel.

Pastries and Bread


He also had some orange juice; there was orange juice, grapefruit juice and tomato juice as choices.



A full bar was available, as well as a coffee machine with espresso drink choices.

Bar, British Airways First Class Lounge JFK Review


Tea was Twinings, so mid-range and not what I'd want to see for a first class lounge. 

Twinings Tea


There were also snacks and cookies.


Wasabi Peas and Snacks


The Verdict

The British Airways First Class Lounge at JFK Terminal 7 is the most disappointing international first class lounge I've been to in recent memory, for several reasons. The furniture is worn and has no place being in a first class lounge. Even for breakfast, there should have been some other hot items offered, not just oatmeal. The temperature was uncomfortably warm and stuffy. And importantly, there are simply not enough power outlets next to most seats. If not for this review, I would have simply gone to the Galleries section of the lounge. If you're flying British Airways First Class of course, you have access to the Concorde Lounge, which has a la carte dining. And otherwise, or if you want a shower, you may as well head to the Galleries Lounge, which has that at least.

If you've been to the British Airways First Class Lounge at New York JFK Terminal 7, were you similarly disappointed?

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