Review: American Flagship Lounge JFK and Flagship First Dining

Review-American Flagship Lounge JFK-Flagship First Dining

This American Flagship Lounge JFK and Flagship First Dining Review is a video review from my recent evening visit before my Cathay Pacific First Class flight from JFK to Vancouver. I'll be adding lounge access policy, additional photos and impressions soon, but in the meantime, here is the YouTube video. You can also subscribe to TravelSort on YouTube  to be alerted to additional first class lounge, first class and business class trip reports, and luxury hotel reviews.


American Flagship Lounge JFK Access Policy

The following passengers have access to the AA Flagship Lounge:

  • Flying international First Class or Business Class on AA or a oneworld partner (allowed 1 guest)
  • Flying American Airlines First Class or AA Business Class on a nonstop JFK-LAX or JFK-SFO flight (no guest allowed)
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum frequent flyers departing on or connecting to an international flight on AA or a oneworld partner (allowed 1 guest)
  • AAdvantage ConciergeKey frequent flyers departing on or connecting to any AA or oneworld partner flight (allowed immediate family including spouse or domestic partner and children up to 18 or up to two guests)
  • oneworld Emerald or Sapphire frequent flyers departing on or connecting to any AA or oneworld partner flight (allowed 1 guest)

American Flagship Lounge JFK Terminal 8 Entrance


American Flagship Lounge JFK Location and Hours

The new American Flagship Lounge and New York JFK is located at Terminal 8, after the Concourse B security checkpoint, on the mezzanine level.  Take the stairs or elevator up to the lounge. The lounge is open daily from 4:15am-1am. The hallway leading to the lounge is lined with a lit photo panorama of the NYC skyline.

Review-American Flagship Lounge JFK Terminal 8 Hall


American Flagship Lounge JFK Amenities

While the AA Flagship lounge page touts “expansive seating” as a perk, my evening visit, at around 7-9pm, seemed to coincide with peak lounge usage as there was scarcely a seat to be found in the entire lounge, large as it was. I don't know that I've ever been in quite so crowded a first class lounge. See my video above for footage on just how crowded the lounge was.

There was a quiet room, but I could tell just peeking in that it too was crowded, nor were there any real beds in the area.

One of the best amenities of the lounge are the shower rooms. These have rain shower heads, and also a handheld shower that is accessible for passengers in wheelchairs.

Review-American Flagship Lounge JFK Terminal 8-Shower Room

Review-American Flagship Lounge JFK Terminal 8-Shower


CO Bigelow Lime and Coriander Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash were available in pump dispensers:

Review-American Flagship Lounge JFK Terminal 8-Shower Room CO Bigelow Lime and Coriander Shampoo and Conditioner


There's a buffet in the main part of the American Flagship Lounge, although it was rather picked over during my visit and didn't seem to be replenished that frequently.

American Flagship Lounge JFK Buffet


The wines and spirits were in far more abundant supply.

Wines, American Flagship Lounge JFK


American Flagship First Dining

If you're flying in First Class on American or a oneworld partner, such as Cathay Pacific First Class, you're invited to enjoy a la carte dining in the Flagship First Dining section. This area has 4 booths, which were popular: three of them were occupied during my visit, and I had use of the fourth.

Flagship First Dining-Booth


There are also four circular tables for two, and eight square tables for either solo diners or couples, that are near the windows overlooking the tarmac.

Review-American Flagship Lounge JFK-Flagship First Dining


Here was the dinner menu during my visit:

Flagship First Dining Menu, JFK

Flagship First Dining Menu, JFK


I ordered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, which wasn't bad, but was more acidic than I prefer. Our usual New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Trader Joe's is more balanced.

Wine, Flagship First Dining, JFK


I started with the potstickers, which were delicious, although honestly no more delicious than the ones we've occasionally gotten from the frozen section of Trader Joe's and cooked at home.

Flagship First Dining, JFK: Potstickers Appetizer


Although not on the menu, the eggplant caponata with polenta sounded tasty, so I ordered it. I liked the polenta, but I stopped eating the caponata pretty quickly as there were too many onions for my taste, especially compared to the amount of eggplant.

AA JFK Flagship First Dining: Eggplant Caponata with Polenta


The Verdict

The American Flagship Lounge JFK could have been a better experience if it hadn't been so packed. If you're flying first class and have access to Flagship First Dining, I highly recommend spending most of your time in that area, especially if visiting during a crowded time as I was. There was more seating there and it was more tranquil.

The shower room I visited was clean and and fresh looking, with a rain shower, as it should be for such a new lounge, albeit austere.

As far as food in Flagship First, I liked the potstickers, although they were really no better than what you can get at Trader Joe's, and the Sauvignon Blanc wasn't as good as the one we normally get from Trader Joe's. I personally didn't care for the eggplant caponata, due to all the onions in it, but otherwise it was ok. I was glad to have the option of Flagship First dining, since the buffet in the regular Flagship Lounge was rather picked over and depleted during my visit.

If you've visited the American Flagship Lounge recently, what was your experience?

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6 years ago

Thanks for the review! I’m flying a CX F award ticket next week from JFK-HKG so would that grant me access to First Dining? Just wanted to double check.

Hilary Stockton
6 years ago
Reply to  Benny

Yes, you’d have access to First Dining. Hope the lounge is less crowded for you than it was for my husband’s recent visit, and have a great flight!

6 years ago

Thank you Hilary! Hope so too.

6 years ago

Have you done any reviews for AA 737-800 Passenger Business class? Or know anyone who has? I am flying Business class from MIA-GYE in two months.

Thank you

6 years ago

Great review. What is the earliest check in time for CX889 F class?

5 years ago
Reply to  Suzy

I have the same question. I will be flying CX865 Business and would like to know how arely Cathay Pacific allows you to check in at the terminal.

Hilary Stockton
5 years ago
Reply to  Rob

If this is for JFK, airport check-in opens 3.5 hours before departure. LAX is 3 hours before departure and SFO is 4 hours before departure; it depends on your departure airport.