As an avid traveler always on the hunt for a quality airport lounge experience, I was eager to check out the Air France Lounge at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) before my recent trip.
As the flagship lounge for Air France’s transatlantic flights between North America and Europe, I had high expectations for comfort, amenities, food, and service. I’ve always flown Air France, so I was excited for my first chance to experience the Air France premium product on the ground.
I’ll provide a detailed account of the Air France lounge’s offerings, ambiance, crowd level, strengths and weaknesses, and value for money, helping other travelers determine if it’s worth a visit, using a pass, paying the fee, or even booking an Air France business class ticket with the airline.
With an easy lounge location at JFK’s Terminal 1, I’ll focus specifically on the Air France lounge near Gate 1 in the famous airport. So in preparation for an upcoming flight with Air France, read on for an inside look at this major European carrier’s flagship lounge on the U.S. side of the Atlantic.
How to Get Access
Passengers flying in the premium cabins (such as Business Class or First Class) on Air France always have access to the lounge.
Members of Air France’s frequent flyer program, Flying Blue, with elite status or certain membership tiers, may receive lounge access privileges. Verify with the gate agent.
Some passengers can gain access to the lounge by having memberships or passes from lounge access programs like Priority Pass, LoungeKey, or Lounge Club. However, availability through these programs is subject to availability and other conditions.
Certain premium credit cards offer complimentary or discounted lounge access as a benefit. Check your credit card’s terms and conditions to see if it includes access to Air France Lounges or lounges in general.
Things to Do at the Air France Lounge
Comfortable Seating: The lounge offers comfortable seating areas, including various seating options such as armchairs, sofas, and workstations.
Wi-Fi and Business Services: High-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the lounge, along with business facilities such as workstations, printers, copiers, and charging stations for electronic devices.
Food and Beverage: There’s a selection of complimentary French food and beverages, including snacks, hot and cold meals, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The offerings include both red and white wines, champagne, beer, and premium spirits.
Entertainment: Stay busy with entertainment options like magazines, newspapers, TVs, and sometimes even private relaxation areas.
Clarins Spa and Shower Facilities: Bathroom, spa, and shower facilities are available for guests who want to freshen up during their layovers. Be sure to book your Clarins facial treatment ahead of time!
VIP Services: Some lounges offer additional services for premium passengers, such as priority boarding, assistance with reservations, and dedicated staff to cater to specific needs.
Enjoy! Bon voyage