Qatar Airways is using the American Airlines Flagship lounge as a Business Class lounge for their flights. I came into JFK on the 3-class American Airlines A321T (Review) and my inbound flight was of course early.
Doesn’t that happen all the time – when you have a long layover the first flight is super early and the connecting flight late. If you have a tight connection the first flight is never early.
Oh well I was excited to check out the lounge and see what American Airlines had done. The lounge splits into two sections a regular Admirals Club and a Flagship Lounge. I veered right (there is a blocked door and a separate lounge attendant you have to pass) and set up shop in the work area. I was worried that the AT&T WiFi might be super slow (for me AT&T WiFi stands for the worst WiFi experience ever) but no it was about 4-5Mbit and pretty stable the whole time. No complaints there.
It was a cold fall day (it was in the upper 30s) but the lounge felt almost the same temperature – maybe the heating only comes up in November? It was really chilly.
After an hour I ventured into the bar and buffet area and the self service had lots of premium drinks and the food was really decent. You will not be spoiled with international delicacies here but the food is very edible and the sparkling wines are there to be enjoyed!
The lounge was heavily occupied by Brazilian guests (there are a number of TAM flights to Rio and Sao Paulo, though it seemed at times everyone spoke Portuguese) but for the duration of my stay there it never felt crazy crowded.
I wish every US lounge would look like this. I had a great time.