SWISS operates two lounges at New York JFK airport. The SWISS Lounge welcomes business class, Miles&More Senator members and Star Alliance Gold passengers, while SWISS First Class passengers may use the adjacent First Class lounge. There is no separate Senator lounge unlike at other airports.
SWISS Lounge JFK design
The design of the SWISS Lounge at JFK will be immediately familiar to the airline’s frequent flyers, with its signature wall made of Jura stone, black and white tones, and Vitra designer seats. The space is modern and simple with clean lines; perhaps even too minimalist for some.
Each comfortable seat comes with a small side table, lamp, and power outlet. Counter style seating runs along the floor to ceiling window, giving patrons a first row seat on the bustling tarmac. By the buffet is a small dining area. There are also high tables that would be ideal for laptop users, but unfortunately lack power outlets.
The windows let plenty of natural light in, although the dominant black tones give the club a slightly dark feel in the evenings.
While the space is reasonably large overall, the lounge does tend to get busy and may be crowded at peak times, obliterating the impact of the otherwise serene design.
SWISS Lounge JFK amenities
The food selection is hit or miss. Overall, the fare tends to be relatively simple, with a selection of snacks and deli items. Around meal times, SWISS offers a limited selection of hot and cold appetizers and entrees, though the spread is somewhat paltry overall for a premium international departure lounge, and the buffet isn’t always replenished on a regular basis. In our opinion, the selection doesn’t qualify as a substitute for a meal, which is unfortunate because flights from JFK to western Europe tend to be very short, and passengers would probably appreciate the option to dine on a ground in order to maximize sleep on board.
Simple but well-appointed showers are available: inquire at the reception desk. Other amenities include a TV/theater room, a quiet room with recliner chairs, as well as a selection of newspapers and magazines.
SWISS Lounge JFK bottom line
Overall, the SWISS Lounge at New York JFK provides an elegant and convenient space to relax before a flight, but the overall lack of real estate and somewhat limited buffet spread fail to impress. In contrast, sister company Lufthansa operates a superior, showcase three-level lounge complex in Terminal 1 — it’s unfortunate that the airport authority restricts access to passengers holding a boarding pass for flights departing from Terminal 1.
Note: the SWISS Lounge used to be located outside security, however it isn’t the case anymore.
You may have access to SWISS Lounge as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.
Access for eligible customers traveling on any Star Alliance member airline.
ANA (NH) Adria Airways (JP) Aegean (A3) Air Canada (AC) Air China (CA) Air India (AI) Air New Zealand (NZ) Asiana (OZ) Austrian (OS) Avianca (AV) Brussels Airlines (SN) Copa Airlines (CM) Croatia Airlines (OU) EVA Air (BR) Egyptair (MS) Ethiopian Airlines (ET) LOT Polish Airlines (LO) Lufthansa (LH) SAS (SK) SWISS (LX) Shenzhen Airlines (ZH) Singapore Airlines (SQ) South African Air (SA) TAP Air Portugal (TP) Thai Airways (TG) Turkish Airlines (TK) United (UA)
Hainan Airlines (HU)
SWISS Lounge at New York, NY - J.F. Kennedy International (JFK) welcomes:View detailed access rules at swiss.com.
- First Class passengers departing the same day on an international flight operated by SWISS or a Star Alliance member airline (+1 guest and children under the age of 18)
- Business Class passengers departing the same day on an international flight operated by SWISS or a Star Alliance member airline (no guests)
- Miles & More HON Circle members departing the same day on an international flight operated by SWISS or a Star Alliance member airline (+1 guest and children under the age of 18)
- Miles & More Senator members departing the same day on an international flight operated by SWISS or a Star Alliance member airline (+1 guest and children under the age of 18)
- Miles & More Frequent Traveller members (no guests)
- Star Alliance Gold passengers departing the same day on an international flight operated by SWISS or a Star Alliance member airline in any class of service (+1 guest and children under the age of 18)
- United Club members departing on an international flight operated by SWISS or a Star Alliance member airline (no guests)
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Club members departing on an international flight operated by SWISS or a Star Alliance member airline (no guests)
When flying Star Alliance
When flying Star Alliance. Worldwide membership only.
- 2.0Based on 12 ReviewsJan B.2018-06-09 09:04:59Ticket on Asiana grants access to this Lounge. (Biz class). Underwhelming. Small snack area was less than enticing but became off putting with hair by the...Mahbobe M.2018-04-19 09:17:01Nice and quiet, there is not a lot of food and snack options and small serve yourself bar. But with all that said it was comfortable enough to relax and...Charle F.2018-05-13 17:05:15Cramped and way below what others are offering.The lounge is small, cramped and stuffy. The choices for food, resting, drink are all minimal and the...
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