JetBlue is one of the most pleasant airlines to fly domestically, though one of the downsides is that they don’t have any lounges. For example, I think JetBlue Mint is the single best way to fly within the US in terms of the onboard experience, but then they don’t have anything in the way of a premium experience on the ground.
JetBlue’s biggest hub is at JFK Terminal 5, and at least there has been an Airspace Lounge in this terminal. It’s not a great lounge — quite to the contrary, it’s actually a pretty lousy lounge. However, something is better than nothing.
Those with the Amex Platinum Card have received access to this lounge, including a $10 food & beverage credit per person, which can be spent in the lounge.
Perhaps the feature I most appreciated about the lounge was that it had a shower, which sure was nice when coming off a long flight, before connecting on JetBlue (I took advantage of that after getting off a Pakistan Airlines flight from Manchester).
Unfortunately the Airspace Lounge JFK will be closing as of August 31, 2018. The closure is permanent, and there’s no indication yet if anything will be done with the space. Of course it would be great if some other lounge took over the space, though I think it’s much more likely that this will be turned into a restaurant or retail space.
It would be awesome if JetBlue created a Mint Lounge, though I think that’s highly unlikely (and I don’t blame them — they have a superior onboard pricing and have lowered the cost of premium airfare in the market).
In the meantime it would be nice to see Priority Pass add a restaurant in Terminal 5. The terminal itself is already one of the nicest at JFK, so given the free wifi in the terminal, a Priority Pass restaurant would more than make up for the loss of the Airspace Lounge.
Now the only other remaining lounge in Terminal 5 is operated by Aer Lingus.
Will you miss the Airspace Lounge JFK?