Hello from JFK! I’m here writing a Wingtips lounge review thanks to my Priority Pass membership, which comes with the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. I’ve also got several WiFi options here, courtesy of Sprint, Boingo (through the SPG card) and the lounge itself. Security was a 7-person line– a breeze compared to the roughly 250-person line we skipped. That was thanks to TSA PreCheck, a perk of having the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. I took Uber and public transportation getting here, so have spent less than $20 so far. Life is good, and we haven’t even begun the review yet.
Wingtips absolutely competes with any lounge I’ve used so far. It’s well designed: like a good home, the kitchen (buffet, really) is central. The space is split up into several more intimate ‘rooms’ by three-quarter height dividing walls. This creates a much cozier and private feeling while inside. The lounge also features comfortable, pod-like leather chairs with high privacy walls and individual tables. Delta lounges use similar seats– they make a huge difference, as most travelers are in lounges to escape the crowded, public airport terminals.
My fellow travel writer Lucky recently reviewed this lounge after he visited it while it was still under construction.
There are two large spaces with TVs with access to hundreds of channels, and at least one display that shows current flight times, statuses, gates, etc. With several configurations and styles of seats, tables, couches, and desks, the designers have realized that comfort is not a one-size-fits-all issue. The food wasn’t great, but it was substantial enough to be dinner and, hey, this isn’t the Emirates Dubai lounge. Of course, it was free, as were the wine, beer, liquor, cocktail station drinks, soft drinks, and coffee. There were two large Douwe Egberts coffee machines that I skipped, as I’m hoping to sleep on the 8-hour flight to Manchester.
All in all, this was a comfortable lounge with tons to eat and drink, plenty of options for sitting/working/relaxing, and a hard-working staff. In fact, the lounge was at capacity but (as is always the case with travel) a smiling attitude got me an exception. The only downside here was the lack of showers and private bathrooms. One of the great privileges of lounge-access is, on top of relaxing and eating, being able to feel clean! There is something dirty about travel and a hot shower is the only real solution. All in all, though, a great experience. Here are the photos.
The entrance is tucked away upstairs, just after security. It’s very removed from the activity of the terminal. They were supposedly at capacity, but I smiled and noted that I was traveling alone and quickly got in.
Plenty of seats, plenty of food.
Enormous selection of… everything
If you know how to mix all this together the right way, have at it!
Beer selection included mostly imports. I had a glass of Rosé that wasn’t bad at all. All of the wines were in the $10-$20 range.
Menus in the beverage fridge.
On planes and in airports, stick to the cold items. I don’t know why, but anything refrigerated usually tastes fine. Seems airline folks haven’t quite mastered the art of making things warm.
An OK dinner. And it was free! Chicken Parm (presumably), spinach something, pasta.
Soup/bread/cereal. Rarely bad.
Snacks! Grab a paper cup and take some with you.
Anything that brings even a little privacy is welcomed.
Dinner overlooking the moonlit tarmac, pretty pleasant for being in JFK, after all.
One of the separate ‘rooms.’
Leaving the lounge in a very quiet part of JFK, overlooking the main terminal. I flew Virgin Atlantic afterward and I was offered– for the first time in economy class– a hot towel and an actual menu, as well as free beer/wine/liquor.
And that’s it! Check out the following post on the Escape Lounge in Manchester. If you want to subscribe to these articles, just click here. The Chase Sapphire Reserve is my go-to travel card right now and this is my referral link. It’s my ticket to free flights and lounges, among other perks. Happy traveling!