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Review: Wingtips Lounge in New York JFK International Terminal 4

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.

 

wonder learn invest wingtips lounge review new york city jfk international terminal three priority pass chase sapphire reserve travel hacking 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.

wonder learn invest wingtips lounge review new york city jfk international terminal three priority pass chase sapphire reserve travel hacking Plenty of seats, plenty of food.

wonder learn invest wingtips lounge review new york city jfk international terminal three priority pass chase sapphire reserve travel hacking Enormous selection of… everything

wonder learn invest wingtips lounge review new york city jfk international terminal three priority pass chase sapphire reserve travel hacking If you know how to mix all this together the right way, have at it!

wonder learn invest wingtips lounge review new york city jfk international terminal three priority pass chase sapphire reserve travel hacking 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.

wonder learn invest wingtips lounge review new york city jfk international terminal three priority pass chase sapphire reserve travel hacking

Menus in the beverage fridge.

wonder learn invest wingtips lounge review new york city jfk international terminal three priority pass chase sapphire reserve travel hacking

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.

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An OK dinner. And it was free! Chicken Parm (presumably), spinach something, pasta.

wonder learn invest wingtips lounge review new york city jfk international terminal three priority pass chase sapphire reserve travel hacking Soup/bread/cereal. Rarely bad.

wonder learn invest wingtips lounge review new york city jfk international terminal three priority pass chase sapphire reserve travel hacking Snacks! Grab a paper cup and take some with you.

wonder learn invest wingtips lounge review new york city jfk international terminal three priority pass chase sapphire reserve travel hacking Anything that brings even a little privacy is welcomed.

wonder learn invest wingtips lounge review new york city jfk international terminal three priority pass chase sapphire reserve travel hacking

Dinner overlooking the moonlit tarmac, pretty pleasant for being in JFK, after all.

wonder learn invest wingtips lounge review new york city jfk international terminal three priority pass chase sapphire reserve travel hacking One of the separate ‘rooms.’

wonder learn invest wingtips lounge review new york city jfk international terminal three priority pass chase sapphire reserve travel hacking

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.

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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!

 


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