The new Centurion Lounge at JFK airport blows every airline lounge I’ve been to during the pandemic out of the water – here are its 9 coolest features

  • American Express’ newest Centurion Lounge at JFK Airport is chock full of amenities that are completely free to visitors. 
  • Hot food buffets serving gourmet meals, carefully curated cocktails, and an Equinox Body Lab are just some of the features open to passengers.
  • Hidden within the lounge is also a prohibition-themed speakeasy that’s only accessible through a secret door. 
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American Express opened its newest Centurion Lounge at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this month to less fanfare than normal amid a pandemic that’s crippled travel.

Only a handful of visitors could be found on an opening day that also saw less than a million travelers take to the skies in the US. Meanwhile, if the lounge had opened a year prior, its walls would’ve very likely been jam-packed with passengers eager to make use of their $550 credit card perk in the extravagant space. 

But while most travelers will have to standby a little longer to experience the new space, it’s well worth the wait. Two years of construction yielded a massive two-level lounge with more than 15,000 square feet of seating.

Unlike airline lounges, the Centurion Lounge is known for its extravagant amenities for which passengers don’t have to lay out a dime, apart from the annual fee on the credit card or membership that gets them in the door. Steak and potatoes, for example, was on the menu compared to the normal cheese cubes and soup found on the airline side. 

And while most of its features are open for all to see, the lounge has a few secret spots that shouldn’t be missed.

Here are the coolest features of the lounge. 

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