JFK's Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is only for Upper Class passengers and those holding VA Flying Club Gold status. And even those that sounds fairly restrictive, the place was packed at 7pm, what with a few Virgin Atlantic flights departing for London around that time and what turned out to be fully-booked Upper Class cabins. We chilled back in premium economy on the flight, but close enough to drool over the airplane's bar...but more on that tomorrow.
To give you an idea of the the Clubhouse at JFK, imagine a very open-plan terminal, like that of the one that Tom Hanks wanders around in the movie Terminal. The Clubhouse is a long, thin open area on the second floor, looking down on the action (and economy passengers) below. A long, low reflecting pool of water keeps the space closed off, and a fort-like element on the middle of the space divides it up into nooks, where most people were furiously typing away at their laptops or slouching down in the cup-like chairs, with their earphones in and a drink in hand.
Speaking of drinks, the Clubhouse has a full bar up front, and a grab bar towards the back, where you can help yourself to a stocked fridge and even a cookie jar with fresh-baked cookiesthey were chocolate when we were there. At the very back is a little chill room, more secluded and yet with a giant flatscreen TV. We guess this area is for the folks who have no desire in staring out the huge bank of windows that look out at the tarmac and other boarding flights; it's pure poetry out there, even at night.
When finally our flight was called, it was a real party pooper! Perhaps we should have booked a later flight and arrived to the airport even earlier to enjoy the place completely? Well, we suppose we'll just have to come back soon, huh?
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· JFK Clubhouse [Virgin Atlantic]
· Lounging at the Airport: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse [Jaunted]
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