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Closing Time: Chaos & Trash at Centurion & WingTips JFK

Centurion & Wingman JFK Lounge Review is part of the Reunion Tour Trip Report.


After spending all day at the airport, I looked forward to peace and tranquility before my 19-hour flight (see World’s Longest & Best Flight: JFK-SIN). I found chaos and trash instead.

WingTips JFK

a sign with a plant in a pot next to a walkway

I have visited Wingtips before and was not impressed (see Priority Pass Lounge JFK: WingTips for Cold Turkey). I went again and stand by my previous post. The place was a zoo. The animals had already fed. There was nothing but scraps left over.a trays of food on a counter

Starving, I found the spicy chicken and white rice quite good. Out of plates, I was forced to eat out of a salad bowl.

a plate of food on a table

TPOL’s Tip: Priority Pass used to be welcomed here. On this day, it was not.

Centurion JFK

a white lamp on a wall
The sign gives a false impression that this lounge will be prestigious.

Whenever there is the option for a business class lounge and a Centurion Lounge, I feel compelled to go to both (see Melbourne Airport Lounge Review: SQ vs. Centurion). My memories of Centurion combined with its marketing gave me high expectations for the JFK lounge. For $595 a year, such expectations are reasonable. Of course, I found the opposite. This was the worst Centurion experience, beating out the Centurion Miami and Centurion Dallas. Here’s why:

  1. Bar closes at 8:30PM. The sign says that the bar closes at 9:30PM, but that was not the case. I assume this is due to Covid, the convenient excuse for all cutbacks in quality and service.
    a menu in a clear plastic case
    Says 9:30PM
  2. The food is removed at 8:45. There’s a last call for food? Where am I, the Turkish Business Lounge in Istanbul (see New Turkish Airlines Lounge Review: I Miss Chuck E. Cheese)? At least there are snacks in that lounge.
    a group of people at a buffet
    Last call for everything.

    a salad on a plate a plate of food on a table

    a food buffet in a restaurant
    No more food for you.
  3. There are limited toilets and no urinals. a hallway with a door and a tile floor
  4. The lounge closes at 9. Yes, you read that correctly. In the international terminal in the ‘capital of the world,’ it’s lights out at 9PM.

    a blue door with a picture of a man on it
    Literally shown the door.

Back to WingTips? No, that lounge closed at 8.

After spending all day in the airport (see 13.5 Hours in JFK: Wait, There Was Early Check-in?), I had one hour of lounge time. So much for rest and relaxation.

 

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