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Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club With Etihad Airways at New York JFK Now Open

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In 2015, Etihad Airways unveiled its first class and business class lounge at John F. Kennedy International (JFK). However, ever since the onset of the pandemic, Etihad’s exclusive space has remained closed — along with all of its U.S. lounges.

Now, the JFK outpost has reopened, this time under the Chase Sapphire Lounge portfolio. Here’s what we know so far and how certain credit cardholders will be able to get access.

New Chase Sapphire Lounge Open in Terminal 4

Nearly a decade ago, Etihad opened a JFK lounge with much fanfare, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, a bar with curated cocktail and mocktail offerings, an intimate dining area, relaxation facilities, and a bespoke design customized to reflect the United Arab Emirates.

It was a time of explosive growth for the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, but in recent years, the airline has had a change in strategy. Etihad has been much more strategic and measured in its expansion, and part of that includes curtailing its own lounge operations in the U.S.

However, Etihad has reopened its lounge in JFK’s Terminal 4 post-security above gate A2 — and it is now partnered with a familiar name. The renovated 7,600-square-foot lounge opened on January 23, 2024, as the Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club with Etihad Airways (we know, it’s an unnecessary mouthful).

Chase Sapphire Lounge JFK seating near bar
Image Credit: Angela Sun/Chase Sapphire

Etihad has outsourced operations to Airport Dimensions (owners of The Club and Chase’s new lounge network). The hours are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Specialty amenities include:

  • Craft cocktails and a curated wine list
  • Private bathrooms with 3 shower suites
  • Reflection rooms
  • Seasonal dining options, including halal offerings
Chase Sapphire Lounge JFK buffet
Image Credit: Angela Sun/Chase Sapphire

How To Gain Access

A Chase spokesperson confirmed to Upgraded Points that the lounge will have the same access criteria as other Chase Sapphire Lounges. That means those with the Chase Sapphire Reserve® with Priority Pass get unlimited access (along with 2 guests). Travelers will need to ensure they enroll in a Priority Pass membership first, which is complimentary with the Sapphire Reserve card.

Chase Sapphire Lounge JFK purple white seating
Image Credit: Angela Sun/Chase Sapphire

If you have a Priority Pass membership with another credit card, you’ll be able to enter a U.S. Sapphire lounge once per calendar year at no cost. Any subsequent visit will be charged $75.

Premium passengers on Etihad will also have access.

Hot Tip:

Etihad will be bringing back its iconic Airbus A380 service to New York-JFK in April 2024 — including the opportunity to fly “The Apartment” with shower suites to and from Abu Dhabi.

Final Thoughts

Chase Sapphire Lounge JFK dining seating
Image Credit: Angela Sun/Chase Sapphire

With the opening of the Chase Sapphire Lounge at New York’s LaGuardia Airport fresh on everyone’s minds, it’s also exciting to hear that Terminal 4 at JFK will be getting another airport lounge option — and not just for Etihad premium passengers.

With another Terminal 4 lounge offering, we’re hoping this will ease some of the crowds at the Amex Centurion Lounge and 2 Delta Sky Clubs already in the terminal.

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Chris is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on timely travel trends, points and miles, hot new hotels, and all things that go (he’s a proud aviation geek and transit nerd). Formerly full-time at The Points Guy, his work can now be found at AFAR, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, and Lonely Planet, among others

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