One of the many lovely benefits attached to the American Express Platinum card is access to over 600 airport lounges worldwide.
That’s a travel luxury that has eluded me lo these many years in a lifetime of air travel, almost exclusively on American Airlines. As often as I fly, it’s never been enough to rack up enough mileage in one year to qualify for membership in American Airlines’ Admirals Club.
For years, I’ve stared longingly as I passed the Admirals Club entrance, imagining harried travelers settling into an oasis of luxury and calm just beyond the door.
But today, Platinum card in hand, I breached the gate of the Admirals Club at John F Kennedy Airport.
I was greeted by a very friendly (for New York) attendant, who just happened to scoot off when I went for the shot:
Monitors are conveniently placed so that you can check your flight as you pass through the lobby.
But I headed to where the free snacks and drinks are kept stocked all day, along with an assortment of newspapers and American Airline magazines.
I bypassed the many TV lounges…
and the Bar Lounge…
as well as the Kid Zone…
and the shower, much nicer than mine at home, by the way…
although I did make a pit stop in the spacious Ladies’ Restroom.
I ended up in the Café Lounge, where I was able to plug in while munching on a delicious and moderately priced ($12 included tax and tip) Waldorf Salad, accompanied by FREE ice tea and apples.
Even the momentary temptation to pick up FREE cookies for the road was forgotten as I headed out to board the flight to Los Angeles accompanied by the stunningly beautiful and svelte Jan Daley.
Maybe that’s one of the unstated Platinum benefits – diet willpower.