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Capital One to Open New JFK Airport Lounge With Big Apple Flair

Bodegas, bagels, and freshly brewed coffee: Capital One’s latest lounge seeks to recreate in JFK’s Terminal 4

by Lauren Smith

July 8, 2024

Photo: Courtesy of Capital One

Capital One‘s fifth airport lounge for credit card holders will be a sprawling retreat in New York JFK‘s Terminal 4, paying homage to New York City with an in-lounge bodega and coffee and bagel bar.

The new lounge exists only in digital renderings, and Capital One hasn’t revealed an opening date. But what’s on paper is certainly intriguing and matches the standard the credit card company has set with its other lounges.

At 13,000 square feet, the lounge will be the card provider’s largest airport space yet and rival Amex’s 15,000-square-foot Centurion Lounge in the same terminal. Located in the retail hall, just past security, the space also offers “the most expansive tarmac views of any Capital One Lounge yet,” making it the perfect haven for plane spotters.

Photo: New York-JFK lounge rendering. Courtesy of Capital One

The lounge is designed to give travelers a bite of the Big Apple in the form of fresh bagels and local cheeses and beers.

Guests can order their americanos and everything bagels at the counter of a replica bodega designed to imitate the city’s ubiquitous and iconic convenience stores. Cats are not included.

Elsewhere, the lounge serves up charcuterie boards with cheeses from the Hudson Valley, selected by a staff cheesemonger and paired with cured meets, housemade accompaniments, and beer and wine.

Guests can also order off a tapas-style menu and, if their gate is closing, pick up nibbles from a grab-and-go fridge, a fixture of Capital One’s lounges.

Capital One’s “Perfect Airport Beer” program will continue at this lounge, with a local brewery selected to produce airport-exclusive suds.

Photo: Capital One Lounge, Dallas Fort Worth. Courtesy of Capital One

The lounge’s design will be firmly rooted in New York, with a gallery of paintings, silkscreen prints, and textile pieces from hometown artists.

The focal point of the lounge will be a hanging glass sculpture from Brooklyn’s Shakúff Custom Lighting, symbolizing the colorful experiences of the city through suspended glass stones.

New York’s not just a concrete jungle: another fixture hung above the main bar, will combine hand-blown glass and brass to invoke the city’s vegetation and branches.

Amenities will include outlets at every seat, high-speed Wi-Fi, and shower suites, with more perks to be announced before the lounge’s opening.

Like other lounges in the network, the JFK space will be open to holders of Capital One Venture X Rewards or Venture X Business credit cards. In exchange for their $395 annual card fee, these customers receive unlimited access and two complimentary guest entries to Capital One lounges, provided they can show a boarding pass for a same-day departing flight.

Capital One Venture Rewards and Spark Miles cardholders are entitled to two complimentary visits to network lounges per year—a perk that will, unfortunately, be eliminated on January 1st, 2025, potentially before the JFK space opens.

Non-cardholders can buy entrance to the lounge for $65 per person.

Photo: Capital One Lounge, Denver. Courtesy of Capital One

The JFK retreat will be the fifth lounge Capital One has opened since it launched in airports in 2021 and follows spaces in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Denver (DEN), Washington-Dulles (IAD), and, soon, Las Vegas (LAS).

The credit card provider is also planning sit-down dining spaces, dubbed Capital One Landings, at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and D.C.’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).