How to access Etihad’s exclusive new JFK lounge

Want to lap up the luxury of Etihad Airways’ new JFK lounge? Discover how your frequent flyer points can get you there.

4 December 2015: Etihad Airways has opened the doors of its latest lounge at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Launched on Wednesday 2 December 2015 and located in Terminal 4, the lounge offers First and Business Class Etihad flyers absolute opulence.

From the geometric shapes of the architecture to the brown and purple colour scheme, the lounge’s striking interior design is reminiscent of the exotic landscape of the United Arab Emirates. A mixture of luxury and convenience, the lounge offers a bar stocked with a rainbow of liquors, a kitchen bursting with tastes from both the eastern and western worlds and a private entertainment area equipped with a massive flat screen TV.

If you’re looking to do some work or charge your phone before the flight, you won’t be strapped for choice with outlets installed in all of the furniture. Lack of showers are an undeniable downside of long flights, so you’ll be glad to know that sleek showers equipped with towels, lotions and bathrobes folded into origami-like shapes are ready and waiting.

If you’re looking to escape the hard-backed chairs, bad WiFi and busy crowds that come with public waiting areas, an Etihad Airways lounge could be your airport oasis.


How can I score an Etihad Airways lounge pass?

The grandeur of airport lounges isn’t restricted to the rich and famous. If you’re a member of the Etihad Guest Frequent Flyer program, you can access all of the lounge benefits courtesy of your points whether you’re flying Economy or First Class.

As you earn more points, you’ll move up the Etihad Guest tiers and rack up even more benefits. Below we’ve outlined the lounge benefits of each of the tiers and the points you’ll need to get there.

TierLounge perks
Guest SilverLounge access to Al Reem lounge at the Abu Dhabi International Airport Al Reem lounge and Business Class lounge in the EY Network.
Guest GoldLounge pass for you and a guest to the Abu Dhabi International Airport Al Reem lounge and Business Class lounge in the EY Network.
Guest Gold Eliteto the Abu Dhabi International Airport First Class lounge, the First class lounge in the EY Network and the First Class lounge in the First class Lounge 2,7,13 network.

How many Etihad Guest Miles do I need to reach the tiers?

TiersAttaining a TierMaintaining a Tier
Tier MilesTier SegmentsTier MilesTier Segments
Etihad Guest Silver25,0002020,00015
Etihad Guest Gold50,0004040,00030
Etihad Guest Gold Elite125,00060100,00048

The above table demonstrates the number of Tier Miles or Tier Segments you’ll need to achieve and maintain the membership levels of the program. You can earn Tier Segments at the rate of one segment per Coral Economy Class flight, two segments per Pearl Business class flight and three segments for each Diamond First class flight.

Unfortunately, simply reaching the tier isn't enough to maintain your Etihad Guest status. You'll need to earn the number of Miles shown in the above table every 12 months to maintain your position within the Silver, Gold or Guest Gold tier. 

Compare the features and benefits of the Etihad Guest frequent flyer program

Say sayonara to bad airport food, long lines and resorting to itchy carpet for seating and hello to the luxury of an Etihad airport lounge with your frequent flyer points. If Etihad isn’t your preferred airline, discover how your credit card could grant you access to exclusive lounges around the world.

Sally McMullen

Sally McMullen is a journalist at who is a credit cards, frequent flyer and travel money expert by day and music maven by night.

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