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AA Guide: JFK / New York J F Kennedy International Airport - MCT, Connection, etc

AA Guide: JFK / New York J F Kennedy International Airport - MCT, Connection, etc

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Link to JFK / New York airport website
Link to aa.com JFK / New York airport page
Link to downloadable FAA JFK airport schematic.


American Airlines use Terminal 8 at JFK, and host Finnair, Qantas, Qatar Airways, and Royal Jordanian Airlines.


Other oneworld and partner airlines use the following:
T-1: Japan Airlines and Royal Air Maroc
T-4: Etihad
T-5: Aer Lingus and Hawaiian Airlines
T-7: Alaska Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia
T-8: see above

Inter-terminal transport from / to Terminal 8 is landside via the AirTrain; walking between terminals is not advisable.


Check-in times as of March 2016 Link
In most locations, you must be checked in:
At least 45 minutes before scheduled departure, for flights within the United States
At least 60 minutes before scheduled departure, for flights to or from airports outside of the United States

If you’re beginning travel from any of the airports below, the check-in time is longer:

Departing from: Check-in must be completed by: (minutes before scheduled departure time)
Caracas, Venezuela (CCS) 90 minutes
Dublin, Ireland (DUB) 75 minutes
Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) 75 minutes
Maracaibo, Venezuela (MAR) 90 minutes
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT) 90 minutes


Ticket counters
Main Terminal 8
Daily: 3:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Peculiarities:
JFK is a congested airport that can be affected by winter storms or very heavy air traffic, with congested air space including EWR, JFK, LGA. Knock-on effects during lengthy IROPS can manifest themselves systemwide. Terminals transfers are almost entirely landside, using the free airport "AirTrain" trains.


Lounges in T-8 (see Lounge Dashboard for links):
Admirals Club: past security near C42
Flagship Lounge: past security near B12
Flagship First Dining: access within the Flagship Lounge


AA Minimum Connecting Times (MCT) at JFK
Originally Posted by jerry a. laska View Post
Results from https://www.ExpertFlyer.comMinimum Connect Times:
...
STANDARD.D/D...D/I...I/D...I/I.
ONLINE 1.00 1.15 1.45 2.00
OFFLINE 1.00 1.15 1.45 2.00
** OR * ARE ALL
AA-BA DI SUP FLT 7295 - 7437 - FLT 1500 - 1640 LAX - ALL
AA-BA DI .40 ALL - FLT 1500 - 1640
AA-BA DI .40 ALL - FLT 6000 - 6099
AA-BA DI SUP CANADA - CANADA
AA-** DI SUP FLT 1 - 9099 - ALL ALL - CUBA
AA-** DI 1.15 FLT 7840 - 7859 - ALL
AA-** DI SUP CANADA - CANADA
AA-** DI 2.00 TRM 8 - 7

Baggage Storage at JFK
Storage available by Arrivals in Terminals 1, 4, 8. See website for prices, locations, and times.
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Old Jan 13, 16, 4:15 pm
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AA Guide: JFK / New York JFK Int Airport, MCT / Connection (2016 onwards)

I have an upcoming flight from LAX to Europe, with a 2-hour connection at JFK.
The itinerary says CHANGE TERMINALS.
I am quite unfamiliar with JFK, but I assume I will be arriving in AA's domestic terminal and then have to change over to the International Departures terminal.
Is this an easy walk, or are there shuttles?
Will I have to re-do security?
It's a Business AAward ticket, if that matters.
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Old Jan 13, 16, 4:30 pm
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If your international segment is operated with BA or IB metal (even if it has an AA flight number), then you will need to change terminals at JFK and reclear security. 2 hours should be sufficient, but you will want to move swiftly.
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Old Jan 13, 16, 4:43 pm
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Originally Posted by ESpen36 View Post
If your international segment is operated with BA or IB metal (even if it has an AA flight number), then you will need to change terminals at JFK and reclear security. 2 hours should be sufficient, but you will want to move swiftly.
Both flights are AA. I knew better than to select BA metal and their trans-Atlantic fees !
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Since they are all on AA metal, both flights should operate out of Terminal 8. Now there are 2 "sections" of T8 but they are easily connected via tunnel.
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Originally Posted by ESpen36 View Post
If your international segment is operated with BA or IB metal (even if it has an AA flight number), then you will need to change terminals at JFK and reclear security. 2 hours should be sufficient, but you will want to move swiftly.
Both flights are AA. I knew better than to select BA metal and their trans-Atlantic fees !
All AA flights at JFK operate out of Terminal 8. AA does not have separate international and domestic terminals at JFK. I have no idea what to make of the "change terminals" language on your itinerary.
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Old Jan 13, 16, 4:57 pm
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Thanks, everyone. I called AA and confirmed that the Terminals are the same. She also has no idea why that appears on my itinerary, but she believes it's because something to do with an international flight and the system just automatically included the terminal change message, thinking I was on BA.

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Originally Posted by cheaptom View Post
I have an upcoming flight from LAX to Europe, with a 2-hour connection at JFK.
The itinerary says CHANGE TERMINALS.
I am quite unfamiliar with JFK, but I assume I will be arriving in AA's domestic terminal and then have to change over to the International Departures terminal.
Is this an easy walk, or are there shuttles?
Will I have to re-do security?
It's a Business AAward ticket, if that matters.
I'll go ahead and put this thread into the extant JFK connections thread.

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Old Jan 14, 16, 7:36 am
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Maybe a DUH question, but all these years of flying in T7 on BA and connecting to AA in T8. I've always picked up my bag at immigration (which is tagged to my final destination), and lugged it to T8 and checked them back in again. I know there's a bag drop at T7 as you exit immigration, but I don't think I'm allowed to drop them off there. Am I?
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Looking at doing a T4-T8 connection in an hour and a half from intl to domestic. I know its very tight and on separate tickets no less but I am willing to take the risk. How much time would it save if I am able to get my bag checked to my final destination instead of at JFK? Does getting my bag checked at my origin save any time at all since I know all bags are collected at JFK anyway?
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Originally Posted by ASUDan130 View Post
Looking at doing a T4-T8 connection in an hour and a half from intl to domestic. I know its very tight and on separate tickets no less but I am willing to take the risk. How much time would it save if I am able to get my bag checked to my final destination instead of at JFK? Does getting my bag checked at my origin save any time at all since I know all bags are collected at JFK anyway?
Does AA even have a bag drop at T4? I doubt it...

I would only even consider this itinerary with carry-ons only.
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Old Jan 14, 16, 8:39 am
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Does AA even have a bag drop at T4? I doubt it...

I would only even consider this itinerary with carry-ons only.
Well what do I have to lose by trying? Lose a few thousand points because I am going to use BA Avios since its less than AA and worst case I miss the flight and then I go into NYC and take the bus to WAS instead. So if there is no AA bag drop at T4 I have to re-check the bag anyway so no point in getting it checked all the way through?
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Originally Posted by Abidjan
Maybe a DUH question, but all these years of flying in T7 on BA and connecting to AA in T8. I've always picked up my bag at immigration (which is tagged to my final destination), and lugged it to T8 and checked them back in again. I know there's a bag drop at T7 as you exit immigration, but I don't think I'm allowed to drop them off there. Am I?
Of course you are. For whom do you think that bag drop exists?
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Old Jan 21, 16, 8:23 am
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Maximum check in time JFK [connecting baggage qq]

Dear all,

I will have a connection time of 11 hours (JFK) and I will have to recheck luggage as my final destination in Brazil. My intention is to go for a few hours to NYC. Will I be able to check in straight away, or it is a maximum time to check in luggage in JFK?

Thank you,
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Dear all,

I will have a connection time of 11 hours (JFK) and I will have to recheck luggage as my final destination in Brazil. My intention is to go for a few hours to NYC. Will I be able to check in straight away, or it is a maximum time to check in luggage in JFK?

Thank you,
There's insufficient information here to give you much advice; sorry. According to sleepinginairports.net:

Luggage Storage & Lockers - Terminal 1 - Arrivals (Landside) • Terminal 2 - Arrivals (Landside) • Terminal 4 - Arrivals (Landside) • Terminal 5 - Arrivals (Landside) • Terminal 8 - Arrivals (Landside). Rates from: $4.00 (up to 20") - $11.00 (27"-32"). Hours: No access to bags overnight. The office is open 7:00AM - 11:00PM.
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