I was invited to attend the “press” opening of the “enhanced” new gates at JFK this past Tuesday. I say press opening as it was already open for use a few days before the event. I had a previous engagement that day so I really could not make it and this despite the fact that I, shockingly, could find low level Delta award seats out of SBN to JFK the day before the event and back home the day after.
But the real reason I did not go was I just don’t care much about JFK and neither should you. Here is why:
1) Its too dang long. I hope you like walking. I mean from one end to the other can take 20+ minutes at a normal pace. Take your time walking and it’s like half an hour end to end. No thanks.
2) Weather in NYC. It is no secret that NYC often has issues and delays. I always plan extra time if connecting via NYC and I am sure you do too.
3) Transcon non-Delta upgrades. Delta’s ridiculous sorta kinda Diamond and Platinum only if you know the “secret handshake ” upgrades for the transcon routes is beyond madding. BTW, you will still not find info on Delta.com about these upgrades.
5) The bus “JITNEY”. How about a quick people mover like in ATL or DTW. A bus? Really? I mean better than walking, but still.
I could go on and on. If going to Europe, on a night flight, you get less sleep vs DTW or ATL or MSP. Heck, if I lived in the area I would fly backwards to one of those airport and then to Europe for more miles anyway .
The funny thing is I do like the bus. Not that having to take a bus from one end of a terminal to the other is a smart move compared to ATL that has the “plane train” or DTW that has a similar idea for just one long terminal, but it is something MSP could REALLY use. If you come in at one end of MSP and out of the other end of the regional wing it is a walk JFK worthy.
Don’t get me wrong, avoiding T2 is better but that is the only real perk for transit. What do you think. Are you impressed with the NEW ENHANCED JFK? Do the better food choices make it worth the visit? You tell me – René