World Trip 219: Day 21 – New York City, USA

Thursday 29 August 2019
Highlights: Virgin Atlantic JFK Clubhouse

Today I said goodbye to New York and the USA on the long road to returning to Australia. My flight wasn’t until 8.55 pm but you could check in with Singapore Airlines 6 hours before your flight, with hotel check out at noon I didn’t have much time to kill before catching the subway out to the airport.

The Hilton Times Square hotel turned out to be a good choice, close to the major attractions I wanted to visit and right next to a subway station and in the heart of Broadway but still quiet. I got up around 8 am and went to McDonalds for egg muffin and hand brown for breakfast.

I used the time in my room to relax and write e-mails and travel entries. Upon checking out I stayed in the Hilton reception for almost two hours before leaving and catching the A Line to the AirTrain station at Howard Beach. It took around an hour to get to the airport from leaving the hotel. This time I didn’t have to put up with a crazy drunk but had to stand the entire time (until the AirTrain anyway).

Check in was easy as no one was in the line. Now security was another matter. I got into the line at it first said 15 minute wait, a few minutes later it went to 20 minutes, then 25 minutes, then 30 minutes and finally 35 minutes. So in the space of 5 minutes the wait time expanded by 20 minutes. They used sniffer dogs in the line as well. At least I wasn’t in a rush today but some people were.

Once airside I head to the excellent Virgin Atlantic JFK Clubhouse for a late lunch and time to relax (full review here). As I had several hours before my flight I explored the Terminal 4 building. Lots of shops and eateries although the most popular was McDonald’s with a big waiting line!

The airport provides okay free wifi once you can get connected. I returned to the lounge for some buffalo wings and ice cream and eventually left for my Singapore Airlines A380 flight in first class. Hopefully that will be fun.

About Nathan

An Australian World traveler who has been fortunate enough to experience 70 countries so far.
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