JFK Sleep Guide + Pods (T1,4,5,7,8)

If you find yourself with a layover at JFK Airport, you’re in for a treat. The airport has introduced cutting-edge compact sleep pods within its terminals. These innovative pods give you a chance to escape from the ever-crowded airport terminals, and enjoy restful sleep in a comfortable bed.

Having a long layover at JFK and deciding to stay within the airport can be a real snoozefest especially if you can’t access the fancy lounges or don’t know about the few latest sleep innovation technologies such as sleep pods or sleep suites that JFK recently installed.

What makes JFK one of the most uncomfortable airports to have a layover in isn’t the passenger traffic as it is the 6th highest in passenger volume(US) but ranks top for being the most disorganized and untidy.

The crowds are large and unruly and terminals seem smaller than they are in other airports. Its seating benches are hard benches with dividers making it hard for anyone to lie flat – the floor becomes your VIP lounge, especially during peak hours. I once endured four consecutive hours on the unforgiving benches, and on another occasion, I witnessed a woman faint while waiting in line to board her connecting flight.

Despite the horror stories of long wait lines and poor amenities during JFK layovers, there is some good news. New York’s JFK airport has now introduced sleep pods and sleep suites, providing a comfortable solution for passengers in need of rest.

These comfortable little cubbies have been popping up at different terminals around the airport over the past few years. They’re designed to offer weary travelers an opportunity to escape from their stressors while they wait for their flights.

In this article, I have put together all the latest sleep innovation tech that you can find at JFK, where they are located, sleep pods’ pricing how to access them, the fees to utilize them, and some tips to get sleep at JFK during your daytime or overnight layover.

Does JFK Have Sleep Pods?

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Yes, JFK has installed sleep pods in the form of compact cubicles or mini-suites operated by Minute Suites. They are not the capsule-design sleep pods as those designed by GoSleep but feature an actual bed with beddings and comfortable mattress.

In Septembe 1, 2022, Minute Suites announched in its blog that it had entered into a partnership with JFKIAT, the terminal’s operator since 1997, in order to offer travelers the option to book one of seven sleep suites in Concourse B near Gate B39 for a minimum period of one hour at any time of day.

A snapshot of Press release announcing opening of Minute suites at JFK Terminal 4.

The Minute Suites now available on pay-per-use basis were introduced after the permanent closure of JetBlue’s GoSleep Pods in Terminal 5. Aside from Minute Suites, another pay-per-use operator called Escape Pods is also available at JFK but the pods by Escape do not feature sleep amenities as Minute Suites’ pods.

JFK was among the first airports to install sleeping pods in 2016 when JetBlue launched MetroNaps in Terminal 5. Unfortunately, JetBlue discontinued the sleep pods in 2020 but 2 years later, Escape Pods introduced work booths that some travelers convert into nap pods.

The Escape pods at JFK are located at Terminal 8 between Gate 8 and 10 in Concourse B and also used to have the GoSleep pods at JetBlue’s Terminal 5 until they were discontinued in 22020. These pods are available for rent for few mins as low as 15 mins to a maximum of 2 hours.

It is worth noting that the 5 Escape Pods don’t have beds and only offer a bed and a desk which is fine if you are comfortable with table naps. However, if you want to sleep in a real bed, your best option is to book Minute Suites in JFK’s Terminal 4(more details below).

Over 2 years ago, in May 2021, British Airways announced its plan to introduce sleep pods at JFK’s Terminal 7, following its successful implementation in Heathrow. However, my search for information online did not yield any conclusive evidence on whether they eventually implemented this plan.

JFK isn’t the only airport to benefit from recent airport sleep innovations. In the US, at least 10 airports are now served by Minute Suites and GoSleep, Sleen n Fly, NapCity, NabCaps, and YotelAir serve several foreign airports such as Dubai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Beijing and Amsterdam. O’hare and Philadelphia Airports have installed Minute Suites. Some of the busiest airports in the US such as Seattle Tacoma, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Orlando Airport have not installed sleep pods but several news outlets have reported plans to have them installed shortly.

Image of GoSleep Pod that used to be installed at JFK

You need to present a valid boarding pass to access Minute Suites with an airline that operates from JFK’s Terminal 4. Also, the date on your reservation aligns with the date on the boarding pass.

14 Ways Sleep Pods Improve Sleep at JFK/Benefits:

The introduction of sleep pods at JFK Airport has been a welcome relief for travelers for several reasons, addressing several common issues faced by passengers during layovers or extended waiting times at the airport:

  1. Overcrowding: JFK is one of the busiest airports globally, often leading to overcrowded terminals. Sleep pods offer a private escape from the bustling crowds, providing a much-needed sense of personal space and tranquility.
  2. Loud Terminals: The constant announcements, conversations, and other noises in the terminals can make it hard to relax. Sleep pods’s sound masking and white noise machines enable you to get minimal noise disturbance, offering a quiet environment conducive to rest.
  3. Lack of Designated Rest Zones: JFK does not have areas designated for rest, making it challenging for travelers to find a comfortable spot to relax or nap.
  4. Insufficient Seating with Armrests: The availability of chairs with armrests is often limited, making it uncomfortable for passengers wanting to rest while sitting up. Sleep pods eliminate this issue by providing a comfortable bed.
  5. Lack of Affordable In-Airport Hotels: In-airport(TWA) or nearby hotels can be expensive and may not be a viable option for travelers with long layovers or unexpected delays. Sleep pods offer an affordable alternative for short-term rest.
  6. Bright Lighting at Night: Airport terminals are well-lit at all hours, which can interfere with the body’s natural sleep cycle. Sleep pods allow for a controlled lighting environment, enabling passengers to rest properly regardless of the time of day.
  7. Limited Privacy: Finding a private space at JFK’s terminals is challenging. Sleep pods offer a secluded and secure area for passengers to rest without the concern of being disturbed.
  8. Need for Recharging Personal Devices: Sleep pods come equipped with charging stations, addressing the challenge of finding available power outlets in busy terminals.
  9. Desire for Short-Term Accommodation: For passengers with layovers or delays, there’s often a need for short-term lodging to rest comfortably without leaving the airport. Sleep pods perfectly fill this gap.
  10. Entertainment: If you don’t have much to do at JFK, there is basically no entertainment options within the terminals. Minute Suites come with a complimentary 32-inch SmartTV with DirecTV and Netflix for you to enjoy if you need it.
  11. Cold Temperatures: Fliers have reported super cold temperatures within the terminals especially at night. The temperature in the pods are controlled to be no lower than 60° F and no more than 70° F, the ideal temperature for sleep.
  12. WiFi: JFK’s free public Wi-Fi may not give you the download speed you need. With Minute Suites, you can acces download speed of up to 90mbs.
  13. Better Sleep: JFK terminals have chairs fitted with armrests and does not have designated rest areas as other airports. Minute Suites pods with pullout trundle bed for two adults give you a chance to get real in actual bed, much better compared to what you’d get pulling chairs together for a makeshift bed or sleep in a chair.
  14. Enhanced Overall Travel Experience: Providing a space to rest, recharge, and enjoy a moment of quiet significantly improves the overall travel experience, particularly for international travelers or those with extended journeys.

Drawbacks of JFK Sleeping Pods

  1. The cost of using the pods might be a deterrent for some travelers.
  2. Limited availability as there are only a few pods and suites at JFK Airport.
  3. Accessing the pillow and blanket comes at an extra cost of up to $25 which can be on the higher side for some.
  4. Cost of snacks which average $2 to $3 can add up quickly.
  5. Sleeping in public spaces is not always the most comfortable option and some have reported still hearing some terminal noises.
  6. Some pods do not have a bathroom, so you will need to leave the pod to use one.
  7. Pods are only available only for those departing or arriving through Terminal 4, so if your flight is in another terminal, you may not have access to them.
  8. Some travelers may prefer traditional hotel rooms for longer layovers instead of spending money on a short stay at the airport.

Minute Suites at JFK(T4)

Your best in-airport sleep pod solution to catch some Zs at JFK is by booking a suite operated by Minute Suites. There are 7 of them and are located near Gate B39 at Concourse B in Terminal 4. If you arrive at Terminal 4 and have a connecting flight at the same terminal, you can easily move between the arrivals level and the concourse level using the connecting walkway.

Aside from Escape Pods which offers a work booth, you will also find various lounges in this terminal Centurion, Air India Maharajah Lounge, Delta Sky Club, Emirates Lounge, and Virgin Atlantic Lounges. However, among these options, Minute Suites stands out as the only facility that offers the convenience of a bed, complete with bedding and pillows.

Location of Minute Suites at JFK:

Located conveniently near Gate B39 in Concourse B of Terminal 4, the Minute Suites at JFK are situated in a corridor. With 7 comfortable suites available, it’s the perfect place for relaxation and rejuvenation. To access Minute Suites in JFK Airport, you must possess a valid boarding pass specifically designated for Terminal 4. Your flight must either arrive at or depart from Terminal 4.

If you are coming from other terminals, you can use the free AirTrain. Follow the AirTrain sign and take any available train to Terminal 4.

As you can see from the map below, some terminals are closer to Terminal 4 than others. You can easily walk from Terminal 5 to 4, for example but may take longer to walk from Terminal 7 to 4 or from T8 to T4.

JFK Airport Terminals Map

Terminal 4 is comprised of 42 gates, distributed between 2 concourses, facilitating both international and domestic flights. Situated at the southern terminus of the airport, the terminal offers convenient parking options in the blue garage located adjacent to the terminal building.

Important Note About Accessing Minute Suites in T4
Minute Suites sleep pods are located past security in Terminal 4 near Gate B39, and it is essential to plan your stay thoughtfully given the airport’s security policies and terminal layout. With them being located past TSA checkpoint, they are only accessible is you have a valid boarding pass to flight leaving from T4 or arriving to JFK through any of the gates in T4(airlines operating out of T4 are below).

For travelers arriving internationally, be aware that entry into the U.S. typically necessitates exiting the secure area, and re-entry is only permitted with a boarding pass for a same-day flight. Thus, if your connecting flight is the next day, accessing the sleep pods won’t be possible.

In summary, you need a boarding pass for a flight departing from or arriving at Terminal 4 on the same date as your reservation. It’s also worth noting that, apart from a bus link between Terminals 5 and 8, JFK’s terminals are not interconnected beyond security checkpoints, which could affect your ability to reach the sleep pods based on your arrival or departure terminal.

Airlines Out of T4

Below are all the airlines operating out of Terminal 4:

  • AeroMexico
  • Air India
  • Air Europa
  • Avianca
  • Caribbean
  • China Airlines
  • China Southern
  • Copa Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • ELAL Israel Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Etihad
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • jetBlue
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Kuwait Airways
  • LATAM Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Uzbekistan Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • WestJet
  • Xiamen

On this Terminal, there is also Primeclass Lounge, Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse and Air India Maharaja Lounge which are all accessible with Priority Card membership.

Minute Suites Amenities at JFK:

Below is a list of all the amenities at JFK’s Minutes;

  • A sofa that transforms into a bed,
  • Sound masking system to help reduce the loud noises in the busy terminal
  • A personal thermostat enables precise control over the environment, providing optimal comfort and convenience.
  • Temporary office space for guests
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Complimentary Smart TV’s
  • Spacious rooms that comfortably accommodate two adults(although 4 people are allowed in)offering a relaxing environment unlike Escape Pods and GoSleep pods, which can only fit one person.
  • Disabled access
  • No smoking environment
  • Air conditioning
  • Shower at an additional fee
  • Flight information tracker
  • Fax

Not all suites are equipped with toilets and washrooms, however, shower facilities are available for rent at an additional fee.

The amenities offered at Minute Suites are comparable to those available at Centurion Lounge, which can also be accessed with a Priority Pass membership. All private suites at JFK’s Minute Suites include free DirecTV, Netflix and Wi-fi. A daybed that pulls out into a trundle bed sleeps two people comfortably and is in each room. Up to four people can fit in each room. There is also a mini-bar with drinks and snacks that you can purchase items from.

You are allowed to bring food and beverages to your Minute Suites at JFK. However, please note that if additional or extensive cleaning is necessary to prepare the suite for the next guest, a cleaning fee may be applied to the card on file.

Smoking is strictly prohibited at JFK’s Minute Suiby with airport and federal regulations. If you disregard this policy you may be charged a fine they call a smoking fee and they also indicate on its website that they may call Airport security on you. So, don’t count on smoking as an amenity you can enjoy here.

If you need info on where to smoke at JFK, read this guide

Minute Suites Pricing at JFK

One aspect of Minute Suites’ pricing that I appreciate is that it is not based on a per-person fee. Instead, the price is determined per suite and aligns with the duration of the rental period. This approach ensures fairness and transparency in the pricing structure. All the suites are uniformly sized and designed, resulting in a consistent and flat pricing structure.

Minute Suites adjusted their pricing with effect from January 2024. One-hour rate went from $48 to $55 and 8-hour overnight rate increased from $175 to $195.

Here are specific pricing details;

You can book a minimum of one hour for $55 and after the first hour, the price increases by $13.75 for every additional 15 minutes, up to the second hour.

Starting from the third hour and extending up to 8 hours, the pricing structure shifts, and the rate of increase adjusts to $11.25 for every subsequent 15 minutes.

For stays spanning 7 hours, the rate is set at $335, while an 8-hour stay is priced at $380, illustrating the consistent application of this adjusted pricing mechanism. For those requiring a full day’s refuge, a 24-hour option is offered at $450, providing an optimal solution for passengers with diverse needs and schedules.

Duration (hrs)Rate ($)
155.00
1.2568.75
1.582.50
1.7596.25
2110.00
2.25121.25
2.5132.50
2.75143.75
3155.00
3.25166.25
3.5177.50
3.75188.75
4200.00
4.25211.25
4.5222.50
4.75233.75
5245.00
5.25256.25
5.5267.50
5.75278.75
6290.00
7335.00
8380.00
24450.00
8 Hours Overnight Rate(Book between 9 Pm and 12 midnight)$195

Flat Overnight Rate:

For overnight stays after 9 PM, Minute Suites offers an overnight flat rate of $195. This means whether you book from 9 PM to 5 AM, from 10:30 PM to 6:30 AM, or even from 11:30 PM to 7:30 AM, the price remains $195. The final slot available to make an overnight reservation is at 12 midnight and this slot goes up to 8 AM.

Nursing mother gets 30 mins for free.

Minute Suites Priority Pass at New York’s JFK

As a Priority Pass Cardholder, you can enjoy complimentary access to Minute Suites for up to 1 hour, accompanied by up to 3 guests. If you wish to extend your stay, Minute Suites will require to make a payment upfront for any additional time beyond the first hour.

With effect from January 1, 2024, Minute Suites pricing went up and affected the discounted pricing that Priority Pass cardholders get. You can see table with old rates here and the table blow has new rate applicable as of April 2024.

Your Priority Pass gets you the first hour for free and will have to pay additional $34 for each additional hour. Instead of paying $13.75 for additional 15 minutes up to 2 hours, you pay $8.5 and instead of paying $155 for 3 hours, you just pay $68.

Image Showing New Minute Suites Pricing for Priority Pass Cardholders in 2024
Image Showing Minute Suites New Pricing for Priority Pass Cardholders in 2024
More Details from Priority Pass' Website:
Conditions:

-Cardholders can use their lounge visit entitlement for a 1-hour stay in a Minute Suite. This counts as a single lounge visit within their existing allocation, with any additional hours charged at a discounted rate of US$34 directly to Minute Suites.
-Up to 3 guests accompanying the Cardholder can use the same Minute Suite at no extra charge.
-Cardholders are responsible for any extra charges. A payment card may be required for incidentals at check-in.
-Suites include a daybed sofa (sleeps two), pillows, blankets, a workstation, free Wi-Fi, Smart TV, Amazon Alexa, and a sound masking system.
-Suite usage is based on availability.
-Additional Information: Showers are available at a discounted rate of US$20 per 30 minutes, subject to availability.

Read more about JFK’s Priority Pass here.

How to Book Minute Suites at JFK:

You need to use Minute Suites’ booking page on its website to create an account and make a booking. If you have any issues or need to ask questions before booking, you can reach them using this email; info-jfk@minutesuites.com

Upon booking your reservation online, you will receive a confirmation email. When creating your guest account, you need to provide them with a valid email address for the receipt of the confirmation email. Kindly note that a valid credit or debit card must be saved to your account to secure your reservation.

I also like that you can book JFK’s Minute Suites on behalf of someone else.  If you’re booking on behalf of someone else, the name of the person you’re booking for doesn’t have to match the names on your payment card. They, however, advise that you indicate the name of the person who will be checking in.

Below is a snapshot showing your first step to book Minute Suites at JFK;

snapshot showing steps to create account when booking Minute suites at JFK

Here is a link to make a booking.

Unlike other Minute Suites locations, JFK location does not have a phone number you can call in case you have issues with your booking. If you really have to call, use this general line; (972) 973-4235.

Military Discount for Minute Suites at JFK:

Although JFK has a USO lounge without sleep facilities, members of the military or flight crew can rely on Minute Suites for a generous 20% discount. For the first hour, the 20% discount will shave off $9.6, and will only pay $38.4 instead of $48.

Flight crews or military personnel interested in taking advantage of Minute Suite’s special discount are required to present a valid ID in person. The name on the ID doesn’t need to match the name on the reservation. However, if the person checking in has a different name, it should be noted in the reservation. Please note that flight crew or military discounts can only be applied after presenting a valid ID in person.

If you are in the military and have a Priority Pass membership, your first hour i free and instead of paying 34 dollars for each additional hour which applies for Priority Pass cardholders, you only pay $27.2 which factors in the 20% discount.

Cancelation Policy for Minute Suites at John F. Kennedy Airport:

  • Hourly reservation: For hourly reservations, cancellations must be made at least 3 hours before the scheduled arrival time to be eligible for a refund.
  • Overnight Reservations – To be eligible for a refund if you had booked an overnight booking, you must cancel at least 12 hours before the scheduled arrival time.
  • No-show: If you do not arrive within 15 mins of your scheduled arrival time, Minute Suites states on its website that they can cancel your reservation without any refund

Summary of Minute Suites’ Reviews at JFK(Pros and Cons)

Pros:

  1. Convenient Location: Minute Suites offers a refuge from the bustling airport environment, providing travelers with a private space to unwind during layovers.
  2. Cleanliness: Several reviewers highlighted the cleanliness of the rooms, which adds to the comfort and appeal of the service.
  3. Friendly and Attentive Staff: Many reviewers praised the staff for their helpfulness and friendly demeanor, which enhances the overall experience.
  4. Additional Amenities: Amenities such as showers, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are appreciated, especially for travelers who need to freshen up.
  5. Effective Management: Instances of management responding promptly and effectively to feedback and complaints, indicating good customer service practices.
  6. Technology Amenities: Features like AppleTV and Echo in rooms were positively noted, adding a modern touch to the guest experience.
  7. Flexible Booking Options: The ability to book for short stays or overnight layovers offered flexibility to travelers with varying needs.

Cons:

  1. Bedding Quality: A common complaint is the discomfort of the beds, pillows, and sheets, described as too firm, detracting significantly from the primary purpose of resting.
  2. Noise Issues: There were mentions of construction noise and loud neighbors during the night, which disrupted the peace expected in such facilities.
  3. Limited Access to Facilities: Some guests were frustrated by policies like the inability to use the toilet without paying extra for a shower, or issues with reservation fulfillment.
  4. Complex Booking and Pricing: Challenges with booking, especially for Priority Pass members, and issues with charges that do not always align with advertised benefits.
  5. Inadequate Furnishings: Some guests found the furnishings, such as hair dryers and couches, to be inadequate or uncomfortable.
  6. Lack of In-Suite Restrooms: To the dismay of many, unless a shower is booked, access to a toilet requires a venture back into the airport.
  7. Misleading Discounts: Some members have reported that the advertised discounts for Priority Pass members do not apply to all, notably those who got their Priority Pass through certain credit cards like the Capital One Venture X. This has led to dissatisfaction right at the start of their experience, especially when this information is not clearly communicated beforehand.
  8. Access Restrictions: Members have found that unless they pay extra to book a shower, they do not have access to toilets, which requires them to leave the suite and use airport facilities. This has been a significant inconvenience, particularly for those who paid expecting full amenities.
  9. Booking Issues: There are reports of Priority Pass reservations not being honored due to overbooking or the suites being given to guests who wish to extend their stay beyond their initial reservation time.

Escape Pods at JFK Terminal 8:

If you feel at ease dozing off at a desk or taking a quick nap in a serene, compact room measuring approximately 3.25 ft by 3.25 ft, Escape Pods is the perfect solution for you. Though not strictly a sleep pod as it doesn’t have a bed, it provides a tranquil and cozy environment to give your eyes some well-deserved rest from the busy JFK terminals.

Escape Pods is the newest player in JFK’s innovative sleep tech space, launching with a total of 5 sleep pods distributed between Terminal 4 and 8. Escape Pods’ website indicates that bookings for pods are available at both Terminal 4 and 8. However, when I attempted to make a booking, only slots at Terminal 8 were accessible. I am uncertain whether slots for Terminal 4 are typically reserved in advance or if they have not yet opened bookings for Terminal 4 pods.

Escape Pods have a unique design that distinguishes them from Minute Suites and GoSleep Pods. Unlike their counterparts, Escape Pods do not include a bed or sleep-enhancing amenities like sound masking technology, thermostat control, or opaque walls and doors. Featuring a transparent door that mimics an office setting, it truly puzzles me how some individuals consider this to be an ideal choice for sleep.

On its website, it defines itself as “A technology-equipped workspace that is plush, and quiet” and that its pods are “designed for the mobile workers of the world who need a better work environment on the go!”

In my opinion, Escape Pods are the perfect compact workspace for individuals who want a quiet room for a short time to accomplish some work-related tasks. Whether it’s computer work, phone calls, or online video/conferencing calls, this functional design offers a productivity haven with seamless communication.

Location of Escape Pods:

I was unable to locate the precise whereabouts of the Escape Pods in Terminal 4. However, I was fortunate enough to obtain information regarding the location of the Escape Pods in Terminal 8. In Terminal 8, you will find the Escape Pods situated at the Departures Level Concourse B, more specifically at B2 and B3, nestled between Gate 8 and 10.

It is next to the recently opened Greenwich Bar and opposite British Airways Lounge. Here is the exact Google Map location.

Escape Pods Amenities:

Here is a list of all the amenities you can find from Escape Pods;

  • Encrypted Wi-Fi
  • Power Outlets
  • Adjustable Fan
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Speaker
  • Bluetooth Capabilities
  • USB Ports
  • Adjustable Lights
  • Digital Lock
  • Web Camera

Escape Pod Pricing and Booking

Escape Pods can be reserved for various durations at affordable rates. Starting from just 15 minutes for $10, you can also choose 30 minutes for $15, 45 minutes for $25, 60 minutes for $30, 90 minutes for $45, and 120 minutes for $60. Below is a snapshot of the booking page, providing a clear overview of the options available to you.

Snapshot showing Escape Pods Booking at JFK Terminal 8
Snapshot showing Escape Pods Booking at JFK Terminal 8

Here is a link to book Escape Pods at Terminal 4 and this link is for booking Escape Pods at Terminal 8. From the information I found online, Priority Pass currently does not have a formal agreement in place to facilitate their members’ access to Escape Pods.

JetBlue Sleep Pods in Terminal 5:

JetBlue took the lead in 2016 by introducing the revolutionary sleep modules, designed by MetroNaps and branded ‘JetNap EnergyPods’. According to press releases dating back to 2016, JetBlue initially introduced these pods for their Business Lounge Guests.

However, negative customer feedback has prompted the gradual disassociation of the JetBlue brand from this service, and in 2020 right when COVID-19 hit the travel industry badly, the glaring issue of poor sanitation of the pods led to JetBlue removing them entirely. As of December 2023, JetBlue has not re-introduced the pods and are currently unavailable. While COVID-19 gave JetBlue the last morale to abolish the pods, customer feedback from back in 2016 – barely months after its introduction led JetBlue to slowly rethink these technologies.

I will provide more explanation below.

However, let me first share some details about the MetroNaps, which were initially introduced by JetBlue in 2016, and the GoSleep pods that were introduced between 2017 and 2019 following privacy-related concerns with Metronaps. Unfortunately, these pods were completely phased out in early 2020.

The EnergyPods played soothing rhythms, promoting a sense of calm and minimizing distractions. Upon completion of the nap, the chair gently awakened the user with a harmonious combination of lights, music, and vibrations.

Below are images of two Metronap Energypods at JetBlue’s Terminal 5;

jetnaps energy pods at terminal 5 jfk
JetNaps at Terminal 5, JFK Airport; Photo courtesy of Metronaps

While the Metronaps above have a great design with leather reclining bed for power naps, the main concern clients had right after its unveiling was its lack of privacy for the entire lower end of the body. See the image below of a person taking a nap on the pod with his half of the body exposed;

Image showing JetBlue's Metronaps lacking privacy
Image showing JetBlue’s Metronaps lacking privacy

To demonstrate JetBlue’s commitment to adopt this innovative airport sleep technology, they went ahead to procure GoSleep pods developed by a Finnish company called Gosleep.fi with a similar capsule-like design as Metronaps but which offered more privacy to satisfy customers who had complained of Metronap’s lack of privacy.

Image showing JetBlue GoSleep Pod by GoSleep and a JetNap EnergyPod by MetroNaps
Image showing JetBlue GoSleep Pod by GoSleep and a JetNap EnergyPod by MetroNaps

Below is an image of the latest GoSleep Pods with fully-closing opaque doors with beds that recline fully from a chair to give you a fully flat bed position.

Watch the short video below to get an idea of the sleep pod design;

Below is another video demonstrating GoSleep pods;

The pod designs were truly futuristic, reminiscent of the nine hours sleeping capsules found in Japan’s Narita Airport. However, unlike Narita Airport sleep capsules organized in rows with an upper and lower level, the GoSleep pods in JFK’s Terminal 5 are individual modules, each equipped with a comfortable leather mattress and a lockable sliding screen.

Does JetBlue still offer the Sleep Pods in Terminal 5?

Unfortunately, I was able to confirm that as of December 2023, JetBlue no longer offers their pioneer sleep pods which featured futuristic reclining chairs, designed by New York-based MetroNaps or by the Finnish Company GoSleep(also called RestWorks). If you try finding information about JetBlue’s sleep pods on its website, you’ll note that the activities of things to do in JFK’s Terminal 5 website do not list the availability of sleeping pods.

Below is a snapshot of JetBlue’s website page listing the amenities available at JFK’s Terminal 5 and conveniently fails to mention the existence of sleeping pods.

Snapshot showing Gosleep locations excluding JFK. Credit: Gosleep Website
Snapshot showing Gosleep locations excluding JFK. Credit: Gosleep Website

Here is a link to JetBlue’s webpage with the amenities at T5.

The only thing closest to a GoSleep sleeping pod listed by JetBlue in the webpage above is Mamava Lactation Pods which they describe as a “private, peaceful, practical room for on-the-go nursing moms who need to pump or breastfeed.” They are located at Gates 1, 12 & 28.

While the USO Lounge at JFK doesn’t have sleep facilities, you can get nice seating spaces compared to what is available in this terminal(T5). Read more about USO Lounge at JFK’s T5 here.

So, what led to JetBlue stopping the Sleep Pods Services at JFK?

JetBlue has thoughtfully designed the pods to ensure that customers can conveniently access them on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, customers are entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the cleanliness of the pods using the cleaning materials provided by JetBlue.

I believe JetBlue may have considered that implementing a self-cleaning service would be comparable to the efficient self-check-in services offered by Yotel at Heathrow and similar sleep suites like NabCaps in Germany.

I seriously doubt that trusting a random person to clean up after their nap in the pod was a wise decision on the part of the JetBlue team that introduced these pods. Who knows what kind of germs or, God forbid, some new foreign virus might be lurking around? I don’t want to be labeled as patient number 1 in the US because I was dying for a 1-hour nap in some unsanitary pod.

Some customers were quite pleased with the service. Take a look at this tweet by Paul Brown from 2017, where he gave a thumbs up (with an emoji) to the JetBlue sleep pods, praising them for making canceled flights and long layovers more bearable. He also mentioned that the pods were always in use for the first time.

The majority didn’t like or appreciate the pods:

I looked online to get a feel of what other customers had to say and found several unsatisfied customers who complained of dirty pods, lack of privacy, and lots of noise in the terminals while others had issues with booking them as there was little information about them online.

One Reddit user named ShipWRX pointed out that the lack of privacy was a big turn-off explaining how he got a weird feeling sleeping in the pods knowing that several eyes were likely fixated on his lower half, yet he remained oblivious to them. Eventually, the time comes to unveil himself, which, once again, feels rather weird. His analogy gives some clarity. He said that it’s almost like being a spaceman opening your ship on a bustling/crowded alien planet. Talk about an out-of-this-world experience!

You can read SHIPWRX’s full comment and other reactions to the JetBlue Pods on Reddit by clicking here.

Below is a comprehensive 2016 article from The New Yorker that captures the collective criticism customers expressed regarding these pods.

The New Yorker’s Article Reviewing the Pod: “Loaded with Germs”

In 2016, the New Yorker ran a story titled With Elizabeth Rosner, the writer claiming that the “JetNap EnergyPod is ‘more like an uncomfortable, $12,985 lounge chair loaded with germs.” Ouch!

She proceeded to assert that despite JetBlue’s assurance of privacy in the pods, she encountered a medley of airport scents, lights, and sounds that were not effectively blocked out by the promised privacy visor. Furthermore, she lamented the fact that she was compelled to leave her belongings in an inconspicuous storage compartment(out of her sight), which gave rise to concerns about potential accessibility while she peacefully dozed off for a mere 20 minutes.

However, what caught my attention in the article about the Pods was the unsanitary condition they were in.  Brian Skelly, a Long Island resident interviewed by New Yorker, expressed his concern by stating, “I’d be a little skeeved out about how dirty it is.”

Below is a snapshot of a New Yorker article reviewing the pods and you can read the entire article here.

Snapshot of New York Post Review of JetBlue GoSleep Pods JFK T5
Snapshot of New York Post Review of JetBlue GoSleep Pods JFK T5

How JetBlue Had Priced the Pods Service:

During the initial 20 minutes, these pods were available free of charge, but an additional $15 fee applies for each additional hour. Offering essential amenities such as a blanket, pillow, light, and power outlets, the fee is quite reasonable when considering that Escape Pods’ work booths cost $60 for the first 2 hours. In comparison, JetNaps could cost you $30 for a 2-hour sleep session if they were still available.

Although JetNap Pods were smaller than Minute Suites or Escape Pods, they featured a convenient storage space beneath the mattress. What sets GoSleep Pods apart is that guests are responsible for cleaning the sleep surface using the cleaning supplies provided when you show up after making a booking.

Sleep Pods and Suites’ at John F. Kennedy Airport Prices: Comparison:

Minute Suites offers flexible pricing options to suit your needs. For the first hour, it’s $55, with an additional $13.74 for every 15-minute increment up to 2 hours and incremental $11.25 from the third to the 8th hour. Overnight, you can opt to book an 8-hour block at just $195.

Escape Pods offers a slightly lower price to access their pods with a maximum duration of 2 hours. You can get a 15-minute napping session for just $10, or choose from longer durations like 30 minutes for $15, 45 minutes for $25, 60 minutes for $30, 90 minutes for $45, and 120 minutes for $60. Escape Pods doesn’t offer periods of over 2 hours.

I also like that I can access Minute Suites as a Priority Pass Cardholder with complimentary 1-hour access. You should, however, note that you have to pay for any additional period at a discounted price of $34 instead of the regular $48/hr pricing. To top it up, Minute Suites allows Priority Pass Cardholders to bring up to 3 guests.

When comparing the two options, Minute Suites nap suites offer great value if you prefer sleeping in a proper bed. Other in-terminal or nearby hotels charge at least $200 for a similar one-hour period. Additionally, when you book a Minute Suites nap suite, you get a discounted fee of $30 to access their showers with toilets. Considering these factors, I believe Minute Suites offers better value for your money over Escape Pods.

I also value the fact that Minute Suites offers a wider range of amenities, perfect for those who are exhausted and seek a comfortable place to rest. On the other hand, Escape Pods are a budget-friendly option for shorter periods of rest, but their pricing seems high considering the absence of beds or shower facilities.

Alternatives to Sleep Suites & Pods – Book a Hotel

In addition to GoSleep pods, passengers can also choose to book a room at the TWA Hotel located inside JFK Airport. Opened in 2019, the hotel boasts soundproof windows and blackout curtains for those needing complete rest while waiting for their flight.

The TWA Hotel day packages are available daily from 6 AM to 8 PM ET for a minimum of four hours and a maximum of 12 hours. Their cheapest rate is $149 for a max of 4 hours. You can check prices on its website here for all options here or on Booking.com. When you add the tax, it costs almost $200 as shown in the snapshot I took below;

Alternatively, I found 3 budget-friendly hotel options located within a mile of JFK Airport. With rates less than half of what the TWA Hotel offers, you can enjoy 24/7 complimentary shuttle service.

Below are some others close to JFK

Check out these hotels with free shuttles to and from JFK Airport

Pods Alternatives: Where to Sleep for Free at JFK Airport

If you’d rather not spend money on airport sleep technologies like Escape Pods and Minute Suites, or the in-airport TWA Hotel for some rest, there is an alternative option of free sleeping arrangements at the airport. Although this airport doesn’t have designated rest areas, you might come across benches or even floor space that can be used as a makeshift bed.

The best places to sleep at JFK is in Terminal 4 as it is the only terminals that operates 24 hours although there are some notable mentions for spaces in Terminal 5 and 8. For a relatively safer and cozier option, the area near the windows by the duty-free store in Terminal 4 is reported to be flat, off the ground, and spacious enough to lay down, although it’s near an escalator and in a noisy section.

Another notable spot is near Terminal 8, which, despite its detractions such as coldness and noise, offers pockets of quieter areas where people have managed to find comfortable spots for sleeping, especially by tucking into corners behind plants or finding secluded benches.

Let’s now look at sleeping in different JFK Terminals;

Terminal 1:

A few fliers noted in their reviews that Terminal 1 at JFK Airport does not offer a sleep-friendly environment for travelers. The terminal has operational hours that restrict overnight stays, as indicated by a traveler who had to relocate to Terminal 8 after discovering Terminal 1 closes at 2 AM.

Another review underscores JFK’s overall unfriendliness towards overnight travelers, with specific mention of Terminal 1. The reviewer detailed an experience of being chased out of Terminal 1, describing a lack of sleep-friendly facilities and a general unwelcoming atmosphere for those attempting to rest in the terminal overnight.

T2 has decent chairs as shown below that you can perhaps pull together to make a makeshift bed during the day but would not recommend it for overnight sleep.

Free sleeping spots in Terminal 1 -sleep benches in JFK
Terminal 1 sleep benches in JFK

Terminal 2:

To find a peaceful spot for some rest in Terminal 2, simply make your way upstairs from the café and eateries. Once you reach the upper level, follow the stairs located near the railing, directly above the café and eateries. There, you’ll discover a space with carpeted flooring and a selection of comfortable, full-length cushioned seats. Take a moment to unwind and relax in this tranquil oasis. This seating area is nestled between the main galley and a newsstand, providing a cozy and convenient space for visitors.

Terminal 4:

Gate 1: Offers a quieter environment with dimmed lighting perfect for those looking for a tranquil spot. Despite the seating areas having armrests, the floor can serve as a makeshift bed, especially if equipped with a sleeping bag or blanket. The presence of a security guard adds a sense of safety.

Gates A9-A21 Area: This area in Terminal 4 was mentioned as a spot where people were seen with blankets and pillows, indicating it as a quieter location suitable for sleeping. The presence of individuals with sleeping accessories like blankets and pillows suggests it’s a recognized area for rest among travelers. This part of Terminal 4 seems to differ in temperature, noise level, and activity depending on the specific location, offering pockets of more comfortable environments suitable for resting

Near Gate A4: In JFK Terminal 4, a notable spot for sleeping is located near Gate 4. Here, travelers can find at least 13 comfortable couches conducive to lying down and resting. These couches, distinguished by their yellow and red colors, are situated opposite the “Kate Spade” and Showrooms, accessible after passing through the check-in area. This area offers a rare find in airport conveniences, providing a more relaxed environment for passengers in need of sleep or a brief respite.

Terminal 4 at JFK is the sole terminal that operates 24 hours a day and is the best terminal for free sleep at JFK. Fliers with layovers try to make their way and grab spots in this Terminalso it’s important to keep in mind that availability can be limited during busy travel periods.

However, it’s important to give full disclosure that getting a good night’s sleep might be challenging due to the noise, bright lights, and uncomfortable seating with armrests. Near the check-in counters for Norwegian Air, there is a metal mesh bench with dividers, allowing for a reasonably spacious five-foot section in the middle, which is perfect for stretching out and finding some comfort.

Despite the noises and the uncomfortable seating with armrests, many fliers through JFK note that this terminal offers the best sleep positions. You can mitigate noise concerns with noise-canceling headphones or active noise-control earplugs. While it doesn’t have good WiFi, some travelers mentioned how they’d just hop on the free AirTrain to T5 for WiFi and back to T4 for sleep.

One aspect worth mentioning regarding the round-the-clock operations in T4 is that due to flights departing from this terminal at unconventional hours, such as 2 or 3 am, there is always a presence of individuals, including airline crew and a handful of food establishments that remain open within the terminal.

terminal 4 sleeping couches to use at JFK
Terminal 4 sleeping couches to use at JFK for free

Pros

Pros:

  1. Good Samaritan Staff: Despite some criticisms, there are mentions of four staff members at Terminal 4 who have shown exceptional kindness and helpfulness to travelers in need. Their compassionate assistance has been a blessing to those facing challenges during their stay at the Terminal.
  2. Window Sill by Duty-Free Store: For those seeking a makeshift bed, one traveler found a window sill near the duty-free store to be a decent option. It’s flat, slightly elevated from the ground, providing a bit of separation from the hustle and bustle.
  3. Relatively Safer Pre-Security Area: Even though facilities are minimal before security check-in, one review notes the pre-security area of Terminal 4 as a no-crime zone. However, the presence of security is minimal.

Cons

  1. Disappointing Security Checkpoint Staff Behavior: Multiple reviews express disappointment with the staff manning the security checkpoints. Accusations range from unhelpfulness to outright rudeness, with a vast majority of the security personnel being tagged as not compassionate.
  2. Noisy and Unrestful Environment: Areas near duty-free shops, while accessible for laying down, are criticized for being noisy due to their proximity to escalators and ongoing music over the intercom system throughout the night.
  3. Cold and Uncomfortable Sleeping Conditions: Before the security checkpoint, the Terminal 4 environment is described as cold, with stone floors rarely cleaned, making for a miserable, freezing experience. Metal chairs with bars not conducive to laying down add to the discomfort.
  4. Lack of Essentials: Reports suggest a glaring lack of basic amenities including food outlets, places to sleep, and even staff to ask questions. The situation is likened to being treated as if you were homeless, highlighting a significant area for improvement.

Terminal 5:

Finding suitable places to sleep in Terminal 5 is extremely challenging, especially in the Airside. The limited seating options are equipped with armrests and the Terminal is excessively noisy. The constant presence of the cleaning crew, frequent announcements, and the overall cramped space make it exceedingly difficult to get any restful sleep. If you have a sleeping bag and don’t mind spreading it on the concrete floors, you can get some sleep. See the image below of a flier who opted to sleep on the floor with his legs on his luggage for safety- no chairs;

image showing someone sleeping in terminal 5

British Airways offers two full-size couches exclusively available for passengers with access to the British Airways Lounge. However, please note that the lounge can only be accessed airside and is restricted to passengers whose flights are departing within the next 3 hours.

Terminal 7:

  1. Sleeping near the window by the duty-free store:
    • A spot by the windows near the duty-free store in Terminal 7 is mentioned as potentially nice for sleeping or chilling. It is described as flat and off the ground, providing a semblance of comfort. However, the area is also noted to be noisy and close to an escalator, which might detract from the overall sleeping experience.

This terminal features tall, high-back chairs that offer superior comfort compared to other seating areas in the airport. However, it’s important to note that these chairs may not be ideal for sleeping due to the presence of armrests.

Another reason why T7 is not ideal for sleeping is the limited number of food establishments and is not open 24/7 as T4. Food courts such as those in T4 have ample seating, making them convenient for resting when the restaurants close at night.

Terminal 7 chairs with armrests you can sleep on while seated
Terminal 7 chairs with armrests you can sleep on while seated

Pros

  • Staff Helpfulness: Despite general challenges, some travelers encountered staff members who provided significant assistance. One reviewer expressed gratitude for “4 Good Staffs with good hearts” amidst an overall disappointing security checkout experience, highlighting instances of kindness in a challenging environment.
  • Occasional Quiet Spots: A few travelers managed to find spots conducive to rest, with one noting the terminal is “very quiet in the morning,” suggesting that early hours might offer some respite for the prepared.
  • Safety: The reviews didn’t raise any safety concerns, suggesting that, despite its shortcomings, T7 is secure for travelers staying overnight.

Cons

  • Closed at some point in the night: One review noted that they were chaised by security around 2 AM after the last flight departed. Not sure if they always kick people out or if this was a standalone event.
  • Can’t Check-in night before if you have morning flight: Some fliers noted that security won’t let you get to the airside if your flight is early next morning.
  • Lack of Comfortable Sleeping Areas: The absence of comfortable sleeping arrangements was a common complaint among reviewers. The presence of chairs with armrests and the overall ambiance were described as particularly unwelcoming for rest.
  • Noise and Discomfort: The terminal’s noise levels were a significant concern, with one traveler mentioning it’s “immediately to the left after you go down the escalator in terminal 4, near the duty-free store,” pointing to the difficulty in finding tranquility.
  • Limited Amenities: Reviewers frequently mentioned the scarcity of late-hour amenities, underscoring the challenge of accessing basic comforts and sustenance during overnight stays.
  • Perceived Disrespect and Unhelpfulness: Some passengers felt disregarded by parts of the staff, with experiences of rudeness amplifying the discomfort of their stays. A flyer’s recount of an “unhelpful and disrespectful” encounter echoes a sentiment that, although not universally felt, significantly colored some travelers’ perceptions.

Remark about T7 Sleep

JFK’s Terminal 7 is depicted as a challenging spot for those needing rest or looking for comfortable amenities during extended layovers or overnight stays. While there are isolated instances of helpful staff and quiet spots, the prevailing narrative points to an environment that falls short in providing a welcoming or comfortable experience for weary travelers. The terminal appears to be best suited for those with adjusted expectations, equipped with personal comforts (like sleeping bags or earplugs), and perhaps most importantly, a high tolerance for discomfort and inconvenience.

Terminal 8

  • General Area: Terminal 8 offers secluded corners and benches, especially behind plant decorations, for more private and comfortable resting spots. Although it’s known for being somewhat cold and noisy, some flyers have managed to create comfortable sleeping conditions with the proper gear.
  • Air Train Exit: According to the Sleepinginairports.net site, upon exiting the AirTrain, there are secluded steel benches available for those seeking a spot to rest. This hidden gem provides privacy for individuals who choose to stretch out on the floor and enjoy a quiet space due to its isolated location.

T8 Pros

  1. Friendly and Discreet Staff: Some travelers appreciated the staff’s friendly demeanor and discretion, especially when sleeping in quieter areas of the terminal.
  2. Quiet Spots for Overnight Layovers: A few travelers found quiet, dimly lit spots conducive to rest, emphasizing the availability of such niches despite the terminal’s busy nature.
  3. Accessibility to Amenities: Terminal 8 is highlighted for its variety of amenities, including food options, which can be crucial for those spending long hours or overnight.
  4. Companionship of Fellow Travelers: The shared experience of staying overnight at the airport created a sense of camaraderie among travelers, making the experience more bearable for some.

T8 Cons

  1. Uncomfortable Seating and Cold Conditions: A common complaint was the lack of comfortable seating suitable for sleeping, along with the terminal’s cold temperature, which made resting difficult.
  2. Noise Levels: Despite finding quiet spots, the overall noise level in Terminal 8, including announcements and the sounds of cleaning crews, was a significant deterrent to a good night’s sleep for many.
  3. Lack of Privacy and Security Concerns: Some travelers expressed concerns about the lack of privacy and security, feeling exposed while trying to sleep in public areas of the terminal.
  4. Limited Availability of Sleeping Spots: The challenge of finding a suitable place to rest was a recurring theme, with some travelers resorting to the floor or less comfortable areas of the terminal.
  5. Closed from 11 PM to 4 AM: Most amenities remain closed from 11 PM to 4 AM.
  6. Cold floors: The only option to sleep is on cold floor. No carpets

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JFK Sleep Tips on NYC Weather and What to Wear/Bring:

Winter (December to February)

  • Temperature Range: Average highs are around 38-45°F (3-7°C), while lows can drop to 26-35°F (-3 to 2°C).
  • Weather Conditions: Snow is common, as are cold winds and occasional ice storms. Days can be quite short and overcast.
  • What to Wear/Carry: Thick coats, gloves, scarves, and warm hats are essential. For sleeping at JFK, consider a warm travel blanket or sleeping bag.

What to Bring during Winter

Winter (December to February)

  • Insulated Sleeping Bag: Choose one rated for low temperatures to ensure warmth throughout the night.
  • Portable Mattress Pad: Provides insulation from the cold floor.
  • Thermal Clothing: Thermal underwear or layers can provide extra warmth without the bulk.
  • Warm Socks and a Beanie: Protect against heat loss from your extremities.
  • Earplugs and Eye Mask: To block out noise and light during shorter winter days

Spring (March to May)

  • Temperature Range: Temperatures gradually warm, with average highs moving from the mid-40s to the high 60s°F (7-20°C) by the end of May. Lows range from the low 30s to the high 40s°F (0-9°C).
  • Weather Conditions: Conditions are variable, with some days sunny and others bringing rain. Late snowstorms can occur in early March.
  • What to Wear/Carry: Layered clothing is key, including light jackets, sweaters, and possibly an umbrella for rainy days. For comfort while sleeping, a light blanket should suffice.

What to Bring in the Spring

  • Lightweight Sleeping Bag: A bag suitable for mild weather will keep you comfortable.
  • Travel Blanket: For extra warmth on chillier spring nights, a travel blanket can be a versatile addition.
  • Layered Clothing: Dress in layers that can be easily added or removed as temperatures fluctuate.
  • Rain Gear: An umbrella or waterproof jacket can be handy for sudden spring showers.
  • Earplugs and Eye Mask: Useful for longer daylight hours closer to summer.

Summer (June to August)

  • Temperature Range: Average highs are in the low to mid-80s°F (27-30°C), with occasional peaks into the 90s°F (32°C+). Nighttime lows are usually in the high 60s to low 70s°F (20-22°C).
  • Weather Conditions: Summers are hot and humid, with frequent thunderstorms, especially in the afternoons and evenings.
  • What to Wear/Carry: Light and airy clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen are advisable. For resting in the airport, consider a light sheet or sleep liner, as air conditioning can make indoor areas cooler.

What to Bring in the Summer:

  • Sleep Liner: Instead of a sleeping bag, a sleep liner or lightweight sheet can provide comfort without overheating.
  • Portable Fan: A small, battery-operated fan can help keep you cool.
  • Light Clothing: Breathable fabrics like cotton or linen are ideal.
  • Noise-Canceling Headphones or Earplugs: To drown out the noise of air conditioners and fellow travelers.
  • Eye Mask: To block out early sunrises and late sunsets.

Fall (September to November)

  • Temperature Range: Temperatures start warm but gradually cool, from highs in the 70s°F (21-26°C) in September to the 50s°F (10-15°C) by November. Lows drop from the 60s°F (15-20°C) to the 40s°F (4-9°C).
  • Weather Conditions: Fall brings a mix of sunny days and increasing cloudiness with a chance of rain. Early snow is possible in late November.
  • What to Wear/Carry: Layering is again important, with the addition of warmer clothes as the season progresses. A medium-weight blanket might be needed for sleeping comfortably at JFK during the cooler nights of late fall.

What to Bring for Comfortable JFK Sleep in the Fall:

  • Medium-Weight Sleeping Bag: As temperatures start to drop, a medium-weight bag will keep you comfortable.
  • Travel Blanket: Good for layering if nights become cooler than expected.
  • Layered Clothing: Preparation for variable temperatures is key, with the ability to adjust layers easily.
  • Earplugs and Eye Mask: As daylight decreases, these can help maintain a comfortable sleep environment.

JFK ZZZ/Sleep Score:49/100

Sleep Accommodations (21.5/37.5 Points)

  • Innovative Sleep Technology (Pods/Suites): 6/8
    • There are Minute Suites installed in T4 but they are only accessible to those flying or arriving through T4. Its location in the airside limits accessibility for those without T4 boarding pass.
  • In-Airport Hotel: 6/7
  • Hotels with Free Shuttle Service: 5/5
    • There are more than 10 JFK hotels with free shuttle within a 2-mile radius. Check out our full guide on Hotels Near JFK Airport with Free Shuttle. You’ll note from the list that most of them run on schedules and not on demand and will have to wait for some period.
  • Designated Rest Zones: 0/5
    • There are no designated rest areas. The only great spot to relax in is the JetBlue Rooftop Lounge in Terminal 5 but is not equipped for sleep.
  • At Least One Identified Sleeping Spot in Each Terminal: 1/5
    • While T1 is the worst in terms of sleeping spots, T7 and T8 also lack comfortable sleep spots. Only T4 has good sleep chairs without armrests
  • Ease of Access to Free Sleeping Spots: 1/5
    • Reviews suggest difficulties finding suitable spots for rest, indicating issues with accessibility with some fliers getting kicked out of some terminals such as T7 and T8.
  • Access to Day-rooms in Airport Hotels or by Nearby Hotels: 2.5/2.5
    • TWA Hotel right inside JFK T5 has day-room hotels and several other nearby hotels also have day-use rooms.

Seating and Space Availability (3.5/10 Points)

  • Armrest-Free Chairs: 1/5
    • Complaints about the lack of comfortable seating suggest that armrest-free chairs are not widely available.
  • Availability of Seating Spaces: 2.5/5
    • Some passengers found spots to rest, indicating some availability of seating, though not ideal for sleep. The seating can also be limited during rush hours.

Ambient Environment for Sleep (5/20 Points)

  • Lighting: 2/8
    • Few fliers noted that it was bright all night in T1 and T5 and in some part of T4.
  • Sound Level at Night: 1/7
    • Reviews indicate the airport is noisy, with loud music and announcements, hindering sleep.
  • Temperature: 2/5. Several complain that it gets super chilly at night.

Operating Hours and Accessibility (5.5/10 Points)

  • 24/7 Operation: 3/5
    • JFK is operational 24/7, allowing for overnight stays, albeit with comfort challenges and unpredictable policies in all Terminals except T4. Only T4 remains open and accessible throughout the night while others are closed between 11 PM and 2 AM. T2 is the last to close at 2AM.
  • Ease of Overnight Stay: 2.5/5
    • While overnight stays are possible, reviews indicate various comfort and convenience challenges.

Amenities (13.5/22.5 Points)

  • Cleanliness: 1/3
    • One review noted unclean washrooms in T4, especially during rush hours. Relaxed cleaning schedules.
  • Security: 2/3
    • While one review noted ‘no security in sight’ I did not find a review of someone who got robbed or stolen from. Other reviews noted presence of security.
  • Wi-Fi and Charging Stations: 3/3
  • Food and Beverage: 2/3
    • Reviews suggest limited late-night food options at night, impacting the overall comfort of overnight stays. There are plenty of food options during the day though. Mcdonald’s in T4 on the airside is open 24/7 and Farmer’s Fridge in T4 which serves sandwiches is also open 24 hours. Also, check out Vinny’s Panini – TWA Hotel in T5 which is also open 24 hours. Others such as Dunkin Donuts close by 11. Get details of all JFK Terminals Shops and Food Options in our JFK Airport Guide here.
  • Shower Amenities: 2/3
  • Pay-Per-Use Lounge: 2.5/2.5
    • Primeclass is accessible at $54.
  • Luggage Storage Facilities: 0/2.5
    • JFK does not have luggage storage facilities but can opt for private service providers.
  • Access to Smoking Areas: 1/2.5

Total JFK Slep Score: 49/100(Average)

Closing Remark on JFK Sleep Quality: Moderately Poor

JFK Airport’s overall sleep quality is moderately poor with a ZZZ/Sleep Score of 49/100. While some efforts have been made to enhance sleep accommodations, such as the inclusion of Minute Suites in Terminal 4 and the upscale but expensive TWA Hotel in Terminal 5, these are not sufficiently accessible or affordable to significantly raise the airport’s score.

The absence of designated rest zones and limited availability of comfortable, armrest-free seating further detract from the airport’s ability to provide a restful environment for travelers. Despite operating 24/7, accessibility issues and restrictive overnight policies in terminals other than T4 complicate stays, with many areas closing overnight and re-opening in the early hours.

The ambient environment is also less than ideal for sleep, highlighted by bright lighting and persistent noise levels throughout the night, coupled with complaints about chilly temperatures.

Amenities do offer some consolation; JFK provides reliable Wi-Fi and a range of dining options during the day, though the nighttime offerings are sparse. Security presence is noted, although concerns about cleanliness, particularly in bathrooms during peak times, are drawbacks.

In terms of convenience, the lack of luggage storage facilities and limited shower amenities pose additional challenges for overnight or long-haul travelers.

In conclusion, while JFK provides basic necessities for overnight stays, its facilities and environment present significant challenges that impact the overall comfort and feasibility of resting effectively within the airport premises.

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FAQs

Q: Can you sleep at JFK during layovers?

A: Yes, you can sleep at JFK during layovers. In fact, JFK and a number of airports offer sleep pods for travelers but also have nearby hotels.

Q: How much do the sleep pods cost?

A: The JFK sleep pods are free to use.

Q: How long can I use the sleep pod for?

A: You can use the sleep pod for up to two hours.

Q: How do I book a sleep pod at JFK?

A: The sleep pods are available on a first-come, first-served basis so there is no need to book in advance. Just head over to the airport and look for the nearest sleep pod.

Q: Does JetBlue have a lounge at JFK?

A: Yes, JetBlue has a lounge at JFK. The lounge is located in Terminal 5 and offers a variety of amenities such as Wi-Fi, charging stations, food and drinks, and more.

Q: What are the hours of the JetBlue lounge?

A: The hours of the JetBlue Lounge vary depending on the day. However, the lounge is typically open from early morning to late evening.

Q: What is the cost of the JetBlue lounge?

A: The cost of the JetBlue Lounge varies depending on the day. However, it typically costs between $35 and $50 to enter or can book one of the hotels close to JFK

Q: Can I leave JFK Airport during a layover?

A: Yes, you can leave JFK Airport during a layover. In fact, there are a number of things to do in the city of New York and the surrounding areas.

Q: What is the best way to get from JFK Airport to Manhattan?

A: The best way to get from JFK Airport to Manhattan is by metro train, taxi or Uber.

Q: What is the cost of a taxi from JFK Airport to Manhattan?

A: The cost of a taxi from JFK Airport to Manhattan typically costs between $55 and $75 depending on the time of day. There are also other places or things to do around JFK.

Q: Are there sleep pods at JFK terminal 4

A: In early 2022, we just checked and it is still under planning to be launched in the future.

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