Delta Air Lines First Class Miami-New York (JFK) – Review

By Paul Riegler on 3 August 2015
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“When you get to the airport the most important thing is to get to the plane on time,” the agent at gate H11 at Miami International Airport said to me, as he lamented that there were several passengers with reservations who had not checked in and were about to lose their seats on what was an oversold flight to New York.

Wiser words couldn’t have been spoken.

There is a lot to do at Miami International – including a new American Express Centurion Lounge (we’ll report on that in the coming weeks) – but the agent, who was very pleasant and relaxed, was right. Passengers who get distracted at bars, restaurants, and shops and miss their flights also mishandle the primary reason they were at the airport in the first place: to catch a flight.

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My first visit to MIA as a departing passenger was recent and I stopped at the Centurion Lounge in Concourse D before my flight. I didn’t realize I’d have to clear security at Concourse H again but the PreCheck lane in both instances made clearing security twice a non-issue.

All of Miami’s facilities, such as gates or terminals, are common use, which means that no airline holds ownership or leases on specific gates or terminal space. While American is the dominant carrier here, there are dozens of others, including several that fly charter flights to Cuba. My flight was on Delta, to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.


The incoming aircraft arrived just around the time boarding would have begun at 6:25 p.m. As a result, our departure was pushed back by more than half an hour.

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