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Old May 6, 08, 10:29 pm
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POS Lounge

Does AA have an arrangement for access to any lounge in POS?
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Old May 7, 08, 1:26 am
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Originally Posted by MileHigh View Post
Does AA have an arrangement for access to any lounge in POS?
how do you plan on getting in?

as far as i know, caribbean-us does not count as international, so status won't get you in, and no ac. i believe our options are limited (i'm flying out of pos next month...) j class is not good enough for entrance to any club on the way to caribbean based on status so i don't see how it would work on the way back.

it's a different story if you are continuing on to europe, asia, etc.

perhaps in that case aa has a contract with 3rd party lounge but i'll leave that answer to somebody else.
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Old May 7, 08, 1:55 am
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Originally Posted by nacirema View Post
j class is not good enough for entrance to any club on the way to caribbean based on status so i don't see how it would work on the way back.
Whenever I fly from AUA-JFK, where AA has a Business class lounge, my J BP (using stickers) is good enough to get me and a guest in. AC membership or status does not. For JFK-AUA, you are correct that a J BP will not grant club access but my AC membership is what gets me in. That being said, according to this thread POS does not have an AA affiliated lounge.
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Old May 7, 08, 2:29 am
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Originally Posted by RxCapt View Post
Whenever I fly from AUA-JFK, where AA has a Business class lounge, my J BP (using stickers) is good enough to get me and a guest in. AC membership or status does not. For JFK-AUA, you are correct that a J BP will not grant club access but my AC membership is what gets me in. That being said, according to this thread POS does not have an AA affiliated lounge.
then consider yourself very lucky

nowhere does it say that status or j class will get you in when flying from the caribbean to us

http://www.aa.com/aa/i18nForward.do?...onalPassengers

unless you are continuing to eu or asia or?

enjoy it
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Old May 7, 08, 2:32 am
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I know, doesn't help with the question at hand, but I can't resist to say that quite a few AC lounges are a POS
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Old May 7, 08, 2:40 am
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Originally Posted by nacirema View Post
then consider yourself very lucky

nowhere does it say that status or j class will get you in when flying from the caribbean to us
Actually, I believe that there is no need for the RxCapt to consider himself lucky -- there isn't much current information on the internet, but it appears that in 2002 American opened a premium services lounge there, which according to the FlyerTalk Wiki [http://flyerguide.com/wiki/index.php/Lounges_(AA) is available to all of those traveling F/J -- and only F/J. No elites, no admirals club members. This is consistent with other non-Admirals Club lounges, which are definitely in odd breed since they aren't talked about much. The AA link you provided would be correct if the AUA lounge were in Admirals Club.

As for the original question, I think the OP might be out of luck
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Old May 7, 08, 2:51 am
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Originally Posted by rbessler View Post
Actually, I believe that there is no need for the RxCapt to consider himself lucky -- there isn't much current information on the internet, but it appears that in 2002 American opened a premium services lounge there, which according to the FlyerTalk Wiki [http://flyerguide.com/wiki/index.php/Lounges_(AA) is available to all of those traveling F/J -- and only F/J. No elites, no admirals club members. This is consistent with other non-Admirals Club lounges, which are definitely in odd breed since they aren't talked about much. The AA link you provided would be correct if the AUA lounge were in Admirals Club.

As for the original question, I think the OP might be out of luck
thanks for the heads up.

i'm just surprised. pos has a 763 running daily to mia on top of couple of 757s. i can't imagine aua is even close to that but i was wrong before and apparently i'm wrong here as well.
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Old May 7, 08, 7:39 am
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Hah, I read the title, and I thought you were going to complain about a Piece-of-**** lounge.

Anyways, carry on...
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Old May 7, 08, 10:26 am
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BGI is similar. The new "Executive Lounge" is operated by a third-party contractor on behalf of the various airlines operating out of the airport. When you are traveling in F/J (and ONLY F/J--no elites or club members traveling in Y), you receive an invitation at check in that you present at the entrance to the lounge.

Nice views of the tarmac, free WiFi, free (very tasty) food and drinks, computers with printers, etc. Very nice little lounge. Major drawback: NO flight information at all, and the ladies at the front desk are clueless about flights (all they do is collect the invitations). So, you have to stay on top of things yourself. Usually, though, with AA flights, it's easy to do so because you can just look out the window and see if your inbound plane has arrived from MIA or JFK.
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Old May 7, 08, 10:47 am
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as posted before KIN and some other Caribbean destinations have "Business Lounges" that are available to AA elites (not sure about non-AA One World elites) and J passengers - most of these don't seem to be listed or advertised anywhere- they are not ACs or FLs, but all of the ones I have been in are run by the local AA station
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Old May 7, 08, 10:56 am
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Originally Posted by engineroom View Post
as posted before KIN and some other Caribbean destinations have "Business Lounges" that are available to AA elites
I can't speak for KIN or other Caribbean lounges but in AUA, contrary to the previously mentioned thread, status alone does not get you access to the Business class lounge. I have seen several Plts and Explts turned away when they try to get in based on status.
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Worth asking at the airport if you can pay to get in. MGA has a lounge operated by MGA airport, some airlines you get in free (COPA for one) in J, others you don't but you can pay $35 and get in that way with better services than the free admit. Also there is heavy sponsorship with credit card issuers and thus discounts even though paying depending on the card used. Cannot hurt to ask or consult their web site.

In the case of MGA it is almost worth it to go through the most relaxed security check imaginable (don't bother taking out the metal objects, we'll just use the wand) plus on departure if you are too lazy to go to check-in they do that for you and check your bags too.
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Old May 7, 08, 11:35 am
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You can add MBJ to the list of Caribbean destinations with Business Class lounges. This one is an AA-only lounge, and an AC membership or status alone won't get you in.

The MBJ one is run by AA; the agents actually brought all of the J cabin folks from the lounge to the gate (it's a decent walk) and escorted us past the line of folks waiting to board (Y had started boarding) and onto the plane.

Free Red Stripe too IIRC.
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Old May 7, 08, 12:57 pm
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Originally Posted by ESpen36 View Post
BGI is similar. The new "Executive Lounge" is operated by a third-party contractor on behalf of the various airlines operating out of the airport. When you are traveling in F/J (and ONLY F/J--no elites or club members traveling in Y), you receive an invitation at check in that you present at the entrance to the lounge.
The invitation at BGI is in the form of a duplicate boarding pass with a rubber stamp in red confirming access to the lounge. I've never seen this anywhere else.
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Old May 7, 08, 1:00 pm
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Originally Posted by becket5 View Post
The invitation at BGI is in the form of a duplicate boarding pass with a rubber stamp in red confirming access to the lounge. I've never seen this anywhere else.
True, it's the only place I've seen it. I think it has two functions:

1) making sure that AA pays for that particular access (since the airlines share the cost of operating the lounge)

2) to prevent you from handing off your "invitation" to somebody else for use. However, since they don't check identification at the lounge, I see no reason why you couldn't give it to somebody else to use.
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