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TPJ Oct 28, 15 7:01 pm

Guide to AA Flagship First Dining Qualifications, Access & Related
 
I visited the dining room earlier today... OK - it is not TK IST Lounge or LH F-class Terminal, but definitely a big step is a right direction... Food was fairly good...

Yes, yes - I am am an ex-US CP, so I am easily spoiled:D

brewdog11 Oct 28, 15 7:12 pm


Originally Posted by TPJ (Post 25630257)
I visited the dining room earlier today... OK - it is not TK IST Lounge or LH F-class Terminal, but definitely a big step is a right direction... Food was fairly good...

Yes, yes - I am am an ex-US CP, so I am easily spoiled:D

Good to hear that it was a step in the right direction!

Do you happen to remember what food they had on offer?

And did they have self-serve booze available (of course, brewdog has to ask)?

JonNYC Oct 28, 15 7:17 pm


Originally Posted by brewdog11 (Post 25630287)
And did they have self-serve booze available (of course, brewdog has to ask)?

I _belive_ it was indicated today that booze will be from the regular AC bar (or at least most of it) as opposed to better/self-serve booze in the room. Hopefully I got that wrong. Can't imagine -not- having out some nice sparkling or the like.

pigx5 Oct 28, 15 10:02 pm

Before I left, I went to the counter to double confirm that it's just like flagship lounge rules. if you r EXP travel on the same day international flight, u can access the flagship dining. I was not allowed because it was just testing and not open yet.

AAEmpireState Oct 28, 15 10:10 pm


Originally Posted by JonNYC (Post 25630312)
I _belive_ it was indicated today that booze will be from the regular AC bar (or at least most of it) as opposed to better/self-serve booze in the room. Hopefully I got that wrong. Can't imagine -not- having out some nice sparkling or the like.

According to Gary from View From The Wing:

There will be place settings at the tables and staff will clear tables and offer drinks. The buffet is spread across two walls, and the back wall features wine, champagne, beer, and other beverages. Liquor is available from the Admirals Club bar. (As now, international premium cabin customers and oneworld elites receive drink chits when entering the lounge. A server can get drinks for customers from the Admirals Club bar and bring them back to Flagship Dining, passengers will need to provide the server with a drink chit.)

http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea....oom-in-dallas/

JonNYC Oct 28, 15 10:15 pm


Originally Posted by pigx5 (Post 25631050)
Before I left, I went to the counter to double confirm that it's just like flagship lounge rules. if you r EXP travel on the same day international flight, u can access the flagship dining. I was not allowed because it was just testing and not open yet.

Yes, as I stated upthread.



Originally Posted by AAEmpireState (Post 25631078)
According to Gary from View From The Wing:

There will be place settings at the tables and staff will clear tables and offer drinks. The buffet is spread across two walls, and the back wall features wine, champagne, beer, and other beverages. Liquor is available from the Admirals Club bar. (As now, international premium cabin customers and oneworld elites receive drink chits when entering the lounge. A server can get drinks for customers from the Admirals Club bar and bring them back to Flagship Dining, passengers will need to provide the server with a drink chit.)

http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea....oom-in-dallas/

Nice!

zpaul Oct 29, 15 5:38 am


Originally Posted by AAEmpireState (Post 25631078)
According to Gary from View From The Wing:

...A server can get drinks for customers from the Admirals Club bar and bring them back to Flagship Dining, passengers will need to provide the server with a drink chit.

http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea....oom-in-dallas/

Lately I've only been given one chit per entry to the ACs (except in MIA) for all types of travel - int'l/domestic F, int'l J, and int'l/domestic Y as an EXP, and not a single agent has seemed happy to give me another when I ask. This one-chit system seems rather stingy in the face of the new Flagship Dining plan. Maybe they'll push the wine, champagne (er...Prosecco), and "other beverages" in the room over using the main bar?

teemuflyer Oct 29, 15 6:46 am


Originally Posted by zpaul (Post 25632153)
Lately I've only been given one chit per entry to the ACs (except in MIA) for all types of travel - int'l/domestic F, int'l J, and int'l/domestic Y as an EXP, and not a single agent has seemed happy to give me another when I ask. This one-chit system seems rather stingy in the face of the new Flagship Dining plan. Maybe they'll push the wine, champagne (er...Prosecco), and "other beverages" in the room over using the main bar?

If I'm staying for longer than one drink, I just ask right up front and always get 2 or 3. Don't really care what they think.

Cofyknsult Oct 29, 15 7:04 am

Maybe, just maybe, this has something to do with the new Amex lounge in DFW Terminal D which offers decent enough food (if a very strange atmosphere... I eat there but do not like to spend time). After all it all boils down to making more consumers switch from the Amex Platinum which used to give AA lounge access to the AA "black" Mastercard. As long as some people retain both cards, MC loses on charge commissions.

In which case, by the way, the move is ill thought as the real strength of Amex Platinum / Centurion cards is in their superior customer service online and on the phone. Have you ever tried to dispute a charge with MC? Huge red tape which is totally spared on Amex.

zpaul Oct 29, 15 7:07 am


Originally Posted by teemuflyer (Post 25632315)
If I'm staying for longer than one drink, I just ask right up front and always get 2 or 3. Don't really care what they think.

More to the point, it used to be standard to receive two chits, now we're down to one; with Flagship Dining opening, one seems stingy in the face of the intent of the service. The point of my post was to question whether the initial chit offering may become more generous for those who meet access requirements. Not everyone feels comfortable asking for more chits - many may not even know that it's an option.

Come to think of it, it wouldn't surprise me if the FD attendants have a few chits on them...

teemuflyer Oct 29, 15 10:17 am


Originally Posted by zpaul (Post 25632387)
More to the point, it used to be standard to receive two chits, now we're down to one; with Flagship Dining opening, one seems stingy in the face of the intent of the service. The point of my post was to question whether the initial chit offering may become more generous for those who meet access requirements. Not everyone feels comfortable asking for more chits - many may not even know that it's an option.

Come to think of it, it wouldn't surprise me if the FD attendants have a few chits on them...

Good points. Especially the last one. Why would someone entitled to the FD experience have to hand over their "chit" to get a drink? They should just be able to order a drink, and have it delivered, if drinks are indeed delivered.

AANYC1981 Oct 29, 15 10:27 am

So is this confirmed that entrance follows FL rules....so EXP has to be on a long haul int'l itinerary?

zpaul Oct 29, 15 11:15 am


Originally Posted by AANYC1981 (Post 25633250)
So is this confirmed that entrance follows FL rules....so EXP has to be on a long haul int'l itinerary?

Well, international. Mexico City and Central America flights get an EXP flying in Y access, and they're not really long haul...

cova Oct 29, 15 11:16 am

Two of us are currently in the DFW new Flagship lounge. Nice. Was the old smoking room. No physical changes other than new pictures.

There are letting in a limited number of people so you need to ask. 5 total in here now.

Nice food and drink but no hot food other than soup. Was here for Breakfast as well - again no hot items but large selection of cold.

For Lunch - Salad, soup, cheeses, and open face sandwiches plus a few other items. They serve you wine, soft drinks etc. No liquor.

Nice setup - but then no hot items (except soup). The open face sandwiches are nice. The set up is 10 tables for 2, tables are about 2 feet in diameter. Gray in color, and gray carpet.

Today is first today of the preview opening - I was one of the first in. Yesterday was AA management. Of course officially opens Tues. Back through on Monday and will check again.

I think the better you are dressed gives you an invite in, but you can ask. I automatically got 2 drink coupons - which I normally use for bottled water, but they have water here.

I was in dress shirt and got invite, but friend was in T-Shirt and had to ask to get stamp. You get a card and they stamp your boarding pass.

zpaul Oct 29, 15 11:23 am


Originally Posted by cova (Post 25633501)
You get a card and they stamp your boarding pass.

Thanks for the update!

This is downstairs, where you get the card and stamp, with someone at the door to the FD area?


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