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Guide to Flagship Lounge Access (in revision)

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NOTE: Flagship Lounges and Flagship First Dining closed March 20, 2020. They will begin reopening in September of 2021, as discussed in this thread (link). This thread will reboot as the Premium facilities begin reopening and as AA announces any changes including access rules.


Beginning in spring 2017, AA began introducing their completely renovated or new, larger Flagship Lounges completely redesigned for qualifying First and Business Class customers.

Rules for expanded access to Flagship Lounges were published June 2017.

Features
  • More room for you to spread out and relax
  • Larger buffet with premium, fresh meals
  • Premium beer, wine and spirits
  • Updated interiors with additional power and privacy options
  • More staff in each lounge for the highest level of service


As well, Flagship Lounge access policies changed.

American Airlines has expanded access to the Flagship Lounges (but reduced access to Flagship Dining within the Flagship Lounges):

Expanded access

In the new Flagship Lounges (not to be confused with Flagship Dining), eligible customers are:
  • First and Business Class customers (on qualifying international flights or 3-class transcontinental markets*)
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum (including Concierge Key), Platinum Pro and Platinum members in any cabin (on qualifying international flights*)
  • oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members in any cabin (on all qualifying flights**)

Qualifying transcontinental flights

3-class non-stop flights between:

  • New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX)
  • JFK and San Francisco (SFO)
  • JFK and Orange County (SNA)
  • LAX and Miami (MIA)
  • LAX and Boston (BOS)

Qualifying other domestic filghts

Flights with seats ticketed as Flagship between:

  • Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Honolulu (HNL)
  • DFW and Kona (KOA)
  • DFW and Maui (OGG)
  • Chicago (ORD) and HNL
  • Charlotte (CLT) and HNL
Guest Access

1 guest (children over 2 count as a guest)

*Qualifying international flights are those between the U.S. and Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South America (excluding Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela) only. Qualifying transcontinental flights are defined as non-stop between New York Kennedy (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO). All other international destinations are excluded from this benefit. Departing flight must be the same-day (or before 6 a.m. the following day).

**AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum members traveling solely on North American itineraries (other than flights mentioned immediately above) will not qualify. North America is defined as the United States (including Hawaii and Alaska), Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

: An exception usually exists for First and Business passengers on AA Flagship (three class aircraft actually sold as three classes), such as the seasonal MIA-LAX 77W and LAX-BOS A321T.

NOTE: Flagship First Class customers on Americans 3-class international and transcontinental flights will have exclusive, complimentary access to Flagship First Dining. Qualifying international passengers may bring one guest; qualifying domestic passengers are not allowed any guests.

NOTE: Flagship First Class and Flagship Business Class passengers traveling on 3-cabin transcontinental flights between JFK and LAX/SFO are allowed entry to the Flagship Lounge both upon departure and upon arrival (e.g. A passenger traveling business class nonstop from JFK to LAX will have access to the JFK Lounge and the LAX Lounge). However, passengers on this itinerary will not be allowed to bring in a guest if they are not also in the Flagship cabin

Link to relevant "Flagship Lounge" aa.com page

Link to 2017 and 2018 posts archived from this thread.






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Guide to Flagship Lounge Access (in revision)

Old Nov 14, 2019, 7:33 am
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Originally Posted by worldwidetraveler
Traveling in May 2020 in Business Class connecting in PHL and LHR (to IB). Will the Flagship lounges be accessible at that time?
PHL, not likely since they just started working on it on September 30th. If you are actually flying IB metal (not a codeshare), you'll be flying out of T5 so access to AA lounge(s) in T3 wouldn't be available unless you used some convoluted reason of "shopping" there.
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Old Nov 14, 2019, 8:24 am
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Alternate Lounges?

Originally Posted by teemuflyer
PHL, not likely since they just started working on it on September 30th. If you are actually flying IB metal (not a codeshare), you'll be flying out of T5 so access to AA lounge(s) in T3 wouldn't be available unless you used some convoluted reason of "shopping" there.
Yes, flying AA to LHR, then Iberia to MAD all in Business. So lounge entry at PHL is only an Admirals Club, or do partners have anything better? Do you know in T3 LHR which lounge would be offered?
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Old Nov 14, 2019, 8:45 am
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Originally Posted by worldwidetraveler
Yes, flying AA to LHR, then Iberia to MAD all in Business. So lounge entry at PHL is only an Admirals Club, or do partners have anything better? Do you know in T3 LHR which lounge would be offered?
If you have access to T3, then you're in luck! Traveling in business you'd have access to the AA, BA, CX and QF business class lounges. They are grouped very near each other, so you can sample them all if you have a long enough layover. However if you're flying out of T5, which is where most, if not all IB flights are out of, it is very difficult to get access to T3. Then you're down to the BA business lounges at T5.
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Old Nov 14, 2019, 9:41 am
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer
If you have access to T3, then you're in luck! Traveling in business you'd have access to the AA, BA, CX and QF business class lounges. They are grouped very near each other, so you can sample them all if you have a long enough layover. However if you're flying out of T5, which is where most, if not all IB flights are out of, it is very difficult to get access to T3. Then you're down to the BA business lounges at T5.
Ok, thanks for the information.
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Old Nov 17, 2019, 1:57 am
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AA- JFK-MIA-MEX on a J ticket. I know that AA Flagship Access is included in MIA but what about JFK? Thanks
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Old Nov 17, 2019, 1:57 am
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Originally Posted by theboss7593
AA- JFK-MIA-MEX on a J ticket. I know that AA Flagship Access is included in MIA but what about JFK? Thanks
Also included
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Old Nov 19, 2019, 3:22 pm
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer
Per rules, yes, but you might get some push back because of the "unusual" itinerary you are flying. If it all works out, sounds like a fun MR.. enjoy..
Had a fun trip.

Didn't try to get into FL at ORD because the line was out the door and I got to the airport a bit later than I planned.

Got FFD at DFW, drAAgon just scanned my BP and was happy to let me in. Great bartender there, too.

Visited FFD and Qantas F at LAX, FFD and regular FL at JFK. Was a fun departure from the usual airport experience. Great showers at JFK, too!
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Old Nov 19, 2019, 3:36 pm
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Originally Posted by GrumpyYoungMan
Had a fun trip.

Didn't try to get into FL at ORD because the line was out the door and I got to the airport a bit later than I planned.

Got FFD at DFW, drAAgon just scanned my BP and was happy to let me in. Great bartender there, too.

Visited FFD and Qantas F at LAX, FFD and regular FL at JFK. Was a fun departure from the usual airport experience. Great showers at JFK, too!
Thanks for the update, too bad about ORD. Hitting 4 FDs in one trip would have been quite the achievement . Also, I;m sure that the shower at JFK was well appreciated after all those flights.
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Old Nov 19, 2019, 4:05 pm
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer
Thanks for the update, too bad about ORD. Hitting 4 FDs in one trip would have been quite the achievement . Also, I;m sure that the shower at JFK was well appreciated after all those flights.
FWIW, I've been in the ORD FL once - it was a few months back at the end of the hot food experiment. I asked one of the AC agents when they were going to change out that gross spinach artichoke mess, and I guess she felt my pain because she escorted me downstairs and told me to fill up a plate. Guess I should have grabbed some bubbly, too but I didn't want to press my luck. That was quite a kind gesture.
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Old Nov 22, 2019, 4:16 am
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Apologies if this has been asked before, I couldn't find it.

I am flying AA LHR-MIA-CUN in business. As far as I can see, according to the qualifying flight rules, if based just on the MIA-CUN flight, I wouldn't qualify for either FL or AC in MIA. Is that the case, or would the LHR-MIA leg qualify me for one or the other or both?

Many thanks
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Old Nov 22, 2019, 4:24 am
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Originally Posted by SimonAB
Apologies if this has been asked before, I couldn't find it.

I am flying AA LHR-MIA-CUN in business. As far as I can see, according to the qualifying flight rules, if based just on the MIA-CUN flight, I wouldn't qualify for either FL or AC in MIA. Is that the case, or would the LHR-MIA leg qualify me for one or the other or both?

Many thanks
Both. Access is also on arrival when you have a connecting flight.
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Old Nov 22, 2019, 5:04 am
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Originally Posted by SimonAB
Apologies if this has been asked before, I couldn't find it.

I am flying AA LHR-MIA-CUN in business. As far as I can see, according to the qualifying flight rules, if based just on the MIA-CUN flight, I wouldn't qualify for either FL or AC in MIA. Is that the case, or would the LHR-MIA leg qualify me for one or the other or both?

Many thanks
Originally Posted by SEA737
Both. Access is also on arrival when you have a connecting flight.
Actually, not at LHR yet. The Flagship Lounge there is still just for OWE's and those flying F. However, there are many quality business lounges at LHR T3: AA (AC), BA, CX and QF. They are all very near each other so hop around.
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Old Nov 22, 2019, 5:08 am
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer
Actually, not at LHR yet. The Flagship Lounge there is still just for OWE's and those flying F. However, there are many quality business lounges at LHR T3: AA (AC), BA, CX and QF. They are all very near each other so hop around.
Thanks, I had been asking about the layover in MIA though.

Having read the T3 Lounge thread I was planning to try the CX lounge.
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Old Nov 22, 2019, 9:00 am
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Originally Posted by SimonAB
Thanks, I had been asking about the layover in MIA though.

Having read the T3 Lounge thread I was planning to try the CX lounge.
You can use flagship in Miami in both directions.
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Old Nov 22, 2019, 9:04 am
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If Im landing in PHL Off a QR J award flight (AA) then connect to a domestic AA flight on a separate ticket can I use the AC? I know flagship in PHL got delayed
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