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Guide to Flagship Lounge Access (in revision)

Old Feb 16, 2017, 2:34 pm
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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 American’s 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 May 27, 2024, 8:37 pm
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Flagship Lounge Access - DFW-OGG - AA Award Ticket

I've previously accessed the DFW Flagship Lounge on DFW-OGG and OGG-DFW non-stop paid tickets. Is Flagship Lounge access still allowed on an award ticket?

I don't see anything in the T&C of the lounge access but I also don't see a definition of "eligible flight" within the same T&C and am worried that may be the exclusion of non-cash flights.
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Old May 27, 2024, 8:40 pm
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Originally Posted by controller1
I've previously accessed the DFW Flagship Lounge on DFW-OGG and OGG-DFW non-stop paid tickets. Is Flagship Lounge access still allowed on an award ticket?

I don't see anything in the T&C of the lounge access but I also don't see a definition of "eligible flight" within the same T&C and am worried that may be the exclusion of non-cash flights.
I'm not aware of any distinction being made between Cash and Award tickets (the only clause I've seen has been no access for employee nonrev)
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Old May 27, 2024, 9:24 pm
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Originally Posted by S80
I'm not aware of any distinction being made between Cash and Award tickets (the only clause I've seen has been no access for employee nonrev)
Correct. Likewise with upgrades (complementary, SWU, miles + copay).
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Old May 28, 2024, 11:40 am
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Originally Posted by TechMarauder
AA doesn’t usually check through luggage for overnight domestic connections >12 hours. Regardless, you will have access on arrival but may have to travel back from Terminal D (FL) to the terminal you arrived at to retrieve your bags for the night.
Originally Posted by wtcmor
Thanks changed flight to be 11 hour connection so hopefully that will be ok. For such a short layover really don't want the hassle of re-checking in the next morning
AA will check through on connections up to 16.5 hours, overnight or not. It used to be less than 12 hours but it changed last year I believe.
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Old May 28, 2024, 7:53 pm
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Will arrival from CTG give access to flagship lounge at MIA?
Continuing Same day on domestic AA flight
thank you.
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Old May 28, 2024, 7:58 pm
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Originally Posted by ft4lyf
Will arrival from CTG give access to flagship lounge at MIA?
Continuing Same day on domestic AA flight
thank you.
No, Colombia is not a valid destination for FL access, you need deep South America.
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Old May 29, 2024, 7:16 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
No, Colombia is not a valid destination for FL access, you need deep South America.
ah I see!
Thank you for this. So will not waste time at the flagship lounge trying to figure why we don’t have access!
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Old May 29, 2024, 7:21 am
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Originally Posted by ft4lyf
ah I see!
Thank you for this. So will not waste time at the flagship lounge trying to figure why we don’t have access!
Correct, don't waste your time with the FL. Assuming you're in business class (or have PLT or above status) then you can use either of the Admirals Clubs at MIA during your connection.
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Old May 29, 2024, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
Correct, don't waste your time with the FL. Assuming you're in business class (or have PLT or above status) then you can use either of the Admirals Clubs at MIA during your connection.
yes in business And plat pro!!
Will try to get in to the admirals club lounge.
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Old Jun 2, 2024, 5:58 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
Correct, don't waste your time with the FL. Assuming you're in business class (or have PLT or above status) then you can use either of the Admirals Clubs at MIA during your connection.
Thank you very much again!
We were able to use the D-30 Admirals club. No lines to get in at the 6PM hour.
Two good things - We were able to find nice window seats! The vegan soup and Guacamole were quite good!
We actually enjoyed this Admirals club visit.

Funny part (not used to MIA transit) - Came out of security near D-26; Looked to the right-side and noticed arrows pointing "up" in order to get to the D_30 Admirals club. Went two levels up and discovered that is the "sky train"
Then came down and walked to D-30.
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Originally Posted by ft4lyf
Thank you very much again!
We were able to use the D-30 Admirals club. No lines to get in at the 6PM hour.
Two good things - We were able to find nice window seats! The vegan soup and Guacamole were quite good!
We actually enjoyed this Admirals club visit.

Funny part (not used to MIA transit) - Came out of security near D-26; Looked to the right-side and noticed arrows pointing "up" in order to get to the D_30 Admirals club. Went two levels up and discovered that is the "sky train"
Then came down and walked to D-30.
That's the general problem with 2-dimensional signs, isn't it. An arrow pointing directly up usually means "forward". When they want to say "up", it's a problem. Maybe someday they'll get clever and use 3-D.
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Originally Posted by ft4lyf
Funny part (not used to MIA transit) - Came out of security near D-26; Looked to the right-side and noticed arrows pointing "up" in order to get to the D_30 Admirals club. Went two levels up and discovered that is the "sky train"
Then came down and walked to D-30.
Originally Posted by SpammersAreScum
That's the general problem with 2-dimensional signs, isn't it. An arrow pointing directly up usually means "forward". When they want to say "up", it's a problem. Maybe someday they'll get clever and use 3-D.
I recall at least one overhead sign at LHR T5B or T5C departure level that directed to various gates with an arrow pointing down.

Looking at it as I was approaching it, it appeared that it was pointing directly at the path ahead, so I kept walking past the sign. Turns out it meant that my gate was behind me and I was walking in the opposite direction the whole time.
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Would it be more helpful for the symbol for up to be a line diagram of stairs with an arrow heading diagonally up? And for down to be line diagram of stairs with an arrow heading diagonally down?
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I’m leaving from T5 tomorrow. Can I use the Flagsip lounge in T4.
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lm flying in business and am BA Gold
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Old Jun 4, 2024, 12:15 am
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I’m leaving from T5 tomorrow. Can I use the Flagship lounge in T4.
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lm flying in business and am BA Gold
Yes, you're able to use the Flagship Lounge in T4 and the Qantas First Lounge in the TBIT because of your BA Gold (non-AA/AS OW Emerald) status.
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