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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 Nov 22, 2019, 9:20 am
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Originally Posted by AlexanderK
If I’m 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
Yes. Just keep a copy of your QR BP to show your qualifying segment for access.
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Old Nov 24, 2019, 2:08 am
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I will be connecting from BA (marketed and operated) LHR-JFK in F to AA JFK-PIT (same PNR, but Y only flight, BA marketed and AA operated).
I understand that I will have access to the Flagship lounge in Terminal 8; will I also have access to Flagship dining?
What about the BA First lounge in Terminal 7? Is it even possible to access it when my connecting flight leaves from Terminal 8? And is it any better than the AA Flagship lounge in 8?

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Old Nov 24, 2019, 5:22 am
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Originally Posted by shuly
I will be connecting from BA (marketed and operated) LHR-JFK in F to AA JFK-PIT (same PNR, but Y only flight, BA marketed and AA operated).
I understand that I will have access to the Flagship lounge in Terminal 8; will I also have access to Flagship dining?
What about the BA First lounge in Terminal 7? Is it even possible to access it when my connecting flight leaves from Terminal 8? And is it any better than the AA Flagship lounge in 8?

Thanks a lot,

Shuly
I doubt you'll have access to the FFD in Terminal 8, even though you'll have access to the FL per regular OW lounge access rules. My understanding is that you can access T7 if you have a valid departure BP, even though the flight is from T8. There you would have access to the BA F lounge, once again, per the standard OW lounge access rules. Perhaps even the CCR since you'll be coming off of a BA F long haul flight before connecting to another OW flight..
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Old Nov 24, 2019, 5:42 am
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Thank you. My understanding is that the CCR will be closed when I'm there (11:30 to 14:30). And from reading some reviews, I'm not so sure the BA lounges are better than the AA FL in any way. Any thoughts?

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Old Nov 24, 2019, 5:53 am
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Originally Posted by shuly
Thank you. My understanding is that the CCR will be closed when I'm there (11:30 to 14:30). And from reading some reviews, I'm not so sure the BA lounges are better than the AA FL in any way. Any thoughts?

Shuly
The AA FL at JFK is nice enough, even without FFD access. You still have access to champagne, and decent buffet offerings. There is also the more quiet section called "The Bridge" that opens at 14:00 where you can have made to order meals. Seems like you didn't time your connecting flight optimally.. .
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Old Nov 24, 2019, 6:21 am
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Originally Posted by golfingboy
Yes - and even OW Sapphire members flying internationally or domestically on AA gets access (non-AA OW elites).

It will no longer be an exclusive lounge of some sort unfortunately.
Disagree. now it’s a true business class lounge. Flagship dining sets first apart.
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Old Nov 24, 2019, 6:34 am
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer
The AA FL at JFK is nice enough, even without FFD access. You still have access to champagne, and decent buffet offerings. There is also the more quiet section called "The Bridge" that opens at 14:00 where you can have made to order meals. Seems like you didn't time your connecting flight optimally.. .
Well, the FL sounds good enough. Just need a place to rest between flights.

Thanks a lot,

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Old Nov 28, 2019, 11:20 am
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Question about Flagship Lounge access

Hi,

I am traveling AA DFW-MIA-MBJ tomorrow, myself, wife, and two children aged 2 and 3. I am BA Silver, and I can access AA lounges and bring one guest. However, I will have my two toddlers with me. Any idea if I will be able to squeeze them all in? Thanks!
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Old Nov 28, 2019, 11:25 am
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Originally Posted by oneworld82
Hi,

I am traveling AA DFW-MIA-MBJ tomorrow, myself, wife, and two children aged 2 and 3. I am BA Silver, and I can access AA lounges and bring one guest. However, I will have my two toddlers with me. Any idea if I will be able to squeeze them all in? Thanks!
Children over two count as a guest, as indicated in the Wikipost at the top of the page. Nonetheless, it’s likely - but not guaranteed under the access rules - you’ll be granted access. In my experience, most lounge agents are pretty family-friendly.
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Old Jan 2, 2020, 7:34 pm
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Flying MIA-JFK-HND-MNL (and back) in biz, booked with AA miles. Will I have access to the FL in MIA and JFK?
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Old Jan 2, 2020, 7:44 pm
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Originally Posted by bcpoinciana
Flying MIA-JFK-HND-MNL (and back) in biz, booked with AA miles. Will I have access to the FL in MIA and JFK?
Yep.
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Old Jan 2, 2020, 7:44 pm
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Originally Posted by bcpoinciana
Flying MIA-JFK-HND-MNL (and back) in biz, booked with AA miles. Will I have access to the FL in MIA and JFK?
How you book or with what instruments don’t matter. By virtue of international class of service you should have Flagship Lounge and JL Business lounges the day of travel.
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How you book or with what instruments don’t matter. By virtue of international class of service you should have Flagship Lounge and JL Business lounges the day of travel.
Thanks very much.
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Old Jan 7, 2020, 1:50 pm
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New to FlyerTalk and a first time poster. Greatly appreciate all the helpful information folks are sharing here!

1. Might somebody know the current operating hours of the Flagship Bridge at JFK? I read a while back it opens at 1pm. Is that still the case?

2. Are there any data points on whether non-AA OW Sapphires/Emeralds may use the Flagship Lounges on arrival? I know it's possible on certain direct transcon flights in C, but obviously, this is a different scenario.

Many thanks!
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