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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 Apr 11, 2022, 3:04 am
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Want to make sure no issue with access first of all but assuming not (and dont believe there would be) do you all think doing this would be kind of way too much of a hassle to avoid the Max 8?

In Miami and need to get to JFK for the last dinner FF flight home to LA. Wanting to have MIA FFD new menu as well so the only flight I can take is the 350pm. The 145pm would clearly not work with the 1pm opening time.. The 545pm is on a 772 which I always take on this route but it will leave me in JFK at the same time the 845pm to LA leaves,.. Uggghh. The 350pm has been changed from a 738 to Max 8.

Sooo I was thinking I could fly Jet Blue. There is a 3:12pm. I didnt even realize B6 had so many MIA/JFK flights per day but at any rate just not sure landing at T5 and then having to do to take Air Train is worth it. The walk from where it lets you at T8 is especially long to get airside, Imo.. B6 is in E at MIA so I can get airside to FL and then to B6 gates.

So first of all, I would have no issue getting into FL/FFD at MIA b/c all that would matter is the BP for JFK-LAX in FF? I dont think flying Jet Blue matters. In fact I technically dont even need to show my BP for how I am getting from MIA to JFK. Anyways, second question assuming access is not issue, is this being a little ridiculous to avoid the M8?

On another note, it would also be my first Coach flight in 19 years.......But I can suck it up b/c its not like there is a First class on a B6 A320 so technically I could justify it my head with this reasoning
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Old Apr 11, 2022, 5:51 am
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Originally Posted by happiest_at_40000
On another note, it would also be my first Coach flight in 19 years.......But I can suck it up b/c its not like there is a First class on a B6 A320 so technically I could justify it my head with this reasoning
This would guarantee rolling delays once aboard, a tarmac delay once taxiing, an extra 30 mins avoiding weather whilst airborne, and 2+ hours waiting for a gate. That was the last time I booked coach on a "short hop" flight and I said I'd never do it again!

Still bought coach for a short hop earlier this year, but that last experience really stuck with me...
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Old Apr 13, 2022, 10:54 am
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Oh really? We have LAX-DFW-FLL 1st. So we will be able to use AC? In another thread I was told no.
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Old Apr 13, 2022, 10:56 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
No, GDL is not a Flagship Lounge eligible destination for an AA elite. Only Europe, Asia, Aus/NZ, and deep South America.

https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...hip-lounge.jsp

You can however use the ACs in LAX and DFW based on AA's limited time rules.
sorry last comment was in response to this above. And now I see that is Guadalajara. Int'l different thing.
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Old Apr 13, 2022, 10:57 am
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Originally Posted by pikaju
Pretty sure I am correct here. I’m flying business PHX DFW Doha on a Qatar bought ticket. I will be able to use the admirals club in PHX correct?
on our way to Doha in Feb we were able to use Admirals Club at LAX
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Old Apr 13, 2022, 3:52 pm
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Hello,
I will be flying in Qatar Airways business from DOH-JFK but my domestic connecting flight from JFK to the final destination will be in economy. Will I still be granted access to the flagship lounge at JFK if I show them my same day Qatar Airways Business boarding pass from DOH-JFK?
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Old Apr 13, 2022, 4:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Flyingtourist
Hello,
I will be flying in Qatar Airways business from DOH-JFK but my domestic connecting flight from JFK to the final destination will be in economy. Will I still be granted access to the flagship lounge at JFK if I show them my same day Qatar Airways Business boarding pass from DOH-JFK?
Yes..assuming the connecting flight is on AA.
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Old Apr 13, 2022, 8:23 pm
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Flying business LAX to NAN on Fiji Airways. Ticket purchased from AA and flying as a Plat. Fiji Air describes itself as a "oneworld Connect" member partner. Is that considered a "oneworld" airline for purposes of Flagship access (not dining)?
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Old Apr 14, 2022, 4:14 am
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Originally Posted by Bago'peanuts
Flying business LAX to NAN on Fiji Airways. Ticket purchased from AA and flying as a Plat. Fiji Air describes itself as a "oneworld Connect" member partner. Is that considered a "oneworld" airline for purposes of Flagship access (not dining)?
No, oneworld connect is not considered a full oneworld airline for lounge access, so no access to the FL at LAX flying FJ.

There was a confusing table posted (linked a couple posts up in below thread) where FJ flights purchased through QF and CX came with reciprocal oneworld lounge access at various FJ outstations, but purchased through AA at LAX was not included.

In any event it appears FJ is using the Air New Zealand lounge at LAX so your business class ticket will get you access to that.

Flying, Earning, Lounge etc. on oneworld Connect Fiji Airways / FJ 2019 on
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Old Apr 14, 2022, 6:14 am
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Originally Posted by bvmcginnis
Oh really? We have LAX-DFW-FLL 1st. So we will be able to use AC? In another thread I was told no.
It depends. Do you have OneWorld Sapphire or Emerald status on any allinance member other than American or Alaska? If yes, you'll have access. If not, you'll not have access.

How long's your layover? Pappasito's is fun.

Great people watching from the terminal-facing seats at the high-top table.
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Old Apr 14, 2022, 8:22 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
No, oneworld connect is not considered a full oneworld airline for lounge access, so no access to the FL at LAX flying FJ.

There was a confusing table posted (linked a couple posts up in below thread) where FJ flights purchased through QF and CX came with reciprocal oneworld lounge access at various FJ outstations, but purchased through AA at LAX was not included.

In any event it appears FJ is using the Air New Zealand lounge at LAX so your business class ticket will get you access to that.

Flying, Earning, Lounge etc. on oneworld Connect Fiji Airways / FJ 2019 on
‘Thanks for that tip! Hadn’t thought of that Air New Zealand option.
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Old Apr 14, 2022, 11:28 am
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Originally Posted by Spanish
It depends. Do you have OneWorld Sapphire or Emerald status on any allinance member other than American or Alaska? If yes, you'll have access. If not, you'll not have access.

How long's your layover? Pappasito's is fun.

Great people watching from the terminal-facing seats at the high-top table.
Thank you, yes, we have OW Sapphire. How do they know this? Just by our bdg pass? And, hmm, since we have about 90 min layover, we'll check out Pappasito's. Thanks! It looks good.
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Old Apr 15, 2022, 6:51 am
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Originally Posted by bvmcginnis
Thank you, yes, we have OW Sapphire. How do they know this? Just by our bdg pass? And, hmm, since we have about 90 min layover, we'll check out Pappasito's. Thanks! It looks good.
Put your Sapphire account number into your booking - it'll let you drop down for airline selection and you put your number in next to it. Otherwise, give AA a phone call & they'll add it.

It should be on your boarding pass, but you can also use your physical or digital card from the other airline, they'll grant access.
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Old Apr 16, 2022, 6:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Spanish
Put your Sapphire account number into your booking - it'll let you drop down for airline selection and you put your number in next to it. Otherwise, give AA a phone call & they'll add it.

It should be on your boarding pass, but you can also use your physical or digital card from the other airline, they'll grant access.
Thank you. I hope you are right about the Bdg pass. The flight happens to be on AA so I am hoping when I check in my bag at the counter they will assure that it is on my boarding pass (unless the printed one shows it already).
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Old Apr 16, 2022, 10:02 pm
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Originally Posted by bvmcginnis
Thank you. I hope you are right about the Bdg pass. The flight happens to be on AA so I am hoping when I check in my bag at the counter they will assure that it is on my boarding pass (unless the printed one shows it already).
If you have put your Sapphire FF number in your record or called up and had them or your TA do it then all should be well. If not they can add it at the counter.
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