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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 Jul 12, 2022, 10:35 pm
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Originally Posted by injom
I am flying in business on AA28 LAX (dep 11.45pm) to JFK transcon later this week.

How early can I check in and access the lounge? I’d normally do 2 hours before flight but because the flight is so late and hOrel check out so early I was thinking about turning up to the lounge about 4 hours early? Would this be allowed or is there a limit?

Also on landing in JFK is there a lounge that can be accessed?

thanks in advance
There is truly nothing worth showing up to Lax FL that early for. I get having to check out early and if you have nothing else to do then sure but def not worth 4 hours of time
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Old Jul 13, 2022, 12:20 pm
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Originally Posted by happiest_at_40000
There is truly nothing worth showing up to Lax FL that early for. I get having to check out early and if you have nothing else to do then sure but def not worth 4 hours of time

Thank you for all the responses, much appreciated.

Can anyone confirm if there is a lounge we can access on arrival in JFK? Thanks in advance
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Old Jul 13, 2022, 1:16 pm
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Originally Posted by injom
Thank you for all the responses, much appreciated.

Can anyone confirm if there is a lounge we can access on arrival in JFK? Thanks in advance
Flying LAX-JFK in business you can use the FL at JFK upon arrival as well.
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Old Jul 13, 2022, 5:26 pm
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Originally Posted by injom
I am flying in business on AA28 LAX (dep 11.45pm) to JFK transcon later this week.

How early can I check in and access the lounge? I’d normally do 2 hours before flight but because the flight is so late and hOrel check out so early I was thinking about turning up to the lounge about 4 hours early? Would this be allowed or is there a limit?

Also on landing in JFK is there a lounge that can be accessed?

thanks in advance

Access to FL at JFK is possible. I've done the red-eye out of SFO several times. Go have breakfast. Save your boarding pass. Enjoy a leisurely meal if you don't have to hit NYC running.
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Old Jul 17, 2022, 1:34 pm
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"Single Visit Pass" Ever declined due to loune capacity or other reasons?

Hi, I'll have a long ~8 hour layover on AA flights through DFW and am interested in relaxing and taking a shower in the Flagship lounge.

A "Single Visit Pass" is listed as available for $150 on AA.com but there is also terms on capacity considerations ("A Flagship® Lounge Single Visit Pass (“Flagship Pass”) is only available at select Flagship® Lounge locations and is subject to availability based on Flagship® Lounge capacity.").

Has anyone ever been declined a Single Visit Pass due to capacity concerns or other reasons when having a connection on an AA revenue ticket?
If that could occur I might take another flight option that costs slightly more to avoid the long layover.
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Old Jul 17, 2022, 1:57 pm
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Originally Posted by TravelGuy1965
Hi, I'll have a long ~8 hour layover on AA flights through DFW and am interested in relaxing and taking a shower in the Flagship lounge.

A "Single Visit Pass" is listed as available for $150 on AA.com but there is also terms on capacity considerations ("A Flagship® Lounge Single Visit Pass (“Flagship Pass”) is only available at select Flagship® Lounge locations and is subject to availability based on Flagship® Lounge capacity.").

Has anyone ever been declined a Single Visit Pass due to capacity concerns or other reasons when having a connection on an AA revenue ticket?
If that could occur I might take another flight option that costs slightly more to avoid the long layover.
You might be the first person to ever consider the $150 FL pass so I don't think we have any data points on if one has ever been denied due to capacity issues.

That said, while all FL's can get pretty dang busy during the afternoon rush I've never seen one be so slammed that this would be an issue. AA will happily collect $150 from you regardless of whether you can find a seat or not
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Old Jul 17, 2022, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
You might be the first person to ever consider the $150 FL pass so I don't think we have any data points on if one has ever been denied due to capacity issues.

That said, while all FL's can get pretty dang busy during the afternoon rush I've never seen one be so slammed that this would be an issue. AA will happily collect $150 from you regardless of whether you can find a seat or not
One $150 pass buyer here ! Not denied , happily took my money…. $150 for a 15 min shower. Got my $150 back finally 3 weeks later due to being wrongly denied.
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Old Jul 17, 2022, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by TravelGuy1965
Hi, I'll have a long ~8 hour layover on AA flights through DFW and am interested in relaxing and taking a shower in the Flagship lounge.

A "Single Visit Pass" is listed as available for $150 on AA.com but there is also terms on capacity considerations ("A Flagship® Lounge Single Visit Pass (“Flagship Pass”) is only available at select Flagship® Lounge locations and is subject to availability based on Flagship® Lounge capacity.").

Has anyone ever been declined a Single Visit Pass due to capacity concerns or other reasons when having a connection on an AA revenue ticket?
If that could occur I might take another flight option that costs slightly more to avoid the long layover.
If you're in Dallas for 8 hours, do yourself the favor and go to the Capital One lounge instead. It shares the same entrance as the Flagship Lounge in Terminal D. My visit during a 12 hour layover (two voluntary denied boardings ) was incredibly pleasant. There are plenty of videos and articles on the lounge, but there is all you can eat food (in little dishes so you're not fighting for scraps), creative cocktails at the full-service bar, and lovely staff. The tarmac views are excellent, as was the shower.

The Flagship Lounge charging $150 per visit is highway robbery, unless you plan on spending the layover getting well-lubricated at the self-serve bar.
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Old Jul 17, 2022, 5:16 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
You might be the first person to ever consider the $150 FL pass so I don't think we have any data points on if one has ever been denied due to capacity issues.
I've thought about it for next summer's trip. My PPRO status only gets one guest into the lounge but three of us will be flying....
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Old Jul 18, 2022, 1:08 am
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JFK Flagship Arrivals Lounge?

Flying FCO-JFK in Business Class, which I think arrives at Terminal 8. Departing 4 hours later on JetBlue from T5.

Is there an arrivals Flagship Lounge I can access at T8 while waiting for the JetBlue flight before going over to T5?
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Old Jul 18, 2022, 1:24 am
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Originally Posted by nologic
Flying FCO-JFK in Business Class, which I think arrives at Terminal 8. Departing 4 hours later on JetBlue from T5.

Is there an arrivals Flagship Lounge I can access at T8 while waiting for the JetBlue flight before going over to T5?
You may use the normal Flagship Lounge after your FCO-JFK flight (assuming it's an AA flight). You would show your departing boarding pass for the jetblue flight to reclear security in Terminal 8. They will allow your entry to Terminal 8 even though your boarding pass is for Terminal 5 - just tell them you want to use the lounge.

There is not a separate arrivals lounge.
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Old Jul 18, 2022, 1:48 am
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Originally Posted by chrisny2
You may use the normal Flagship Lounge after your FCO-JFK flight (assuming it's an AA flight). You would show your departing boarding pass for the jetblue flight to reclear security in Terminal 8. They will allow your entry to Terminal 8 even though your boarding pass is for Terminal 5 - just tell them you want to use the lounge.

There is not a separate arrivals lounge.
OK, so we go through immigration, exit the customs area within T8, then go upstairs and go back to departures security...presumably showing our business class FCO-JFK boarding passes to TSA to use the first class queue and tell them we are going to the FL, and then go chill there for 2-3 hours before heading over to T5 and going thru security again over there.
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Old Jul 18, 2022, 2:31 am
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Originally Posted by nologic
OK, so we go through immigration, exit the customs area within T8, then go upstairs and go back to departures security...presumably showing our business class FCO-JFK boarding passes to TSA to use the first class queue and tell them we are going to the FL, and then go chill there for 2-3 hours before heading over to T5 and going thru security again over there.
TSA will not care about your arriving flight class (FCO-JFK) whatsoever. Unless you have Priority Access on your BP for whatever airline your clearing security with, normal queuing for TSA for your onward flight.

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Old Jul 18, 2022, 2:31 am
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Originally Posted by nologic
OK, so we go through immigration, exit the customs area within T8, then go upstairs and go back to departures security...presumably showing our business class FCO-JFK boarding passes to TSA to use the first class queue and tell them we are going to the FL, and then go chill there for 2-3 hours before heading over to T5 and going thru security again over there.
Yes, except I'm not sure whether there is a priority/first class security queue there. I always just use TSA PreCheck. If there is a priority queue, I doubt the incoming boarding pass will be accepted by the line checker. If your outbound jetBlue boarding pass says "AAELTE" that should be acceptable for any priority queue IF there is one.
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Old Jul 18, 2022, 6:01 am
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Originally Posted by nologic
OK, so we go through immigration, exit the customs area within T8, then go upstairs and go back to departures security...presumably showing our business class FCO-JFK boarding passes to TSA to use the first class queue and tell them we are going to the FL, and then go chill there for 2-3 hours before heading over to T5 and going thru security again over there.
As mentioned your boarding pass from Rome will be meaningless to TSA in New York.

Also please report back on whether you're granted access to the FL arriving from Europe with an onward flight on B6 as this is a bit of a grey area, it's not 100% certain that you'll have access. Oneworld rules would not allow access as your onward flight is not oneworld, AA's rules kinda sorta would however what's printed at aa.com does not always match reality.
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