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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 Jul 18, 2022, 6:52 am
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer
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.
If one person on a record has both status and TSA Pre-Check, can you bring the other 3 people in the family on the same record through that same line?

I am confused why TSA doesn’t care about the inbound business-class FCO to JFK flight seeing that that is what is enabling access to the flagship lounge (Actually, I could get in using my Qf gold status as well). But I was not aware that TSA allows people to go through a terminal security if their departing flight was not from that terminal.
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Old Jul 18, 2022, 7:08 am
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Originally Posted by nologic
If one person on a record has both status and TSA Pre-Check, can you bring the other 3 people in the family on the same record through that same line?

I am confused why TSA doesn’t care about the inbound business-class FCO to JFK flight seeing that that is what is enabling access to the flagship lounge (Actually, I could get in using my Qf gold status as well). But I was not aware that TSA allows people to go through a terminal security if their departing flight was not from that terminal.
You cannot reenter the secure area with your arriving FCO-JFK ticket. You need an onward ticket, which you do on Jetblue.

Your JetBlue ticket allows you to enter the secure area of any terminal at JFK. Enter at T8. Then take the free shuttle to T5 for your JetBlue flight.

No you cannot bring other adults to TSA Precheck if they do not have Precheck.
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Old Jul 18, 2022, 7:15 am
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Originally Posted by Global321
You cannot reenter the secure area with your arriving FCO-JFK ticket. You need an onward ticket, which you do on Jetblue.

Your JetBlue ticket allows you to enter the secure area of any terminal at JFK. Enter at T8. Then take the free shuttle to T5 for your JetBlue flight.

No you cannot bring other adults to TSA Precheck if they do not have Precheck.
Thank you for that explanation. I thought you had to stick to your departing terminal. I know it’s a different country, but in the UK I don’t think if I’m arriving at 25 that I could use the T5 Concorde Room on the departures If my departing flight was from T3 for example. But as I said, that’s another country.

Back to TSA, can I use my advantage elite status to get my party of four into the first class Queue at T8, With all four of us being on the same JetBlue record? I suspect we have to split up.
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Old Jul 18, 2022, 9:52 am
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Originally Posted by nologic
Back to TSA, can I use my advantage elite status to get my party of four into the first class Queue at T8, With all four of us being on the same JetBlue record? I suspect we have to split up.
If any of you have TSA PreCheck, please refer to the following thread in the Trusted Travelers forum:
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Old Jul 18, 2022, 12:16 pm
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Originally Posted by nologic
If one person on a record has both status and TSA Pre-Check, can you bring the other 3 people in the family on the same record through that same line?

I am confused why TSA doesn’t care about the inbound business-class FCO to JFK flight seeing that that is what is enabling access to the flagship lounge (Actually, I could get in using my Qf gold status as well). But I was not aware that TSA allows people to go through a terminal security if their departing flight was not from that terminal.
Because the TSA is a US government agency, not affiliated with any specific airline. All they care about is if you are entitled to enter the airside portion of the airport. Getting access to a private lounge of an airline is based on that airline's/alliances rules.
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Old Jul 21, 2022, 6:55 pm
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer
Because the TSA is a US government agency, not affiliated with any specific airline. All they care about is if you are entitled to enter the airside portion of the airport. Getting access to a private lounge of an airline is based on that airline's/alliances rules.
Agreed. The TSA and its rules and regulations has nothing to do with the price of tea in China.
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Old Jul 21, 2022, 11:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Spanish
Agreed. The TSA and its rules and regulations has nothing to do with the price of tea in China.
It has everything to do with the pattern of tea leaves in tea cups in the Flagship lounge though.
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Old Jul 22, 2022, 3:45 pm
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Will I have FL access at LAX & MIA?

LAX-UIO:
LAX-MIA 777-300ER (Business)
MIA-UIO 737Max8 (Business)

UIO-LAX:
UIO-MIA 737Max8 (Business)
MIA-LAX 777-300ER (Business)
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Old Jul 22, 2022, 8:09 pm
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Originally Posted by matsuya
Will I have FL access at LAX & MIA?

LAX-UIO:
LAX-MIA 777-300ER (Business)
MIA-UIO 737Max8 (Business)

UIO-LAX:
UIO-MIA 737Max8 (Business)
MIA-LAX 777-300ER (Business)
By virtue of the LAX/MIA routing being on the widebody and not the normal A321 it is considered a Flagship route and you will have access yes to both FL before departure and upon arriving. So yes to both FL's on both ends of the trip.
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Old Jul 23, 2022, 5:44 am
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Originally Posted by happiest_at_40000
By virtue of the LAX/MIA routing being on the widebody and not the normal A321 it is considered a Flagship route and you will have access yes to both FL before departure and upon arriving. So yes to both FL's on both ends of the trip.
wait, I thought Ecuador didn’t qualify for flagship lounge access?
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Old Jul 23, 2022, 6:18 am
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Originally Posted by michael1023
wait, I thought Ecuador didn’t qualify for flagship lounge access?
It doesn't, but one can access FL on the same day as a qualifying flight, including at the arrival gateway of the qualifying flight. So on LAX-MIA, he can use the FL in MIA during his connection.
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Old Jul 23, 2022, 6:19 am
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Originally Posted by michael1023
wait, I thought Ecuador didn’t qualify for flagship lounge access?
It doesn't, but LAX-MIA on a 777-200/300 is a flagship route.
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Old Jul 24, 2022, 7:54 am
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Originally Posted by BR787
It doesn't, but one can access FL on the same day as a qualifying flight, including at the arrival gateway of the qualifying flight. So on LAX-MIA, he can use the FL in MIA during his connection.
Originally Posted by FlyFreakquently
It doesn't, but LAX-MIA on a 777-200/300 is a flagship route.
is there any aircraft/routing from nyc to gye via Miami where this is possible?
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Old Jul 24, 2022, 7:57 am
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Originally Posted by michael1023
is there any aircraft/routing from nyc to gye via Miami where this is possible?
Not unless you want to connect in Europe or California on your way to GYE.
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Old Jul 24, 2022, 8:21 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
Not unless you want to connect in Europe or California on your way to GYE.
great :/ so to understand lax Miami has a flagship route but nyc Miami doesn’t?
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