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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 Americans 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 Oct 2, 2019, 2:30 am
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Originally Posted by GrumpyYoungMan
Mileage run coming up.

I have an idea of what to expect, but would like to double-check as I don't have experience with fancy-pants lounges. I'm one of those all domestic dudes.

ORD-DFW-LAX in J

LAX-JFK in F

Separate tickets as shown above, all departing same day.

I'm aware that on either end of LAX-JFK I get access to FFD (and Qantas F lounge at LAX). Should I get FFD at DFW and FL/check-in at ORD with my same day boarding pass from LAX-JFK? From what I can tell the rules say yes but what is practical?
Per rules, yes, but you might get some push back because of the "unusual" itinerary you are flying. If it all works out, sounds like a fun MR.. enjoy..
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Old Oct 2, 2019, 7:29 am
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer
Per rules, yes, but you might get some push back because of the "unusual" itinerary you are flying. If it all works out, sounds like a fun MR.. enjoy..
That confirms my suspicions. Thank you!
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Old Oct 3, 2019, 7:32 am
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Originally Posted by perkerkeem
Flying JFK-ORD then on a separate ticket ORD-DOH in J (same day). Because ORD-DOH is a separate ticket and operated by Qatar, I won't have a Qatar boarding pass until I go to check in at T5 in ORD. Do I need a printed Qatar boarding pass at JFK on departure/ORD T3 on arrival to gain access to the flagship lounges? Is there a way the front desk can look up & verify I have a separate ticket on Qatar in J
today was the day so I thought Id include a follow up with my experience. I didnt try to access the jfk flagship because I had to move to an lga-ord flight due to a cancellation. But in ORD the front desk rep was more than happy to let me up to the flagship lounge upon showing my printed itinerary. Didnt bother with OLCI.
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Old Oct 14, 2019, 8:29 pm
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If flying for example AUS-DFW-MIA-LIM all on AA business what lounges could I access?

Flagship in MIA for sure, what about in DFW? And if not flagship, admirals club?
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Old Oct 14, 2019, 8:31 pm
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Originally Posted by quitecryptic
if flying for example aus-dfw-mia-lim all on aa business what lounges could i access?

Flagship in mia for sure, what about in dfw? And if not flagship, admirals club?
aus - ac
dfw/mia - fl
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Old Oct 25, 2019, 12:46 pm
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Does this mean that you could get lounge access at JFK by showing your ORD-DOH J itinerary, even though your JFK-ORD itinerary doesn't get you lounge access?
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Old Oct 25, 2019, 1:10 pm
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Originally Posted by faraz225
Does this mean that you could get lounge access at JFK by showing your ORD-DOH J itinerary, even though your JFK-ORD itinerary doesn't get you lounge access?
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Old Oct 29, 2019, 4:53 am
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Flying CLT - JFK - HKG - HAN on a one-way award ticket in business class (U). Ticket booked using AA miles. CLT - JFK on AA metal, JFK - HKG on CX metal, HKG - HAN on Cathay Dragon. I have no AA or One World status of any kind.

Do I have access to the Flagship lounge at JFK? Or just Admirals club? Also, will I have regular Admirals access in CLT?

Thanks for any help!
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Old Oct 29, 2019, 5:07 am
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Originally Posted by erobinson32
Flying CLT - JFK - HKG - HAN on a one-way award ticket in business class (U). Ticket booked using AA miles. CLT - JFK on AA metal, JFK - HKG on CX metal, HKG - HAN on Cathay Dragon. I have no AA or One World status of any kind.

Do I have access to the Flagship lounge at JFK? Or just Admirals club? Also, will I have regular Admirals access in CLT?

Thanks for any help!
You'll have access to the AC in CLT, the FL in JFK, and numerous OW business lounges in HKG - recommend the CX Pier and QF lounges there.
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Old Oct 29, 2019, 5:13 am
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Perfect. Thanks so much.
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Old Nov 10, 2019, 9:18 am
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I am flying this week from DCA-JFK on AA, then EWR-HKG on CX. I am AA EXP. My layover is about 6 hours. Would this entitle me to use the Flagship Lounge in JFK before heading over to EWR, assuming I have my CX boarding pass? I am planning to stick around at JFK a bit until the NYC traffic dies down. I assume the BA lounge at EWR is pretty bleh?

On another note, what is the best preferred, most cost-effective way to transit JFK-EWR?
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Old Nov 10, 2019, 9:32 am
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Originally Posted by joepercussion1
I am flying this week from DCA-JFK on AA, then EWR-HKG on CX. I am AA EXP. My layover is about 6 hours. Would this entitle me to use the Flagship Lounge in JFK before heading over to EWR, assuming I have my CX boarding pass? I am planning to stick around at JFK a bit until the NYC traffic dies down. I assume the BA lounge at EWR is pretty bleh?

On another note, what is the best preferred, most cost-effective way to transit JFK-EWR?
Yep, you can use the FL before heading to EWR.
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Old Nov 10, 2019, 9:41 am
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Originally Posted by joepercussion1
I am flying this week from DCA-JFK on AA, then EWR-HKG on CX. I am AA EXP. My layover is about 6 hours. Would this entitle me to use the Flagship Lounge in JFK before heading over to EWR, assuming I have my CX boarding pass? I am planning to stick around at JFK a bit until the NYC traffic dies down. I assume the BA lounge at EWR is pretty bleh?

On another note, what is the best preferred, most cost-effective way to transit JFK-EWR?
LIRR to Penn Station and I think you can take NJ Transit from there to hook up to the Newark Airtrain. Probably the fastest way too.
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Old Nov 14, 2019, 7:03 am
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Traveling in May 2020 in Business Class connecting in PHL and LHR (to IB). Will the Flagship lounges be accessible at that time?
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Old Nov 14, 2019, 7:06 am
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Originally Posted by worldwidetraveler
Traveling in May 2020 in Business Class connecting in PHL and LHR (to IB). Will the Flagship lounges be accessible at that time?
Highly unlikely
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