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ARCHIVE: All About AA Flagship Check-In at JFK, LAX, MIA, ORD

Old Oct 31, 11, 6:32 am
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ARCHIVE: All About AA Flagship Check-In at JFK, LAX, MIA, ORD

I just went through the new Flagship Check-in counter at LAX and it was a very pleasant experience. It's a small door located all the way to the east end of American's terminal, with two counters and a very pleasant atmosphere.

It's pretty much a breeze through check in and then you get the elevator up to TSA.

Way to go AA!

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Old Oct 31, 11, 7:34 am
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<redacted> I've been through LAX several times over the past few months and the new walled off counter was not part of the earlier switches.

I'm wondering how many of the recent changes (moving priority security behind the white walls and the new Flagship also being walled off) came from the throngs of paparazzi who had a habit of congregating at the top of the stairs snapping photos of celebs checking in or going through security? I've been there when they've been chasing after a photo of someone and it's definitely an annoying experience for all passengers.

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Old Oct 31, 11, 7:35 am
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Originally Posted by Carioca View Post
I just went through the new Flagship Check-in counter at LAX and it was a very pleasant experience. It's a small door located all the way to the east end of American's terminal, with two counters and a very pleasant atmosphere.

It's pretty much a breeze through check in and then you get the elevator up to TSA.

Way to go AA!
Is this open to all elites and F/J or just EXP/F? It would be great if it was the latter.
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Old Oct 31, 11, 7:58 am
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According to this link its just first class on three class flights, Concierge Key and Five Star. No Executive Platinum, unless you fall into one of the other categories.

http://www.aa.com/flagshipcheckin
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Old Oct 31, 11, 8:16 am
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Originally Posted by EWR2AUS View Post
According to this link its just first class on three class flights, Concierge Key and Five Star. No Executive Platinum, unless you fall into one of the other categories.

http://www.aa.com/flagshipcheckin
Too bad. But that probably makes sense. I wonder if there will be a similar set up added at JFK. The current set-up leaves a little bit to be desired in terms of clarity of lines/line flow.
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Old Oct 31, 11, 8:24 am
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I wonder if there will be a similar set up added at JFK.
I wonder if access rules for the LHR Flagship Check-in will change soon...
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Old Oct 31, 11, 8:26 am
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Anyone can have access to that Flagship check-in, if they pay for Five Star service. I just looked it up.

That is $125 and includes AC access. $200 for two people.

Not bad. If you were planning on buying an AC day pass anyway, that's an extra $75 to be treated like a celebrity. So, you buy a ticket in Deep Discount Economy and have no elite status, but for $125 you are met at the curb, bypass the lines, get personalized attention and help, get into the AC and are escorted to the gate.
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Old Oct 31, 11, 8:32 am
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We will leave these two threads separate - the new East Priority Access facility and the Flagship Checkin facility - as separate, cross-referenced threads. Please use the link provided by chanp to access the new East Priority Access thread; in this thread, please discuss the new Flagship check-in facility at LAX ONLY. /Moderator

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Old Oct 31, 11, 9:51 am
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To be clear - is there a new dedicated flagship security lane, or is it the same priority access security lane as there was before?
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Old Oct 31, 11, 10:48 am
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So one checks in a dedicated area, then instead of using the escalator, one takes an elevator to the same TSA area where priority access passengers go? Or they go to a different TSA area?
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Old Oct 31, 11, 7:00 pm
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Interesting, this is the first time I've seen Concierge Key referenced on AA.com. I look forward to trying this when I fly LAX-JFK in Z in a few weeks, maybe I'll see some celebs
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Old Oct 31, 11, 8:47 pm
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Originally Posted by ExpatExp View Post
I wonder if access rules for the LHR Flagship Check-in will change soon...
that's what I was wondering.
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Old Oct 31, 11, 8:51 pm
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Originally Posted by lightbulb View Post
that's what I was wondering.
different competitive factors vs. LAX and not the same oversupply of ExecPlats
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Old Oct 31, 11, 9:18 pm
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I only knew about the new check in "room" since I got a call from CK on Friday regarding my flight on Monday and the new procedure. There was a red coat person outside with a list on her hand and checking the names of the passengers.

Since I was the first person to go through it, I chatted with the staff around and they mentioned their desire to expand the service to DFW, MIA, ORD and JFK.

For those that have to go through passport/visa check in international routes, I found to be a great service.

I will try to take some pictures next week and post it here.
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Old Nov 1, 11, 12:57 am
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Originally Posted by ESpen36 View Post
But doesn't that new, separate PA screening area feature 100% NoS equipment? In other words, there is no chance of WTMD, so you are stuck opting out every time you use that checkpoint? (assuming you choose not to get zapped with radiation courtesy of TSA)
Meh. I don't really care how they scan me as long as it doesn't take too long.

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different competitive factors vs. LAX and not the same oversupply of ExecPlats
Good point. Lots of pesky BA Golds, though
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