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A guide to American Airlines Admirals Club membership

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Our guide to Admirals Club lounges offers a full list of lounges and ways to gain access.

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American Airlines is the world’s largest carrier by many different measures, including the largest number of airplanes and the most passengers carried. It also offers its premium passengers access to its vast network airport lounges the United States and at many of its overseas destinations.

For those who have access to them, these lounges can serve as a respite from crowded gate areas. In addition to food and drink offerings, Admirals Clubs even feature reservations agents that can assist you with flight changes. Furthermore, an Admirals Club membership allows you to access many airport lounges offered by its partners. Finally, American offers its Flagship Lounge network at its largest hubs that offer a more premium experience that can even include complimentary, made-to-order, restaurant-style dining.

Here’s an overview of the features of American Airlines Admirals Club lounges:American Airlines Admirals Club benefits: 

  • Complimentary morning and afternoon snacks
  • Full meals and premium drinks for sale (at select locations)
  • Freshly-brewed La Colombe coffee
  • Barista-style espresso and lattes (at select locations)
  • House drinks (where permitted)
  • Made-to-order specialties (at select locations)
  • Personal travel assistance
  • Shower suites (at select locations)
  • Business center (at select locations)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Satellite television, newspapers and magazines
  • Bathrooms
  • Outlets for charging devices
  • Flight information monitors

Flagship Lounge benefits: 

American has created a small, but growing network of premium lounges at its largest international hubs, called Flagship Lounges. The lounges have all the features of Admirals Clubs, plus:

  • Chef-inspired meals
  • Specialty cocktail bars
  • Premium wine tables
  • Flagship First Dining for international first class passengers on select international and transcontinental flights.

Admirals Club Rules 

There are several rules that Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge visitors must abide by:

  • Your clothing and conduct must consistent with a professional environment.
  • You must maintain a quiet environment within each Admirals Club lounge and step outside if you have any crying or disruptive children or guests.
  • American requires you to wear headphones when using personal devices such as MP3 players, video games or DVD players. Also, you cannot listen to a call on your phone’s speaker.
  • Smoking cigarettes, pipes or cigars (including electronic products), chewing tobacco and the use of smokeless tobacco are prohibited.
  • American can refuse to serve alcoholic beverages to any guest who appears to be intoxicated or is unruly.
  • Food, alcoholic beverages and reading materials offered may not be removed.
  • Airport luggage carts aren’t permitted inside the lounges.
  • Service animals are welcome in Admirals Club lounges, as are quiet pets in their carriers.
  • Finally, any conduct that American staff decides is inappropriate, undignified, disruptive, abusive or violent is prohibited, and American can remove anyone for this conduct, or for not complying with the rules.

Ways to get in to American Airlines Admirals Clubs

Here are all the different ways to access an American Airlines Admirals Club:

  • Purchase an annual Admirals Club membership. Options include individual and household memberships. Pricing vary based on your elite status with the AAdvantage frequent flyer programs. The cost ranges from $450 to $550 for individual memberships, and from $675 to $925 for household memberships, with renewals being $50 less expensive than new memberships.
  • Have a Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard. Cardholders receive a complimentary Admirals Club Membership that’s valid for the cardholder and two guests, or the cardholder and his or her immediate family (spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18). Additional authorized cardholders also receive the same Admirals Club membership and guest access, and there is no additional charge to add an authorized user. There’s a $450 annual fee for this card. 
  • Purchase an Admirals Club day pass. This is available at select locations for $59. 
  • Have a revenue ticket for a qualifying business or international or transcontinental first class flight. When you are flying in a premium cabin on an international or select transcontinental flight operated by American or one of their oneworld partner carriers, you will have access to the Admirals Club. Qualifying flights include those between the U.S. and Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, Mexico City (MEX), New Zealand and South America. Qualifying transcontinental flights are those between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) and flights between JFK and San Francisco (SFO). Access includes one guest. 
  • Hold AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum status and be traveling on a qualifying international route. Qualifying routes include flights between the U.S. and Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, Mexico City (MEX), New Zealand and South America. Access includes one guest. 
  • Hold oneworld Emerald or Sapphire level status. If you hold elite status in the frequent flyer program of another oneworld airline, then you may have access to the Admirals Club any time you’re flying a oneworld carrier. Different airlines have different levels of elite status, and the level you have must be designated as oneworld Emerald or Sapphire level. Access includes one guest. 
  • Have Concierge Key status. This is the highest, by-invitation-only elite status offered by American Airlines. If you have this status, you can access any Admirals Club when traveling the same day on any flight marketed and operated by American or a oneworld airline, regardless of cabin. 
  • Be a member of the military. U.S. military personnel traveling in uniform on a same-day flight operated by American Airlines have access to the Admirals Club when they present their military ID. Guest access includes two guests, or the service member and his or her immediate family (spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18).  

Ways to get in to American Airlines Flagship Lounges

The entrance requirements for the more luxurious Flagship Clubs are similar to that of Admirals Clubs, however an Admirals Club membership or a day pass by itself doesn’t grant you access to these lounges. This is true of both paid memberships and the memberships offered by the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard. Also, members of the military aren’t granted admission.

Here are the different ways you can access a Flagship Club: 

  • Have a qualifying international first or business class ticket. Qualifying international flights are those between the U.S. and Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, Mexico City (MEX), New Zealand and South America. Qualifying transcontinental flights are non-stop flights between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO). You can have one guest. 
  • Hold Conciege Key status. You can access any Flagship Lounge when traveling the same day on any flight marketed and operated by American or a oneworld airline, regardless of cabin. Guest access includes Immediate family (spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18) or up to two other guests. 
  • Have Qualifying AAdvantage Elite status. This includes Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum status. You must be departing on or connecting to a qualifying international flight marketed and operated by American or a oneworld airline, regardless of cabin.  Qualifying international flights include those between the U.S. and Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, Mexico City (MEX), New Zealand and South America Guest. One guest is included. 
  • Hold oneworld Emerald or Sapphire level status. If you hold elite status in the frequent flyer program of another oneworld airline, then you may have access to the Admirals Club any time you’re flying a oneworld carrier. Different airlines have different levels of elite status, and the level you have must be designated as oneworld Emerald or Sapphire level. Access includes one guest.

Admirals Club locations 

There are more than 50 clubs worldwide. The American Airlines hubs have multiple locations including New York (JFK) and Chicago (CLT):

CityAirportLounges
AtlantaHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (aTL)Admirals Club, North Terminal, Concourse T
AustinAustin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)Admirals Club
BostonLogan International Airport, Boston (BOS)Admirals Club, Terminal B, Gate B4
BostonLogan International Airport, Boston (BOS)Admirals Club Guest Services, Terminal B, Gate B6
BostonLogan International Airport, Boston (BOS)Admirals Club, Terminal B, Gate B30
Buenos AiresEzeiza International Airport, Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE)Admirals Club / Iberia VIP Lounge
CaracasSim\xf3n Bol\xedvar International Airport, Caracas, Venezuela (CCS)Admirals Club
CharlotteCharlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)Admirals Club, Concourse B
CharlotteCharlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)Admirals Club, Concourse C
ChicagoChicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)Admirals Club, Terminal 3, Concourse G
ChicagoChicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)Admirals Club, Terminal 3, Concourse H/K
ChicagoChicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)Admirals Club, Terminal 3, Concourse L
DallasDallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)The Admirals Club, Terminals A, B, C, D
DallasDallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)Admirals Club, Terminal B
DallasDallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)Admirals Club and Executive Center, Terminal C
DallasDallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)Admirals Club, Terminal D
DenverDenver International Airport (DEN)Admirals Club, Concourse A
GreensboroPiedmont Triad International Airport, Greensboro (GSO)Admirals Club
Hartford/SpringfieldBradley International Airport, Hartford / Springfield (BDL)Admirals Club
HonoluluHonolulu, Hawaii (HNL)Admirals Club / Sakura Lounge (shared lounge with Japan Airlines)
HoustonGeorge Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)Admirals Club, Terminal A
LondonLondon Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR)Admirals Club, Terminal 3
Los AngelesLos Angeles International Airport (LAX)Admirals Club, Terminal 4
Los AngelesLos Angeles International Airport (LAX)Admirals Club, Terminal 5
Los AngelesLos Angeles International Airport (LAX)Admirals Club, American Eagle Regional Terminal
Mexico CityBenito Ju\xe1rez International Airport, Mexico City, Mexico (MEX)Admirals Club, International Departures, Terminal 1, Concourse H
MiamiMiami International Airport (MIA)The Admirals Club, D-30

Premium Lounge, Concourse E

MiamiMiami International Airport (MIA)Admirals Club, MIA D-15, North Terminal, Concourse D
MiamiMiami International Airport (MIA)Premium Lounge, Concourse E
NashvilleNashville International Airport (BNA)Admirals Club
New YorkJohn F. Kennedy International, New York (JFK)Admirals Club, Terminal 8, Concourse B
New YorkJohn F. Kennedy International, New York (JFK)Admirals Club, Terminal 8, Concourse C
New York LaGuardiaLaGuardia International Airport, New York (LGA)Admirals Club, Terminal B
NewarkNewark International Airport (EWR)Admirals Club, Terminal A
Orange CountyJohn Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)Admirals Club
OrlandoOrlando International Airport (MCO)Admirals Club, Terminal B
ParisCharles de Gaulle International Airport, Paris, France (CDG)Admirals Club, Terminal 2
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia International Airport (PHL) Admirals Club, Terminal A, between gates A4 and A6A
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia International Airport (PHL) Admirals Club, Terminal A, between Gates A15 and A16
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia International Airport (PHL)Admirals Club, Terminal B/C
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia International Airport (PHL)Admirals Club, Terminal F
PhoenixPhoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)Admirals Club, Concourse A
PhoenixPhoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)Admirals Club, Concourse A, Terminal 4
PhoenixPhoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)Admirals Club, Concourse B
PittsburghPittsburgh International Airport (PIT)Admirals Club
Raleigh DurhamRaleigh Durham International Airport (RDU)Admirals Club, Terminal 2
Rio De JaneiroRio de Janeiro International Airport, Brazil (GIG)Admirals Club, South Pier
San FranciscoSan Francisco International Airport (SFO)Admirals Club, Terminal 2
Santiago De ChileComodoro Arturo Merino Benitez Airport, Santiago, Chile (SCL)Admirals Club
S\xe3o PauloGuarulhos International Airport, Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU)Admirals Club, Terminal C
St. LouisLambert International Airport, St. Louis (STL)Admirals Club
TampaTampa International Airport, Tampa (TPA)Admirals Club
TokyoNarita International Airport, Tokyo, Japan (NRT)Admirals Club
TorontoLester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Canada (YYZ)Admirals Club
Washington D.C.Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington D.C. (DCA)Admirals Club, Terminal B

American Flagship Lounge locations

Locations of Flagship Lounges are limited to a few cities at the moment, though a few more are scheduled to open soon:

CityAirportLounge
ChicagoChicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)Terminal 3 in the crosswalk between gates H6 and K6
Los AngelesLos Angeles International Airport (LAX)Terminal 4 near gate 40
MiamiMiami International Airport (MIA)Concourse D near gate D30
New YorkJohn F. Kennedy International, New York (JFK)Terminal 8 on the mezzanine level after Concourse B security checkpoint
Coming Soon  
DallasDallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)To be announced
LondonLondon Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR)To be announced
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia International Airport (PHL)To be announced

Is an Admirals Club membership worth it? 

For those who travel often with American Airlines, an Admirals Club membership can be invaluable. This is especially true when you are able to access reservations assistance in one of the clubs, or you just need to be productive during a long layover. But before you purchase a membership, you should make sure that you don’t already qualify based on your status with AAdvantage or another frequent flyer program, being part of the military or if you are flying on a qualifying business or first class international or transcontinental flight. Finally, having the AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard can be a more cost-effective way of receiving an Admirals Club membership.

However, others find that their time and money is better spent enjoying a meal at an airport restaurant, rather than making due with the limited food options available in most Admirals Club and partner lounges. Others may mostly fly non-stop and have little time to spend in the airport lounges. By taking all of these considerations into account, you can make the best decision for your needs.

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