American Airlines: Admirals Club Improvements And New Flagship Lounges Coming!

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American Airlines announced that it will improve (renovate) it’s Admirals Club Lounges as well as adding 3 Flagship First Class Lounges to it’s hub airports.

AA Lounge ImprovementsThe locations for the new Flagship First Class Lounges include Americans home base Dallas Ft. Wort (DFW) Airport that up to date did not feature any First Class facilities at all.

I always found it insane that an airline at their main hub doesn’t provide a First Class lounge despite having plenty of International First Class destinations. I always chalked it up to AA being too cheap to actually provide sufficient space and catering just to have these lounges swamped with oneWorld Emerald Members and their own Executive Platinums traveling internationally.

You can find American’s announcement about their lounge improvements on their website (access here).

We’re investing in the future of our lounges – the places you touch down, refuel and relax before the next leg of your journey. Follow our progress as we build, improve and innovate.

We’re giving all our FlagshipSM Lounges an updated look, including the 3 we’re adding to new cities. Starting in 2017, lounge access will be extended to customers booked in Business and First Class on A321T, Trans-Atlantic, Trans-Pacific and deep South American flights.

Renovations will take place in Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX) as well as New York (JFK).

New Flagship First Class Lounges will be added in Dallas (DFW), Philadelphia (PHL) and Miami (MIA).

AA New Lounge Design

American will also introduce a flagship lounge dining service.

You’ll soon be able to enjoy a sit-down meal before boarding. Located inside the FlagshipSM Lounge, our dedicated fine-dining space is the first of its kind for any U.S. carrier.

Choose from a seasonal, multi-course menu that features fresh, regionally-inspired dishes designed by an Executive Chef. Your meal is always complimentary and will be paired with our finest wines and premium cocktails.

Beginning in early 2017, the FlagshipSM Dining experience will be available in select cities with 3-class service: Dallas, New York JFK, Miami, Los Angeles.

First Class customers on American’s 3-class international and transcontinental flights will have exclusive access to FlagshipSM Dining in 2017.

This pretty much states that the pre-flight dining service will be restricted to American Airlines Passengers only. Emerald Guests and oneWorld partner passengers such as Qantas will be out of luck.

I used American Airlines quite a lot during my time in the U.S. (around 2008) especially their hubs in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. I found the Dallas and Los Angeles Clubs nice and well taken care of but in the recent years I found them to be run down without seeing any sign of restoration (the showers at the LAX Flagship Lounge were down for months at a time).

Conclusion

With the AA/US Airways merger it’s a logical consequence to put a proper lounge facility into Philadelphia, including a Flagship Lounge. The decision to add one into DFW was long overdue and the fact that it was missing a disgrace, making AA look like the cheap U.S. carrier it is (or at least that it was – they are trying hard now to improve their product).

I’m flying American from Shanghai to Los Angeles and back in the coming week. Let’s see how their service and facilities hold up for a current, updated opinion.

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