Full List of American Airlines’ Flagship® Lounges – Locations, Hours, & More

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American Airlines’ Flagship® First and Business products are billed as AA’s creme de la creme. Boasting upscale in-air service, dining, amenity kits, and more — the marketing team goes so far as to tell customers they might even forget they’re flying. We don’t know about that, but the Flagship Lounges associated with their Flagship products are causing a bit of a stir!

With fairly positive reviews all around, it seems American is knocking it out of the park with their new lounge concepts.

In this guide, we’re outlining where you can find each Flagship Lounge (including specific airport locations and hours), who can access them, and what makes them so special.

Current Flagship® Lounge Locations

American Airlines Flagship Lounge JFK - Wide View
Image credit: American Airlines.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Location: In the crosswalk, between gates H6 and K6
Hours:
Monday – Sunday, 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Flagship First Dining: None
Size: ~20,000 square feet

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Location: Terminal D, Between Gates D21 & D22
Hours: 5:00 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.
Flagship First Dining: Yes (hours TBD)
Size: ~24,500 square feet

John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York (JFK)

Location: Mezzanine Level, after Concourse B Security Checkpoint
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 4:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Flagship First Dining: Yes (daily, 4:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
Size: ~23,000 square feet

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Location: Terminal 4, across from Gate 40
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 4:00 a.m. – 12:45 a.m.
Flagship First Dining: Yes (daily, 4:45 a.m. – 12:45 a.m.)
Size: ~15,600 square feet

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Location: North Terminal, near Gate D30
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 4:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Flagship First Dining: Yes (1:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.)
Size: ~29,300 square feet

Future Locations

American Airlines states Flagship Lounges are planned for the following airports:

London Heathrow (LHR)

Opening: Expected 2019
Hours: TBD
Flagship First Dining: Yes (hours TBD)

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Opening: Unknown; no recent updates from AA
Hours: TBD
Flagship First Dining: No
Size: ~25,000 square feet

What Makes a Flagship® Lounge Special?

American Airlines Flagship Lounge Amenities
Image courtesy of aa.com.

The Basics

Flagship Lounge is American Airlines’ most premium lounge tier, offered only in select cities.

American Airlines Flagship Lounge LAX - Self Serve Food and Bar
American Airlines Flagship Lounge LAX – Self Serve Food and Bar. Image credit: American Airlines.

These lounges are distinct from AA’s International First Class Lounges and Admirals Club® lounges, in that they offer AA’s highest-quality amenities including:

  • Personalized service
  • Flagship® First Dining
  • Chef-inspired meals
  • Specialty cocktail bar
  • Premium wine table
  • Shower suites
  • Expansive seating

Flagship® First Dining

American Airlines Flagship Lounge JFK - Flagship First Dining
Flagship First Dining at JFK. Image credit: American Airlines.

American Airlines markets their Flagship First Dining as “an exclusive fine-dining experience inside select Flagship® Lounges — allowing you to eat before your flight and sleep sooner.”

This elevated dining experience includes regionally-inspired dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, as well as a selection of signature wines, craft beers and spirits, and hand-crafted cocktails.

Flagship First Dining is currently only offered at the following locations:

  • JFK
  • LAX
  • MIA
  • DFW (future location)
  • LHR (future location)
American Airlines Flagship Dining - Signature Burger
The Signature Burger from AA Flagship Dining. Image property of Jamie Larounis.

American even proudly announced in October of 2018, that they were the first airline ever to enter a burger, The Flagship Burger, in the NYC Wine & Food Festival’s Burger Contest.

Hot Tip: It’s important to note that Flagship First Dining is only available to those customers flying on qualifying international or transcontinental flights.

Lounge Access and Eligibility

American Airlines Flagship Lounge, Guest Services Interaction
Image courtesy of aa.com.

Flyers can gain access to a Flagship Lounges in a number of ways.

First and Business Class Customers on Qualifying International and Transcontinental Flights

Flyers traveling in first or business class on a qualifying international or transcontinental flight marketed and operated by American Airlines or a oneworld®airline is eligible to access the Flagship Lounge. Departing flights must be the same day or before 6 a.m. the following day.

For an international flight to qualify you for access to the Flagship Lounge, it must depart the U.S. for one of these locations:

  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Mexico City (MEX)
  • New Zealand
  • South America

Guest Access: Those flying on qualifying international routes are allowed one guest free of charge.

To qualify for access to the Flagship Lounge for transcontinental flights, you must be flying nonstop on one of these routes:

  • JFK to LAX
  • JFK to SFO

Guest Access: Qualifying transcontinental flyers aren’t allowed any guests.

AAdvantage® Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Platinum Members on Qualifying Flights

Regardless of cabin class, these individuals can access Flagship Lounges as long as they’re booked on a qualifying flight (the same day or before 6 a.m. the following day).

International flight qualifiers:

  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Mexico City (MEX)
  • New Zealand
  • South America

Guest Access: Those flying on qualifying international routes are allowed one guest free of charge.

You can find more information on achieving AA loyalty status our guide to American Airlines’ AAdvantage Loyalty Program.

ConciergeKey℠

Regardless of cabin class, ConciergeKey℠ status members can access Flagship Lounges when traveling (the same day) on any flight marketed and operated by American or a oneworld® airline.

Guest Access: ConciergeKey℠ members are allowed to bring all immediate family (spouse, domestic partner, and children under 18) or up to 2 guests into the lounge free of charge.

Oneworld® Emerald℠ and Sapphire℠ Status Members

Regardless of cabin class, oneworld® Emerald℠ and Sapphire℠ status holders can access Flagship Lounges when they’re departing on or connecting to any flight marketed and operated by American or a oneworld® airline.

Guest Access: oneworld® Emerald℠ and Sapphire℠ members are allowed one guest free of charge.

Final Thoughts

American’s Flagship Lounges are certainly an elevated option from what most other domestic carriers are putting out there.

Their size alone allows you some room to spread out without feeling too cramped (a complaint of many American Express Centurion Lounges nowadays) and the shower suites give flyers a great way to freshen up.

Plus, whether you opt for a sit-down Flagship Dining experience or simply grab a bite from their upscale buffet offerings, we think you’ll be very pleased with the selections.

With even more new lounges slated to open soon, we can only hope American will continue on this positive trajectory.

If you’ve got the opportunity to visit a Flagship Lounge, don’t miss out. Then, come back and leave us a message here — we’d love to hear about your experience!


Featured Image Credit: American Airlines

FAQ

What is American Airlines Flagship Lounge?

American Airlines’ Flagship lounges are their most premium level of lounges. American reports these lounges offer upscale amenities such as personalized services, shower suites, chef-inspired meals, Flagship Dining (select lounges), elevated buffet offerings, specialty cocktail bars, premium wine tables, and expansive seating options.

Currently, Flagship lounges are offered at JFK, LAX, MIA, and ORD.

Can you purchase a one day pass to an American Airlines Flagship Lounge?

No, currently flyers cannot purchase a day-pass for an American Airlines Flagship Lounge.

Access is given to:

  • First and business class flyers on qualifying international and transcontinental flights
  • AAdvantage® Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Platinum Members on qualifying flights (regardless of cabin class)
  • ConciergeKey℠ on any AA or oneworld flight (regardless of cabin class)
  • oneworld® Emerald℠ and Sapphire℠ Status Members on any AA or oneworld flight (regardless of cabin class)

Do active duty military members get access to an American Airlines Flagship Lounge?

At this time, active duty military members aren’t given access to American Airlines Flagship lounges.

However, U.S. military personnel traveling in uniform traveling and on a same-day flight operated by American ARE allowed to access any American Airlines Admirals lounge.

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5 comments

  1. Any idea when the lounge in DFW will open?

    • Christine Krzyszton · April 25, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Lisa. We are anxious for the new Flagship Lounge at DFW too! On the AA website, it just says that the new lounge is “coming soon” and to use the lounge between D34 and D36 in the meantime.

    • Hey Lisa, just received word that we’re looking at May 15th, unless there’s a construction delay… which wouldn’t be surprising!

  2. Thanks for the update! We fly business class DFW/Seoul in September!

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