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Most American Airlines Flagship Lounges Reopening by Fall 2021

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American Airlines has announced the reopening of 2 of its most used Flagship Lounges, the premium lounge offering for its highest-tier AAdvantage elite passengers and international premium cabin passengers.

Flagship Lounges Reopening

New York (JFK) Flagship Lounge

The JFK Flagship Lounge will reopen on September 14, 2021, and the associated Flagship First Dining will open 2 days later on September 16, 2o21.

Miami (MIA) Flagship Lounge

The MIA Flagship Lounge will reopen on September 28, 2021, and Flagship First Dining will open on September 30, 2021.

Other Flagship Lounges

American expects the lounges in Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD), and Dallas (DFW) to reopen “later this fall.”

How To Access Flagship Lounges and Flagship First Dining

Who Can Access Flagship Lounges

Flagship Lounge access is for:

Hot Tip: For details on guest access, locations, hours, and more, view our comprehensive guide to American Airlines’ Flagship Lounges.

Who Can Access Flagship First Dining

Flagship First Dining is for those seated in first class on a 3-class aircraft, normally serving transcontinental routes, London (LHR), São Paulo (GRU), Hong Kong (HKG), Rio de Janeiro (GIG), and others.

American Introduces New Celebrity Chefs

Chef Tiffany Derry. Image Credit: American Airlines

Partnering with the James Beard Foundation, American is introducing celebrity chefs for its Flagship Lounges:

  • Chef Tiffany Derry (DFW) was on “Top Chef” and owns the Dallas restaurant Roots Southern Table
  • Chef Timon Ballo (MIA) has been named Chef of the Year by Eater and is the chef at Sugarcane and Mrs. Balloo
  • Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja (JFK) is chef at Shuka, combining her Indonesian and Italian heritage into unique flavors
  • Chef Sarah Gruenberg (ORD) owns Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio, having won the title of Best Chef for the James Beard Foundation

Each of these chefs will curate menus for their local Flagship Lounge, and as lounges reopen, you’ll be able to taste their delicacies on offer.

New Toiletries

American is also introducing D.S. & Durga hand soap and lotions in Flagship Lounge restrooms, and shower suites will feature Dyson Supersonic hair dryers, complimenting the release of Shinola and D.S. & Durga amenity kits for premium passengers earlier this summer.

Final Thoughts

American is reopening several of its key Flagship Lounges in New York and Miami with the remainder to follow this fall, and also introducing new toiletries in their Flagship restrooms. Along with a partnership with celebrity chefs from the James Beard Foundation, American is hoping to create a more premium experience this year as flyers return to the skies.

About James Larounis

James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.


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