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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 the 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 its new lounge concepts.

In this guide, we outline 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

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

American Airlines Amirals Club and Flagship Lounge at ORD
Image Credit: Katie Seemann

Location: In the crosswalk between gates H6 and K6
Hours:
Monday to Sunday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Flagship First Dining: No
Size: ~20,000 square feet

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

DFW Flagship Lounge
Image Credit: American Airlines

Location: Terminal D, between gates D21 and D22
Hours: Daily from 5 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.
Flagship First Dining: Yes (daily, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
Size: ~24,500 square feet

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

American Airlines has partnered with British Airways to offer 2 joint premium lounges to Flagship customers. These replace access to the previous Flagship Lounge at Terminal 8 Concourse B.

Chelsea Lounge

Chelsea Lounge JFK corner seating
Image Credit: Chris Hassan

Location: Terminal 8, post-security, level 1, above gate 14
Hours: Daily from 4:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Guest Access: Must be traveling in Flagship First International, Flagship First Transcontinental, or Flagship Business Plus on a qualifying same-day flight marketed by a Oneworld airline or JetBlue and operated by American
Select Amenities: Waiter service, preflight dining, shower facilities, business center

Check out our full review of the Chelsea Lounge at JFK.

Greenwich Lounge

Greenwich Lounge JFK
Image Credit: Chris Hassan

Location: Terminal 8, post-security, level 1, above gate 12
Hours: Daily from 4:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Guest Access: Must be traveling in Flagship Business on a qualifying same-day international, transcontinental or qualifying Hawaii flight marketed and operated by American, a Oneworld airline, or marketed by JetBlue and operated by American
Select Amenities: Preflight dining, shower facilities, business center

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

American Airlines Flagship Lounge LAX
American Airlines Flagship Lounge LAX. Image Credit: American Airlines

Location: Terminal 4, across from gate 40
Hours: Daily from 4:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Flagship First Dining: Yes (temporarily closed)
Size: ~15,600 square feet

Hot Tip: Read our review of the Flagship Lounge at LAX, and learn more about how to get between terminals at LAX.

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Admirals Club Miami International Airport Flagship Lounge Chairs
Image Credit: Chris Hassan

Location: North Terminal, near gate D30
Hours: Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Flagship First Dining: Yes (1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
Size: ~29,300 square feet

Future Locations

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

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

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

What Makes a Flagship Lounge Special?

American Airlines Flagship Lounge Amenities
Image Credit: American Airlines

The Basics

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

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:

  • Chef-inspired meals
  • Expansive seating
  • Flagship First Dining (at select locations)
  • Personalized service
  • Premium wine table
  • Shower suites
  • Specialty cocktail bar

Hot Tip: Learn more about American Flagship First and Flagship Business in our guide to their amenities, routes, and booking options. 

Flagship First Dining

American Airlines Flagship First Dining LAX tarmac view with Krug and mojito
Flagship First Dining LAX tarmac view with Krug and mojito. Image Credit: Stephen Au

American Airlines markets its 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 DFW, LAX, and MIA locations.

American Airlines Flagship Dining - Signature Burger
The Signature Burger from AA Flagship Dining. Image Credit: James 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, as well as Flagship Business Plus customers.

Lounge Access and Eligibility

Flyers can gain access to 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 are eligible to access the Flagship Lounge. Departing flights must be on 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 1 guest free of charge.

To qualify for access to the Flagship Lounge for transcontinental flights, you must be flying nonstop from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO).

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

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

  • Charlotte (CLT) to Honolulu (HNL)
  • Chicago (ORD) to Honolulu (HNL)
  • Dallas (DFW) to Honolulu (HNL)
  • Dallas (DFW) to Kona (KOA)
  • Dallas (DFW) to Kahului (OGG)

Guest Access: Qualifying domestic 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 1 guest free of charge.

You can find more information on achieving AAdvantage elite 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 1 guest free of charge.

Paying Guests

If you’re keen on experiencing the Flagship Lounge, American has begun selling day passes to its Flagship Lounges. They aren’t cheap, however — a single visit pass costs $150 or 15,000 AAdvantage miles per person, though children under 2 are included free.

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 the 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 comment here — we’d love to hear about your experience!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is American Airlines Flagship Lounge?

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

Currently, Flagship Lounges are offered at Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), and Miami (MIA). The Chelsea Lounge and Greenwich Lounge are open to Flagship passengers at New York (JFK).

Can you purchase a 1-day pass to an American Airlines Flagship Lounge?

If you’re keen on experiencing the Flagship Lounge, American has begun selling day passes to its Flagship Lounges. They aren’t cheap, however — a single visit pass costs $150 or 15,000 AAdvantage miles per person, though children under 2 are included free.

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 Club lounge.

Is Flagship Lounge better than Admirals Club?

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

  • Chef-inspired meals
  • Expansive seating
  • Flagship First Dining (at select locations)
  • Personalized service
  • Premium wine table
  • Shower suites
  • Specialty cocktail bar

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An experienced points hacker, Erin is Alex’s partner-in-crime and contributes to Upgraded Points with in-depth guides and relationship management. Erin’s work has been cited in multiple major publications.

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