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How Can You Access an American Airlines Admirals Club or Flagship Lounge in 2024

How Can You Access an American Airlines Admirals Club or Flagship Lounge in 2024

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In this article, we take a look at the main ways you can access the various premium lounges that American Airlines has available across its extensive network – including the classic Admirals Cub, the Flagship Lounge and a one of a kind International First Class Lounge at London Heathrow.

Whether it be with frequent flyer status, a benefit packing credit card or an annual membership, find out all the details of how to access an American Airlines premium lounge in 2024 below…

American Airlines operates two main types of premium lounge: The ubiquitous Admirals Club and the more exclusive Flagship Lounge. In addition, American Airlines operates a one-of-a-kind International First Class lounge at London Heathrow, and there’s also a joint lounge partnership with British Airways at New York JFK.

All Admirals Club locations feature a variety of seating options, as well as self-service snacks and house drinks. Select locations also offer shower suites, business centers, and made-to-order speciality food.

A handful of Admirals Clubs also offer bookable conference rooms (see below for details).

Last year, American Airlines introduced an enhanced food menu at Los Angeles, Miami and Washington Reagan airports, and this improved offering is set to be rolled out across the Admirals Club network early in 2024.

You may also have heard that Mastercard has, for some strange, become AA’s official avocado sponsor, offering made-to-order avocado toast and guacamole.

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American Airlines Admirals Club

AA’s much smaller network of Flagship Lounges is mostly designed for international long-haul premium passengers, although the reality is that there are lots of other ways to get into one.

Flagship Lounges offer full buffet selections, cocktail bars, shower suites and a range of seating options.

In addition, the Flagship Lounges at Dallas Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Miami also offer Flagship First Dining, a sit-down restaurant-style venue and dining experience. Access to Flagship First Dining is, however, strictly controlled and is currently only routinely open to Flagship First or Flagship Business Plus passengers traveling on long-haul international flights and select transcontinental flights.

American Airlines and British Airways have been co-located in Terminal 8 at New York JFK since 2022, and the enhanced partnership includes three new joint premium lounges which are named after boroughs that can be found in both London and New York City: The Chelsea Lounge, The Soho Lounge, and the Greenwich Lounge.

The Chelsea Lounge is reserved for Flagship First passengers, as well as ConciergeKey members, but most Oneworld elite flyers and First Class passengers will end up in the Soho Lounge. Finally, the Greenwich Lounge is open to passengers in international long-haul Business Class.

Here’s the full list of every type of premium lounge throughout AA’s network:

Admirals ClubLocationHours of operation
Atlanta (ATL)Past security on the left, across from gate T11Sun – Fri: 5 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat: 5 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Austin (AUS)Inside security, across from Gate 22Sun – Fri: 4:15 a.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Sat: 4:15 a.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Boston (BOS)Terminal B, upper level past security by gate B4Daily: 4 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Buenos AiresTerminal B across from Gate 9 on upper level, inside International departure loungeDaily: 7:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Charlotte DouglasThrough security, between gates 3 and 5Daily: 5:15 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.
Intersection of concourse C and D, after securityDaily: 5:15 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.
Chicago (ORD)Concourse G – After security, across from gate G8Daily: 6:15 a.m. – 7:15 p.m
Concourse H/K – After security, in the crosswalk between gates H6 and K6Daily: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Concourse L – After security, before Gate L1Daily: 6:15 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)Terminal A – After security, across from gate A24Daily: 5 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.
Terminal B – After security, between gates B3 and B4Daily: 5 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.
Terminal C – After security, between gates C19 and C20Daily: 4 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.
Terminal D – After security, near gate D24Daily: 5 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.
Terminal E – DFW E Satellite Terminal, Mezzanine LevelDaily: 5:30 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.
Denver (DEN)Concourse C – After security, mezzanine level, near gate 32 (above Great Divide)Daily: 4:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Honolulu (HNL)Admirals Club / Sakura Lounge – Shared with Japan AirlinesDaily:  6 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Houston (IAH)Terminal A – After security, near gates A25 and A26Sun – Fri: 4:15 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Sat: 4:15 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Los Angeles (LAX)Terminal 4 – Concourse level across from gate 4Daily: 4:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Terminal 5 – Near Duty FreeDaily:
4:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
American Eagle Regional TerminalDaily: 6:15 a.m. – 9 p.m.*
London Heathrow (LHR)Terminal 3 – Departure level, beyond Passport Control in lounge area HSun – Fri: 5 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sat: 5 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mexico City (MEX)International Departures, Terminal 1, Concourse HSun – Mon: 4:15 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tues: 4:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wed: 4:15 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thurs: 4:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 4:15 a.m. – 9 p.m.
MiamiD-30, North Terminal, Concourse DDaily: 5:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
D-15, North Terminal, Concourse DDaily:
5:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
NashvilleConcourse E, between Gates E6 and E8After security on Concourse C, Mezzanine level, across from gate C 15Daily: 4 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
New York JFKTerminal 8, Concourse CDaily: 4:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
La Guardia (LGA)Terminal B – Concourse A, near gates 30 and 31
Sun – Fri: 4:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sat: 4:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
NewarkTerminal A – After security, mezzanine level, across from gate A8Sun – Mon: 
4 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tues: 4 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wed – Fri: 
4 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sat: 4 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Orange County (SNA)Mezzanine level, after security, adjacent to gate 8Sun:
6:15 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Mon – Sat:
5:15 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Orlando (MCO)Terminal B – Near Gate 55Daily:
4 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Paris Charles de GaulleTerminal 2 – Connector building between Terminals 2A and 2CTemporarily closed
Philadelphia (PHL)Terminal A – In A East terminal, between gates A4 and A6A.Daily: 
6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Terminal A In A West terminal, mezzanine level between Gates A15 and A16.Closed (Will be renovated and reopened as a Flagship Lounge)
Terminal B/C – On the third floor between terminals B and C.Daily: 
4:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Terminal F – On level 2 above food court.Daily:
6:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Phoenix (PHX)Concourse A – Above gates A7 – A9Daily: 5:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Concourse A – Between gates A19 – A21Daily: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Concourse B – Above gates B5 and B7Daily: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
PittsburghMain lobby past security, mezzanine levelSun – Mon: 
4:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Tues: 4:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wed: 4:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
4:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Fri: 4:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sat: 4:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m
Raleigh DurhamTerminal 2 – After security, across from gates C1 and C3Daily: 4:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Rio de JaneiroSouth Pier (third floor)Daily: 2:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
San Francisco (SFO)Terminal 1 – After security, Terminal 1, near Gate B13Daily: 4:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sao PauloTerminal 3 – mezzanine level (3rd floor) above Duty Free shopping areaDaily: 6:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m and 5:30 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.
St. Louis Concourse C – Beyond the security checkpointDaily: 4:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
TampaAirside F, adjacent to Gate 85Daily: 5 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
TorontoTerminal 3 – Transfer Level near the duty free storesSun – Fri:
5 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.
5 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Washington National AirportTerminal 2 – Concourse CSun – Fri: 4:15 a.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Sat:4:15 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Terminal 2 – Concourse DSun – Fri:
4:15 a.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Sat: 4:15 a.m. – 9:15 p.m
Flagship LoungeLocationHours of operation
Chicago O’HareTerminal 3
Concourse H/K
Daily: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Dallas Fort WorthTerminal D
Between gates D21 and D22
Daily: 5 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.
Los AngelesTerminal 4
Near gate 40
Daily: 4:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
MiamiConcourse D
Near gate D30
Daily: 5:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Philadelphia (PHL)Terminal AOpening soon
International First Class LoungeLocationHours of operation
London Heathrow Airport – Terminal 3Departure level, beyond Passport Control in lounge area HSun – Fri: 5 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sat: 5 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Several Admirals Club locations have conference rooms available for hire for an additional fee.

Membership type0-9 seats10+ seats
Admirals Club member$65$90

Conference rooms are available for hire at:

  • Boston (BOS) – 1 room with 10 seats
  • Chicago (ORD) – 2 rooms with 8 seats each
  • Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) – a total of 9 rooms with up to 18 seats
  • Houston (IAH) – 2 room with 6 seats
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – 1 room with 8 seats
  • Miami (MIA) – 1 room with 8 seats
  • LaGuardia (LGA) – 2 rooms with up to 10 seats
  • Newark (EWR) – 1 room with 6 seats
  • Raleigh Durham (RDU) – 1 room with 8 seats
  • San Francisco (SFO) – 1 room with 6 seats
  • Washington DC (DCA) – 3 rooms with up to 8 seats

For infrequent travelers, a One-Day Pass might be the best option to access an Admirals Club, especially if you want somewhere comfortable to sit and relax or get some work done away from the chaos of the rest of the airport concourse.

A One-Day Pass costs $79, and once activated, it’s good for access to any Admirals Club for 24 hours.

a large room with couches and a television
American Airlines Admirals Club
AccessCostNumber of travelers
Any Admirals Club within 24 hours of activation$79 or 7,900 AAdvantage milesOne (plus up to 3 children aged under 18)

The AA One-Day Pass is $20 more expensive than the equivalent United Airlines pass, but unlike the similar option from United, which is single-use only, the AA One-Day Pass can be used at multiple Admirals Clubs within 24 hours – for example, at the departure and arrival airport, as well as any connecting airports.

This pass could also come in handy if you have a quick trip and you’re flying out and back within 24 hours.

You can use the One-Day Pass if you have a boarding pass for same-day travel with any of the following airlines:

  • Any flight marketed or operated by American Airlines
  • Any flight that is marketed and operated by a OneWorld airline
  • Flights marketed and operated by JetBlue with the exception of its European destinations (until January 31, 2024)

You can’t use a One-Day Pass to ‘guest’ any adults into the lounge with you, but you can bring up to three children under 18 so long as they are accompanied by an adult.

One important thing to note about One-Day passes is that access to an Admirals Club could be restricted if the location is already at capacity with annual membership holders and other eligible passengers.

You can purchase a One-Day pass at any Admirals Club or online ahead of travel. Once purchased, you have 12 months to use the pass. You can also buy a One-Day Pass as a gift.

For more frequent flyers, an annual Admirals Club membership might make a lot more sense, especially if you want to regularly guest up to two other people into the lounge with you.

For flyers without elite status in the AAdvantage program, annual membership costs $850, so in very basic terms, you would need to travel with AA on at least ten different days within 12 months to get value for money from a membership.

American Airlines offers a tiered discount of up $100 on Admirals Club membership depending on AAdvantage elite status and if you renew your membership for a second or subsequent year you also benefit from a $50 discount on the base rate.

AAdvantage membership levelCostNumber of travelers
Member$850 or 85,000 milesUp to two guests or immediate family members such as a spouse or domestic partner and children under eighteen years old.
Gold$825 or 82,500 miles
Platinum$800 or 80,000 miles
Platinum Pro$775 or 77,500 miles
Executive Platinum$750 or 75,000 miles

💡 You can renew your membership up to 30 days after expiration and still take advantage of the reduced renewal rate.

You can also pay for an annual membership with AAdvantage miles, starting at 85,000 miles in the first year. There is a 5,000-mile discount on membership renewals.

One way to get a modest discount on an annual Admirals Club membership is with a household membership – which is also referred to as a ‘Self & Spouse Membership’. In fact, a household membership is slightly misleading as it only applies to the member and their spouse or domestic partner, plus the usual guesting rules.

Household membership costs $1,650, which offers a $50 discount on the price of buying two individual memberships.

AAdvantage membership levelCostNumber of travelers
Member$1,650 or 165,000 milesUp to two guests or immediate family members such as a spouse or domestic partner and children under eighteen years old.
Gold$1,625 or 162,500 miles
Platinum$1,600 or 160,000 miles
Platinum Pro$1,575 or 157,500 miles
Executive Platinum$1,550 or 155,000 miles

Just like an individual membership, you also get a discount of up to $50 when you renew your household membership – at this point, you aren’t actually getting a discount compared to an individual membership.

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American Airlines Admirals Club

American Airlines offers just one personal cobranded credit card with Admirals Club membership included. This is the Citi / AAdvantage Executive
World Elite Mastercard, which has an annual fee of $595.

As you can see, the annual fee is significantly cheaper than a single annual membership, with cost savings ranging from $155 for an Executive Platinum member to $255 for a general AAdvantage member.

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American Airlines Admiral Club

In addition to Admirals Club membership, the card also includes the following benefits:

  • Free first-checked bag on domestic flights for cardholders and up to eight companions on the same reservation.
  • Up to $100 credit for TSA PreCheck application fee
  • Priority check-in and boarding on AA flights
  • Save 25% on inflight food and beverage purchases when flying with AA

You’ll also earn AAdvantage miles at the following rates:

SpendMileage earning rate
Car rentals booked through
Eligible hotels booked through
Eligible American Airlines purchasesx4
x5 After you spend $150,000 in a calendar year (for the remainder of the year)
All other purchasesx1
Reach 50,000 Loyalty PointsEarn 10,000 Loyalty Point Bonus
Reach 90,000 Loyalty PointsEarn 10,000 Loyalty Point Bonus

If you’re traveling in either First or Business Class on most long-haul international flights, as well as select transcontinental flights and a few domestic flights, you can also gain access to an AA Admirals Club.

This rule applies to passengers traveling with American Airlines or any OneWorld alliance carrier.

Fight typeDestination or route
Central America
Middle East
New Zealand
South America
Transcontinental flightsNew York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX)
JFK and San Francisco (SFO)
JFK and Orange County (SNA)
LAX and Miami (MIA)
LAX and Boston (BOS)
Domestic flightsDallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Honolulu (HNL)
DFW and Kona (KOA)
DFW and Maui (OGG)
Chicago (ORD) and HNL

💡 Unfortunately, Admirals Club lounge access isn’t extended to international Alaska Airlines passengers travelling in First between the United States and Canada, the Caribbean or Mexico.

American Airlines is particularly stingy with how many people you can guest into the lounge with you:

CabinNumber of guests permitted
International First1 (children over two count as a guest)
International Business0
Domestic First or Business0
Transcontinental First or Business0
There is no provision to guest your immediate family into the lounge with you.

Given the fact that AA’s small network of Flagship Lounges is the carrier’s most exclusive airport lounge, there are surprisingly quite a few ways to gain entry, including:

  • Travelling in a premium cabin on eligible flights
  • AA and Alaska Airlines elite frequent flyers on an international flight
  • ConciergeKey members traveling on any AA or Oneworld flight
  • Oneworld elite frequent flyers
  • … and finally, there’s even the option to buy a single visit pass!

Generally speaking, Flagship Lounge access is designed for AA Flagship Business and First Class passengers travelling on long-haul flights to Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand and South America.

Flagship Business and First Class passengers also get access to the Flagship Lounge if they are traveling on a small number of premium transcontinental and domestic flights (currently only flights to Hawaii). The current list includes:

Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK)Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Honolulu (HNL)
Los Angeles (LAX) and Miami (MIA)Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Kona (KOA)
Los Angeles (LAX) and Boston (BOS)Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Maui (OGG)
New York (JFK) and San Francisco (SFO)Chicago (ORD) and Honolulu (HNL)
New York (JFK) and Orange County (SNA)Charlotte (CLT) and Honolulu (HNL)

💡 Remember, Flagship Lounge access is only applicable on these routes if Business Class or First Class is marketed as Flagship.

Access to the Flagship Lounge is also extended to First and Business Class passengers traveling with any Oneworld alliance partner airline on any of the above eligible flights.

You can guest only one person into the lounge, and this includes any children aged two and above.

Certain elite AAdvantage and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flyers can also get access to the Flagship Lounge under very specific circumstances.

First off, access is open to the following elite members:

AAdvantageAlaska Airlines Mileage Plan
Executive PlatinumMVP Gold 75K
Platinum ProMVP Gold

And these specific criteria have to be met:

  • Passengers are departing, arriving or connecting on a flight marketed and operated by American or an Oneworld alliance partner airline.
  • The flight is ticketed as Flagship.
  • The flight is between the United States and Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand and South America.
  • Excluded countries in South America are Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.

ConciergeKey is AA’s invite-only top-tier elite status, and if you’re lucky enough to hold ConciergeKey status, then you can access a Flagship Lounge when travelling on any American Airlines or Oneworld alliance partner airline regardless of route or cabin.

ConciergeKey members also have the ability to guest their immediate family and up to two guests into the Flagship Lounge with them.

As part of its reciprocal lounge access agreement with the Oneworld alliance, American Airlines also lets Oneworld frequent flyers into its Admirals Club and Flagship Lounges when they are departing, arriving or connecting to any same-day flight which is marketed and operated by American or any other Oneworld airline.

Just like the access rights for ConciergeKey members, access is granted regardless of route or cabin.

This benefit is extended to Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members. Examples include:

Oneworld statusEquvilant airline status
EmeraldCathay Pacific Diamond
British Airways Executive Club Gold
Iberia Plus Infinita Prime, Infinita, Singular and Platinum
Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum One and Platinum
Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum
SapphireCathay Pacific Gold
British Airways Executive Club Silver
Iberia Plus Gold
Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold
Qatar Airways Privilege Club Gold

💡 This benefit does not include American Airlines AAdvantage members or Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members who have separate access requirements.

Finally, if none of the eligibility criteria above apply to you, you can still buy your way into a Flagship Lounge for $150 or 15,000 AAdvantage miles per person.

Unlike the Admirals Club One-Day Pass, this is a single-visit pass that can only be used at the Flagship Lounge where it was purchased. Sales might be restricted based on how busy the lounge is, and you have to be flying on a same-day ticket with either American Airlines or an Oneworld partner airline.

The single-visit pass doesn’t have any guesting privileges, so this could prove to be a particularly expensive way to get into a Flagship Lounge.

American Airlines doesn’t have as generous lounge access policy for U.S. military personnel as some of its competitors, but the carrier does still allow those in uniform who are also travelling on a same-day American Airlines flight access to its Admirals Club network.

In order to gain access, military personnel simply need to present their military ID and an eligible boarding pass. Military personnel can also guest their immediate family or up to two guests into the lounge with them.

Special access for military personnel isn’t, unfortunately, extended to two lounges which aren’t actually operated by American Airlines. These are the Airspace Lounge in San Diego and the JAL Sakura Lounge in Honolulu.

Also note, that access might be restricted if the lounge is at capacity and other passengers might be prioritized.

View Comments (3)
  • To be clear – if I’m flying Flagship Business from Europe to DFW, with an onward AA flight to my final domestic location, I CAN enter the Flagship Lounge at DFW upon arrival from Europe, correct?

    • Yes to Flagship lounge / ANY 1st Class OW Lounge at departure point ( BA, CX, QF,QR etc if there’s no AA lounge)

      NO to Flagship dining as that would require Flagship Business Plus or Flagship 1st

      That said on arrival at DFW you’d only have access to an Arrivals Lounge if operated UNLESS you then have a connecting onward flight after DFW at which point even if flying economy your same day ticket would entitle you to use the Flagship Lounge ( depending on staff experience and knowledge then you may have to push on that one as AA staff often reject if your onward is lower cabin class and/or not a qualifying flight.)

      • I can enter a couple lounges in FRA before I go; no issue/discussion with that.

        Thanks for the info; if I understand correctly – and I ONLY want to enter the American Flagship Lounge Dallas, not the Flagship Dining – I can fly AA Business from FRA to DFW, visit the Flagship Lounge, and continue my journey (domestic first class) to my SLC destination.


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