Review: American Airlines Admirals Club And Flagship Lounge At LAX


The American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge at LAX in Terminal 4 is the lounge I had access to for my American Airlines B777-300ER Business Class flight. This is located after security in Terminal 4. The entrance to the lounge is on the Concourse level across from Gate 40. The lounge is on the first floor and comprises two separate, bright spaces, the Admirals Club and the Flagship Lounge, both offering superb tarmac views through the large floor-to-ceiling windows.

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The Admirals Club Lounge, with its comfortable chairs, is a relaxing escape from the craziness of the terminal below. Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and light snacks are offered. White wine, beer, premium brand spirits, and healthy food choices are available for purchase. There’s also free high-speed Wi-Fi. PCs with internet access are available for those without a desktop or iPad. If you want to refresh, eight showers are available. The best thing about the Admirals Club is the presence of AA agents that can work much faster on rerouting your ticket in case you encounter flight troubles.

Access to the Admirals Club Lounge at LAX or any other airport is only possible through paid (annual or 30-day) membership or a one-day pass. However, membership is usually complimentary for holders of a Citi/AAdvantage Executive World EliteTM MasterCard. First and Business Class customers who do not hold Emerald or Sapphire tier status with the Oneworld alliance are not eligible to access the Admirals Club when traveling on solely domestic flights within the U.S. or between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico (except Mexico City), the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. However, customers traveling in First or Business class on U.S. transcontinental flights between JFK-LAX, JFK-SFO, and MIA-LAX (and vice-versa) are eligible for Admirals Club access.

Besides the Admirals Club Lounge, AA has a second lounge space at LAX, called the Flagship Lounge, which is the second set of pictures in the scroller below, which shows the food available. The latter is accessible to First Class passengers on AA-marketed and operated three-class international or transcontinental flights. You can also gain access if you are a Oneworld top-tier customer departing on or connecting to any Oneworld marketed and operated flight, regardless of cabin flown.

The Flagship Lounge is a step up from the Admirals Club Lounge. The decor is the same, but it’s quieter and more serene. The food & beverage options are much better when compared to the Admirals Club Lounge: a full buffet (featuring soup, sandwiches, salads, snacks, and a light dinner) and excellent top-shelf drinks were offered (complimentary). The Los Angeles Flagship Lounge also offers music stations with comfortable chairs where travelers can sit back with Bose headphones, listen to music, and relax.

From the lounge, it was a two-minute walk to gate 41, where the magnificent American Airlines B777-300ER was ready for boarding.

Review by our friends at Luxury Travel Expert

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