With American Airlines having greatly reduced capacity, especially for international flights, the airline has just announced that they’ll be closing many of their lounges. In particular, Flagship Lounges and Flagship First Dining are closing.
American Flagship Lounges are closing
Effective immediately and until further notice, these lounges will be closing for the most part:
- The Flagship Lounges in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Miami, will be closing
- The Flagship Lounge in New York JFK will be converted into an Admirals Club for the time being, meaning they will be reducing the food and drink selection; it’s a bigger space than the Admirals Club in the terminal, which will be closed
American Flagship Lounge Chicago is closing
American Flagship First Dining closing as well
In addition to Flagship Lounges, American Airlines also has Flagship First Dining in Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. Flagship First Dining offers a la carte dining to those traveling in three cabin first class.
This will also be discontinued effective immediately, until further notice.
American Flagship First Dining Dallas is closing
Changes at Admirals Clubs as well
In addition to Flagship Lounges and Flagship First Dining closing, American Airlines is closing some Admirals Clubs, and adjusting the hours at others. This is something that can change over time, so you’ll want to check this page for the latest status on Admirals Clubs being open.
On top of that, you can expect big changes to the service in Admirals Clubs. The exact rules vary by location, though you can expect some of the following, largely due to local government restrictions”
- All food will be served in individual containers
- Some Admirals Clubs won’t serve alcohol
- Some Admirals Clubs will only have grab & go food, which you can’t eat on premises
The following Admirals Clubs will be closing:
- The Charlotte Concourse B Admirals Club is closing
- The Chicago Concourse G & L Admirals Clubs are closing
- The Los Angeles Terminal 5 & American Eagle Admirals Clubs are closing
- The Miami Gate D15 Admirals Club is closing
- The New York JFK Gate 42 Admirals Club is closing
- The Philadelphia Terminal A & Terminal F Admirals Clubs are closing
- The Phoenix Gate B5 Admirals Club is closing
- The Admirals Clubs in Buenos Aires, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Tokyo Narita, are all closed
- The London Heathrow Arrivals Lounge and International First Lounge are closed
American Admirals Club Terminal 5 Los Angeles is closing
With flights being reduced so greatly and airlines also trying to cut costs, it’s no surprise to see airlines closing lounges at many airports. I’m actually surprised the cuts aren’t more drastic, as lounges aren’t being closed in most secondary markets.
What do you make of American’s lounge closures?