Over the past few months we’ve seen many airline lounges around the world close, primarily due to lack of demand. Travel demand is slowly starting to pick up, though we’re still a long way from a recovery.
In recent weeks we’ve seen airlines start to reopen lounges. American Airlines has already opened several Admirals Clubs, and will be opening more this week (see here for the best ways to access Admirals Clubs).
Which American Admirals Clubs are open?
American Airlines is taking a phased approach to reopening Admirals Clubs. This comes as American is adapting the clubs and product offerings to reflect the current environment.
American Airlines reopened the following Admirals Clubs first, as of June 22, 2020:
- Charlotte (CLT) — Concourse C
- Chicago (ORD) — Concourse H/K
- Dallas (DFW) — Terminal A and Terminal C
- Los Angeles (LAX) — Terminal 4
- New York (JFK) — Terminal B
- New York (LGA) — Concourse D
- Miami (MIA) — Gate D30
- Philadelphia (PHL) — Terminal B & C
- Phoenix (PHX) — Gate A7
- Washington, D.C. (DCA) — Terminal B
As of the same date, the following Admirals Clubs reopened as service centers, available for travel assistance (but they aren’t otherwise open):
- Atlanta (ATL) — North Terminal, Concourse T
- Austin (AUS) — Gate 22
- Nashville (BNA) — Concourse C
- Boston (BOS) — Terminal B
- Dallas (DFW) — Terminal A & C
- Houston (IAH) —Terminal A
- Pittsburgh (PIT) — Main Lobby
- Raleigh-Durham (RDU) — Terminal 2
- Orlando (MCO) — Gate 55
- San Francisco (SFO) — Terminal 1
- Orange County (SNA) — Gate 8
- St. Louis (STL) — Concourse C
- Tampa (TPA) — Gate 85
This week American will be opening the following additional Admirals Club locations:
- Dallas (DFW) — Terminal B, as of July 15
- Dallas (DFW) — Terminal D, as of July 15
- Philadelphia (PHL) — Terminal F, as of July 15
- Charlotte (CLT) — Terminal B, as of July 20
Four more Admirals Club locations will be opening this week
How have Admirals Clubs changed?
As Admirals Clubs reopen, you can expect the following changes:
- Pre-packaged snack offerings and a full-service bar with complimentary and premium beverages (unless prohibited by local laws)
- Plexiglass shields at reception and service desks
- Foot-operated door openers to enable touchless operation of restroom doors (where feasible)
- Hand sanitizer stations for customers
- Signage and floor decals to remind customers to practice social distancing
Expect changes to the Admirals Club food & drink selection
What about American Flagship Lounges?
Unfortunately don’t expect them to open anytime soon. American has stated that these will reopen as warranted by demand, and given the outlook US airlines have, I’d expect that to be quite a while.
There’s no timeline for Flagship Lounges reopening, though personally I wouldn’t expect them to reopen in 2020.
There’s no timeline for Flagship Lounges reopening
As of this week American Airlines has reopened well over a dozen Admirals Clubs at key airports. Some additional Admirals Clubs have been reopened as service centers, and presumably more Admirals Clubs will fully reopen in the weeks ahead.
It’s nice to see these lounges reopened, though expect scaled back food and drink offerings, with limited self service options, and only pre-packaged snacks to eat. Here’s a look at what lounges may look like for the near future.