American’s New LAX Flagship Lounge Is Now Open

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You have to give American credit for the pace at which they’re opening their new premium lounges. While United has opened one Polaris Lounge in the past year (the first one opened on December 1, 2016), since this May American has opened new Flagship Lounges in New York, Chicago, and Miami, and new Flagship First Dining in New York and Miami. You can now add another city to the list.


American’s Flagship Lounge ORD

As of today, American’s new Flagship Lounge at LAX is open. It’s located in Terminal 4, and is open daily from 4:45AM until 12:45AM.

As a reminder, the following passengers have access to American’s Flagship Lounge at LAX:

  • Passengers traveling on qualifying oneworld longhaul international first and business class flights same day
  • Passengers traveling in first class and business class on American’s premium transcontinental routes, including from Los Angeles to New York
  • American Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Platinum members traveling on a qualifying oneworld international flights, regardless of the class of service
  • All non-American AAdvantage oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members traveling on any oneworld flight, even if it’s domestic
  • Concierge Key members traveling on any American flight

“Qualifying international flights” include those to Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, Mexico City, New Zealand, and South America.

This is fantastic news for American flyers, as American really has been doing a great job with their Flagship Lounges, so this will represent a very nice improvement. Not only will it mean that passengers have access to a better experience, but it should greatly help with crowding, given that right now the Terminal 4 Admirals Club is quite full.


American’s Flagship Lounge entrance LAX

Then American’s new Flagship First Dining at LAX opens tomorrow, Thursday, December 14, 2017. The following passengers will have access to that:

  • Passengers traveling in American three cabin 777-300ER first class to/from Asia, Australia, Europe, or South America
  • Passengers traveling in American three cabin first class between Los Angeles and New York

While I can’t really make sense of the Miami Flagship First Dining (given the lack of eligible passengers), this one should be pretty popular. American has daily 777-300ER flights from Los Angeles to both London and Hong Kong, plus a dozen daily flights from Los Angeles to New York. So those flights alone have 136 seats that would potentially have access. However:

  • All of those seats will never ever be full with passengers (except for non-revs, but they’re not eligible for access)
  • This doesn’t factor in those connecting to eligible flights from other gateways, or the ability for international first class guests to bring in a guest

So much like other Flagship First Dining facilities, I think this one will be a real oasis, though I think perhaps it’s actually justifiable, in a way.


American’s Flagship First Dining JFK

Bottom line

The past several months American’s setup at LAX has been a pain, but the wait is finally over, and their lounge situation is the best it has ever been. LAX now has three American Admirals Clubs, a Flagship Lounge, plus Flagship First Dining. Stay tuned, as I’m going to try to review both the Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining this week.

Comments
  1. @ CarstenB — Nope. Cathay Pacific has a special arrangement with American at JFK since they use their lounge, but I wouldn’t count on that being extended to LAX. This lounge is generally only for American first class passengers, and not oneworld first class passengers.

  2. Lucky we will need a head to head comparison of the Qantas F lounge and dining vs Flagship First Dining.

    I can’t imagine this Flagship Lounge getting too crowded. If you’re OWE flying Y Qantas F lounge would still be a better option, I’m guessing.

  3. So I guess this means that the Qantas F Lounge remains the best choice for passengers arriving in Oneworld int’l F and connecting on domestically?

  4. Hi –

    I have a business class flight into LAX on Qatar and then on a separate ticket (but same day) I have an AA economy flight to SFO and I am also an AA Platinum, will I have access to the Flagship lounge?

    Thank you!

  5. I am flying first/business class to Central America with a layover in Miami of 2 hours, will I have access to the AA Flagship Lounge at LAX?

  6. Ben you wrote up here in the comment about CX at JFK that now using T8, what about the flagship dining? Would CX F pax JFK-YVR be able to use Flagship dining at AA T8 JFK?

  7. This is so needed with the catering issues from the listeria outbreak at LAX which I don’t think AA has completely restored meal even yet.

    Great review, the lounge looks excellent. Looking forward but probably won’t get a chance to visit until closer to the summer.

  8. I’ll stick with QF First Lounge thanks ( as a OW Emerald ), with the fantastic friendly staff, still by far and away the best LAX Lounge, just a short walk to T4 fom TBI. I can’t wait to have the calamari again, mmmmm.

  9. If I use a system-wide upgrade to jump from J to F for the transcon JFK-LAX flight, would I have access to the Flagship First Dining Facility?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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