In late May American debuted their new premium lounges at JFK. Specifically, American opened their newly refurbished Flagship Lounge, which can be accessed by international first & business class passengers, oneworld Emerald & Sapphire members traveling internationally, as well as those traveling nonstop in business class to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
American’s new Flagship Lounge JFK
This lounge represents a nice improvement over the old Flagship Lounge. Not only is the food & drink selection significantly better, but a lot more people have access to the lounge than before.
American also opened their new Flagship First Dining at JFK, which is open to American international first class flyers, as well as those traveling in three cabin first class to Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s hands down the most impressive lounge facility offered by any US airline.
In September American opened their new Flagship Lounge in Chicago, which impressed me as well. We’ve known that American plans to open Flagship Lounges in Miami and Los Angeles this year, and in Dallas, Philadelphia, and London next year.
American’s new Flagship Lounge Chicago
A couple of weeks ago we learned that American is targeting a November opening date for their Flagship Lounge Miami, which is their next Flagship Lounge to open. We now have a more exact date when that will happen, following a media event they had for the lounge last night.
American’s Flagship Lounge & Flagship First Dining Miami are expected to open on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. American’s new Flagship Lounge Miami will be huge, at around 29,000 square feet, with seating for 475 people. As a point of comparison, American’s Flagship Lounge Chicago is about 17,000 square feet, so this one will be significantly larger. Then again, that’s probably needed, since a lot of passengers will have access to the lounge, and especially given how many flights American has to South America out of Miami.
This new lounge is a huge improvement for premium American flyers out of Miami, given that they haven’t had a Flagship Lounge for years (the one in Miami closed many years ago for a “renovation,” but was never reopened).
As a reminder, the following passengers will have access to the Miami Flagship Lounge:
- Passengers traveling in oneworld first and business class same day to Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, Mexico City, New Zealand, and South America
- Passengers traveling in first class and business class on American’s premium transcontinental route from Miami to Los Angeles
- American Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Platinum members traveling same day to Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, Mexico City, New Zealand, and South America, 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
Meanwhile Flagship First Dining will be available to passengers traveling in American’s 777-300ER first class, which is presently available on select flights to Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, London, and Sao Paulo. Accessing this Flagship First Dining in Miami will be a bit tougher than accessing the one at JFK, since there American’s A321T flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco qualify for access.
I hope to have a review of the facility as soon as it opens (in general I shy away from the media events, since I’d rather get a realistic look at what the lounge is like when in operation), though I still have to figure out how I’ll access the Flagship First Dining. Maybe I’ll actually have to go to Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, London, or Sao Paulo?
Anyone excited to check out American’s new Flagship Lounge in Miami?
(Tip of the hat to @jmmccarthy2002)