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
We now have an update on when the next Flagship Lounge will be opening. The American Flagship Lounge in Miami is targeted to open in November, so we’re likely at most several weeks from it opening. They’re not providing an exact date yet as they (understandably) want to manage expectations. While I haven’t received an update, presumably the Flagship Lounge Los Angeles will also be opening within a few weeks of that.
Miami Airport is so desperately in need of a new premium international lounge, so this is long overdue. Years and years ago American had a Flagship Lounge at the airport, and I recall it closing for “renovations,” but then it was never reopened. So this will be the first time in years they’ll have a Flagship Lounge.
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
Anyone excited to check out American’s new Flagship Lounge in Miami?