American Admirals Clubs Are Getting A New Look

American Admirals Clubs Are Getting A New Look

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American Airlines has revealed a new design template, which will be used for Admirals Club airport lounges going forward.

American Admirals Club redesign details

American Airlines will be significantly altering the design of its Admirals Club lounges going forward. Obviously it will take a long time until this is rolled out to all clubs, but as clubs are renovated, you can expect that they’ll all feature this updated design.

The new Admirals Club design will debut at Washington National Airport (DCA) this fall, and after that you can expect to see this design at Newark Airport (EWR), Austin Airport (AUS), and Denver Airport (DEN).

Here’s how the new design of the lounges is described:

When customers step inside, they will be welcomed by signature brand elements and references from local landscapes and landmarks that tell the story of each city and create a sense of place. Wellness will uniquely shine through selective design elements that set a tone of calm and familiarity. Sustainability is also built into the new design in intentional ways, such as branded elements made of renewable American walnut in every lounge.

Below you can see some renderings of the redesigned lounges.

Redesigned American Admirals Club rendering
Redesigned American Admirals Club rendering
Redesigned American Admirals Club rendering
Redesigned American Admirals Club rendering
Redesigned American Admirals Club rendering

My take on the new Admirals Club look

At first glance I’m impressed by the Admirals Club redesign, and think the new motif looks cozy and high-end. I love the wood, dark tones, and fireplaces, and I also like the booths and different seating options.

Now, of course I think it’s important to emphasize that it’s easy enough for things to look nice in renderings, so the question is what these lounges will look like in real life. The other question is how well this design will age, in terms of wear & tear. As a point of comparison, below is what Admirals Clubs currently look like.

American’s current Admirals Club design

While the design looks nice, the catch is that Admirals Clubs don’t have an amazing soft product. The food & drinks generally aren’t that great. While Delta Sky Clubs are generally a step up in terms of that, Delta’s lounges also have much bigger crowding issues, with eligible guests regularly having to wait a long time. American doesn’t have that issue nearly as often.

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Bottom line

American Airlines Admirals Clubs are getting a redesign, which will debut this fall, and be rolled out at other Admirals Clubs over the coming years. Based on the renderings, I’m impressed by the design. The big question is the clubs can live up to the renderings in real life.

What do you make of the American Admirals Club redesign concept?

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  1. Greg Sedlock Guest

    I wish they would not install gas fireplaces. They just add to the carbon in atmosphere. I recently read a book by Bill Gates - How to Avoid a Climate Crisis, and I'm becoming more sensitive to the use of fossil fuels. I will contact AA.

  2. DavidB Guest

    Guess you haven’t visited the new BOS lounge. Good food spread including hot breakfast items and staffed avocado toast bar (including smoked salmon). New design resembled the “secret” section of the old Flagship lounge at JFK that is now becoming BA’s Concorde lounge.

  3. Randy Gold

    Nice design. I guess this will be the new DCA Term E club (for RJs). Looks much less dense - will this support the crowds without expanding the floor space?

  4. OT Guest

    Great improvement, as long as they use quality/durable materials. If the wood ends up being cheapo "wood" (like the business class seat tray), the ceilings are done with cheapo tiles, and in general the whole thing looks like it was sourced in Home Depot - as the current lounges do - then it will look and feel nothing like the renderings.

    Another area where this hints at improvement is lighting. Most of the current...

    Great improvement, as long as they use quality/durable materials. If the wood ends up being cheapo "wood" (like the business class seat tray), the ceilings are done with cheapo tiles, and in general the whole thing looks like it was sourced in Home Depot - as the current lounges do - then it will look and feel nothing like the renderings.

    Another area where this hints at improvement is lighting. Most of the current lounges are way too bright, even the most exclusive parts - the Flagship First Dining rooms.

    Don't even get me started on the "art" on the walls...

  5. Darren C Gold

    I was there yesterday, August 3.

    Very large, as you can see when you walk over the bridge to the bigger section.

    There is a Quiet Area with recliners, curtain dividers, and footrests at the far end of the lounge.

    I love the openness and variety of different areas, including phone cabins.

    Showers should be finished this year. At that time I will give 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

  6. Crosscourt Guest

    Taking a leaf out of the qantas lounges at Los Angeles.

    1. Leigh Gold

      You might be referring to the Qantas Business lounge at LAX? Certainly doesn't look a thing like the LAX Qantas First lounge....which is a GREAT thing, as I hate the Qantas First lounge design. Overall, the only Qantas lounge that looks anything like this, but not as good, is the Brisbane Qantas Domestic Business lounge, which is better than any other lounge they operate in Australia, better than the F lounges at Sydney or Melbourne (without the spa).

    2. Luc Guest

      And for those OW emeralds, I was at first lounge Sydney last week and despite showing up with a deliberate 6.5 hr layover they wouldn’t book me into the spa since I wasn’t in int’l first. Two separate agents said “we hold these for first, sorry.” Pre pandemic they booked me no questions asked while flying Y. Not going to go out of my way to fly thru Sydney anymore. Anyone else have that issue recently?

  7. Icarus Guest

    Their LAX terminal 4 is being entirely rebuilt so imagine a revamped club

  8. EthaninSF Member

    This feels like a transition of their design, as the recently refreshed (and new clubs) look similar. Specifically the new club at SFO, the updated parts of LAX and JFK, all reflect aspects of this design. Basically, this just means AA is renovating some of their clubs which probably (desperately) need it.

  9. Sean Guest

    Why didn’t they address CLT C/D club while it was close for six months this year? SMH.

    1. Charlie Guest

      That’s exactly my thought! It looks like reupholstered seats, white painted ceiling, and new lights in the restrooms were the extent of the reno. Really, that was all?

  10. Andy Guest

    I wish they’d spend this money on offering more than just one beer and one wine at no additional charge. You can’t even get cheap sparkling wine for free so even United has a step up on them here.

    1. DLPTATL Guest

      Delta has complimentary bubbly (and rose) too.

      Surprised no one is complaining about the fireplace. When Lucky posted on the Delta SkyClub at SLC there was an uproar about a natural gas fireplace (that could only be accessed by flying in a tube powered by jet fuel).

  11. EBWaa Guest

    Looks pleasant enough but the airline’s description reads like it was written by a marketing bot.

  12. George Romey Guest

    I'd settle for outlets at all seats. Some of the ACs still have that made for the business traveler of 1984 look.

  13. Bob Guest

    Experience last week at DFW Terminal C Admirals Club:
    1) WiFi was not working, but you couldn't access free DFW WiFi either.
    2) Employee snapped at me for not using tongs, handled by dozens of other people to separate brownies from a sheet, to grab a single cookie on another tray nowhere near any others.
    3) 10-year-old boy, unsupervised by his mother, plopped down his backpack on a seat obviously already taken...

    Experience last week at DFW Terminal C Admirals Club:
    1) WiFi was not working, but you couldn't access free DFW WiFi either.
    2) Employee snapped at me for not using tongs, handled by dozens of other people to separate brownies from a sheet, to grab a single cookie on another tray nowhere near any others.
    3) 10-year-old boy, unsupervised by his mother, plopped down his backpack on a seat obviously already taken before dashing off to the food. I'm looking at the photos and wondering where a family of four would sit. At least the current DFW arrangement was conducive to such groups, as long as they know what places are not occupied.

    1. George Romey Guest

      Wifi working is A BIG PROBLEM in ALL of their clubs. When the clubs get crowded the (probably really cheap) bandwidth can't handle the volume. Additionally, at many clubs the airport wifi is blocked. Nothing like being on a business call to find out that you're now talking to yourself because the wifi went out. I have to have a hotspot because I can no longer trust the AC wifi.

  14. Sel, D. Guest

    That fireplace looks identical to the one at SLC delta club. Without a good soft product admirals clubs can be a quiet place to get some work done and a perfectly mediocre coffee from the auto machine. The food is embarrassing.

  15. mdande7 Gold

    Basically going to look like an Alaska lounge

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mdande7 Gold

Basically going to look like an Alaska lounge

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Bob Guest

Experience last week at DFW Terminal C Admirals Club: 1) WiFi was not working, but you couldn't access free DFW WiFi either. 2) Employee snapped at me for not using tongs, handled by dozens of other people to separate brownies from a sheet, to grab a single cookie on another tray nowhere near any others. 3) 10-year-old boy, unsupervised by his mother, plopped down his backpack on a seat obviously already taken before dashing off to the food. I'm looking at the photos and wondering where a family of four would sit. At least the current DFW arrangement was conducive to such groups, as long as they know what places are not occupied.

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Greg Sedlock Guest

I wish they would not install gas fireplaces. They just add to the carbon in atmosphere. I recently read a book by Bill Gates - How to Avoid a Climate Crisis, and I'm becoming more sensitive to the use of fossil fuels. I will contact AA.

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