Historically American Airlines hasn’t offered lounge access to domestic first class passengers traveling to & from Hawaii. Even though some of these flights are over eight hours long and are operated by 777s and 787s, they haven’t come with special lounge privileges. That has finally changed.
- Dallas (DFW) and Honolulu (HNL)
- Dallas (DFW) and Kona (KOA)
- Dallas (DFW) and Maui (OGG)
- Chicago (ORD) and Honolulu (HNL)
- Charlotte (CLT) and Honolulu (HNL)
The only other nonstop domestic routes eligible for lounge access are nonstop premium transcontinental flights between the following city pairs:
- New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX)
- New York (JFK) and San Francisco (SFO)
- New York (JFK) and Orange County (SNA)
- Los Angeles (LAX) and Miami (MIA)
Note that for all of these domestic routes, AAdvantage elite members don’t get lounge access, but rather this is purely based on the class of service you’re traveling in.
While all eligible customers will immediately have access to Admirals Clubs, American’s Flagship Lounges are currently closed. American’s Flagship Lounge Miami will be reopening in September 2021, and the remaining Flagship Lounges are expected to open gradually throughout fall 2021. American has Flagship Lounges in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.
American Airlines first class passengers traveling to & from Hawaii on longer flights operated by 777s and 787s now enjoy lounge access. This includes the option of using the Admirals Club or Flagship Lounge, though the latter will be closed a little while longer.
This is a very nice improvement to the first class experience for travel to Hawaii.
What do you make of American’s lounge access policy change?
(Tip of the hat to Kyle)