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Access AA Flagship Lounge
I was wondering if you or somebody can provide me some insides to access the AA Flahship Lounge.
I understood that „normally“ you have access on international flights but also for flights within US (depends on travel class, Status…). But what I do not fully understood how a Lounge can be for national and international travelers? I mean under consideration that customs have to be cleared somehow.
has you or anybody experiences, especially for Miami and/or Chicago?
thanks a lot, ingo
Hey Ingo, American’s Flagship lounges are always located airside – meaning that they are after you clear security. So, if you are departing the US on a national or international flight, you would access the lounge after you pass through TSA checkpoint. If you are arriving from an international flight, these are not arrival lounges, and you wouldn’t be able to access. Once you land from an international flight, you would have to clear customs, and then that places you landside – on the other side of security.
Does that answer your question?
Hello. We recently flew out of MIA and due to the Pandemic- the normal Admirals Club has merged with the Flagship Lounge due to people and load capacity. So, we were pushed to the Flagship Lounge side of the club and they are basically now the same. “There is no champagne in the champagne room”. Its all blended now.
I would also add, that unlike most countries, the United States doesn’t have “sterile” international transit. You always have to enter the US and clear customs when you’re connecting, and domestic flights and international flights can depart from adjacent gates.
thanks for the feedback. Even I flew several times from the US I forgot that there is not such separation between national and international as in Europe.
let’s hope one day the situation has changed and I can try to use the lounge:)
stay safe and again thanks