Andrew’s experience flying American to Helsinki
American Airlines Flagship Lounge Chicago
American Airlines Business Class Chicago to Helsinki
Hotel Kämp, Helsinki
Touring Helsinki Airport
Finnair Lounge Helsinki
American Airlines Business Class Helsinki to Chicago
My flight from Seattle landed around noon, so I headed straight to the Flagship Lounge located at the end of the “K” concourse. While the Flagship Lounge is technically an international first class lounge, OneWorld Emerald members also have access to it, so it’s a nice perk of being an Executive Platinum member.
The Flagship Lounge agents are almost always exceptionally friendly, and once I was checked in they proactively checked the flight status for my flight to tell me the departure gate and confirm we would leave on time.
The lounge is a bit on the small side and could use a refresh at some point. It features plenty of seating, and to my surprise the lounge was almost completely empty when I was there, which I rarely find to be the case. Yes, the lounge gets really busy in the evenings before the transatlantic departures, but in this case it was just about deserted.
There’s also a small business center at the end of the lounge as well as a separate “quiet” room, which used to be a smoking room back in the day.
The buffet consisted of “light lunch” options, including veggies, soup, finger sandwiches, sushi, cheese, fruit salad, brownies, etc.
There was also an open bar with a pretty decent selection.
I was most excited about the yogurt covered pretzels they had in a dispenser, which I hadn’t seen before. Yogurt covered pretzels are probably the greatest thing ever invented, so I might have had one… or a hundred.
I spent most of my layover catching up on work, and Andrew joined me at around 1PM when his flight landed from DC.
At around 3PM we headed to our departure gate, K13, which was just a two minute walk away. There we saw the 767 that would take us to Helsinki, which was even painted in American’s new colors.
Our plane to Helsinki
Within a few minutes of us getting to the gate business class boarding was called, so on we went.
Our departure gate