Last week, we learned that some changes are coming to American Airlines Lounges in the coming months and year. The first is the reiteration of coming updates to all their clubs including the new A-Terminal American Airlines Sky Harbor Admirals Club that’s now officially open. (You can see the transformation in this video from American Airlines Lounges update page.) We’re happy to see they started at PHX after our disappointing visits to the former US Airways Clubs. Brand new American Airlines Admirals clubs will also soon make debuts at both Houston (IAH) and Orlando (MCO) airports.
The actual news is the expansion of First Class American Airlines Flagship Lounges at Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK) and Chicago (ORD) while Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), Miami (MIA) and Philadelphia (PHL) will finally get their own first class clubs. This means existing lounges get more floor space and American’s other main hubs share in the elevated First Class experience.
But it’s not just First Class anymore.
Another big development here is that International passengers (“all trans-pacific, trans-Atlantic, deep South America and Airbus A321T transcontinental customers”) booked in First or Business class have access to the Flagship lounges beginning in early 2017. What might be a tooth-grinder for regular first class fliers is that the addition of business class passengers will certainly ramp up the number of people in the lounge. The airline points to the addition of extra floor space that comes with the remodels and new builds to accommodate the extra traffic. We’ll see.
Finally, we’re happy to see American Airlines Flagship Lounge step up to exceed offerings by other domestic US airlines by introducing full service table-side meals for these ultra-premium passengers. OneWorld partner British Airways currently offers a similar pre-flight service to it’s first class passengers using their exclusive Concorde Room at New York (JFK) and London (LHR) airports. Many red-eye passengers tend to favor eating before a long flight so that they can get sleep in the air.
Similarly themed British Airways Concorde Rooms also offer full service table-side dining. Watch our review of the Concorde Room at New York JFK. [Full review here]
Table-side dining and the addition of business class passengers to the guest list at American Airlines Flagship lounges begins in early 2017.