American Airlines lounge access is available to club members of course, including those whose membership comes with a premium Citibank credit card.
It’s also been available to Platinum elite members and above flying long haul international flights, as well as certain short-haul international destinations. Similarly first and business class passengers flying long haul international have received lounge access for years.
There are fewer of these passengers today, with borders closed and testing requirements in place. Furthermore there’s very little international business travel. And frequent flyers with club memberships have been flying less as well. So the real fight is for leisure passengers, many of whom haven’t been frequent flyers, and they’re mostly traveling to close-in destinations like the Caribbean and Mexico.
Starting April 1, both business and first class passengers as well as AAdvantage Platinum and above frequent flyers traveling in any class of service will be eligible to use American’s Admirals Clubs that are open on any international trip – including Canada, Mexico and Central America as well as the Caribbean.
And Caribbean lounge access will extend even to (domestic) U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico travel.
DFW Airport Club, A Concourse
Unfortunately Mexico City and Central America will no longer qualify for Flagship lounge access effective April 1 (these lounges are currently closed).
The airline says that “[a]s of today these changes are for a limited time.” They aren’t committing to keeping this in place permanently, but of course nothing is permanent in the airline industry. Just know that for some indefinite period starting April 1 lounge access without a club membership will be available on more itineraries.
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