The American Airlines Flagship Lounge Philadelphia project is about to get underway.
Flagship lounges are open to oneworld international business (and first) class passengers, to American’s Platinum elites and higher flying internationally, and to oneworld partner airline mid-tier elites — even when they’re just flying American domestically.
American Airlines Flagship Lounge LAX
All of American’s Flagship lounges except O’Hare have a first class dining facility included. Chicago was supposed to have one in the original design, but that was removed. American now longer offers international first class from Chicago, and soon will no longer offer any flights to Asia from the city either.
American Airlines New York JFK Flagship First Dining Bar Seating Area
There are still Flagship lounges planned for Philadelphia and London Heathrow. There’s no Flagship lounge planned for American’s hubs at Charlotte, Phoenix, or Washington National.
After much delay, the airline’s Philadelphia Flagship lounge project kicks off Monday. The A-West Admirals Club closes September 30 to start construction on the Flagship lounge, and it’s expected to open in 2020.
United of course has its new business class lounges – Polaris lounges – open in several cities (Newark, Chicago O’Hare, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles) and with several still to come (Washington Dulles, Hong Kong, London Heathrow, Tokyo Narita). These lounges are more exclusive than American’s – no elites who aren’t flying business class – and also generally nicer. However United has nothing to match American’s Flagship First Dining.
Delta, meanwhile, has nicer general clubs (SkyClubs in many cities are better than United Clubs and American’s Admirals Clubs) but has no dedicated business class lounge to match.
The American Airlines Flagship lounge Philadelphia will be a nice add to the airport, especially as American ramps up flying from there to Europe. Charlotte hub customers are likely to be jealous. They won’t get a similar product because much of the Europe flying from there is summer seasonal.