Perhaps the thing that American Airlines has been doing best is its international business class. They have great seats on most of their widebody aircraft, and they have much-improved lounges at key hub airports.
American’s Flagship lounges are for international business class, for mid-tier elites and above flying international economy, for ConciergeKey members and for mid-tier oneworld partner elites even when they’re flying American domestically.
These are nice lounges with good food and drink programs. They aren’t generally as nice as United Polaris lounges but United’s lounges are far more restrictive. While Delta’s Sky Clubs are generally nicer than United or American base clubs, Delta does not offer dedicated business class lounges.
So far there are lounges at New York JFK, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas Fort-Worth. There are still lounges at Philadelphia and London Heathrow left to open. The Philadelphia lounge faced some bureaucratic obstacles at the local level, but is finally underway, and there are renderings available.
I like the bar and buffet areas more in these renderings than I do American’s other Flagship lounges. It strikes me that wall the main lounge area design is straight from the pallet of the other lounges, the dining room is darker and a bit more modern. In some ways it feels more like a Cathay Pacific lounge in those areas. This could be their most attractive Flagship lounge.
Philadelphia, like Chicago O’Hare, will not feature a separate Flagship First Dining room, since Philadelphia doesn’t see American Airlines flights with international first class.