Miami used to have an American Airlines “Flagship Lounge” — an international first class lounge also open to American’s 100,000 mile flyers traveling internationally and also their oneworld partner top tier elite members. That one closed for renovations, never to re-open.
The nice thing about Flagship Lounges, other than tending to be quieter and less busy than Admiral’s Clubs, is that they offer self-serve liquor and usually a decent buffet.
I’ve been very fortunate to be a British Airways Gold member, granting me access to the New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles Flagship lounges whenever I pass through on American even just flying domestically.
I became a British Airways Gold when BA acquired british midland. I was a long time bmi Gold, even though I never flew that airline — they were an easy Star Alliance Gold (they did status matches, it took only 38,000 qualifying miles to re-up the status, and once you had ddone so for the year paid first class tickets earned 625% flown miles — coupled with a cash and points award chart it was a fantastic program may she rest in peace). I will be saddened when my Gold card expires early next year.
But did you know that Admirals Club members and oneworld mid-tier elites with other airlines have access to a lounge offering a similar buffet and liquor spread in Miami?
It’s the old Americals Club on the “E” concourse. Nearly all of American’s flights out of Miami depart from D these days, so the Admirals Club closed in E. There are still some American flights out of E, and some oneworld partner flights (British Airways, Iberia, Air Berlin), though much fo the concourse is shuttered.
The lounge has reopened, operating effectively as a shared oneworld lounge though officially it’s designated the “premium lounge.”
The interior is still pretty much as it was when it was an Admirals Club, but the catering is closer to a first class lounge.
The lounge is just past the security checkpoint for the E concourse. It’s easy to miss, there’s an elevator that you take up to the 5th floor, and it’s only open in the afternoon and evenings (thus primarily for transatlantic departures).
Lounge access is for:
- First, business class, and mid and top-tier oneworld elite members although the agent I checked in with told me that an American Airlines elite member flying domestically would not have access.
- American Airlines full fare business and first class passengers flying on non-stop transcontinental flights.
- American Airlines Admirals Club members with flights departing from the E concourse. Note that these members are not permitted to invite a guest.
There are nice views of airport operations.
I was flying Miami – Washington National out of the E concourse, something I haven’t done in a few years, so I popped up to the premium lounge and was impressed by the food spread for a domestic offering.