The main Admirals Club in Charlotte is closed for renovations. Some travelers had hopes this would mean improving the club, still in US Airways-style, but it doesn’t. American – which has been somewhat cagey about the work that’s happening – says the updates which will take several months are about bringing the space up to fire code. Here are permitting details for what renovations will actually be taking place.
There wasn’t enough club lounge space in Charlotte to begin with and the airport which has only one other Admirals Club was desperately in need of another two.
With only the smaller B concourse club available for passengers to spend time in while waiting for flights, it’s become overrun. There’s frequently a line to get in even during off-peak times.
I paid $550 @AmericanAir to have club access and this is what I have to deal with twice a week going through Charlotte ? Really. This is after you canceled my flight this morning so I have 5 hour layover now. pic.twitter.com/LuYcnnzjbz
— Suzanne W (@BugladySuzanne) January 27, 2022
Charlotte has a crowded Centurion lounge and two Minute Suites at the airport. Priority Pass cards provide an hour in a minute suites, a place with peace and quiet that promotes you can take your mask off while you’re inside. I recommend pre-booking a space through their app to maximize chances of availability. There’s a The Club coming. This is all space American Airlines could have had for more clubs if they’d been willing to invest.
So what are they really investing in for the main Charlotte club? According to permitting there’s going to be a ‘restroom refresh’ that involves,
demolition and renovation of 2 gang toilet rooms…includ[ing] demolition, millwork, doors, drywall, tile, acoustical ceilings, painting, toilet partitions and accessories, repalcement of plumbing fixtures, relocation of HVAC diffusers/grilles and electrical.
In addition carpeting will be replaced throughout the club.