When There’s A Line To Use The Admirals Club, You Don’t Want To Use The Admirals Club

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  1. @ Jorge — You don’t get in the Admirals Club via AA or AS status on domestic flights, so very unlikely. It has more to do with AA’s primary CLT lounge being closed for renovations.

  2. re: “right people”

    If I were Ukrainian, I’d probably retort that if Russians are losing their jobs due to the economic sanctions, at least their homes aren’t being bombed.

  3. I didn’t know you could pre-book Minute Suites with Priority Pass – I’ll try this in ATL next time. Great tip!

  4. I live in CLT – agree AA needs at least 1 more Admirals club here but main issue is larger one is closed for remodeling.

    Centurion Lounge is option for those w Amex Platinum or Centurion card. Frankly I have never had a wait at this Centurion Lounge and I go every flight. Other option is Club at CLT (w Priority Pass) opening soon in Terminal A.

    On Minute Suites – great option and advice. Download their app and you can search for locations and book them.

  5. American Airlines lounges are over rated, especially the one in Charlotte where that line is. Universally I have experienced bad food, bad services and bad menu selection. Not worth the trouble to even check in.

  6. Another article that literally adds nothing.

    Lines at an entrance means it’s crowded? No shit.

    Gary Leff claims to be some sort of expert but keeps putting out articles like this.

  7. I would be really pissed if I was an Admiral Club member. Just like airline seats, lounge capacity needs to be properly managed. They should have made better arrangements when closing a club for renovation. It truly shows how they feel about their customers when you see a line at the lounge entrance. 🙁

  8. I saw a huge line outside of that Centurion lounge last week in Charlotte. That’s definitely not a sure bet.

  9. @Lindsay – what day and time. There is a line when they open at 7 but that moves quickly. Maybe I’m just lucky but I live in CLT and have never had a wait getting in (and I have been pretty much every day and time). Also elevator is very slow so even if line waiting for it that doesn’t mean there is actually a problem getting in once you get upstairs

  10. In their defense, and I rarely defend AA is the lounge is closed for renovations due to fire code issues. They’re not just changing the upholstery. Space can’t be made up but they do offer an admirals club grab and go in the upstairs of the main concourse. Not somewhere to stay but they have nice sandwiches and other items there. Agree I’d swing by there grand some food and just go to the concourse. Not worth waiting in that club.

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