American Airlines to refurb Los Angeles, New York Admirals Club lounges

By Chris C., April 28 2015
American Airlines to refurb Los Angeles, New York Admirals Club lounges

Qantas partner American Airlines is revamping its Admirals Club lounges in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas/Fort Worth with an all-new modern look that’s “designed for today’s connected travellers”.

Due to commence by year’s end, construction work in these cities follows that already underway in Phoenix and São Paulo (Brazil), which will eventually spread to every Admirals Club lounge across the globe.

Travellers visiting the new lounges can expect to find new high-backed chairs, offering a little privacy when working on a laptop or tablet and with access to both AC and USB power outlets.

Joining those are separate dining and communal tables, destination-inspired artwork and new entryways with podium-style desks at reception, creating a more open environment and similar to that seen in the joint Qantas, British Airways and Cathay Pacific business class lounge in Los Angeles:

“Our goal is to create spaces that are more in line with how people live and spend their time today,” said Fernand Fernandez, American Airlines Vice Present Global Marketing.

“In the future, when our customers see an Admirals Club sign anywhere in the world, they’ll know they’ll find a reliable, modern space where they can charge their devices, grab a bite to eat, get caught up on work or unplug from the world around them.”

Not forgotten is a manned cocktail bar, seen in concept below.

AA’s Miami Admirals Club lounge is also in for an upgrade this year, with lounges in Chicago and London to follow in the coming years before the design is rolled out across the airline’s international lounge network.

Additionally, food and beverage offerings will be further improved beyond the now-available healthy basics, which include Greek yoghurt, oatmeal, soups and both sweet and savoury snacks.

Qantas Club members can access American Airlines Admirals Clubs whenever travelling onwards with American Airlines or Qantas, while Qantas Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers can also stop by before any Oneworld flight.

Star Alliance competitor United Airlines is too upgrading its lounge facilities in Chicago, Washington, Hong Kong and Tokyo to the new United Club look and feel, as already found in the likes of Boston, Seattle and below at London Heathrow.

Read more: New United lounges for Chicago, San Francisco, Asia

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Chris C.

A Brisbane-based contributor to Executive Traveller, Chris Chamberlin lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

BA Gold

01 Apr 2012

Total posts 175

I hope they do something about their 'Flagship' lounges in JFK/LAX while they are at it.  They are extremely poor for a OWE/First Class lounge equivalent.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

Total posts 1394

Good to see the US airlines final having money to spend on product - both lounges and aircraft.

Thanks Chris! It's great that AA is playing catch up. Although I'm happy to report that some things don't change such as serving filtered coffee at the LAX Flagship lounge. It's good to know that written feedback is acted upon!

There are many ways to take coffee but there is no point hammering on about the lack of decent flat whites when there is good old fashion American coffee on hand! 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

Total posts 513

At least we can be assured that it will be better than UA.

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