American Airlines Flagship Lounge LAX

American Airlines Flagship Lounge LAX

I had a heck of a time finding the American Airlines Flagship Lounge at LAX. There wasn’t any signage for it or all, but long story short, it’s actually located inside of the regular AAdmirals Club. Good idea – but I wish they would communicate that better from the outside.

AAdmirals Club LAX
Entrance to the AAdmirals Club here in terminal 4 at LAX

Upon checking in at the front desk of the AAdmirals Club, first class passengers (and those with access to the Flagship Lounge) are given a special card key to get inside. I ended up doing a full lap of the main lounge before I found the “secret” Flagship door.

Again, the signage here was lacking. You would think that the marketing team would be proud of promoting an exclusive perk like that, but the entrance was just a frosted glass door with a card reader to the side.

Flagship lounge entrance LAX
The “secret” door to the Flagship Lounge, located inside of the regular AAdmirals Club

In order to get into the Flagship Lounge, you’ll need to meet any of the following criteria:

  • You must be holding a ticket for international business or first class on American Airlines or a Oneworld partner airline.
  • A domestic first class ticket will not get you in. However, having a ticket in American Airlines Flagship Business Class (or Flagship First Class) to New York (JFK) is valid.
  • Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members, as well as ConciergeKey members, have complimentary access to Flagship Lounges – regardless of what class of service they are flying on any American Airlines or Oneworld partner airline flight.
  • You can purchase a single visit pass (sometimes – this option isn’t always available). 

Once through the doors, I was greeted by two very nice desk agents who took my card and welcomed me inside. My first impression of the place: pretty nice!

It was really quiet compared to the main terminal and the main AAdmirals Club, so that was a welcome relief. Also welcome to see was a full bar of cold and hot food items. I tried not to eat too much, as I knew that I’d be eating well on the airplane several hours later.

interior of the flagship lounge
My first impressions of this lounge were good – I was happy to see big windows and natural light (something which the LAX Star Alliance First Class Lounge is lacking)
flagship lounge lax overview
Here’s an overall shot of the entire lounge standing at the back wall looking towards the front. The bathrooms are behind me, and the food is all the way forward on the right. The most notable thing about this is that it looks nothing like the American Airlines Flagship Lounge at JFK. right off the bat this seems to be a completely different experience.
mid section flagship lounge lax
This is the view from the mid section, looking towards the food area. The check in desk is on the right.
lax flagship lounge seating
This is the view looking the other way towards the back wall and the showers/bathrooms
lax flagship lounge food bar
I found the food bar to be rather well stocked with a good mix of hot and cold items
hot food lax flagship lounge
There were plenty of hot food items available (and quite tasty, I might add)
pastries and cereals flagship lounge lax
I was here in the morning, so there was no shortage of pastries and cereals
self serve drinks lax flagship lounge
You won’t leave this lounge thirsty. One of the best self-serve drink bars I’ve ever seen in an airline lounge!

I found what I thought looked like a quiet place to sit and enjoy my breakfast, but it was right across from the business center (which isn’t sectioned off) and there was a guy there yapping on the phone – using the speakerphone no less – which got annoying fast.

Luckily, it didn’t last for more than 10 or 15 minutes and he was finished and gone. There was also a man with a crying baby in the back corner which I thought was going to be a problem but things were quiet again in just a few minutes.

lax flagship lounge seating
My throne for the duration of my stay
flagship lounge business center
This is the business center, which was located adjacent to where I was seated. Those hands belong to “speakerphone guy”.
my breakfast at the flagship lounge lax
If you’re curious, I tried to keep my breakfast as healthy as possible. I started with a boiled egg, smoked salmon, and fruit.
flagship lounge breakfast lax
The second half of my breakfast consisted of some really tasty roasted potatoes and rice porridge.
noise cancelling headsets flagship lounge lax
I didn’t notice it until I was leaving, but there is a section in the back of the lounge with noise-cancelling headsets for anyone wishing for more peace and quiet.
flagship lounge lax bathroom
Finally, the men’s room. Because…well…it’s becoming a bit of a tradition to post bathroom pics here on!

Overall I thought this was a really nice lounge – much nicer (and larger) than the Star Alliance First Class Lounge located over in the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The best thing about the place (IMHO) is the fact that it is a very quiet and relaxed sanctuary from the chaos of the bustling crowds in the main terminal below. Terminal 4 at LAX is a complete zoo – so any decent escape from it is highly welcoming in my book.

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