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Full List of American Airlines’ Flagship Lounges – Locations, Hours & More

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American Airlines’ Flagship First and Business products are billed as AA’s creme de la creme. Boasting upscale in-air service, dining, amenity kits, and more — the marketing team goes so far as to tell customers they might even forget they’re flying. We don’t know about that, but the Flagship Lounges associated with the Flagship products are causing a bit of a stir!

With fairly positive reviews all around, it seems American is knocking it out of the park with its new lounge concepts.

In this guide, we outline where you can find each Flagship Lounge (including specific airport locations and hours), who can access them, and what makes them so special.

Current Flagship Lounge Locations

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Image Credit: Tom Rossiter via Ghafari Associates

Location: In the crosswalk between gates H6 and K6
Monday to Sunday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Flagship First Dining: No
Size: ~20,000 square feet

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Image Credit: American Airlines

Location: Terminal D, between gates D21 and D22
Hours: Daily from 5 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.
Flagship First Dining: Yes (daily, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
Size: ~24,500 square feet

John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York (JFK)

American Airlines has partnered with British Airways to offer 2 joint premium lounges to Flagship customers. These replace access to the previous Flagship Lounge at Terminal 8 Concourse B.

Chelsea Lounge

Image Credit: American Airlines

Location: Terminal 8, post-security, level 1, above gate 14
Hours: Daily from 4:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Guest Access: Must be traveling in Flagship First International, Flagship First Transcontinental, or Flagship Business Plus on a qualifying same-day flight marketed by a Oneworld airline or JetBlue and operated by American
Select Amenities: Waiter service, preflight dining, shower facilities, business center

Check out our full review of the Chelsea Lounge at JFK.

Greenwich Lounge

Image Credit: British Airways

Location: Terminal 8, post-security, level 1, above gate 12
Hours: Daily from 4:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Guest Access: Must be traveling in Flagship Business on a qualifying same-day international, transcontinental or qualifying Hawaii flight marketed and operated by American, a Oneworld airline, or marketed by JetBlue and operated by American
Select Amenities: Preflight dining, shower facilities, business center

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

American Airlines Flagship Lounge LAX. Image Credit: American Airlines

Location: Terminal 4, across from gate 40
Hours: Daily from 4:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Flagship First Dining: Yes (temporarily closed)
Size: ~15,600 square feet

Hot Tip: Read our review of the Flagship Lounge at LAX, and learn more about how to get between terminals at LAX.

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Image Credit: Chris Hassan

Location: North Terminal, near gate D30
Hours: Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Flagship First Dining: Yes (1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
Size: ~29,300 square feet

Future Locations

American Airlines states Flagship Lounges are planned for the following airports:

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Opening: Unknown; no recent updates
Hours: TBD
Flagship First Dining: TBD
Size: ~25,000 square feet

What Makes a Flagship Lounge Special?

Image Credit: American Airlines

The Basics

Flagship Lounge is American Airlines’ most premium lounge tier, offered only in select cities.

American Airlines Flagship Lounge LAX self-serve food and bar. Image Credit: American Airlines

These lounges are distinct from AA’s International First Class Lounges and Admirals Club lounges in that they offer AA’s highest-quality amenities, including:

  • Chef-inspired meals
  • Expansive seating
  • Flagship First Dining (at select locations)
  • Personalized service
  • Premium wine table
  • Shower suites
  • Specialty cocktail bar

Hot Tip: Learn more about American Flagship First and Flagship Business in our guide to their amenities, routes, and booking options. 

Flagship First Dining

Flagship First Dining LAX tarmac view with Krug and mojito. Image Credit: Stephen Au

American Airlines markets its Flagship First Dining as “an exclusive fine-dining experience inside select Flagship Lounges — allowing you to eat before your flight and sleep sooner.”

This elevated dining experience includes regionally-inspired dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, as well as a selection of signature wines, craft beers and spirits, and hand-crafted cocktails.

Flagship First Dining is currently only offered at the DFW, LAX, and MIA locations.

The Signature Burger from AA Flagship Dining. Image Credit: Jamie Larounis

American even proudly announced in October of 2018 that they were the first airline ever to enter a burger, The Flagship Burger, in the NYC Wine & Food Festival’s Burger Contest.

Hot Tip: It’s important to note that Flagship First Dining is only available to those customers flying on qualifying international or transcontinental flights, as well as Flagship Business Plus customers.

Lounge Access and Eligibility

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Flyers can gain access to Flagship Lounges in a number of ways.

First and Business Class Customers on Qualifying International and Transcontinental Flights

Flyers traveling in first or business class on a qualifying international or transcontinental flight marketed and operated by American Airlines or a Oneworld airline are eligible to access the Flagship Lounge. Departing flights must be on the same day or before 6 a.m. the following day.

For an international flight to qualify you for access to the Flagship Lounge, it must depart the U.S. for one of these locations:

  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Mexico City (MEX)
  • New Zealand
  • South America

Guest Access: Those flying on qualifying international routes are allowed 1 guest free of charge.

To qualify for access to the Flagship Lounge for transcontinental flights, you must be flying nonstop from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO).

Guest Access: Qualifying transcontinental flyers aren’t allowed any guests.

To qualify for access to the Flagship Lounge for domestic flights, you must be flying nonstop on one of these routes:

  • Charlotte (CLT) to Honolulu (HNL)
  • Chicago (ORD) to Honolulu (HNL)
  • Dallas (DFW) to Honolulu (HNL)
  • Dallas (DFW) to Kona (KOA)
  • Dallas (DFW) to Kahului (OGG)

Guest Access: Qualifying domestic flyers aren’t allowed any guests.

AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Platinum Members on Qualifying Flights

Regardless of cabin class, these individuals can access Flagship Lounges as long as they’re booked on a qualifying flight (the same day or before 6 a.m. the following day).

International flight qualifiers:

  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Mexico City (MEX)
  • New Zealand
  • South America

Guest Access: Those flying on qualifying international routes are allowed 1 guest free of charge.

You can find more information on achieving AAdvantage elite status our guide to American Airlines’ AAdvantage loyalty program.


Regardless of cabin class, ConciergeKey status members can access Flagship Lounges when traveling (the same day) on any flight marketed and operated by American or a Oneworld airline.

Guest Access: ConciergeKey members are allowed to bring all immediate family (spouse, domestic partner, and children under 18) or up to 2 guests into the lounge free of charge.

Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire Status Members

Regardless of cabin class, Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire status holders can access Flagship Lounges when they’re departing on or connecting to any flight marketed and operated by American or a Oneworld airline.

Guest Access: Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members are allowed 1 guest free of charge.

Paying Guests

If you’re keen on experiencing the Flagship Lounge, American has begun selling day passes to its Flagship Lounges. They aren’t cheap, however — a single visit pass costs $150 or 15,000 AAdvantage miles per person, though children under 2 are included free.

Final Thoughts

American’s Flagship Lounges are certainly an elevated option from what most other domestic carriers are putting out there.

Their size alone allows you some room to spread out without feeling too cramped (a complaint of many American Express Centurion Lounges nowadays) and the shower suites give flyers a great way to freshen up.

Plus, whether you opt for a sit-down Flagship Dining experience or simply grab a bite from the upscale buffet offerings, we think you’ll be very pleased with the selections.

With even more new lounges slated to open soon, we can only hope American will continue on this positive trajectory.

If you’ve got the opportunity to visit a Flagship Lounge, don’t miss out. Then, come back and leave us a comment here — we’d love to hear about your experience!

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April 25, 2019

Any idea when the lounge in DFW will open?

Christine Krzyszton

April 25, 2019

Hi Lisa. We are anxious for the new Flagship Lounge at DFW too! On the AA website, it just says that the new lounge is “coming soon” and to use the lounge between D34 and D36 in the meantime.

Erin Miller

April 25, 2019

Hey Lisa, just received word that we’re looking at May 15th, unless there’s a construction delay… which wouldn’t be surprising!


April 30, 2019

Thanks for the update! We fly business class DFW/Seoul in September!

Erin Miller

April 30, 2019

You’ll have to check back in with us and let us know how your experience was! 🙂


August 01, 2019

I don’t get, if you are an Executive Platinum, you need to be on an international flight to get access. But, if you are a Oneworld Emerald member, any class or destination is OK?

Well, Executive Platinum is Oneworld Emerald, right?

Andrew Kunesh

August 02, 2019

Hey Peter, that’s correct. If you’re an Executive Platinum on American Airlines, you can only access Flagship lounges when traveling internationally. This is an unfortunate restriction on Executive Platinum members imposed by American. International Oneworld Emerald members (for example, British Airways Gold), however, are not subject to this restriction. Thanks for reaching out!


September 27, 2019

I will be traveling on an overseas AA award ticket that includes one economy leg (to DFW) and 2 business (DFW>NRT & NRT>JKT). Will I have access to the Admirals club/Flagship/Oneworld Lounge at LAX and DFW?

Jarrod West

September 28, 2019

Hi Tricia,

You will definitely have access at DFW since at that point you will have a business class boarding ticket. But you likely will not have access for the economy leg from LAX to DFW. You could stop by the front desk of the AA lounge and explain the situations and show them your other boarding passes, in which case they may allow you to enter. It never hurts to ask!

Thanks for reading!


October 30, 2019

Transcontinental LAX to JFK biz ticket

If it is a reward ticket (redeemed miles) do I still get access to the Flagship Lounge?

If I’m traveling on transcontinental biz class, can I order Flagship first dining?

Thank you so much

Stephen Au

October 30, 2019

Hi JoJo,

Yes, you get access to the Flagship Lounge, but not Flagship First Dining. Thanks for reading!


December 10, 2019

So I am flying from DFW to Mexico City, first-class and I am also platinum so I will have access to Flagship. My question is I want to invite a guest but he is also flying to Mexico City that day but not with AA. Can he come to the flagship lounge with me as my guest?
Thank you

Jarrod West

December 11, 2019

Hi Isabel,

Yes, you can invite 1 guest to come along into the lounge with you.

Thanks for reading!

Marcos Orellana

January 03, 2020

I’ll be flying first/business class from LAX to Honduras via DFW. My flight from LAX to DFW is at 1:05 am on 1/15/20 and my flight from DFW to Honduras is at 11:46 am on 1/15/20. Do I qualify to access the Flagship Lounge at LAX before my flight to DFW?

Stephen Au

January 04, 2020

Hi Marcos,

Unfortunately, you won’t get access because your Honduras flight is before 6AM on 1/15/20. You can always try to get them to grant you an exception, but the policy says you don’t get access.

Marcos Orellana

January 05, 2020

I think that the policy says that the departing international flight must be the same day or before 6 am the next day. I am confused since I am leaving LAX the same day (1/15/20), same day as the departing international flight from DFW.


March 07, 2023

Any word or timeline when Flagship First Dining will return to the LAX Lounge? It seems to be the only location that hasn’t restored service.

Jarrod West

March 08, 2023

Hi Daniel,

We have not heard word yet unfortunatley.

Gordon Shelton

May 07, 2023

My family will be flying to Quito on June 16, 2023 headed to our Galapagos vacation from Miami. My wife and I are flying Business Class but the remainder of my group is flying economy. Unfortunately, AA revised our itinerary and we will have a long layover in Miami for 10 hours. Can we utilize the Flagship Lounge for this unscheduled layover? Other than my wife and I, there are a total of 12 others flying AA-8 Grandchildren and 4 adults.

Chris Hassan

May 08, 2023

Hi Gordon,

You and your wife can bring in 1 guest each, so not the entire group. For such a long layover, it may be worth paying for lounge access or checking to see if any of the other travelers have a credit card that grants them access.


July 23, 2023

Is there a lounge at Montego Bay, Jamaica airport?

Keri Stooksbury

July 24, 2023

Hi Margaret – According to LoungeBuddy there are 2 lounges at MBJ.


August 09, 2023

Back in 2020 AA was selling access to Flagship First Dinning in DFW as a trial. Is this still going on?
Would def like to check out the MIA location.

Jarrod West

August 10, 2023

Hi Paul,

Not at the moment.

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