American Airlines operates several Flagship Lounges in the United States to provide their business and first-class passengers on international and transcontinental flights a premium experience. On a recent layover in Los Angeles (LAX) I had the chance to visit and enjoy the elevated service it provides.
The lounge entrance is located just past the security checkpoint in Terminal 4 opposite gate 40. This space has both a Flagship Lounge and Admirals Club.
After walking in, there are several check-in agents to check your boarding pass. I arrived mid-morning and the line had a few people, but I could see if getting very long during major travel hours.
If you’re a concierge key member, flying in first or business class on a qualifying transcontinental or international flight, or an AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Platinum member, you are given an invitation to the Flagship Lounge located upstairs.
Once you arrive at the top, there is several more agents who are available to assist with travel issues and the separate entrances for Admirals Club and the Flagship Lounge.
The lounge is very large with over 10,000 SF of space including numerous seating areas for various travelers.
The main seating and dining area has large floor to ceiling windows that look out over the terminal and provide a magnificent view of airport activities.
Seating ranges from high top chairs, to dining seating, and comfortable leather lounge chairs. On a far wing near the Flagship First Dining area is a smaller room with relaxation chairs designed to provide a tranquil environment to rest or relax in a quite setting.
The food selection in the lounge is top notch with numerous options. The appetizers for my midmorning visit included chilled slice filet mignon, bulgar mint salad, garlic hummus, and sweet pea bruschetta.
Other snacks included sliced meats, assorted cheeses, and several different sushi rolls.
The hot select included crispy pork belly, boneless chicken, scalloped potatoes, Spanish long grain rice and green beans with tomatoes.
Dessert had both cookies and cannoli’s as well as glass jars filled with candy, chocolates, pistachios, and packaged snacks.
To say the bar is well stocked is a spot-on assessment. Featuring a range of top shelf liquor as well as liqueurs like Grand Marnier and Kahlua to make just about any drink.
For wine and champagne lovers, the Flagship Lounge provides enough bottles for a decent party in the center island of the main seating area. The champagne is from Delamotte and a rose from Miraval. With numerous red and white wines to choose, pairing to your food choice shouldn’t be a difficult task.
There is a fridge filled with over 10 different beers and a sake option as well. Next to the fridge is a machine that can make coffees, espressos, and provide hot water for tea.
If you want a non-alcoholic drink, the lounge has a Coca-Cola freestyle machine that serves all varieties of Coke products including vitamin water, cold teas, and classic coke. The Flagship Lounge also as a small business center if you find yourself needing to access a computer or print a document before your travels.
The lounge does have numerous showers available as well. The shower was also immaculately clean, and the room is large enough to place multiple bags.
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