What is Admirals Club?
Admirals Club refers to both the membership program and network of lounges operated by American Airlines. The program was started in 1936 to recognize friends of the airline and loyal passengers. Members were called "Admirals", since American Airlines' planes were known as the "Flagship Fleet".
Initially, Admirals Club memberships were distributed to frequent flyers or VIPs at the discretion of the airline's sales team. By 1967, American Airlines began allowing individuals to purchase membership, and rates began at $25 for an annual membership and $250 for lifetime membership. This open membership policy still stands, and today, you can become a member of Admirals Club by paying with either cash or miles accrued.
Fun Fact: The first Admirals Club airport lounge, originally named "Flagship Club" due to legal issues, was opened in 1939 at the New York's newly opened LaGuardia Airport. The space was initially occupied by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who decided to rent it out to American Airlines after he was criticized for having such a large, well-equipped office.
Being a part of Admirals Club exposes you to special offers from companies such as Hertz and HP, in addition to assistance with seat selections, standby list upgrade requests, and same-day ticketing for your personal travels. Furthermore, Admirals Club members can take advantage of complimentary access to American Airlines' network of Admirals Club lounges, which can help make their air travel experience a lot less stressful.
With access to a worldwide network of over 45 Admirals Clubs and over 30 international lounges by Qantas,* you will rarely have to go without an airport oasis to relax in during your travels.
*Access granted only if traveling on American Airlines operated flights or Qantas-operated flights marketed by American Airlines
Admirals Club lounges provide complimentary beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), light snacks, and Wi-Fi access. Most locations provide work areas, in addition to copiers and fax machines. At select locations, you can even utilize the conference rooms for discounted prices.
Some locations offer more exclusive perks like spa-like showers, cyber cafes, and children's rooms. For example, if you are looking to fit a quick workout into your itinerary, the Admirals Club in Terminal A at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport features a small fitness center.
Please check the LoungeBuddy App to determine which specific locations have certain amenities.
Accessing Admirals Club Lounges
You can purchase a One-Day Pass for yourself or another person online, as well as at certain Admirals Club locations and airport Self Service Check-in kiosk for $59 each. With this pass, a government-issued ID and a same-day ticket for travel on American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, or a oneworld partner carrier, you may enter the lounge on your day of travel.
Should you decide to become an Admirals Club member within 30 days of using your One-Day Pass, $50 of the $59 spent for the pass can be applied to the annual membership.
Annual Admirals Club Membership
If you expect to travel frequently in the upcoming year on American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, or with oneworld partner carriers, you may want to consider purchasing an annual membership online, at any Admirals Club, or via phone (800-237-7971). Prices are listed in the chart below.
Frequent Flyer Status
New Single Annual
New Household Annual
Renewal Single Annual
Renewal Household Annual
|AAdvantage Gold||$625 OR|
|AAdvantage Platinum||$600 OR|
|AAdvantage Platinum Pro||$575 OR|
|AAdvantage Executive Platinum||$550 OR|
Anyone who has purchased an AAirpass, which includes an Admirals Club membership, is allowed to access the lounges when flying on American, Alaska, or a oneworld partner carrier, along with either 2 guests or immediate family members.
Citi Executive AAdvantage Cardmember
Citi Executive AAdvantage cardmembers can enjoy the lounges with 2 guests or immediate family when flying with American, Alaska, or a oneworld partner carrier.
Flight Class and Elite Statuses
American Airlines International Premium Business/First Class
American Airlines International Business Class and First Class passengers traveling to/from Europe, Asia, South America, Central America and Mexico City are allowed to access the lounges in the airport(s) that they are departing from. Those flying in First Class are also allowed to bring in 1 guest.
Those traveling in First or Business Class on an oneworld flight can access all lounges. However, only First Class passengers can bring in a guest. First or Business Class travelers flying within the U.S., between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico (1), the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean without oneworld Emerald or Sapphire tier status are not allowed to access American Airlines' lounges (2).
1. Mexico City not included
2. Flights between JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO are allowed to enter American Airlines lounges
oneworld Elite Members
Sapphire: Besides the Qantas Domestic Business Lounges, oneworld Sapphire members can access any oneworld Business Class and frequent flyer lounges in airports that they are departing from. Sapphire members are also allowed to bring in a guest traveling on an oneworld flight.
Emerald: Emerald members are allowed to access First Class, Business Class and frequent flyer lounges in airports that they are departing from. They are also allowed to bring a guest, though this guest must be flying on a oneworld flight.
China Southern Airlines Passengers
China Southern's first and business class passengers traveling on a local or connecting international long haul flight (with a duration of 5 hours or more), marketed and operated by China Southern and American Airlines in any combination, have access to Admirals Club lounges. China Southern Sky Pearl Gold customers traveling on any flight marketed and operated by both airlines in any combination also have access. China Southern first class passengers and Sky Pearl Gold customers can also invite one complimentary guest, as long as they are traveling on any flight marketed and operated by both airlines in any combination.
AAdvantage members traveling on a North American flight within or between the U.S., Canada, Mexico (excluding Mexico City), the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean cannot access American Airlines lounges
Qantas Domestic Business Lounges are not available for Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold members.
Buenos Aires (EZE)
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
Los Angeles (LAX)
Mexico City (MEX)
New York (JFK)
New York-LaGuardia (LGA)
Orange County (SNA)
Rio De Janeiro (GIG)
San Francisco (SFO)
Sao Paulo (GRU)
St. Louis (STL)
Washington DC (DCA)
Phone (U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico): 1-800-237-7971
Phone (Other): 817-963-6100
4333 Amon Carter Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76155