The American Airlines Flagship Lounge Los Angeles is one of two First Class lounges at Los Angeles Airport. I’ve have reviewed the Qantas First Class Lounge a short while ago, but also wanted to present the sub-par AA Flagship Lounge. It’s worth noting that the lounge currently undergoes some renovations and will come with a new design sometime in the future.
The American Airlines Flagship Lounge Los Angeles is located in Terminal 4 of Los Angeles Airport. The Flagship Lounge is located right next to the AA Admirals Club and quite easy to find. Well connected to the departure gates of most American Airlines long haul flights and a short walk away from Tom Bradly Terminal, the lounge is accessible for everyone with an international First Class ticket on any oneworld airlines or with oneworld Emerald status (AA frequent flyers are excluded).
Upon entering, you find yourself at the reception desk of the American Airlines Flagship Lounge, which then has an area to the right and one to the left.
On the right there are several comfortable armchairs and the dining area as well as the buffet. Immediately to the left is a small business center with computers and working cubicles. Moreover, there are several additional armchairs, which I found fairly comfortable.
What’s really adorable about the AA Flagship Lounge Los Angeles are the stunning views of the tarmac you can enjoy at every spot of the lounge. Yet, it’s worth noting that the lounge is relatively old, which you can also see on the furniture.
What I found especially negative was the fact that there are rarely any plugs in the lounge. Yet, I’m sure these problems will be tackled with the renovation of the Flagship Lounge.
You’d rarely expect great food in an American Airlines lounge. Yet, I found the options available at the American Airlines Flagship Lounge Los Angeles to be better than average.
While still far behind the Qantas First Class Lounge, the AA Flagship Lounge came with a decent breakfast selection consisting of several hot options, whole fruits and also some cold options like yoghurt.
I kind of missed a better selection of bread and rolls as well as cold cuts and cheese. Nevertheless, I was positively surprised by the catering, which is complemented by a fairly nice selection of drinks including Taittinger Champagne (whoever drinks champagne in the morning…).
I’ve already mentioned the small business center of the AA Flagship Lounge, which comes with “empty” work stations and those with computers. Moreover, there is complimentary Wi-Fi, which I found to be relatively good, yet not amazing.
Furthermore, you can make yourself comfortable watching news on one of the several televisions throughout the lounge. Additional features include a selection of newspapers and magazines, which is very American-centered.
There is nothing really bad to say about the American Airlines Flagship Lounge Los Angeles besides the facts that the furniture is relatively outdated and there is a severe lack of plugs. I was fascinated by the great views of the tarmac and enjoyed the good selection (for a lounge in the US) at the buffet.
Nevertheless, I’d still highly prefer the Qantas First Class Lounge Los Angeles, which is one of the best lounges in North America in my opinion. However, I’m looking forward to giving the AA Flagship Lounge Los Angeles another chance after renovation!