Elite Oneworld frequent flyers will soon be able to enjoy a fresh ‘hotel-like’ lounge experience when traveling in the United States, with American Airlines debuting the first of its revamped AAdvantage Admirals Clubs in the coming months.
Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport is the first taxi down the rankings, with Newark’s Liberty International Airport, Denver International and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport all receiving a similar upgrade in the near future.
A sharp contrast to Washington’s dated, cafeteria-like predecessor, the latest iteration will feature abundant light and a stronger emphasis on natural finishes.
Exposed wood, a glass-encased fireplace and mottled blue rugs combine to create a spa-like oasis of calm. AA notes that each subsequent lounge will reference its local area in subtle ways.
Chicago-based DMAC Architecture & Interiors is responsible for the fresh design, with its team bringing a similar sensibility to its work on high-end boutique hotels and hospitality venues.
Other notable features are a revamped sports bar and self-service buffet, floating globe-like pendant lights and comfortable cubicle lounges. There are also seating options for solos, colleagues and friends to enjoy a chat over a few drinks.
Clarissa Sebastian, American Airlines’ Managing Director of Premium Customer Experience & Onboard Product, says the goal was to create the feeling of ‘home’ in its lounges.
“This design is the culmination of a partnership between the American and an award-winning architecture firm known for their designs in the hospitality space,” explains Sebastian.
“Each element has been thoughtfully developed to create an environment of calm, with natural forests and open spaces, so our customers can relax and feel their best as they prepare for their flight.”
American Airlines’ reimagined lounges follow a similar design-forward aesthetic to Delta’s newly unveiled Sky Club at LAX, which also feels akin to a premium hotel lounge bar.
Admirals Club lounges are open to First and Business Class passengers, along with AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro or Platinum members. Day passes are also available to AAdvantage members.
Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire status holders – including Qantas Gold and Platinum members – flying the same day on a Oneworld carrier are also welcome.