Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20 Posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 19155 times:
Will a first- or busines-class boarding pass get me into an AA Admirals Club, or do I have to have the membership? A friend told me that a First Class ticket would get me in, and if that's the case, I'd rather just do that than buy the $400 yearly membership.
AAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 19096 times:
A domestic F/C ticket will also get you access to AAdmirals club. It did for me twice last month, once in AUS and another in ORD.
Unless you're connecting to an international premium cabin, your domestic ticket will not get you in. Additionally, having a first class ticket on one of the designated domestic flagship service flights will provide entry (transcons on 3-class aircraft).
But in a nutshell, the above post by AAJAXFlyer is correct. Unless you also hold any other premium status card (ie Oneworld Sapphire or Emerald) other than AAdvantage Platinum or AAdvantage Executive Platinum, you will not be permitted to enter US/Canada (as Canada is not considered international) AAdmirals Club lounges.
Regis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 19007 times:
All I can say is that the fine folks of AA let me use their Admirals Club in AUS and ORD upon the presentation of my domestic F/C boarding pass, even though I was heading to CDG in cattle class. And I neither hold AAadvantage's platinium or premium platinium accounts. Go figure.
Propatriamori From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 18900 times:
I looked this up the other day on the AA website, but I can't seem to find it now, just look around, it's on there somewhere...
As I recall, the policy stated there that Admirals Club admission is granted free of charge to passengers connecting to first or business trans-pacific or trans-Atlantic international flights. Its not really advertised or stated, but the times I've done it I showed my business class trans-Pacific boarding pass at the Admirals Club desk and got in with no problems.
Individual personnel working at the desk may let you in if without the above conditions, but it's really up to them. Just ask, but don't be surprised if they turn you down. It may help to dress nice and be pleasant.
HNLFlyboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 18871 times:
DCA-MIA is a domestic leg that you are connecting onto a International C class leg...Isn't CAN considered an Intl. destination, hence wouldn't u be accorded lounge access starting in DCA? I would hope so, certainly you should have access at MIA, since that is the point of origin for your intl. sector. Please do a trip report...would like to know how this pans out. Why don't you call AA and find out. Won't hurt to call and ask in advance.
Kanebear From United States of America, joined May 2002, 953 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 18838 times:
North American destinations (Canada/Mexico except for Mexico City) are NOT eligible for Admiral's Club access when flying in a premium cabin. If you're Advantage Platinum or higher, an international flight (except for Mexico and Canada, Mexico City is the only exception to this and flying to Mexico City in F WILL get you access) in any class will also allow you entry into the Admiral's club. Regis, you got lucky... domestic First Class most certainly doesn't allow entry into the Admiral's Club. If it did, they'd be swamped!
AAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 18731 times:
Qantas Club is a good deal... except that you cannot enter the Admirals Club unless you have a boarding pass for an AA flight (or perhaps appropriate codeshare) and you just hope that the agreement continues.
EALSYS1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 229 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18694 times:
The agent at the desk ultimately hold the cards. If they're strict about it, forget it. BUT depending on how long a wait you have, the $50 one day pass may be well worth it. I'll use it on business to get some work done there, usually once a year.