B742
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AA Admirals Club At LHR And BOS

Fri Sep 01, 2006 4:45 am

I have just booked return flights from LHR to MIA via BOS and JFK on the return!

When booking my flight I noticed that you can purchase a one-day pass to the Admirals Club. I am thinking of purchasing this so I can use the lounge at LHR and my lay-over at BOS.

Are the Admirals lounges nice, is it worth $50?

Do any other airlines offer a similar package at Boston and London Heathrow T3?

Also I noticed that the BOS Admirals Club lounge doesn't have a T-Mobile® HotSpot, will they have this soon as some of the other louges across the network?

I notice that at both BOS and LHR admirals clubs there is showers, are they like little bathrooms per passenger?


I have been to a few lounges on my travels, but never to the Admirals Club lounges, are they nice compared to others?

I take it a few nibbles and drinks will be on offer?

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RE: AA Admirals Club At LHR And BOS

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:05 am

Hi Rob,

It's definitely worth the $50, believe me, there's nothing better than a refreshing shower after a long flight. Yes, the showers are like little bathrooms with a sink and a toilet. Some of the showers are really great, with lots of sprinklers for massage, etc.

I'm really surprised the BOS AAdmirals Club doesn't have T-mobile HotSpot, they must be getting it soon or there must be some other airport-wide wireless option. It's a pretty high-tech town!

MIA has some pretty good AAdmirals Clubs too.

Enjoy your trip!

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RE: AA Admirals Club At LHR And BOS

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:13 am

Quoting SABE (Reply 1):

I'm really surprised the BOS AAdmirals Club doesn't have T-mobile HotSpot, they must be getting it soon or there must be some other airport-wide wireless option. It's a pretty high-tech town!

Massport doesn't allow third-party vendors to offer wireless at BOS - with them, you pay $8 a day, and no other party (in clubs, etc.) can offer wireless. AA did have T-mobile until 2004, but that was discontinued. There is a lawsuit right now with the airlines battling Massport over this (rightly in my opinion), as CO offers free Wi-Fi in all it's Presidents Clubs, but is not allowed to at BOS. That's also why the NW WorldClub is (I believe) the only domestic one without free Wi-Fi as well.
 
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RE: AA Admirals Club At LHR And BOS

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:13 am

Why not just book LHR-MIA on AA nonstop?

I believe any U.S. airline will sell you a day pass. AA will let you use that day pass to access clubs at any airport you transit within the single 24 hour period. So, you should be able to use the pass to visit the clubs at LHR and BOS on the way to MIA and MIA and JFK on your return. I'm not sure if you can use the pass to access the arrivals lounge at LHR. I haven't used the showers at BOS or LHR so can't comment.
 
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RE: AA Admirals Club At LHR And BOS

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:19 am

I went to a LHR AAdmirals Club-from BOM-LHR-ORD. It had very clean showers, clean towels etc. It was by far the nicest club I have been to.
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RE: AA Admirals Club At LHR And BOS

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:27 am

An Admirals club pass or membership is well worth it. Even though LHR-BOS is about 5 hrs, if you have the time a shower is certainly refreshing.Remember the limited amount of toiletries you can take in your carry-on. I'm looking at finding towelettes with my fragrance to use now since we can't carry a liquid one on.

If you travel much where you are on longer flights or red-eyes you might want to just invest in the membership. The cost goes down as your status rises in AAdvantage.

Have a great trip!
 
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RE: AA Admirals Club At LHR And BOS

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:27 am

Quoting TWAGuy (Reply 3):
Why not just book LHR-MIA on AA nonstop?

Because my flight was £293 return, LHR-MIA-LHR is around £600/700+ Big grin

Thanks for the replies, does anyone have any pictures of the interior of the lounges?

Does either the BOS or LHR lounge offer airside views?

I take it if you purchase the one-day pass then you cannot use it to enter the AA Flagship lounge at LHR?  Smile

Rob!  wave 
 
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RE: AA Admirals Club At LHR And BOS

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:28 am

B742, you've got a PM...

Admirals Clubs on the whole are pretty terrible. Then again it depends what you compare it to...I'm used to BA's Terraces and First Lounges so it is a serious step down. If you are used to Servisair lounges or United RCCs you may feel right at home  

I've not been to the one at LHR (but have heard bad things about it) but have been to the one at BOS and a few others. There is a nice section because BOS used to have a Flagship Lounge which was removed but all the amenities remained. I get in free thanks to my BA status but wouldn't bother otherwise. Lounges where you have to use chits to get alcohol or water is petty and lame IMO but standard practice for airline lounges in the US. However the Admirals Club staff are really helpful, a major asset   


BOS Admirals Club





LHR Admirals Club

If you can divulge which lounges you've been to I can help you decide whether spending $50 on the Admirals Club is worthwhile.

Quoting SABE (Reply 1):
It's definitely worth the $50, believe me, there's nothing better than a refreshing shower after a long flight.

Although at BOS he'll arrive into Terminal E with all the other International flights and then transfer to Terminal B. Bear in mind this could really eat into your connection.

As for other airlines you could consider Priority Pass. Lounge access regardless of airline or class of travel and PP lounges are found in so many airports, although not all Terminals. Depending on how often you go depends on which grade you should get. The lounges I've been to are on the whole lame TBH... www.prioritypass.com

Quoting B742 (Reply 6):
Does either the BOS or LHR lounge offer airside views?

The one at BOS seems to always have the blinds closed, even though I believe it does overlook the apron.

Quoting B742 (Reply 6):
I take it if you purchase the one-day pass then you cannot use it to enter the AA Flagship lounge at LHR?  


  No. Although I've heard the differences between the FL and the AC at LHR are minimal with the fact the FL is usually very busy, stuffed full of AA EXPs...

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RE: AA Admirals Club At LHR And BOS

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:39 am

As an Admiral's Club member it all depends on how long the layover is. If it's under two hours, don't even bother. The passes are good for that day so any AC you visit will grant you entrance with that pass. Thus you can buy a pass at LHR and use it at BOS on the way to MIA, and buy another pass at MIA and use it at JFK. You won't be able to use the arrivals lounge at LHR though and won't be able to gain access to the Admiral's Club. That's a BAA reg, not AA.

As for nibbles and such... VERY limited. The LHR AC may have something decent on offer but the JFK, BOS and MIA ACs will basically have free soft drinks, pretzels or a snack mix and possibly cookies. Nothing more. Anything beyond that is for purchase. The showers are a godsend however but JFK/BOS-MIA is a short flight and I can't see the utility in spending $50 unless you've got a long delay or layover.

As to not booking the nonstop, I'm assuming this was a cost issue? MIA-LHR and v.v. tends to go out quite full and connections are often easier to get and lower priced. You may be able to do a same day standby for the non-stop when you check in. It's definitely worth a shot.
 
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RE: AA Admirals Club At LHR And BOS

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:56 am

Thanks so much Fbgdavidson for the detailed reply  Smile

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 7):
If you can divulge which lounges you've been to I can help you decide whether spending $50 on the Admirals Club is worthwhile.

Well my last visit to a lounge was the Servisair lounge at MAN, so anything beats that  Wink

I've also visited the EK lounge at DXB, TG at BKK, MH and KUL, CX at HKG and so on.... I realise it wont be as good as the Asian lounges, but I just want to chill out  Smile

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 7):
Quoting SABE (Reply 1):
It's definitely worth the $50, believe me, there's nothing better than a refreshing shower after a long flight.

Although at BOS he'll arrive into Terminal E with all the other International flights and then transfer to Terminal B. Bear in mind this could really eat into your connection.

No worries about this, my transfer time is 4h 50mins, so plenty of time.
I'm hoping to go for an explore for an hour or so at BOS airport, then go to the lounge  Smile

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 7):
No. Although I've heard the differences between the FL and the AC at LHR are minimal with the fact the FL is usually very busy, stuffed full of AA EXPs...

Oh well, worth asking  Wink

Quoting Kanebear (Reply 8):
As to not booking the nonstop, I'm assuming this was a cost issue? MIA-LHR and v.v. tends to go out quite full and connections are often easier to get and lower priced. You may be able to do a same day standby for the non-stop when you check in. It's definitely worth a shot.

Thanks for the reply. Yep it was a cost issue, I don't realy mind flying via BOS/JFK though  Smile

Thanks, I will send you a message for more info  Smile

I've been booked on a LHR-JFK-MIA flight before, I was put on the direct LHR-MIA flight insted, although this was back in the good old days of AA A300's at LHR  Smile

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RE: AA Admirals Club At LHR And BOS

Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:10 am

The Flagship Lounge in LHR is essentially a smaller version of the Admirals Club. It is nothing special. Alcohol is free and self-service in the LHR Admiral's Club. In the US, you get tickets for free drinks if you are in F or J, otherwise you have to pay. I would not pay for an Admirals Club day pass unless your flight is significantly delayed.

The Arrivals Lounge in London (with the showers) is separate from the Admiral's Club. I don't believe an Admirals Club membership even gets you access. According to aa.com, you can purchase a pass to the Arrivals Lounge for $40 + VAT if you are in economy. I have never used this facility since I normally go straight to the hotel and shower there.

Information on the Arrivals Lounge is here:

http://www.aa.com/content/travelInfo...hipLounges.jhtml#Arrivals%20Lounge