American Airlines says that is will soon begin “the most expansive lounge makeover in the airline’s history.”
First up for the facelift: The Admirals Club lounges at Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) and Sao Paulo International (GRU) airports, both of which are currently closed.
It sounds like American is taking a page from the Delta Sky Club playbook by standardizing its lounge offering worldwide– “When our customers see an Admirals Club sign anywhere in the world, they’ll know they’ll find a reliable, modern space where they can charge their devices, grab a bite to eat, get caught up on work or unplug from the world around them,” said American’s VP Global Marketing, Fernand Fernandez.
What will the new Admirals Clubs look like? American says that entryways “will feature the American Airlines logo on sleek, white glass…Lounge areas will receive a contemporary style overhaul with a mix of tan and gray tones and accents of rich red, along with lighting and other elements that blend in white oak wood and stainless steel.”
American says that the redesigned clubs will feature a variety of custom-made furniture pieces – from communal tables to high-backed chairs outfitted with power outlets and USB ports, making it easier to charge personal devices and stay connected. Restrooms will also be given a modern treatment, with new countertops and tile throughout.
The revamp could help with overcrowding, too– The renovation process will expand some clubs, such as the PHX Terminal A club.
American will start construction on clubs in Miami, New York (JFK), Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles this year, with clubs in Chicago, London and other key cities entering the renovation phase in the coming years. AA says that the makeover will ultimately touch all of its lounges.
American is also upgrading its food and refreshments. Like Delta and United, American’s Admirals Clubs rolled out a selection of complimentary offerings such as Greek yogurt, oatmeal, hearty soups and sweet and savory snacks, and it promises “more food enhancements this summer.”
It costs $400-$500 to join the Admirals Club (depending on your elite status). Day passes are $50. You can also get membership by getting the new Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite credit card. (Details here.)
What do you think of Admirals Clubs? How do they compare with other clubs you’ve visited? What’s your favorite Admirals Club?