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How to get Admirals Club lounge access and all locations

Enjoy complimentary drinks, snacks or even a chance to freshen up in between flights.

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With a history stretching back to the 1930s, the American Airlines Admirals Club is well established in the industry. Enjoy dining, drinks, a business center and more — all for less with a Citi AAdvantage card.

You can use your card at corresponding lounges in nearly 50 locations worldwide. Here’s how to enjoy a stay at these American Airlines clubs.

How to get in and pricing

There are two primary ways to gain access to an Admirals Club lounge: become an Admirals Club member or purchase a day pass.

Purchasing an Admirals Club membership

After joining the AAdvantage program, you can purchase an Admirals Club membership at any Admirals Club location, online or over the phone. You can purchase a membership for yourself or a household through cash or miles. You can also receive a discount on your membership fee depending on your AAdvantage elite status.

Become a member through an eligible American Airlines credit card

Certain AAdvantage credit cards will provide complimentary Admirals Club membership simply for owning the card. As of this writing, only the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® is offering membership. That means that while the membership is technically “free,” you’ll still need to pay the card’s annual fee.

Purchase a day pass

If you’re not an Admirals Club member but want to stop by a lounge for a trip, you can purchase a one-day pass for $59. You’ll need to make your purchase in person as you can’t buy the passes online.

Required items for access

When you wish to enter the lounge, you’ll need to present a few items, including:

  • A government-issued photo ID.
  • Your Admirals Club membership card or eligible credit card.
  • Your boarding passes for same-day travel on American Airlines or partnered airlines.

Compare credit cards with lounge access

Currently, only the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® provides access to Admirals Club lounges. Here are a few other credit cards that offer complimentary lounge access.

Name Product Foreign transaction fee Welcome offer Rewards Filter values
United℠ Explorer Card
None
60,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
2x miles at restaurants, hotels and United and 1x miles on all other purchases
60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
United Club℠ Infinite Card
None
100,000 miles after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months
4x miles on United purchases, 2x miles on travel and dining and 1x miles on all other purchases
Get United Club membership with access for you and two guests at any United Club or Star Alliance lounge -- a value of up to $650 annually.
Chase Sapphire Reserve®
None
50,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
10x points on Lyft rides, 3x points on dining and travel after earning your $300 travel credit and 1x points on all other purchases
Get a generous $300 in annual travel credits, 3x points on travel and dining, and a 50% bonus on point redemptions with Chase's premier card.
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
None
40,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
3x miles on direct Delta purchases and 1x miles on all other purchases
Delta's luxury offering shines with access to Delta Sky Clubs, Centurion Lounges, an annual companion certificate and more valuable travel perks. Rates & fees
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Admirals Club lounge benefits and amenities

The benefits and amenities you’ll find at an Admirals Club lounge may differ based on your lounge location. Here are a few of the most common benefits.

  • Snacks and dining opportunities
  • Drinks, including cocktails and coffee
  • Personal travel assistance
  • Shower suites
  • A business center with WiFi

Admirals Club lounge locations

American Airlines offers more than 50 clubs in over two dozen locations worldwide. Here’s where you can find them.

  • Atlanta, GA (ATL)
  • Austin, TX (AUS)
  • Boston, MA (BOS)
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE)
  • Charlotte, NC (CLT)
  • Chicago, IL (ORD)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW)
  • Denver, CO (DEN)
  • Honolulu, HA (HNL)
  • Houston, Texas (IAH)
  • London, England (LHR)
  • Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
  • Mexico City, Mexico (MEX)
  • Miami, FL (MIA)
  • Nashville, TN (BNA)
  • New York J.F. Kennedy, NY (JFK)
  • New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA)
  • Newark, NJ (EWR)
  • Orange County, CA (SNA)
  • Orlando, FL (MCO)
  • Paris, France (CDG)
  • Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
  • Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)
  • Raleigh Durham, NC (RDU)
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG)
  • San Francisco, CA (SFO)
  • San Paulo, Brazil (GRU)
  • St. Louis, MO (STL)
  • Tampa, FL (TPA)
  • Tokyo Narita, Japan (NRT)
  • Toronto, Canada (YYZ)
  • Washington D.C. (DCA)

Partner lounges

If you’ve purchased your Admirals Club membership, you’ll also have access to a variety of partner lounges. Unfortunately, one-day passes and memberships gained through the AAdvantage credit card don’t allow access.

Bottom line

American Express Admirals Club lounges are a great opportunity to get some rest in between flights and are quite accessible, even for non-AAdvantage cardholders. Scout out your destination lounge ahead of time to make sure you take advantage of available amenities.

If American Airlines isn’t your bag, compare other travel cards that offer lounge access to find one that fits your travel preferences.

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