American Airlines Flagship Lounge, Chicago O’Hare: Great ground experience

After almost 5 wonderful days in Chicago, it was time to head back to Boston for the end of our vacation! A very, very short vacation indeed… A very, very short vacation indeed…

Check-In and ground experience

We left the hotel about 2 hours 15 minutes before our flight to Indianapolis. As usual, traffic was heavy in Chicago, and it took us almost 45 minutes to get to O’Hare. Our driver dropped us off in front of Terminal 3 about 1.5 hours before our flight to Indianapolis was due to depart.

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My wife and I proceeded to the Flagship First area, reserved for oneworld Emerald, AA ConciergeKey and long-haul First passengers.

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After checking our eligibility, we were invited to enter the check-in area, and the formalities for Indianapolis and Boston were completed.

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The hostess was absolutely adorable, and escorted us both through the security checkpoint line, me to the normal line and my wife to the TSA Pre line.

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After a quick check, we were airside.

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Location and welcome

So off we went to the Flagship lounge located between concourses H and K of terminal 3.

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It’s co-located with an Admirals Club lounge, which we skipped.

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The reception was charming, and the hostess asked us if we knew this lounge. I answered positively, and we were invited to enter after receiving our Flagship lounge access card.

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The Flagship Lounge is located on the second floor of the terminal, while the Admirals Club is on the third floor.

Lounge design

The design of the lounge is very successful, and has not changed since my last visit almost a year before this one.

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Plenty of space is available for relaxing, dining or working.

Catering

As in all American Airlines Flagship lounges, the food and beverage offer is of the highest quality, with numerous hot dishes, a high-quality cold buffet with charcuterie and cheeses, and a self-service full bar with real champagne. Strong spirits are also available, in a wide variety and high quality.

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We’ll be making a small selection of both savoury and sweet dishes, which are also of good quality.

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Bottom line

An excellent stay in this lounge, and a very qualitative experience on the ground with the Flagship First check-in area. It really makes you want to fly through Chicago!

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Itinerary

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypePost
1DiaryPlanning summer vacation 2023 in the USA
2HotelFairfield Inn by Marriott, North Conway (New-Hampshire)
3HotelAC Hotel by Marriott, Portland (Maine)
4FlightParis-Copenhaguen – SAS – SAS plus
5LoungeSAS Gold Lounge Copenhagen
6FlightCopenhagen-Gothenburg – SAS – SAS Plus
7HotelAvalon Hotel – Gothenburg
8RestaurantCarbon, Gothenburg
9LoungeSAS Lounge – Gothenburg
10FlightGothenburg-Copenhagen – SAS – SAS plus
11LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club lounge, Boston Logan
12FlightBoston – Chicago O’Hare – American Airlines – Domestic First
13LoungeEventyr lounge, Copenhagen
14FlightCopenhagen-Chicago – SAS (operated par Hifly) – Business Class
15HotelThe St. Regis, Chicago
16HotelW Chicago Lakeshore
17RestaurantSignature Room at the John Hancock Center, Chicago
18RestaurantThe Purple Pig, Chicago
19RestaurantObelix, Chicago
20RestaurantCabra, Chicago
21RestaurantMiru, Chicago
22DiaryVisiting Chicago
23LoungeAmerican Airlines Flagship Lounge, Chicago O’Hare
24FlightChicago O’Hare – Indianapolis – American Airlines Domestic First
25FlightIndianapolis – Boston – American Airlines Domestic First
26LoungeSAS Lounge – Chicago O’Hare
27FlightChicago O’Hare-Stockholm – SAS – Business Class
28LoungeSAS Gold Lounge, Stockholm
29FlightStockholm-Gothenburg – SAS – SAS Plus
30HotelScandic Rubinen – Gothenburg
31RestaurantProject, Gothenburg
32FlightGothenburg-Copenhagen – SAS – SAS Plus
33FlightCopenhagen-Paris – SAS (Operated by Jet Time) – SAS Plus
34DiaryDebriefing summer vacations in the USA
Today’s itinerary
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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