American Airlines Flagship Lounge, Los Angeles International: Still very qualitative

After a very short night at the Ritz-Carlton Marina-del-Rey, I arrived at the Los Angeles airport about 2 hours before my flight to Boston.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1DiaryBusiness Trip in Las Vegas
2LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club, Boston Logan
3FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Boston Logan – Phoenix Sky Harbor, Airbus A321neo
4LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club, Phoenix Sky Harbor
5FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Phoenix Sky Harbor – Las Vegas Harry Reid, Boeing 737 MAX 8
6HotelThe ENGLiSH Hotel, Las Vegas, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
7RestaurantThe Pepper Club by Todd English, Las Vegas
8RestaurantRamsay Kitchen at the Harrah’s, Las Vegas
9RestaurantRestaurant Guy Savoy at The Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
10LoungeAmerican Express Centurion Lounge, Las Vegas Harry Reid
11FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Las Vegas Harry Reid – Los Angeles International, Airbus A321
12HotelThe Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey
13LoungeAmerican Airlines Flagship Lounge, Los Angeles International
14FlightAmerican Airlines Flagship First, Los Angeles International – Boston Logan, Airbus A321T
Today’s itinerary

Check-in and ground experience

I get dropped off in front of the Flagship First check-in area of the terminal 4 of Los Angeles International. I was greeted with a big smile by the American Airlines team who checks my eligibility for Flagship First check-in through a paper listing.

I entered this exclusive area and proceeded to check-in for my flight to Boston. I decided to check my hand luggage for more comfort onboard.

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Once this formality was done, I was escorted to the TSA check-in by a very friendly staff member, who wished me a good flight once I arrive in front of the agent (also very friendly). I was airside in a few seconds and headed to the lounge.

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Location and welcome

The two American Airlines lounges in terminal 4 are adjacent to each other, and located just after the TSA checkpoint, on the right side of the corridor.

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The welcome was charming and after checking my eligibility for the lounge, I was given a special access card for the Flagship lounge. I then took the stairs to the lounge, handed in my invitation to the Flagship lounge, and entered the lounge on the left.

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Lounge design

The design of the Flagship lounge is similar to the New York, Miami or Chicago lounges I’ve visited before.

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Many lounging and dining areas were available The design is quite nice.

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The lounge was bathed with sunlight and offered a nice view of the tarmac, which was great.

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Catering

As in the other Flagship lounges I visited, the catering was very complete and from breakfast on.

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A continental and American breakfast was offered, and the buffet was very appealing. I kept my selection light to keep room for onboard breakfast.

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The full bar offer was set up during my time in the lounge, with quality champagne, Piper Heidsieck, but also a whole selection of mid-range spirits.

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Bottom line

A pleasant wait in this lounge, but it could quickly become full during rush hour. It is also a pity not I wad able to test the Flagship Dining, which remains closed at LAX.

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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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