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My absolute favorite lounge in the US is Lufthansa’s First Class Wining and Dining facility at JFK, and while I doubt American Airlines will unseat LH anytime soon, the airline is planning to introduce some pretty fantastic-looking lounges beginning later this year.

Perhaps most impressive is American’s new Flagship Dining, which you can see up above. AA will be the first US-based carrier to introduce sit-down meal service at select lounges, including JFK, LAX, Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami — all cities from which American operates its flagship 777-300ER.

The first Flagship Dining facility will open at JFK Airport in early 2017 — while Oneworld Emerald members typically have access to AA’s first-class lounges, it sounds like Flagship Dining will be restricted to international and transcon first-class passengers.

A new AA Flagship Lounge.
A new AA Flagship Lounge.

American’s Flagship Lounge (above) will also get a major overhaul, with the airline rolling out brand-new lounges in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Philadelphia. These lounges will be accessible by all long-haul international and transcon domestic first and business-class passengers. The airline will also introduce updated Admirals Clubs throughout the system, and will be adding locations in Houston (IAH) and Orlando (MCO). AA is also launching a new and improved arrivals lounge at London Heathrow.

You don’t need to fly in a premium cabin or have elite status to access Admirals Club lounges — primary cardholders and authorized users of the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard can always get in for free, while Citi Prestige cardholders get access when flying American.

What do you think about AA’s new lounges?

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