This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

It’s interesting how much you can learn just by asking. American Airlines has been targeting “by the end of 2017” for the reopening date of its LAX Terminal 4 Admirals Club lounge and accompanying new Flagship Lounge and Flagship Dining.

When transiting through LAX today, I stopped by the temporary customer service center that’s been set up in lieu of the closed Admirals Club lounge. As I checked in, I asked the agent when the Admirals Club lounge would re-open. “A week from Tuesday!” she happily replied. And the Flagship Lounge? “December 8” she confided to me.

Of course, that’s just what one agent — who isn’t directly involved in the construction — is saying. So, we checked with American Airlines communications to see if there was validity to this report. An airline spokesperson was a lot more cautious with the dates, noting the airline doesn’t want customers to be disappointed by further construction delays.

The spokesperson confirmed that the whole complex — including the Admirals Club, the Flagship Lounge and Flagship Dining — are still scheduled to fully open in “mid to late December.” However, if portions of the lounge can be opened sooner, the airline is considering re-opening the complex in parts. And sure enough, according to AA’s spokesperson, the Admirals Club portion of the lounge is “on target to open around Thanksgiving.”

The current temporary customer service center in LAX Terminal T4.

In the meantime, in addition to the temporary center in LAX Terminal 4, the airline still operates permanent Admirals Clubs in Terminal 5 and the “Eagle’s Nest” regional terminal. Qualifying passengers departing out of the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) can use the Oneworld lounge or the incredible Qantas First lounge.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Up to $200 for Uber rides annually. Credit and Uber VIP status available to Basic Card Member only.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
N/A
Annual Fee
$550
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.