American Airlines, China Southern Reciprocal Lounge Access Begins This Week

Jul 31, 2019

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In November 2018, American Airlines and China Southern announced a significant expansion of their partnership. The biggest airline in the world and the largest in Asia agreed to an expanded code-sharing, reciprocal mileage earning and redemption options and shared lounge access to take effect in 2019.

The earning and redeeming charts for the partnership went live in March 2019. Although China Southern first-class awards were initially excluded from the partnership, they were opened to AAdvantage members in June 2019.

The only missing piece of the expanded partnership was the lounge benefits. Now, we are getting full details of the reciprocal lounge benefits. Even better, American Airlines and China Southern elites, premium passengers and club members don’t have to wait long for these benefits to kick in. They take effect Thursday, August 1.

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Starting Thursday, qualifying American Airlines customers will have access to China Southern’s 38 Sky Pearl lounges located in 23 mainland China airports. For the purposes of this lounge benefit, qualifying AA customers include:

  • Admirals Club members in any cabin if flying an AA-operated international flight as part of the same itinerary
  • American Airlines Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum elites in any cabin on an American Airlines- or China Southern-operated flight
  • First/business class customers

In addition, qualifying China Southern customers will have access to all 50 Admirals Club lounges, which include 44 locations in 28 airports in North America as well as 6 overseas locations. Qualifying China Southern customers are defined as:

  • Sky Pearl Gold members traveling in any cabin
  • First Class or Business Class customers on itineraries that include an international flight longer than five hours
(Photo by Katie Genter / The Points Guy)
The recently renovated Boston Admirals Club by JT Genter / The Points Guy

Qualifying customers are able to bring guests into the lounge based on the following allowance:

  • Admirals Club members: 2 guests or a spouse/domestic partner & children under 18 years of age
  • First-class passengers: 1 guest
  • American Airlines elites (Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum): 1 guest
  • China Southern Gold elites: 1 guest

Qualifying business class passengers aren’t able to bring guests into the lounge under this agreement.

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