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Lounge Review: American Airlines Admirals Club Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris Charles de Gaulle airport has two oneworld lounges: an American Airlines Admirals Club and a Cathay Pacific lounge. Both are located between Terminals 2A and 2C.

Directions to the lounge

Directions to the lounge

Entrances to the oneworld lounges

Entrances to the oneworld lounges

The Admirals Club at CDG is the best and nicest Admirals Club I’ve been to. And that’s comparing to lounges like the one in Narita and the Flagship lounges. The club has a nice space that’s well decorated and designed. There’s plenty of seating, universal power outlets, and large windows where you can some natural light and nice views of airplanes.

Large room

Large room

Seating

Seating

More seating

More seating

Work stations

Work stations

Counter seating

Counter seating

Tables

Tables

International outlets

International outlets

Views of apron

Views of apron

The food selection is also great for an Admirals Club. This club is only open in the mornings (6am to 12pm), but they have a great breakfast spread. They have all of the typical American-ish hot items (e.g., omelets, frittatas, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, tomatoes), as well as a good cold selection of breads, salads, meats, and cheeses. Food seemed to be replenished relatively frequently, so things seemed fresh.

Drink fridge

Drink fridge

Coffee machine

Coffee machine

Alcohol

Alcohol

More alcohol

More alcohol

Yogurts and parfaits

Yogurts andĀ desserts

Savory dishes

Savory dishes

Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Croissants

Croissants

More breads

More breads

Cheese, meats, salad

Cheese, meats, salads

Cereal

Cereal

I didn’t stick around too long in this club because I also wanted to check out the Cathay Pacific lounge next door, but the Admirals Club wasn’t too crowded just before 11am (which was right after a bank of flights had just departed). The two lounges are literally right next to each other, so you can take your pick, but I’d probably choose the Admirals Club for breakfast and the Cathay Pacific lounge for lunch. The Cathay Pacific lounge is also probably a tad less crowded in the mornings.

Can You Access the San Diego Airport Airspace Lounge with a Citi Prestige Card?

Yes, provided that you’re flying with American Airlines that day. You also get your two free guests when using your Citi Prestige card.

The Airspace Lounge at San Diego Airport (SAN) is functionally an Admirals Club in terms of access rules, with the addition that you can get free access (plus a credit!) if you useĀ an Amex Platinum card. This means that you can still use your Citi Prestige card to get access when you’re flying with AA, even though it’s not named an Admirals Club. If you’re otherwise eligible to get access via multiple ways, you should choose to use your Amex Platinum card because you get a food and beverage credit.

While the lounge functionally has the same access rules as a normal Admirals Club, the free food options are much sparser. I’ve been enjoying the steel cut oatmeal available at Admirals Clubs in the mornings, and that’s nowhere to be seen. Instead, they have two snack towers, some oranges and apples, and some mini muffins for breakfast.

Expanded Alaska Airlines Board Room Access for American Admirals Club Members

Good news for Admirals Club members: accessing Alaska Airlines Board Rooms just got easier.

While there’s been a reciprocal agreement with Alaska Airlines in the past, the requirements were a bit onerous in that you had to be traveling on a flight marketed AND operated by American to use the Board Rooms at certain airports.

That requirement is now gone. In Anchorage, Portland, and Seattle, you just need to present an Admirals Club or US Airways Club membership as well as a boarding pass for same-day travel on an Alaska, American, or US Airways marketed and operated flight.

This news also extends to the Board Room at LAX Terminal 6. Admirals Club members, people traveling in premium cabin international long-haul or transcontinental flights, or people with oneworld Emerald or Sapphire status can now access this lounge, in addition to the Admirals Club in Terminal 4 and the Qantas oneworld lounge in the international terminal.

Pancakes for everyone!

Lounge Review: American Airlines Admirals Club Tokyo Narita (NRT)

I’d been to the United Club, ANA Suite and Business Class Lounges, and the Korean Air lounge, but I’d never been to any of the oneworld lounges at Tokyo Narita until this trip, so I decided to do a little bit of lounge hopping. I started with the American Airlines Admirals Club, which must be one of the nicest Admirals Clubs in the network.

Entrance to the Admirals Club at Tokyo Narita

Entrance to the Admirals Club at Tokyo Narita

It wasn’t crowded at all when I was there, so there was plenty of seating with nice, large windows with views of the apron. There were lots of different seating options including loungers, work cubbies, and phone rooms (I kinda think that more lounges should have phone rooms, but I guess they’re a little moot if people on phones don’t actually use them).

Spacious, good lighting

Spacious, good lighting

Lots of seating

Lots of seating

Views of the apron

Views of the apron

Working cubicles

Working cubicles

More seating

More seating

The wifi in the lounge was decent, and there were a lot of power outlets all over the place, which is key for an airport lounge if you’re trying to get any work done.

Drink options

Drink options

More drinks

More drinks

Compared to other Admirals Clubs, there was a ton of free food; compared to other international lounges, the food was pretty meh. There was some sort of stuffed pastry, a quiche, sandwiches, sushi, and soup. The food looked to be of similar quality to the stuff that you find in the United lounge, which is to say not very high, but people seem to rave about the United Club at NRT, so whatevs.

Food

Food

Sushi

Sushi

Soup

Soup

Overall, this Admirals Club is great for an Admirals Club, and it was quite spacious with lots of seating, so if you’re just looking for some peace and quiet, this is the oneworld lounge for you at NRT. If you’re looking for food or amenities, this is not the lounge you’re looking for.