Since I was already in the American Airlines Admirals Club anyway while visiting the Flagship Lounge (the Flagship Lounge is located within the Admirals Club) at Terminal 8 in JFK, I decided to take a tour of the Admirals Club to see what the differences were between the two.
The physical amenities were largely the same: a fairly large room, lots of seating, and ample electrical sockets (why is that last part so hard for so many lounges?). The two clubs share the same shower rooms, which are pretty nice, and the Admirals Club also offers computers for use, as well as a children’s room, which the Flagship Lounge does not have.
The Admirals Club clearly had more people than the Flagship Lounge, but it still didn’t feel crowded. This could have been due to the fact that it was a Tuesday morning, which I doubt is a particularly busy travel time, but it was a lot less hectic than the United Club in the International Terminal of SFO.
The biggest difference was in the food offerings. Understandably, the Admirals Club is a domestic business class lounge while the Flagship Lounge is a first class lounge, so the free food offerings were little more than fruit, snack mix, and some pastries for breakfast.
There was, however, a pretty wide selection of food to purchase. I’m not familiar with the other food options in the terminal, but I was a little surprised to see so much on offer, and I have no idea if it was any good.
Overall, I thought it was a fine domestic lounge, with the key selling points being ample space and power ports. I’d be curious, though, if any of you have tried the food-for-purchase options in the club. Are they any good?