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Review: American Airlines Flagship Lounge Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD)

I recently transited through ORD on my way back from Asia, and–to my surprise–I was handed an invitation to the Flagship lounge when I went to the Admirals Club. I am clearly a bad travel blogger for 1) not keeping up with AA’s Flagship lounge renovations and 2) not knowing what the access rules are (international first and business class on oneworld gets access; JFK-LAX/SFO transcon business and first class gets access; AA Platinum and up get access on international itineraries on oneworld airlines; oneworld Sapphire and Emerald and Concierge Key get access on oneworld itineraries).

In general, lounges in the US aren’t great. Particularly lounges run by US airlines. So I wasn’t expecting much when I entered. But I was very pleasantly surprised. The lounge was spacious, had plenty of seating, had lots of power outlets, had nice shower rooms, and had extensive food and beverage options.

a room with a television and tables
a room with chairs and tables
a room with a red chair and a screen
a group of chairs in a room
a group of people in a room
a row of chairs and tables in an airport
Seating and views of apron
a bathroom with a mirror and sink
Shower room
a row of candy containers on a counter
a refrigerator with drinks and cans
Non-alcoholic beverages
a table with bottles of liquid and a menu
Bloody Mary station

I’m not a big drinker, but the alcohol selection in this lounge was pretty extensive. Even though it was only 10am when I arrived, I was tempted to crack open a beer.

a group of bottles of wine
a group of bottles in a cooler
a refrigerator full of beer and cans
Beer selection
a bar with many bottles of alcohol
Liquor selection

The food selection was also quite impressive for a US lounge. There were lots of hot food options for breakfast, including an omelet station, eggs, bacon, potatoes, a lot of different baked goods, and steel-cut oatmeal. Although I hate on dragon fruit, I am shocked that they had dragon fruit given how expensive it is in the US (and it was actually pretty decent as far as white dragon fruit goes!). I believe they have sushi because of Japan Airlines, but the sushi was not very good, although the rest of the food I tried was reasonably good for airport lounge food.

a group of pans with food in them
Breakfast eggs and potatoes
a trays of food on a table
a table with trays of pastries and pastries
Baked goods
a trays of food on a table
Baked goods
a group of plates of food
Cheese and meats
a plate of food on a table
a buffet table with different types of food
Sushi and fruit
a row of small bowls of food
a tray of food on a counter
Bagels, English muffins, croissants for breakfast
a group of condiments and bottles on a counter
Condiments–the individual-serving jars of ketchup, mustard, and mayo seem a little wasteful, though
a group of people sitting in a room with a long bench
Dining area

All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised by this lounge, and I’m looking forward to AA opening more of these lounges!


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