American Airlines Unveils New Admirals Club Lounge Design

American Airlines has unveiled its newest design for its network of Admirals Club lounges, and the looks are stunning. Gone are the days of hospital sterile interiors. American is really stepping up its lounge game, so let’s take a quick peek inside.

New Lounge Designs

American re-did its Admirals Club design just after the US Airways merger in 2013, and the design was met with mixed emotions from many customers. While most clubs in the network feature the new-ish design, you can’t help but notice this level of sterile-ness throughout the lounge.

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American will be introducing a new lounge design starting with the Ronald Reagan Airport regional terminal this fall. There are currently 2 Admirals Clubs at this airport, and this third, brand new, club will be opening soon, mainly intended for those flying on a regional jet flight.

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The new lounge designs will debut in Austin, Denver, and Newark after the Reagan lounge opens.

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Features of the Lounges

While the actual amenities of the lounges will stay the same in many cases, American is incorporating several design elements, including more regional/local designs, sustainable materials and a “homey” feeling. You’ll notice a lot more darker woods, local artworks, and modern lighting, far different from what you see in the current lounge concept which is overly bright and cookie-cutter.

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Bottom Line

It’s great to see American introduce a much-needed new lounge design. While it will certainly take a lot of time for this new look to debit across the system, American has lots of catching up to do with competitors Alaska, Delta and United who have all recently revamped lounges with aesthetically pleasing designs.

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About Jamie Larounis

Jamie Larounis is a travel industry analyst and loyalty programs educator. His writing at and social media accounts @theforwardcabin share his experiences, musings, reviews, tips, tricks, resources and industry news with you, the fellow traveler. Among many projects, he also helps power the Frequent Traveler Awards, Loyalty Summit and Frequent Traveler University with sales and sponsorship support. Highlighting on his knowledge of airline customer experience, James was featured in American Airlines’ “Elevate” training program presented to all employees in 2016. Among several media spotlights, he’s spoken at Princeton University, and the New York Times Travel Show, been quoted in The New York Times, Travel and Leisure Magazine, The New York Post, The Fiscal Times, Skift, the BBC, the Washington Post, Forbes, New York Magazine, and Condé Nast Traveler, been featured on CNN and FOX News, and written for Forbes, InsideFlyer, and Road Warrior Voices/USA Today. In 2018, he was awarded the highest honor for exceptional customer service for Washington Dulles International Airport. Today, Jamie is the resident expert on American Airlines at, and provides travel industry consulting support to, a lifestyle membership service for influential individuals.

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