AAdmirals Club AAccess

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  1. Captain Oveur
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    Still weighing things between jumping ship from UA to AA (I'm very methodical in my thinking). One thing that comes to mind is access to the AC.

    Does any type of F BP (upgraded or purchased) get AC access?

    And is it different in a place like Toronto, how UA and Air Canada's Maple Leaf lounge, where star gold gets you access? Is there any consideration there as far as American goes?
     
  2. TheBOSman

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    Full fare F (F or Z inventory codes) on 3-class transcontinental flights will get you FL access. Full fare F (F or Z inventory codes) on certain transcontinental 2-class flights will get you AC access. Full-fare J (J or U inventory codes) on 3-class transcontinental flights will get you AC access. If you match to AA PLT or AA EXP, any international ticket in any booking class NOT to Canada, Mexico (and an exception for Mexico City here), Bermuda, Bahamas, or the Caribbean, WILL get you in to the AC or Oneworld Business Class lounges as a PLT, or the AC or FL or OW F lounge as EXP. E.g. I have accessed the JL F lounge at NRT as an AA EXP with an economy class ticket TPAC. Flights to Central America not in Mexico, such as Costa Rica or Panama, do get AC access.

    http://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/airportAmenities/AdmiralsLocations.jsp
     
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    It is worth noting that Z and U are award classes, not full fare classes. Award tickets to get lounge access on transcons.

    On the three-class transcons, full fare or award tickets get lounge access. Those in first can visit the FL and those in business will be in the AC. Upgrades to J using miles, segments or SWUs will not get lounge access. Upgrades to F (only from full fare J) would get AC access by virtue of the underlying J ticket.

    For international travel (excluding the ports laid out in the prior post), the rules are simpler. Those in F (regardless of how you got there, award, paid or upgrade) get First Class Lounge access and those in J (again, regardless of paid, award or upgrade) get into the business lounges. EXP (OW-E) get First Class Lounge access on all international (again, as defined in post 2) journeys at all OW lounges, regardless of class of service. PLT (OW-S) get business lounge access on all international journeys, regardless of class of service (except if you're seating in F, then you could use the F lounge!).

    Simple, right?
     
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    :rolleyes::D
     
  5. Captain Oveur
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    Great information, thanks to both of you for the help.
     
  6. NYBanker
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    One further clarification... One of the JFK-SFO daily round trips is operated by a 767-300, versus a 767-200. (AA85 JFK-SFO, AA24 on the return.) This -300 is a two-class plane, which AA markets as first and economy. Despite being marketed as "First Class," if you sit in full-fare first (or use miles for a two-cabin F award), you would get AC access, but not FL access.

    The -300 forward cabin is far superior to the J cabin on the 767-200s, as the -300 has angled lie-flat seats. Some prefer the two-class forward cabin on the -300 to the three-class forward cabin on the -200s, though I do not.

    Consistent with other domestic transcons, segment, miles and SWU upgrades to first on this route in the -300 wouldn't be eligible for lounge access.
     

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