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American Airlines is updating and renovating some Admirals Clubs at its hubs and adding Flagship Lounges. Arriving in MIA at 4:06 a.m. on an American 777-200 from Santiago, Chile, (SCL) I had the opportunity to visit the newly remodeled D-15 club before my flight to Charlotte, NC.
Access to Admirals Clubs is granted if (1) you are a member through the purchase of an annual or one-day membership or posses an Citi.AAdvantage Executive MasterCard; (2) hold the CitiPrestige card and have a same-day boarding pass for travel on American Airlines; or (3) are flying on American on a long-haul international route and are an Executive Platinum, or a OneWorld Emerald or Sapphire, or a first class or business class passenger.
I am an Admirals Club member but presented my boarding pass from SCL and was admitted. There is plenty of comfortable and private seating as well as more open seating for parties of more than one. Electrical outlets are everywhere. The lounge is divided into several seating areas, a bar/dining area and a buffet. The lounge overlooks the D concourse. There are no runway views inside the lounge.
Customer service reps who can help with flight questions are located inside the club. This avoids backing up the check in process and makes getting into the lounge quick and easy.
The super long buffet accommodates a wide variety of continental breakfast foods. For a charge, you also can order sandwiches and salads from a menu.
Smaller coffee stations are also located in the seating areas.
There is an area with desktop computers.
American did a nice job with the lavatories.
The shower rooms are outstanding. I think these are the best shower rooms that I have seen in the U.S. Their size and design make them slightly better than showers in other Admirals Clubs and clearly superior to the shower rooms in Delta lounges.
After the overnight flight from SCL, I appreciated the rejuvenating and relaxing effect of brushing my teeth, shaving and showering. The only improvement I would suggest is to increase the shower water pressure.
The family room looked like a great place for parents as well as kids.
I really liked the remodeling that was done to the D-15 lounge at MIA. I’m looking forward to trying the new Flagship Lounges and some of the other remodeled clubs that American will complete next year.
If time permits, the best lounge at MIA for Admirals Club access remains the Premium Lounge on the E Concourse. This is a joint lounge between American, Iberia and British Airways. This lounge offers better food and adult beverages.