Review: American Airlines Admirals Club Los Angeles (Terminal 4)

by TwoHeartsTraveling

Location & Hours LAX Admirals Club Lounge

Terminal 4, Gate 40. Same entrance as the Flagship First Lounge
Open daily 4:00am – 12:45am

At the Los Angeles airport, there are two other Admirals Club Lounges (located in Terminal 5 and the American Eagle Regional Terminal ) and a Flagship First Lounge (Terminal 4).

Here is a directory of all Admirals Club and Flagship First Lounge locations.

Remember you can actually get all the way from TBIT to Terminal 8 without leaving security utilizing the series of underground tunnels at LAX.

Access for American Airlines Admirals Club Lounges

The requirements are a little complicated, so I’ll try to simplify as best as possible. Access is allowed if you qualify under one of the following four methods

1.   Qualifying first or business class flights on American or Oneworld partner
       a.  Qualifying international flights are between the US and Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, Mexico City,                New Zealand, South America
       b.   Qualifying transcontinental flights are between LAX-JFK, LAX-BOX (only on A321T aircraft), SFO- JFK
2.   Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire status flying on American or Oneworld partner*
3.   ConciergeKey flying on American or Oneworld partner
4.   Admirals Club members, Citi AAdvantage Executive Card holders or authorized users, or one day pass                              customers flying on American or Oneworld partner

* its important to note that if your Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire status is from American Airlines, you will not be allowed access if traveling on solely North American itineraries

** remember from our review of American Airlines Flagship Lounges, that methods 1-3 above will also allow you to access the Flagship Lounge. So if you qualify under one of those methods it makes sense to spend your time in the significantly better Flagship Lounge.

Guest access is allowed for:

1. One guest for qualifying first class international flight
2. One guest for Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire
3. Two guests or immediately family for ConciergeKey, Admirals Club members and Citi AAdvantage Executive Card        holders or authorized users

Here are American’s requirements for Admirals Club Lounge access.

Check In Admirals Club Terminal 4

There is only one entrance for both the Flagship Lounge and Admirals Club Lounge. There were agents waiting to check our boarding pass and passports. They then gave us an invitation for access to the Flagship Lounge and told us to go up one level for the actual lounges.

American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge LAX Entrance

American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge LAX Entrance

On this level is another desk with agents to check your invitation. To the right is the Admirals Club, and the Flagship Lounge is to the left.

AA Admirals Club Lounge Los Angeles Terminal 4 Entrance

AA Admirals Club Lounge Los Angeles Terminal 4 Entrance

We initially visited the Flagship Lounge and spent most of our time there, but since the Admirals Club was so close, we thought why not take a peak and leave a review as well!

Lounge Area Los Angeles Admirals Club T4
There is a short hallway that leads from the main check in area to the lounge. It’s actually quite stunning with a window that offers a peak of the inside of Terminal 4.

Admirals Club Lounge T4 Los Angeles

Admirals Club Lounge T4 Los Angeles

American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge Los Angeles Terminal 4

American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge Los Angeles Terminal 4

The main lounge area is essentially one large room. To the left is a seating area.

Admirals Club Lounge LAX Seating

Admirals Club Lounge LAX Seating

To the right is the dining area with the buffet, tables and refreshments.

Admirals Club Lounge Los Angeles Airport Dining Room

Admirals Club Lounge Los Angeles Airport Dining Room

There was a small bar just past the food area as well with two TVs playing NFL games.

American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge Bar

American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge Bar

Food & Beverage Admirals Club LAX

There were mostly small finger foods such as veggies, pita chips and hummus with cheese squares, cookies and brownies. Nothing extraordinary, and about what you would expect from a standard domestic lounge. Beer and wine were complimentary, but there was a fee for spirits or cocktails. The food and drink next door at the Flagship Lounge was much better, so make sure to check that out instead if you have access.

AA Admirals Club Lounge Food

AA Admirals Club Lounge Food

AA Admirals Club Lounge T4 Food

AA Admirals Club Lounge T4 Food

Terminal 4 LAX Admirals Club Lounge Soda Machine

Terminal 4 LAX Admirals Club Lounge Soda Machine

Overall Impression

This was a fairly standard Admirals Club Lounge, with finger foods and complimentary wine and beer. It would be nice enough to spend an hour layover here, but I wouldn’t make an extra trek for it. The Flagship Lounge next door was significantly better in every aspect (better food and drink, more space, showers etc), so if you have access to that lounge,we’d recommend you go there instead.

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