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American Airlines has announced that this month will see it reopening more Admirals Clubs that were shuttered towards the beginning of the pandemic, that some lounges will see their operating schedules extended, that more touchless technology is being trialed to reduce unnecessary contacts when accessing a lounge, and that revamped food offerings are now being served.
Admirals Clubs Reopening & Extending Schedules
American Airlines has confirmed that Admirals Club lounges that will reopen in May include the following:
- Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Admirals Club
- Miami International Airport Admirals Club at Gate D15 (The club at Gate D30 is already open)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Admirals Club at Gate B7 (The clubs at Gates A7 & B5 are already open)
The airline hasn’t given any exact dates for these lounges to reopen but anyone interested should keep an eye on this American Airlines webpage.
In addition to the above, American’s Admirals Clubs at Austin (Gate 22), Nashville (Concourse C), and Houston (Terminal A) will extend their operating schedule to 7 days a week this month.
As things stand, American has 24 Admirals Clubs open in the United States as well as open Clubs in Mexico City and Sao Paulo…
…so with the reopening of the three Admirals Clubs in Houston, Miami, and Phoenix, the airline should have at least 27 domestic Admirals Clubs open for Memorial Day weekend.
Note: American Airlines has also said that children’s rooms within the Admirals Clubs that have them, have now reopened.
Admirals Club Touchless Features
American Airlines says that it hopes to expand its touchless technology at Admirals Clubs around the country and it’s starting out with a trial at the Admirals Club in Terminal A at Dallas Fort Worth.
Starting 6 May (tomorrow), guests visiting the Admirals Club at DFW Terminal A will be offered the option to enter the facility via “touchless entry”. Customers who choose to participate in the trial will enjoy “quick and easy entry” to the Admirals Club through facial recognition technology, which automatically verifies membership without customers having to produce their phone or wallet.
This is the same technology that is currently being used by the airline for its touchless bag drop trial at DFW and at Washington National Airport, and the plan is to expand this trial to the Admirals Club lounges in DFW Terminals B, C, and D in the coming weeks.
In addition and later this month, a further trial at the Admirals Club at DFW Terminal A will see guests able to order food items and drinks using their own mobile devices while gloved and masked Admirals Club staff members will serve the orders to guests at their seats.
Admirals Club Revamped “Signature Offerings”
Starting today (5 May), select Admirals Clubs around the country will begin serving “revamped signature food-for-sale items” such as chilled quinoa salad, southwestern power bowl, cheesy tater tots, and the bacon, egg & cheese breakfast sandwich throughout the day.
Also, and now that the children’s rooms have been reopened in various Admirals Clubs, American says that it will expand offerings for children like chicken bites and cheddar sandwiches at all locations.
American Airlines will be reopening at least three more domestic Admirals Clubs this month and it is trialing faceless recognition technology with the aim of giving guests the option of touchless entry into Clubs around the country. There is no news surrounding the closed Admirals Clubs outside of the United States but as the chances of more of us being allowed to travel internationally grow, we’re likely to start hearing of plans to reopen clubs in locations like London and Paris ahead of the coming summer.