If you’re a member of the Admirals Club, you’ll be pleased by this announcement:
Your Admirals Club membership now extends your lounge access benefits beyond the network of 42 Admirals Club locations and 33 Qantas Club locations. Through our new expanded lounge access program, Admirals Club members now enjoy the ability to visit other lounge locations when traveling through these nine cities.
Members will now be able to access these lounges in the following cities:
• Anchorage, AK Board Room
• Portland, OR Board Room
• Seattle, WA Board Room
• Helsinki, Finland Finnair Lounge
• Budapest, Hungary Malev Lounge
• Budapest, Hungary Millennium Lounge
• Delhi, India Kingfisher Lounge
• Beijing, China Dragonair and Cathay Pacific Lounge
• Shanghai, China Dragonair and Cathay Pacific Lounge
• Frankfurt, Germany Sakura Lounge
If you compare the benefits of the Admirals Club with those of Delta’s Sky Club, you’ll notice that Delta has been far more successful in securing reciprocal agreements with their Sky Team Alliance partners. The obvious difference between the two is that Sky Club members have access to far more lounges. In fact, the Sky Team does a much better job of aligning lounge benefits across the whole alliance.
American and the Admirals Club haven’t been able to get that kind of cooperation from their partners, and other than having access to a few Alaska Airlines lounges and Qantas Club facilities, partner lounge access is fairly limited unless you’re have middle tier or better elite status with a one of the oneworld member airlines.
I’d love to see them expand reciprocal access to more lounges in more airports: Hong Kong and Lima are at the top of my list. Hopefully, we’ll see more of these kinds of announcements in future.
Go here to read the full details.