American Airlines introduced complimentary beer, wine, and spirits in its lounges in late 2010. However, premium brands are for pay.
They’ve opened up the bar a bit though because of their club lounge renovation project. Right now 3 American Airlines Admirals Clubs are currently offering complimentary premium beverages to guests. Each person can have two premium beverages during their visit.
- Chicago O’Hare – L concourse
- Dallas-Fort Worth – A terminal
- New York JFK – C club across from gate 42
They’re offering this in or because of clubs that are currently under renovation. For instance, the L concourse club in Chicago has been completed (and is looking quite nice). The main H/K club is under renovations, and has limited space available. So to take some of the ‘sting’ off of customers walking to a club they might not otherwise visit, they can have a better cocktail when they get there.
American has been doing a nice job letting customers know when their itineraries involve a lounge that’s being renovated. For instance I flew through Chicago last week and two days before received this note:
I don’t really do cocktails in the American lounges when I visit. In fact, most of the time I only stop off during irregular operations because the lines are shorter and the agents usually more helpful than if I had to seek help in the terminal (though more often than not I’ve got things set up over the phone before I get there). I avoid long layovers, but the lounge access is still worth it for the few times a year the agents have saved my bacon.
Of course if two drinks aren’t enough, you can get all the drinks you want on a self pour basis in the Miami E Concourse club.