American Airlines in Los Angeles has Admirals Clubs in terminal 4, terminal 5 (the former Delta Skyclub), and the remote terminal for American Eagle flights (“Eagles Nest”).
The terminal 4 lounge complex has only just re-opened. It features an Admirals Club, a Flagship Lounge (business class lounge), and Flagship First Dining across from gate 40. The Admirals Club gets really crowded if you don’t know what you’re doing.
At the desk you show your credentials, and if you are eligible for Flagship lounge or Flagship Dining access you receive an invitation. Otherwise you just proceed upstairs to the club.
Once upstairs there are agents to assist with travel needs, otherwise turn right into the Admirals Club.
American basically flipped where the old Flagship lounge and Admirals club were, although the Admirals Club takes up slightly more space than Flagship used to, curving around in back.
On the one hand that means a much smaller Admirals Club. On the other that’s alright because Admirals Club is now really just for paying club members (and day passes), while Flagship is where everyone else goes — business class and first class passengers, oneworld partner airline elites, and American’s own mid-tier elites and above flying internationally in coach.
You don’t need as much space for the Admirals Club and I suggest the continued distinction between the two lounges is really just a way to ensure American doesn’t spend money for club members to have hot food. Nonetheless the Admirals Club was crowded when I arrived around 10:20 a.m.
It’s a nice lounge with plenty of light and views of the tarmac. There’s a kids room that’s closed off, and the family inside couldn’t be heard in the rest of the lounge.
There’s a buffet area for light Admirals Club snacks and a bar.
Here’s the trick. Fortunately there’s a semi-secret room in the Admirals Club, you just continue on past the bar and make a right and as crowded as the main lounge is almost no one is back in the final two sections of the lounge. There’s also a closed ‘VIP’ room back there as well.
Here’s the media room:
And beyond that there’s another separate seating area.
The only person back there, as busy as the rest of the lounge was, was a passenger sleeping.
There’s a separate refreshment station.
And there’s a conference room labeled ‘VIP room’.
Later in the day the back two sections of seating did fill up a little bit more, but they never got as crowded as the front of the lounge. Most people didn’t seem to realize those sections existed.