One dubious perk of my choice to take the long way home and try American Airlinesâ€™ First Class offering was the opportunity to experience the Admirals Club lounges, Americanâ€™s airport oases from the chaos of travel. I donâ€™t get a lot of opportunities to check out the big international lounges like Hong Kong Airlines or Etihad has on offer, so I jumped at the chance to hit three different Admirals Clubs in a day.
First, for anyone whose travel itinerary involves a lot of layovers, the Admirals Clubs represent a great deal. A day pass costs $59, and is good across the American network. In my case, this allowed me to check into Boston for a couple of hours before my first flight, pop into the lounge in Charlotte for a quick refresher, then planespot in Chicago over appetizers.