Update: American Airlines Military Benefits

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I wrote a post detailing American Airlines military benefits a couple of months ago. The post has been one of the most visited on the blog so far this year. The traffic has led to a ton of e-mails thanking me for the information. A reader, who is also active duty military, reached out to me with the following question about admission to American Airlines’ Admirals Club:

Vincent: Can I fly another airline like delta but still enter the admirals club for free as a (sic) active duty military member?

My response: I don’t know for sure on that, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Vincent: I’m thinking like most airline lounges you need to show a boarding pass as well but I’ll follow up with AA. Thanks.

Just to be clear, American Airlines has the following posted on their website:


Includes U.S. military personnel traveling in uniform traveling on a same-day flight operated by American.

Where you can go

Domestic and international Admirals Club locations (based on lounge capacity)

To enter

You’ll need 2 items:

Military ID

Boarding pass on a same-day flight operated by American

Guest access

Immediate family (spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18) or up to 2 guests

I was really interested what the response would be from American Airlines. As luck would have, Vincent emailed me with a follow up to his question. He was flying Spirit Airlines from Atlanta to Dallas this past week and to answer his own question. Vincent was told by the lounge agent that he needed to have a same day American Airlines boarding pass to be granted complimentary access to the Admirals Club. This was what I thought would happen, but it does not hurt to ask the question. I would have gone to The Club, which is a Priority Pass lounge, to relax before my flight.

Thanks Vincent for the information.

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  1. I did go to The Club. Had 3 beers, 3 Chardonnays, and plenty of horderves. Even took some Milano cookies for the plane ride back. Then used my Amex Platinum for some reimbursable drinks on the plane. What a time to be alive right? Lol.

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