Review: American Airlines Admirals Club Austin (AUS)

After arriving in Austin on my Delta flight from McAllen, I had a roughly three hour layover before my connecting flight to Dallas/Ft. Worth. With plenty of time to kill, I headed off to the American Airlines Admirals Club to relax prior to my flight.

American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Location

The American Airlines Admirals Club Austin is located one level above the concourse. Elevators and stairs up to the lounge, shared with the United Club, are located across from Gate 22.

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American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Terminal Signage

Once upstairs, the United Club is to the left while the Admirals Club is directly ahead. Apparently, they also offer chiropractic services up here somewhere?

American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Entrance
American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Entrance

American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Hours of Operation

The American Airlines Admirals Club Austin is open between 4:15a and 9:15p Sunday-Friday and between 4:15a and 7:45p on Saturday.

American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Hours of Operation
American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Hours of Operation

Admirals Club Entry Requirements

There are many different ways to gain access to American’s Admirals Clubs. The most common is by having an Admirals Club membership. While these can be purchased outright for $850 or 85,000 AAdvantage miles annually (rates may be lower depending on your AAdvantage status). The cheaper option is to get the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® which provides a membership as part of it’s $595 annual fee. Day passes can also be purchased for $79 or 7,900 AAdvantage miles.

Qualifying First Class, Business Class, and AAdvantage elites can access the lounge when traveling on select international, transcontinental, and domestic routes. The full rules can be found here.

Finally, non-AAdvantage oneWorld Emerald and Sapphire frequent flyers can access the lounge regardless of their class of service. This is how I accessed the lounge as I have oneWorld Emerald via my British Airways Gold status.

American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Reception Desk
American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Reception Desk

American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Layout

The Admirals Club in Austin is long and skinny, divided up into a variety of smaller rooms. After entering the lounge, before you reach the reception desk, there is a room with some chairs and a few small tables. Apparently you can even sleep here in a pinch.

American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Seating Area
American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Seating Area

Once inside the lounge, off to the right, is another room with a few groupings of chairs and small tables. These seats overlook the concourse below.

American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Seating
American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Seating

Thanks to the large windows in this portion of the terminal, there is plenty of natural light even though this is an interior lounge.

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View overlooking the concourse from the Admirals Club

At the rear of the lounge is another small room with, you guessed it, some chairs and small tables. There are also a couple of workstations located here.

American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Seating
American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Seating

On the interior portion of the lounge is the bar area. There isn’t much natural light here and it feels dark, but not necessarily in a bad way. There were six barstools surrounding the bar top and this space stayed mostly empty throughout my visit, unlike the rest of the lounge.

American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Bar Area
American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Bar Area

Ten, two-person cafe tables with chairs are located along the wall opposite the bar.

American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Bar Tables
American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Bar Tables

Overall, there aren’t many different types of seating in this lounge. The various, smaller rooms did make the space feel somewhat private though.

Food and Beverage

The Admirals Club has a small buffet area that is located behind the reception desk. There was a small salad bar set up at the beginning of the buffet, though it didn’t have many options. A selection of fruit was also available.

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American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Salad Bar

The main offering during my visit was a BBQ chicken slider bar with some sad looking toppings. Two soups, minestrone and Italian wedding, were also available.

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A sad looking slider station.
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Slider toppings and soups.

A selection of assorted sweets were available along with containers of snack mix, corn nuts, and dark chocolate covered cranberries.

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American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Snacks

To drink, the lounge had some standard items like water, tea, and coffeemakers that could make a variety of beverages.

a coffee machine with a screen and cups on top
American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Coffeemakers
a display of a store with a variety of magazines and other items
American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Tea Selection

At the bar, there were three draft beers on offer; MIller Lite, Stella Artois, and the Electric Jellyfish Hazy IPA from local Austin brewer Pinthouse.

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American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Beer Taps

The bar offered complimentary beers, wines, and liquors with premium options available for a fee.

American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Restrooms

The restrooms are located at the rear of the lounge, on the interior side next to the bar. Upon entering, there is a bench with a few coat hooks should you need to leave a jacket or bag.

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If you can’t find any seating in the lounge, this is always an option.

One of the two urinals was out of order and covered with a trash bag, otherwise the restroom was clean.

American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Restroom
American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Restroom
American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Restroom
American Airlines Admirals Club Austin Restroom

Atmosphere

The Austin Admirals Club is on the small side and can become crowded very quickly. American has dramatically increased their presence in Austin over the past few years due to the city’s rapid growth. The lounge also fills up quickly in the afternoons due to premium and elite passengers on British Airways’ daily A350 flight to London-Heathrow.

Saturday afternoon is a slower than usual time for the lounge and it was still quite crowded. Empty food and beverage containers were scattered throughout the lounge and they didn’t have enough staff on hand to clear things quickly, though they were doing their best.

a room with a window and a couch
Seat overlooking the concourse with empty food and beverage containers.

Thankfully, I managed to find a quiet space in the bar area to relax during my visit.

Summary

The American Airlines Admirals Club in Austin is a nice place to wait for your flight if it isn’t too crowded. The Delta Sky Club in Austin is the best airline specific lounge at the airport but the Admirals Club is squarely in second place. Even when the lounge is busy, the layout makes it easier to try and find some privacy.

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1 comment
  1. What a farce. Admiral clubs are too crowded to find a seat in thanks to the day pass and credit card memberships. Please raise you rates and reduce the number of people allowed into the club.

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