During my layover on my flight from TBEX in Huntsville, Alabama I visited the Admirals Club in Terminal B with fellow writer John The Wanderer. I haven’t had access to Admiral lounges since I dumped my Citi Advantage Executive early last year. Needless to say, I was looking forward to the visit.
Admiral Club seating is similar to the options you’d find in a United Club or Delta Sky Club. Some chairs have connected tables where you can place food or drinks while other have tables next to them for your food and drink.
Like most domestic lounges your food options consist of snacks. Snacks were expected, and the lounge offered some tasty pasta, vegetables, hummus & pita along with a few salad and soup options. More lounges should take a page out of the American Express’ book with the Centurion lounges and offer a luxury buffet, especially when members are coughing up $300-$600 for lounge access.
Like most lounges, the Admirals lounges offer complimentary beverages, including alcohol, and had a pretty decent selection. I’m a whiskey guy, and their whiskey selection is decent, but Makers Mark is their premium whiskey…Maker’s Mark? The lack of premium drink options and not having the ingredients to make an old fashioned leads me to believe their alcohol selection could be improved. Normally you have to pay for their “premium” drinks, but you will often find premium certificates lying around the lounge left by those who didn’t redeem them. The lounge also has more coffee and tea options than you’ll ever need!
The concierge service was excellent! A friend of our’s had her flight delayed until 7 am the next morning and the front desk was able to book her on a flight that left in the next few hours! Also, Steve at the front desk worked on moving me to an exit row for my flight to Phoenix.
The Bald Thoughts
Overall I had a great experience in the Charlotte Admirals lounge. While it was no Centurion Lounge, a decent selection of snacks and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available. The highlight of the lounge was Steve and the concierge staff who were able to rebook one of us and book me an exit row. If you fly American frequently I recommend an Admiral Club membership, the easiest way to do this is to sign up for the Citi Advantage Executive credit card, while it’s $450 a year, it’s a premium credit card and is cheaper than buying a yearly membership.
If you want more lounge access and don’t fly American frequently, I recommend the American Express Platinum Card or The Business Platinum Card from American Express. With the Platinum card, you receive access to Centurion Lounges no matter the airline AND Delta Lounges when flying Delta.