The American Airlines Admiral's Club in Terminal 4 is broken into two sections. The first is the regular Admiral's Club, accessible to anyone who has Admiral's Club access. The second is the Flagship Lounge, only for those flying international First Class, or who are OneWorld Emerald. The Flagship Lounge is adjacent, but behind a second set of doors, from the regular space. To access this area, you are given a special card when you enter the main lounge, so you can get in and out of it at will.
Since I had plenty of time to kill in LAX, and low expectations of the Admiral's Club, I spent most of my time in the Qantas Business and First Class lounges in the international terminal, and only walked over to Terminal 4 when I needed to. What follows is mostly a photo tour, since I didn't dine much there (not that they really have much to offer).
I started with the basic Admiral's Club. It was pretty much like any other Admiral's Club, with very limited offerings, but was large, and the seating areas varied.
|Bar and Dining.|
Adjacent to the bar is an area designed for eating, with tables and chairs.
|Snacks and Corner Seating.|
As I mentioned in my review of the same cookies in Boston, I think they are Otis Spunkmeyer brand.
Apples and oranges round out the food options. This is really not where you come to get any substantial snacks!
Next, I moved into the Flagship Lounge. This was my first time inside a Flagship Lounge, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It is certainly nicer than the regular Admiral's Club, with some real food options and self-serve liquor, but, still not a very premium lounge.
|Soft Drinks, Juices, Water.|
|Buffet: Salad, cheese, sandwiches, desserts.|
While much better than the regular Admiral's Club (recall: snack mix, cookies, fruit), there wasn't much to write home about here.
Mixed greens and dressing, dry pasta salad, and a tomato and cucumber salad. Some kind of pre-made sandwiches. Slices of basic cheese. Fruit salad. Brownies.
Of course, I had to try SOMETHING, so I went for a caramel and nut topped brownie. It was dry and flavorless, not rich at all. The cookies from the other side were better.
Stacy's Pita chips and Miss Vickie's potato chips, neither of which are awesome. Crackers to go with the cheese. A few types of granola bars. Pepperidge farm cookies. I actually think the cookies from the regular lounge were better!
For hot options, there was soup. And a serving dish that was supposed to have hot food, but never did in the hour I was there. Maybe it has something at dinner time?
Self-serve wines, and basic liquor.
The bar was actually decently stocked, for a domestic lounge.
Of course, cold beer for those who prefer it.
And tea, an assortment of Twinnings, with basically every choice of sweetener you could want, including honey.
|Soup ... Empty Hot Food.|
|Decently Stocked Bar.|