AA Flagship Lounge MIA Lounge Review part of the Coupe du Monde Trip Report.
When I was almost denied boarding for my flight to Vietnam via Singapore (see 18:50 Minutes to SIN: Is Anyone Ready for This?), the tightness in my surgically repaired Achilles intensified (see TPOL Is Down). When I was initially denied boarding for my flight to the World Cup (see Epic Failure: Denied Boarding for the World Cup), I thought my Achilles would rupture again.
It is interesting how stress impacts the body. Judging by how I was limping to the AA lounge, you could tell that things weren’t going my way. That anxiety did not subside when I arrived at the lounge. The agent took my boarding pass and struggled to determine if I was to be sent to the Admirals, aka hummus/carrot lounge, or the Flagship.
I knew I was sent to the right place when I was greeted with a glass of champagne.
While the bubbles were right, the food was not. It was an example of a lounge trying too hard. Both breakfast and lunch were fancier than fulfilling. Contrast this to when I had access to AA Flagship Dining (see AA Flagship Lounge JFK: Fine Dining at Its Finest).
The lounge is huge with plenty of places to sit.
My stress was still high, but I found refuge in a spectacular open bar. There was Grey Goose, Patron, and an extensive selection of beer. Not one to settle, I prepared a bloody mary with a side of mimosa, reliving my days as a lounge bartender (see Delta Sky Club Chicago: Hot Dog! A Great Bloody Mary).
I went from almost missing the World Cup to being able to watch it with drinks and talk about football with pleasant company.
I was happy I had the chance to decompress with some drinks at the Flagship lounge.