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AA Flagship Lounge MIA: Drink Your Stress Away

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.

a glass door with a sign on it

I knew I was sent to the right place when I was greeted with a glass of champagne.

a woman pouring champagne into glasses

two glasses of champagne on a table


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).

a plate of salad and a glass of champagne

a plate of food on a table


The lounge is huge with plenty of places to sit.

a room with chairs and tables

a row of chairs in a room

a group of people sitting in a room with tables and chairs

a room with chairs and tables

a room with chairs and a lamp

a red bench with a wood table and a lamp

a group of people in a building

a large glass building with a circular floor with people walking around


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).

a bar with a counter and chairs

a table with glasses and bottles in front of a window

a bar with bottles of alcohol and glasses

a group of bottles on a shelf

a bar with bottles and glasses

a bottle of liquid and a glass of liquid on a counter

a refrigerator full of bottles and cans


I went from almost missing the World Cup to being able to watch it with drinks and talk about football with pleasant company.

two glasses of liquid on a table


I was happy I had the chance to decompress with some drinks at the Flagship lounge.

a group of airplanes at an airport


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