Mid June I took my first trip of the month and it was another International destination, I was headed to Barcelona being my first stop followed by Ibiza, Granada & Cordoba.My flight route was simple: LAX-MIA-BCN. I decided to take the first flight out of Los Angeles on June 19 and arrived in Miami at 1:40pm in the afternoon, leaving me a little longer than a 5 hour lay over in Miami. During that time the World Cup was going on so it was exciting to see the airport decked out with the flags, people wearing their favorite teams jerseys and seeing the heavies from American Airlines departing to Brazil with the fans excited to attend the World Cup. My Departure Gate to Barcelona was on the North Terminal in Concourse D so I took the sky link to the gate and made my way to the American Airlines Admirals Club to spend a few hours there relaxing and watching the World Cup along with the rest of the fanatics. Keep in mind Miami airport has another admirals club aside from this one but I recommend using the one closest to your departure gate so when the time of departure comes around you’re safe that you won’t be missing your flight. As a OneWorld Emerald and flying premium Cabin I was granted access into the lounge with a guest.
Approaching Admirals Club Miami: Arriving at Admirals Club
Once entering the lounge, you will be greeted by the kind staff. Make sure you have your passport, boarding pass and frequent flyer Card and hand it to the desk agent. She will check you in matters of minutes and you will be on your way to enjoy the lounge. The agent who helped me was extremely friendly and attentive. I was on my way in matters of minutes.
Now inside The Admirals Club preparing for Check-in.
Check in Counter & The Agent checking me into the club.
Once you are clear – you can proceed to take the elevators and press the button where it says “Club” it only takes a few minutes and you will reach the lounge floor where a few agent counters are within the facility. Which is the Premium Services of the lounge. The club seemed to be fairly calm at the time of arrival which I was happy about because normally this lounge is super crowded.
The Check in agent will also hand you some complimentary drink passes.
Off The Elevators & Into the Lounge.
Within different sections of the lounge you will see the Departures & Arrivals Board. So if you are waiting for your flight and wanting to know if it’s on time, I recommend keeping an eye on the monitors because the lounge does not make flight announcements. Something I really like about this lounge that it also features a quiet zone area. Personally, sometimes I like to step away from the heavy flow of passengers, tvs and spend some time relaxing with zero noises. You will find a variety of sitting available.
Quiet Zone seating.
Within the Lounge you will find a variety of refreshments, snacks, walk up bar to order your drinks and another section where you can select your meals on your own, buffet style. The meals are constantly changing within the lounge and it all looked pretty good. There is also a menu with a variety of food if you want to have something else like sushi, panini breads,etc.
Here is a visual of the bar, refreshments, coffee machines, etc.
One of my favorite things to do before a long flight its to take a shower and the Admirals Club shower rooms are always in good condition, at least the ones I have visited throughout the year. They keep them clean, organized and they supply you with everything you need. If you would like to take a shower before your flight, you can make your way to the premium services and let the agent know. He or she will request to have your boarding pass, hand you the access key and you will be clear to go. During peak travel hours it tends to be busy so make sure you request it ahead of time.
Shower Room Hall.
The Lounge features a variety of seating sections, you can make sure comfortable where ever you prefer. Waiters will be roaming around the lounge making sure you’ve got everything you need or simply taking orders for food and drinks.
Admirals Club Botton line & final thoughts.
- This was my 3rd time connecting via Miami this year and my 3rd time visiting this lounge throughout 2014. All of my visits have been pleasant and all of the agents have been very helpful and friendly.
- The times I have visited the lounge it hasn’t been super crowded which is a plus because as I mentioned earlier, it gets very busy and finding a good spot to seat is nearly impossible.
- The food and drinks were tasty and the service by the waiters was excellent. They were very attentive and friendly.
- My Flight was delayed because of a strong rain storm and the agents were kind enough to keep me up to date on my flight and boarding process which is always greatly appreciate it.
- The club is well maintained, organized and most important very clean. Something I always look for when visiting a club.
- I have zero complaints about this lounge because overall it meets my needs and wants.
Here are some of the features the Admirals Club offers:
- T-Mobile HotSpot wireless internet service (T-Mobile subscription required).
- 12 HP Compaq dc7900 PCs with complimentary high speed internet access.
- Individual workstations, data ports, photocopiers and fax service.
- Conference Room seating capacity for 10.
- Music Lounge with Bose® headsets.
- Kids Club with TV and PC’s.
- 6 shower facilities.
- Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks and light snacks.
Have you been to this Admirals Club before? If so, how was your experience and what would you like to see it improve?
Best, John Carter.