I stopped by the Phoenix Admirals Club in mid December during a layover on the way to Cabo San Lucus in Mexico. American Airlines operates 3 lounges inside the Phoenix airport. Two lounges inside Terminal 4 concourse A and a third lounge in Terminal 4 concourse B.
The Phoenix airport represents one of American Airlines primary operating hubs. Typically each major airline operates multiple airport clubs at their primary airport hubs. Given the large volume of customer traffic at these hub airports, the major airlines generally offer higher quality lounges to encourage brand loyalty for that heavier customer traffic.
My plane landed near gate A22 and my connection was at gate A5. I had an hour and a half between flights, so this gave me the chance to stop in both Admirals Club lounges in Terminal A.
Club Near Gate A19 & A21
- Location: Between gates A19 & A21 in Terminal 4 of the Phoenix Airport.
- Hours: 5:30am to 10:30pm.
- Cost: $59 with a day pass or free with an Admirals Club membership.
- Free Access: Citi AA Chairman credit card, Citi Prestige credit card (when flying on American Airlines flight paid for with the Prestige*), business or first class customers traveling on American Airline partner airlines.
- How I Accessed: Citi Prestige credit card.
*Citi Prestige American Airlines lounge benefit will be discontinued starting in July 2017.
The Phoenix Admirals Club near gates A19 and A21 is a smaller sized club. The club sports a barbell shape with two larger sections on either side of the main entrance area.
The left side of the club opens into the main lounge area. This section of the club includes a medium sized seating area combined with a small bar.
The seating section includes a combination bar style stool seating and more comfortable lounge seating. Plenty of light streams into this area through the large windows with a view directly onto the airport tarmac.
Free soft drinks and house drinks are available at the bar. Light snacks are free inside the club. An additional food menu is available inside for an extra cost.
The other side of the lounge includes a smaller and more quiet seating with a small business center.
When I stopped inside the lounge, I found it to be relatively crowded, which was surprising considering the larger sized Admirals Club in Terminal 4 ended up being far less crowded. Despite the crowd, open seating was still available inside the club.
Overall, I found the lounge to be clean and well maintained with the standard Admirals Club amenities available inside. The club receives plenty of natural light from the large windows facing the tarmac, plenty of seating with electrical outlets are available, and the lounge includes a good selection of snacks and drinks.
The main downside of the club was the relatively small size. Due to the size, it doesn’t take much for the lounge to feel crowded inside. I visited the club during the late afternoon on a weekday which could account for some of the crowding during my visit.
This Admirals Club represents a good option if your pressed for time between flights with a connection near gates A19 and A21. If you have more time before your flight, I recommend taking a walk to the larger and recently renovated Admirals Club near gate A7 and A9 in Terminal 4.
2nd Club Near Gate A7 & A9
- Location: Between gates A7 & A9 in Terminal 4 of the Phoenix Airport.
- Hours: 5:15am to 1:00am.
The Admirals Club near gates A7 and A9 in Terminal 4 requires a 10 to 15 minute walk from the other club near gates A19 and A21. This club is one floor above the boarding gates which is accessible from an elevator or stairs.
This Admirals Club was recently renovated and offers a much larger and nicer space than the smaller sized Admirals Club near the lower numbered gates.
The club sports a rectangular sized space. The back wall of the club offers nice views of the Phoenix skyline with a line of chairs directly facing the windows. The lounge pulls in plenty of natural light from the large windows which line the entire length of the lounge.
This lounge offers the same amenities as the smaller Admirals Club on the other side of concourse A, but in a more pleasing presentation which includes a larger sized bar, extra natural light with better outside views, and more available seating.
Admirals Clubs in general provide nice lounge facilities with good amenities. The main differences tend to be in terms of the size and age of individual clubs. The two Admirals Club lounges in Terminal 4 concourse A fall into this trend. Both clubs offer good service in well maintained lounges.
However, the Admirals Club lounge near gates A7 and A9 offers a slightly larger and recently renovated facility. These additions make it a far more enjoyable club to spend some time during a layover. If you have the extra time between flights, I recommend taking a walk to the Admirals Club near gates A7 and A9 in terminal 4 of the Phoenix Airport.