At the tail end of a trip to Brazil, I had a transatlantic flight in British Airways Club World from Rio de Janeiro/Galeão International Airport to London Heathrow. I was pleased to learn that I’d have access to the American Airlines Admirals Club lounge prior to my long-haul flight, as it appeared to be superior to any other options at my disposal.
As it turns out, my stay at this Admirals Club lounge was excellent, and I was glad to see British Airways and American Airlines reward premium passengers with a lounge of this quality.
American Airlines Admirals Club Rio de Janeiro – Access
I hadn’t expected there to be lounge access included with my Club World boarding pass; however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that access to the American Airlines Admirals Club was indeed included with my ticket.
It was also excellent because I was travelling with my longtime friend Dan, and I got to give him his first taste of the lounge experience during our visit.
The lounge is located on the third floor of the South Pier, and you can follow the signs for VIP Lounges to get yourself there.
It took us a while to make our way to the lounge, but upon arrival, we were given a uniquely Brazilian warm welcome by the lounge staff. They made sure to check us in quickly, and offered their assistance for anything throughout our stay.
This level of service for a mostly empty lounge was truly excellent.
The entrance area also included a variety of screens for monitoring flight statuses.
The lounge has opening hours that those of us in North America may not be as accustomed to, as they’re staggered by the days of the week and flight schedules.
The Admirals Club is open from 4:30pm–12:30am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and from 6:30pm–12:30am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
This is because departing international long-haul flights from Brazil usually occur in the evening or at night, and the lounge probably wants to give priority service to customers flying on American Airlines and their partners at British Airways.
Regardless, check-in was as smooth as butter.
American Airlines Admirals Club Rio de Janeiro – Seating
The first thing I noticed upon entering this lounge was that it was huge! The Admirals Club in Rio de Janeiro…
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