Most lounges closed when demand collapsed and the Coronavirus forced the economy to essentially ground to a halt earlier this year. But travelers are starting to take to the skies again, airlines are moving to more customer-friendly policies, and both flights and lounges are starting to reopen with enhanced Coronavirus cleanliness and distancing protocols. So which lounges are open during the Coronavirus?
The Coronavirus Lounge Experience
The lounge experience might not be what you’re used to. Beyond mandated face coverings, almost all lounges have reduced hot food options and other amenities in the interests of reducing touchpoints between staff and customers.
The changes have been for the better in some places. God Save The Points reports that British Airways lounges have improved dramatically in the wake of the Coronavirus. In most cases, though, the virus has meant a reduction in services as operators tighten their belts to cope with the low demand.
Luckily, some lounges have reopened with the big-three US carriers focusing on their key hubs. That’s nice. With the reduced service-levels, you probably don’t want to head to the airport early, but it’s still nice to be able to retreat to a lounge during a connection. So what lounges are open?
(Last updated September 14, 2020)
American Airlines operates two tiers of lounges: Admirals Clubs located at most of its primary destinations and the Flagship Lounge, intended for international-first class passengers and its most elite frequent flyers. With international travel yet to recover, all Flagship locations are still closed. But Admirals Clubs at 10 hub airports are currently open:
- Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) – Concourse C
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) – Concourse H/K
- Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) – Terminal A and Terminal C
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – Terminal 4
- Miami International Airport (MIA) – Gate D30
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – Terminal B
- LaGuardia Airport (LGA) – Concourse D
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) – Terminal B/C
- Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) – Gate A7
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – Terminal B
It’s worth noting that the locations in New York (LGA and JFK) are only providing pre-packaged food and water in accordance with local regulations.
In addition, American has announced that lounges at the following key outstations will reopen October 1:
- Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
- Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
- Denver International Airport (DEN)
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
- Nashville International Airport (BNA)
- Orlando International Airport (MCO)
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Delta Air Lines
Delta has kept many of its Sky Clubs open, concentrated primarily in its hubs and a few key outstations. Sky Clubs are currently open in the following airports:
- Atlanta (ATL – ACPT)
- Atlanta (ATL – A17)
- Atlanta (ATL – B18)
- Atlanta (ATL – D27)
- Atlanta (ATL – F)
- Atlanta (ATL – T)
- Boston (BOS – A7)
- Chicago (ORD-T2)
- Cincinnati (CVG – B)
- Dallas (DFW-E)
- Denver (DEN – A)
- Detroit (DTW – A38)
- LaGuardia (LGA – C)
- LaGuardia (LGA – D)
- Los Angeles (LAX – T2)
- Minneapolis – St. Paul (MSP – F/G)
- Nashville (BNA – B3)
- New York (JFK – T4)
- Orlando (MCO – 4)
- Phoenix (PHX – T3)
- Raleigh (RDU – T2)
- Seattle (SEA – A)
- San Francisco (SFO – C3)
- Salt Lake City (SLC)
- Tampa (TPA – E68)
- Washington D.C. (DCA – B15)
United has two tiers of lounges. The upgraded Polaris business-class lounges remain closed. Most United Clubs are also closed but the airline committed to keeping at least one lounge open at its key hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Newark, San Francisco, and Washington Dulles. Specifically, the following lounges are open.
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) – Gate B6
- Denver International Airport (DEN) – Gate B44
- Houston International Airport (IAH) – Gate C1
- Houston International Airport (IAH) – Gate E11
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – Gate 71A
- Newark International Airport (EWR) – Gate C74
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – Gate G6
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – Gate F11
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) Gate C17
Alaska Airlines closed all of its lounges except its Concourse D lounge in Seattle International Airport (SEA) early in the pandemic. But the member-elect of Oneworld has reopened much of its lounge network as of August 1. The following Alaska Lounge locations are now open:
- Anchorage (ANC) – Concourse C
- Los Angeles (LAX) – Terminal 6
- Portland Airport (PDX) – Concourse C
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) – North Satellite
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) – Concourse D
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any news quite yet on whether Alaska will be opening its brand new lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). It was slated to open by the end of the year but understandably with the Coronavirus, that timeline will probably not hold. Two locations will remain closed for now: New York JFK and Seattle Concourse C.
Americans are taking to the air again for essential business or to seek out the sun. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of lounges (including most of those partnering with Priority Pass and all the American Express Centurion Lounges) are closed. But if you’re traveling through a major carrier’s hub and have access, you’re likely to find an American Admirals Club, Delta Sky Club, United Club, or Alaska Lounge open.
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