Admirals Club Miami:
Miami has never been one of our preferred airports. When flying from Brazil, we like to fly to New York so that the flight to Boston is quicker (and on an A321!). However, there are times when flying through Miami make the most sense for us…you know, like when we went to Orlando 🙂
Since we don’t have access to the American Express Centurian Lounge at MIA, we were normally limited to the very outdated Admirals Clubs near gates D15 or D30. There are some Priority Pass lounges available, however, it would require taking the train to get to them – not the best option when traveling with a toddler.
We had spent many hours in the old Admirals Clubs and were very excited to learn that one of them had finally finished its renovation. Let’s check it out!
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How To Get Access
We tend to get access to the Admirals Club with Caline’s Citi Prestige card, however, Citi’s agreement with American ends in July 2017 so that will no longer be an option. Fortunately, since we both earned Platinum status with American Airlines this year we will continue to have access when flying internationally – regardless of which cabin we fly.
If you have the Citi AAdvantage Executive Elite card, you will be able to access all Admirals Clubs at any time and even give memberships to your authorized users – a valuable perk!
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Airport Lounge Options
There are about ten lounges at MIA, but since we seem to only fly out of Concourse D we have only seen three of them.
There are the two Admirals Clubs located in front of D15 and D30 (D15 is the newly renovated one and D30 is under renovation) and the American Express Centurian Lounge.
While we haven’t had the pleasure of spending much time at the Centurian Lounge, it gets good reviews for its food, but appears to be on the smaller side and gets full quickly.
Admirals Club Miami D15
The first thing you will notice when you walk in the new Admirals Club Miami is the refreshed check-in station. It is very modern and sleek and carries the design theme currently being used across the American Airlines brand.
Anyone that had visited this lounge in the past will recognize the layout, which was left untouched – but not in a bad way, it had a nice flow.
The furnishings and design are very clean with splashes of color throughout. There is plenty of seating with great options for solo travelers as well as small groups to get comfortable. In the back of the lounge, there are even lay-flat lounge chairs if you want to get close your eyes for a bit.
The seats themselves were comfortable, and some even had little footrests, which I thought was a nice touch.
Every seat either had an outlet and USB port built into it or was next to a table that did. Some of the tables even had wireless charging hotspots as well.
At the Admirals Club Miami you will find the standard spread you know from any other American Airlines lounge in the US.
There was the standard two soup station, some carrot sticks, hummus, and pita chips. Nothing very impressive or fitting of the gorgeous lounge.
There was, however, a fresh guacamole station next to the bar – which was a deliciously pleasant surprise! It appeared to be a special treat, so I wouldn’t expect it next time through.
The drinks are on the same level as the food, which is mediocre at best.
The complimentary adult beverages items are a choice of a light domestic draft beer or some bottom shelf wines. Nothing very inspiring.
However, we discovered that if we check into the Admirals Club with our Platinum boarding pass – and not our Citi Prestige card – we each get a complimentary premium beverage ticket. Fancy!
With that ticket you can get one of the nicer beers or your choice from the wine list, so keep that in mind next time you whip out your Prestige card!
Yes, the Admirals Club Miami does have a kid’s room! After being freshly disappointed with the new Priority Pass Lounge in Rio being excellent, but with nowhere for Emily to enjoy, we were very happy to find a space for her to play.
While this particular kid’s room is nothing special, especially compared to the one in Rio, there is plenty to keep kids busy between flights.
Of course, there are the two standard, useless, computers as well as some cute books and some durable looking toys. There is a TV as well showing cartoons. Emily seemed to really enjoy her time there.
One thing about this kid’s room that I liked was its location in the lounge. It is tucked into a nook in the back of the lounge and has a giant glass wall. That means parents can sit right outside in one of the many seating options and watch their kids without being subjected to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on repeat.
Overall we were very impressed with the new Admirals Club Miami. It received a much-needed update and now we have somewhere to look forward to visiting on our trips through MIA.
While the food is nothing special, it is a decent option if you are looking for snacks. And don’t forget that if you have status with American Airlines you can receive a voucher for a premium beverage!
We will defintley be spending some time here in the future.
Have you been to the new Admirals Club Miami? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!
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