American Airlines this week unveiled huge changes to its line-up of “Flagship First” products, including:

  • Flagship First Check-In
  • Flagship Lounge
  • Flagship First Dining


One of the most exciting changes for Australians, is that as of this week, Qantas Platinum Frequent Flyers, as well as other Oneworld Emerald members, are entitled to use the American Airlines Flagship First Check-In regardless of cabin, when you fly on any flight operated by American.

American AAdvantage Executive Platinum members have access if flying on qualifying international flights operated by American (regardless of cabin).

American Airlines Flagship First Check-In - The Flight Doc

Previously – access was only available when flying in first class on international or 3-class transcontinental flights operated by American.

Flagship First Check-In is an exclusive check-in area currently available at New York JFK, Chicago O’Hare, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, and Miami, with plans to add it at Dallas Fort Worth.

American Airlines Flagship First Check-In - The Flight Doc

Customers will be greeted by dedicated Premium Customer Service representatives who will assist with check-in, check their luggage and escort them to an expedited security line.

American Airlines Flagship First Check-In - The Flight Doc

For those without Qantas Platinum or Oneworld Emerald Status, you can access Flagship First Check-In when traveling on American in Flagship First on a qualifying international or transcontinental flight.

Full details on Flagship First Check-In access policies can be found by clicking here.

Qantas Platinum members will love this new benefit, especially when landing in the United States at Los Angeles (LAX), where you will now be able to walk over to T4 and check back in using Flagship First Check-In for those times when you are unable to use the connecting flight security line in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, or for when the lines are too long!

American Airlines Flagship First Check-In - The Flight Doc

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