Lounge Review: American Airlines Admirals Club Raleigh Durham (RDU)

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Lounge Review: American Airlines Admirals Club Raleigh Durham (RDU)

Although RDU is only a little over 2 hours from my house, this is actually the first time I had ever been to this airport. And I must say, so far, so good! Even though my upgrade for the flight to DFW didn’t clear, I had a great experience with the airport.

I was headed out to Las Vegas on Thursday for my bachelor party. While the prices out of my little airport (ILM) were actually comparable, the flights back from Vegas were insanely expensive and terribly timed. Because of that, I chose to fly in and out of RDU, enabling me to use my Southwest points (that I never get to use) to take the direct flight back on Monday! I knew I’d be really freaking hungover tired on Monday, so the direct flight using points was absolutely ideal (even if it means flying Southwest).

With prior obligations that morning about 20 minutes closer to the airport than my house, I decided just to leave from there, and got to RDU about 4 hours before my flight. Plenty of time to check out the Admirals Club! Coincidentally enough, I didn’t even know AA had a lounge at RDU until the night before my flight. It sounds like such a rookie move, but I just never thought they would, so I didn’t even bother looking!

You enter the airport to a well appointed lobby and ticketing area. After a quick minute checking my bag and clearing security through Pre-check, I hung a right to the Admirals club. The club is right above gate C-3 in Terminal 2. Every airline at RDU flies out of Terminal 2, with the lone exception of Southwest, who’s in numero uno!

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Elevators to the Club – stairs are to the right.

I took the stairs up the lounge to see not one but TWO lounges up there. Both AA and DL are on the second floor, utilizing the same elevator and stairs.

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Admirals Club Entrance

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Delta SkyClub Entrance

Although it’s arguably smaller than the smallest AC I’d ever been to, this lounge is significantly nicer. I think a big reason for that is that the PHL “F” Lounge is a legacy U.S. Air Club, while this RDU Admirals Club has always belonged to AA.

Walking in on the left side of the check-in desks, you’ll start see these pods of 4 seats along the windows.

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Pods. Comfy seats with better lighting. This is where I sat for the duration.

Continuing along the left side of the lounge, you’ll run into the snacks area with some high-top chairs.

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SNACKIES.

Directly next to the snacks is the bar and some of the gross vegetable healthy snacks.

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I definitely want carrots instead of the cookies! Yum!

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Bar.

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I liked the bar.

The screens on the side of the bar changed colors and added some pop to the room. Basically getting me prepared for the “vibes” in the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse when we go to JFK in a few weeks.

Following the outer wall we hit the coffee machines (lame, no picture) and then the showers.

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Showers!

For a small, non-hub lounge to have showers is pretty impressive! Keeping it going, we hit the small but really nice bathrooms, followed by the Quite Room.

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Did a ghost take the picture?!?

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Quiet Room. Big and comfy chairs to hangout in. I liked it.

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Next to the Quiet Room is the Conference Room. I would have gotten a picture but some business people were in there discussing high finance (I presume).

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VIPs only.

Finally, coming full circle, on your immediate right if you go around the right side of the check-in desk, is the business center.

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I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man!

Now for some pictures to fill in the rest of the lounge!

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“Who needs a business center, I’ll just talk really loudly on the phone here” – Man in the white shirt.

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View from my seat of the bar area.

 

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Views through the glass do the gate area and a tiny bit of the tarmac. Not a ton to see, but the wood beams running along the ceiling of the airport is pretty cool, actually.

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From my seat across the lounge. Showers are on the left, bathrooms are on the right (just out of the picture).

One of the cons about the lounge was the lack of TVs. It had two, but really not enough and the design of the lounge could support a few more. I will say though, they had these Samsung Galaxy touchscreen devices that let you surf the web, play games, and even look at the lounge food menu – pretty freaking cool. If I didn’t have my computer I would have been playing with it for quite some time.

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Magic Device

Conclusion

This lounge was pretty great. They had a good assortment of food and amenities for an outpost lounge at a smaller airport. Additionally, the decor and lighting really helped you relax. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

2 Comments on “Lounge Review: American Airlines Admirals Club Raleigh Durham (RDU)

  1. What a bonus to find out you have lounge access right before getting to the airport! That lounge looks huge and you had your pick of section seeing as it looked empty!

    • It was quite the bonus, Mark! Since I got there so early it was pretty empty most the time and only really started to fill up right before I left.

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