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Can anyone advice us on what alternative would be best for me and my wife if we want a pleasant lounge-stay at LAX (about 5-6 hrs waiting)? We are departing from terminal 4 with American Airlines and we have no existing cards that can help us in to any lounge. As I see it we have two alternatives. 1. Buy 2, day passes at Admirals Club lounge for a total of 100 USD. 2. Buy a Standard membership with Priority Pass with a annual fee of 113 USD plus 55 USD per visit (for two person). And then walk to another terminal that let Priority Pass members in. Alternative 1 is closest and cheapest but alternative 2 gives us the opportunity to use other airport-lounges as well for 1 year ahead (for 55 USD at the time). We don’t travel very much, maybe 2 or three trips in a year. I have read a lot about the difficultes with getting from terminal to terminal at LAX, especially from Terminal 4 to other terminals but I think i have read something about a newly opened tunnel from T4 to T5, its this tunnel open and will it work for us to visit other terminals without have to go through security again once we have passed the security at terminal 4? What alternative would you choose and more importantly what lounge (that we can get in to with either day pass or a Priority Pass membership)? Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Ben, Why did you not talk about the First section for the KAL lounge? I have not been in that part of the lounge, but I assumed and was told once that it was the First class lounge. But your ranking at least of putting the KAL lounge at the bottom is right. Luckily I have a connection into LAX, so I do prefer to use the SkyClub before moving to this lounge. Pity to hear the food quality dropping @ the Qantas First lounge – have not used it for sometime. Cheers!

This brand new lounge opened in December 2014. The superb, albeit dark lounge area is furnished with Californian Knoll furniture. The 74-seat restaurant is a major highlight, with an open-style kitchen, table service and an a la carte menu designed by Neil Perry Rockpool. The seven shower suites feature Aurora Spa ASPAR products. This is truly an elegant lounge, where service is paramount – the staff was trained by Sofitel. The Qantas First Class Lounge LAX tops our chart for its outstanding food selection, spaciousness, and gracious service. That being said, it’s a close call with the Star Alliance First Class Lounge – while Star Alliance restricts access to First Class flyers, creating an exclusive experience, oneworld invites their top frequent flyer members, making luxury perhaps more attainable. It comes down to a matter of personal preference. Either way, the Qantas lounge is a treat – enjoy your stay!

After visiting all of AA’s flagship lounge locations in the US in the last year (JFK, ORD, DFW, and the old LAX one) I was a bit shocked that this was going to be the replacement for their first class/top tier lounge at LAX for the next 8 months or so.  They could have done a much better job on the temporary space, but we will have to see if the work pays off when the newly remodeled lounge opens next year.  The space now is pretty plain.  Small seating area, two Coke coolers, one with mostly alcoholic beverages and one with non-alcoholic ones, an espresso machine, and a side conference room containing a few hot dishes (but by the time I got here they were clearing some of the hot dishes away; it was almost 1am now).

The LAX FlyAway is a popular scheduled nonstop bus service between all LAX terminals and Van Nuys, Union Station, Westwood, Santa Monica and Hollywood. Buses are marked according to route and no reservation is required. A one-way fare is $8 per person (up to two children under 5 years old may travel for free per paying adult). Tickets can be purchased online or on the bus via major credit or debit cards. Cash payment only accepted at Metrolink ticket vending machines at Union Station. The LAX FlyAway picks up and drops off passengers in the area in front of each terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands, marked by a green overhead sign that says “Flyaway, Buses & Long Distance Vans”.

Airport Overview Photo by Claire To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at LAX Airport. What to Expect LAX is a large, spread-out airport with 9 terminals in a general U-shape. Some terminals are nicer than others, though even the International Terminal leaves a lot to be desired.   All terminals operate with different hours, but general rule is most shut down by 1am and open again around 4 am. No 24-hour eateries, so come prepared with snacks or change for vending machines. WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below. Where to Sleep There is a decent amount of seats, though most have armrests. You’ll have plenty of space to spread out on the carpeted floor.   In Terminal 7, Gate 71B offers faux leather benches with no armrests, and much more seating than the other gates. (cavemenhadnobeds, JUne 2016) In Terminal 6, there are benches without armrests in the Arrival Hall, just around the corner from the Baggage Claim - it’s bright and loud, so bring eye masks and earplugs (February 2016 review). LAX is under constant construction, so be prepared for construction noise (and frequent announcements) no matter where you sleep. Have your ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones handy. When there are cancelled/delayed flights, the airport provides cots to travellers stranded overnight. See Cots in the airport guide below. Explore Terminals 4 and 7 for chairs in triangle configurations for privacy (January 2016 review). For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below. Good to Know Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates. For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Los Angeles Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date. » Read All Los Angeles Airport Reviews Write a Review Rate Airport

Ben, Why did you not talk about the First section for the KAL lounge? I have not been in that part of the lounge, but I assumed and was told once that it was the First class lounge. But your ranking at least of putting the KAL lounge at the bottom is right. Luckily I have a connection into LAX, so I do prefer to use the SkyClub before moving to this lounge.

It’s always nice to have options when you travel, and lounge access is one of those perks that makes long layovers in an airport a bit more bearable.  Large airports such as LAX have many different lounge options, and it pays to do your research in advance especially if you have a limited amount of time to spend.  What are your thoughts on lounges at LAX or airline lounges in general?  We will be reviewing more lounges and airline products here at LoyaltyLobby in the coming months.

The least exclusive First Class lounge at LAX, the American Airlines International First Class Lounge (formerly known as Flagship Lounge) welcomes American and oneworld transcontinental and international First Class passengers, plus oneworld Emerald members. Conveniently accessible through the Admirals Club, it features the same spacious and bright architecture. Seating is slightly more private than in the Admirals Club, but the main difference lies in the food and beverage options – the Flagship Lounge serves full meals all day long, with hot and cold entrees, a variety of desserts, and a generous selection of self-serve soft and alcoholic drinks. That’s a far cry from the Admirals Club, but don’t expect fine cuisine. Large bathrooms with plenty of room to change are available, as well as three shower suites with Dermalogica amenities.

Understated luxury is the key word at the Star Alliance First Class lounge LAX. The lounge is pretty small and you won’t find water features, bling and servers bowing at you. Privacy is paramount, though, with restrictive access rules (no access to top-tier frequent flyers unlike at the American Airlines Flagship Lounge or Qantas First Class lounge) and two well-appointed VIP rooms. The sun-filled room is quiet and elegant, with comfortable furniture, and a small dining area with linen and restaurant-style service. The buffet offers a small selection of amuse-bouches to complement the table service, as well as upscale wines and champagnes.

United makes a come back at LAX with a swanky new Club -, November 30, 2016 3:11 am the choice between two drab, over crowded United Clubs, which earned the bottom rankings in our Definitive Guide to the LAX Lounge Scene. In fairness to United, the clubs were meant to be temporary, while the airline embarked on a major