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Old Dec 10, 10, 9:04 am   #1
 
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OneWorld ORD lounges

My parents (who are only Gold) will be flying from BOS to ORD and then on to NRT w/ JAL next month. They're currently booked into business--I keep searching for some F availability on JAL but don't hold out much hope. My question is regarding the lounges available to them. Could someone who has been into both the Admirals Club and the JAL Sakura lounge in the international terminal compare/contrast the two for me? (I assume they could go to either of these, correct?) I've been in the AC, which I thought was quite nice. The pics of the Sakura lounge on the JAL website don't look particularly insipiring so I'm inclined to say they should spend more time at the AA lounge before going over to the international terminal.

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Old Dec 10, 10, 9:16 am   #2
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JAL Departs from Terminal 5 and AA departs from Terminal 3 - the two are not connected airside. The only lounge options available will be the JAL lounge offering in T5.
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Old Dec 10, 10, 9:22 am   #3
 
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JAL Departs from Terminal 5 and AA departs from Terminal 3 - the two are not connected airside. The only lounge options available will be the JAL lounge offering in T5.
I know that they're not connected airside. But even if they arrive from BOS into T3 they cannot go to the AC there before heading over to T5? The layover is over 3 hours.
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Old Dec 10, 10, 9:38 am   #4
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Even with a 3 hour layover I would not recommend a visit to the AC. It's better to get over to T5 and deal with the security circus over there and relax in a lounge post security, rather than hang around the AC. It's nice but not that nice.
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I would second the idea of going directly to T5 to avoid any potential issues.

The Sakura lounge is much smaller than the Admiral's Club, but it is comfortable and nice. It does offer some light snacks and beverages for free that you won't find in the AC. It can get a little crowded right before boarding, but it's not a shabby lounge by any means.
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Old Dec 10, 10, 11:49 am   #6
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I agree with the recommendations above - your parents should exit T-3 and take the train to Terminal 5 as soon as they arrive and not mess around with the Admirals Club (until they return, in which case they could process formalities in T-5, take the ATS train to T-3, process security and enjoy the AC, and even a shower if they wish).

Link to PDF map of Terminal 5, including listings of oneworld lounges - JL Sakura, BA, etc.


O'Hare airport map, showing ATS train in red
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Old Dec 10, 10, 11:57 am   #7
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I know that they're not connected airside. But even if they arrive from BOS into T3 they cannot go to the AC there before heading over to T5? The layover is over 3 hours.
The Chicago AC isn't nearly nice enough to make it worthwhile to visit.

Go straight to T5.
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Old Dec 10, 10, 12:15 pm   #8
 
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I too would strongly recommend getting to your terminal (#5 in this case) and then relaxing in the lounge. (Relaxing is different from just poking my head in for a few minutes to see how a particular lounge is, but I assume your parents are not into lounge-comparing.) I have learned to follow this rule even if I had to skip a particularly desirable lounge, which ORD AC is not.

PS. It bruises my ego, but even STL lounge seems nicer and more cheerful than the one at ORD.

Another odd thing about ORD is that people I know have often gotten off at the wrong floor and found themselves in something called Executive Center. Whatever the season, this tends to happen more at ORD than other locations.

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Old Dec 10, 10, 12:39 pm   #9
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I too would strongly recommend getting to your terminal (#5 in this case) and then relaxing in the lounge. (Relaxing is different from just poking my head in for a few minutes to see how a particular lounge is, but I assume your parents are not into lounge-comparing.) I have learned to follow this rule even if I had to skip a particularly desirable lounge, which ORD AC is not.
A good rule, because I recently spent too much time hanging around the LAX flagship lounge before heading over to the TBIT because the lounges in that terminal are generally terrible.

Arrived in the terminal 60 minutes before departure to find a HUGE line of 200+ people. Fortunately I got a CX rep to escort me through to the head of the line (lots of dirty looks from the people in queue) or else I'd have missed the flight for sure.

Lesson - always get airside on your connection before stopping to consider which lounge to stay at.
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A good rule, because I recently spent too much time hanging around the LAX flagship lounge before heading over to the TBIT because the lounges in that terminal are generally terrible.

Arrived in the terminal 60 minutes before departure to find a HUGE line of 200+ people. Fortunately I got a CX rep to escort me through to the head of the line (lots of dirty looks from the people in queue) or else I'd have missed the flight for sure.

Lesson - always get airside on your connection before stopping to consider which lounge to stay at.
I hate LAX TBIT. That place is a madhouse.
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Old Dec 10, 10, 6:13 pm   #11
 
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A good rule, because I recently spent too much time hanging around the LAX flagship lounge before heading over to the TBIT because the lounges in that terminal are generally terrible.

Arrived in the terminal 60 minutes before departure to find a HUGE line of 200+ people. Fortunately I got a CX rep to escort me through to the head of the line (lots of dirty looks from the people in queue) or else I'd have missed the flight for sure.

Lesson - always get airside on your connection before stopping to consider which lounge to stay at.
The security line can be long at TBIT. However the J/F line is usually not too bad. AFAIK, if you are traveling in economy, I don't think elite status gives you access to the shorter F/J line.
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Old Dec 10, 10, 9:40 pm   #12
 
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Well, we seem to have consensus. Thanks everyone
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Old Dec 11, 10, 7:28 am   #13
 
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The ONLY reason I could envision for popping into the A/C is if JAL's lounge at T-5 doesn't have showers (I don't THINK it does, but can't recall for sure), and your parents want to grab a shower/freshen up between their BOS-ORD and transpac/ORD-NRT flights.
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Old Dec 15, 10, 4:07 pm   #14
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Wouldn't the OP's parents have access to the BA lounge at T5 as well, based on the oneworld Lounge Access Policy?

EDIT: I've never used ORD T5 so can't speak to it myself, but it looks like the opening hours for JL and BA lounges don't overlap, so it seems to be one or the other.
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Wouldn't the OP's parents have access to the BA lounge at T5 as well, based on the oneworld Lounge Access Policy?
Yes, that is correct if they are open when the parents are there.
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