5h 30m layover in LAX

Old Mar 2, 2024, 12:26 am
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5h 30m layover in LAX

A quick Q and wasn't exactly sure where to post this! I'm arriving into LAX terminal B from AKL on NZ6 @ 13:20 and departing on VS0142 (also from terminal B I believe) bound for LHR at 18:55 and was hoping someone could confirm if my Star Alliance Gold status would suffice at gaining me access to the Star Alliance Lounge? I'm departing on a VS ticket so just want to be 100% sure. Thanks
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 12:42 am
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Originally Posted by frozenic3
A quick Q and wasn't exactly sure where to post this! I'm arriving into LAX terminal B from AKL on NZ6 @ 13:20 and departing on VS0142 (also from terminal B I believe) bound for LHR at 18:55 and was hoping someone could confirm if my Star Alliance Gold status would suffice at gaining me access to the Star Alliance Lounge? I'm departing on a VS ticket so just want to be 100% sure. Thanks
No it wont. Star Alliance policy is that Lounge access is based on the next departure, so no access to the *A lounge if not departing on a *A carrier.

You may have access to the VS lounge under the NZ-VS joint venture (that may be only at SFO IIRC). Some posters here have reported success so have a search.
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 1:35 am
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Originally Posted by Thai-Kiwi
No it wont. Star Alliance policy is that Lounge access is based on the next departure, so no access to the *A lounge if not departing on a *A carrier.

You may have access to the VS lounge under the NZ-VS joint venture (that may be only at SFO IIRC). Some posters here have reported success so have a search.
I'm flying PE on both Air NZ and VA legs, and on the Virgin Atlantic website for LAX lounge it also states the Star Alliance lounge, so am effectively back at square one as won't have access included in my PE ticket.

I see you can actually buy access to the Star Alliance Lounge for $75 USD - I'm thinking this is probably the easiest way to go.
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 11:25 am
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Originally Posted by frozenic3
I'm flying PE on both Air NZ and VA legs, and on the Virgin Atlantic website for LAX lounge it also states the Star Alliance lounge, so am effectively back at square one as won't have access included in my PE ticket.

I see you can actually buy access to the Star Alliance Lounge for $75 USD - I'm thinking this is probably the easiest way to go.
You'll have two and a half hours in the terminal no matter what. From what I see you can onbly enter 3h before flight
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 11:57 am
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Isn’t the LAX lounge operated by NZ? On a single NZ ticket (is LAX-LHR NZ-coded?) I would at least try to get access. I have not tried that specific version, but have certainly had success with other *A lounges when the flight was *A coded and on a *A ticket
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Originally Posted by cfischer
Isnt the LAX lounge operated by NZ? On a single NZ ticket (is LAX-LHR NZ-coded?) I would at least try to get access. I have not tried that specific version, but have certainly had success with other *A lounges when the flight was *A coded and on a *A ticket
They said they are departing on a VS ticket, it doesn't have any NZ codeshares that I can see
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by cfischer
Isnt the LAX lounge operated by NZ? On a single NZ ticket (is LAX-LHR NZ-coded?) I would at least try to get access. I have not tried that specific version, but have certainly had success with other *A lounges when the flight was *A coded and on a *A ticket
They are in PE on VS, and not on a NZ-codeshare ex-LAX available according to ExpertFlyer, so no lounge access.

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Old Mar 2, 2024, 12:18 pm
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Originally Posted by ZKNHB
They said they are departing on a VS ticket, it doesn't have any NZ codeshares that I can see
There is a NZ-codeshare on VS metal via SFO, where there is a cooperation arrangement. Read it all on the AirNZ web:

https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/co-o...lantic-airways


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Old Mar 2, 2024, 5:16 pm
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The NZ/VS lounge arrangement appears to cover SFO-LHR vv. only. Also the VS website mentions nothing about the VS sector having to have an NZ flight number.

https://flywith.virginatlantic.com/u...clubhouse.html

https://flywith.virginatlantic.com/u...re-lounge.html
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 7:21 pm
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Originally Posted by frozenic3
A quick Q and wasn't exactly sure where to post this! I'm arriving into LAX terminal B from AKL on NZ6 @ 13:20 and departing on VS0142 (also from terminal B I believe) bound for LHR at 18:55 and was hoping someone could confirm if my Star Alliance Gold status would suffice at gaining me access to the Star Alliance Lounge? I'm departing on a VS ticket so just want to be 100% sure. Thanks
Head straight out to the taxi stand, head to Venice Beach, eat, drink, people watch for two hours and head back to airport.
Beats any lounge at Lax
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 9:49 pm
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And if you want to shower while landside, most of those LAX airport hotels are available on dayuse.com
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 11:24 pm
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Aaah if flown this route many times. Its a shame that AirNZ dont connect into LDN anymore


Despite my best and attempts to charm the lovely folks at the virgin and star alliance lounge, I was unsuccessful.

I found myself at a bar near the terminal, and accidentally ordered a $100 nzd glass of very lovely wine my only advice to you, if maybe dont do that.
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 11:28 pm
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I too wouldn't hang around the terminal for that long even if I did have lounge access. I used to always do the NZ6/NZ2 transit so I had time to go to In-N-Out and watch planes before heading back to the lounge for a shower.

Beaches either North or South are a great way to get a little exercise and some polluted SoCal air to break up the trip.
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Old Mar 3, 2024, 12:56 pm
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Originally Posted by sbiddle
I used to always do the NZ6/NZ2 transit so I had time to go to In-N-Out and watch planes before heading back to the lounge for a shower.
I second this, 20 minute walk each way to In N Out for animal style (if you know, you know)
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Old Mar 3, 2024, 3:25 pm
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Originally Posted by adsho43
I second this, 20 minute walk each way to In N Out for animal style (if you know, you know)
Jeez to walk it in 20 mins you must have really been hangin out for it! 🤣
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