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skip hotel for 5am departure?

Old Jan 8, 16, 10:24 am
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skip hotel for 5am departure?

visiting LA, I have a 5am departure (on DL) on Sunday morning. I know I can get a hotel nearby, but I am just wondering if it would make more sense to skip the hotel altogether

I was thinking I could catch a late movie, then return my car (Budget is open 24 hrs) and go to the terminal--that would place me there at around 3am, about the time I would need to think about waking up at the hotel anyway.

Is security open at that time, or would I be stuck until they open later?

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Old Jan 8, 16, 10:27 am
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most of the security doesn't open til 4: terminal hours
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Old Jan 8, 16, 11:39 am
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Originally Posted by chrisl137 View Post
most of the security doesn't open til 4: terminal hours
Based upon recent experience when I was leaving on 5:00 am flights out of T4, when I got there at 3:30 am due to very light traffic, security was already open (not the Pre✓ line, though). I then had to wait till 4:00 am for the Admirals Club to open; the food and coffee concessions were also still closed.
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Old Jan 13, 16, 1:30 pm
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You can definitely do this. As TWA884 noted, TSA check point generally opens approximately 2 hour before the first departure, despite published terminal hours.

However, I suggest you spend a little more time at a nearby 24 hour diner in Manhattan Beach. Catch a movie nearby and then eat something at the Kettle before going to LAX.


Or alternatively, visit a local landmark right next to LAX!


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Old Jan 18, 16, 11:37 pm
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A late movie is a great idea. Check out the theatre at The Promenade at Howard Hughes for showtimes (bonus points for reserved seating and 18+ only for some of their screenings, plus adult beverages).

The Kettle has some amazing bran muffins with some sort of syrupy glaze on top.. mmm...

Randy's is cool too, though I personally think a little overrated for the donuts themselves.
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Old Jan 18, 16, 11:56 pm
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There's also this:

Sleeping in airports
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Old Feb 11, 16, 8:24 pm
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You could also enjoy a luxurious late night breakfast or steak at the historic 24/7 Pacific Dining Car near downtown. Be sure to sit in the front room, a converted vintage rail car. Traffic will be light and you'll be able to get to the airport quickly.
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Old Feb 12, 16, 11:18 am
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So will you have a hotel Friday night? If so, I might do a late checkout Saturday, sleep in, and start all of your activities in the afternoon. That way you will only be up for 14-16 hours by the time you get on the plane.

If I knew I had to get up at 3am I know that I wouldn't sleep very well at a hotel.

Edit, looks like this is an old thread that got bumped.
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