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Spiff Jan 27, 12 6:45 am

You can buy your way into the AC.

Churnman Jan 27, 12 7:42 am

I get so many bonus signup offers from credit cards that offer club passes, but not sure which one is better, which club in the international terminal others prefer or if a hotel room is preferred for a place to actually stretch out. I obviously might have to pay to get a room, but I think I could get club passes for free by going through cc offers.

BTW, I'll be departing the international terminal on Air Tahiti in case anyone wonders for the sake of proximity to possible lounges in the international terminal. I tend to prefer leaving the main terminal from AA to get into the international side then hang out there.

Churnman Jan 27, 12 7:45 am


Originally Posted by Spiff (Post 17896755)
You can buy your way into the AC.

Looking for only lounges in the international terminal. It looks like AC is only in terminal 4. I prefer to get out of the main airport terminal, get through security in the international terminal and then relax.

Man_Utd_Fan Jan 27, 12 9:03 am

Your best bet to relax is buy AC pass. TBIT is extremely boring and no real place to relax except the lounges which can be very crowded at times. There is no hotel connected to LAX. Closest hotels are about a mile away via shuttle.

Churnman Jan 27, 12 9:50 am

I agree that the international terminal at LAX is one of the most boring places to wait for a flight. I didn't realize the lounges they do have there are so crowded, but it makes sense. I hate traveling through LAX. To me, it's one of the worst airports I go through.

MSPeconomist Jan 27, 12 10:45 am

AFAIK TBIT has sort of contract lounges for each alliance. They are airside and thus require a boarding pass to access, so if you cannot check in early or get all boarding passes through OLCI, there could be a problem. I suspect that paid day passes are not valid for the TBIT lounges.

JDiver Jan 27, 12 10:48 am

You can use the reLAX lounge at TBIT for a $15 - $50 fee - according to the OP, it is accessed near the food court.

If you were flying Air Tahiti Nui's Poerava First or Poerava Business, you would have access to the lounge on the North wing 4th floor that also serves EVA Air, Air India, China Airlines, China Eastern, El Al Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines (and used to serve Mexicana Airlines).

As this concerns lounges at the TBIT / Tom Bradley International Terminal, it's off to the appropriate Forum. JDiver, Moderator


Originally Posted by Churnman (Post 17896670)
I'll be flying into LAX on AA on July 3 then going to the International Terminal, but have a good 4 1/2 hours that I'd like to stretch out/lie down somewhere before a long flight. What are the lounges like or is there even a decent hotel (that doesn't smell like smoke in the rooms) that is connected that I could get to quickly if it's worth the time?

If there's a particular lounge that's good then I'll look into getting whatever cc offer that may have a one day free access to the club lounge. Also, any ideas on easy ways to get a one day pass would be appreciated.


bzcat Jan 27, 12 3:51 pm


Originally Posted by JDiver (Post 17898308)
You can use the reLAX lounge at TBIT for a free - according to the OP, it is accessed near the food court.

As this concerns lounges at the TBIT / Tom Bradley International Terminal, it's off to the appropriate Forum. JDiver, Moderator

For a fee, not for a free :D

bzcat Jan 27, 12 3:56 pm


Originally Posted by Churnman (Post 17897896)
I agree that the international terminal at LAX is one of the most boring places to wait for a flight. I didn't realize the lounges they do have there are so crowded, but it makes sense. I hate traveling through LAX. To me, it's one of the worst airports I go through.

Which Air Tahiti Nui flight are you taking? The Paris flight leaves in the middle of the day so you will have the lounge all to yourself. But you must have status or flying Business class to get in.

If you don't have status or is flying economy, your best bet is to buy a day pass at American. It's $50 and you can use it at your original destination as well as at LAX.

If you want to get in American lounge for free, check out the AA forum for the new fancy Citibank credit card that also comes with Admiral Club membership. Or upgrade your Amex Gold to Platinum. Either way, it is $450 for the first year. It's up to you to decide if it is worth it.

JDiver Feb 16, 12 6:24 pm

N.B. The first post has been updated and has a list of lounges, locations, hours, etc.

vmsea Jul 11, 12 5:55 pm

LAX Lounges question re Air Tahiti Nui flight.
 
Flying to PPT via Air Tahiti Nui.
Are there any lounges myself and 3 travelling companions can use in LAX for this? I read that you can't use the AA one b/c ATN is not a OW member..

I have the Amex platinum, and by associate the Priority Select pass..
I see a lot of choices in lounges, but if i'm not flying US air, or AF, or AA etc etc.. which one can i use?

Thanks!

Ocn Vw 1K Jul 11, 12 8:44 pm

Please follow as the thread moves to the Destinations->Los Angeles forum. Ocn Vw 1K, Moderator, TravelBuzz.

nagemnna Jul 18, 12 1:48 pm

I'm not sure where to post this, sorry if its in the wrong place. I have a layover in LAX and i was wondering if the "SKYTEAM KAL BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE" available with priority pass has free beer/wine? The only current information i can see to find is that its available but it doesn't say if it is complementary. Thanks!

bzcat Jul 18, 12 4:01 pm

I assume you mean the Skyteam lounge inside TBIT? Self-serve beer was free the last time I was there. If you are talking about the Delta lounge in T5, beer is not free.

nagemnna Jul 18, 12 5:32 pm

Yeah, the one in International Terminal. Sorry I didn't specify, thanks for the reply. Does that lounge get super crowded? We are trying to determine if its worth investing in the priory pass to gain access to the Skyteam lounge for our 7 hr layover at LAX for our international flight. my husband does not deal well with crowds and he had a hard time handling the layover we had in BOS last time we had an international flight. I've read that LAX is even worse. Paying the $150 to get him away from all the hustle and bustle seems worth it especially if i can give him a little beer/wine :) Unless anyone knows of a good place to "hide" in the TBIT?

danielonn Oct 5, 12 12:29 am

ReLAX LAX Lounge Tom Bradley International Terminal Review
 
Moderator note: ReLAX lounge landside at the Tm Bradley Internation al Terminal (TBIT) is to close end of summer 2013.

I have visited the ReLax Pay-for use lounge at LAX located by the Daily Grill and am writing a review for individuals without membership into a specific airline lounge on a layover or connection. The lounge accepts Priority Pass as well as other memberships. As this lounge is before security you can visit it whether you are traveling or not.

A big thanks goes out to the manager(name not posted due to FT Terms) for giving me two day passes to assist me with the review. I have used one on September 22nd and the other one will be for this Saturday. He is such a great person and has answered a lot of my questions. I contacted him just asking about the new coffee machine and how sad I was to see this lounge being eliminated and he generously offered me access to the lounge. I was not expecting such a generous offer.

At this point the lounge is scheduled to close when the remolding is finished but this may change if the rent can be negotiated.


Their website is:
http://www.relaxloungelax.com/

Cost to Enter:
Up to 1 Hour: $15
2-3 Hours $30
4-5 Hours $40
All Day $50
*The All Day Pass/ Priority Pass comes with complimentary glasses of wine/beer.

Greeting:

After coming up the escalator up to the lounge and passing by Panda Express you are greeted by the large ReLax sign with sliding doors. Note the restrooms are located outside the lounge on the left hand side.

Once you enter the friendly staff will assist you with anything that you may need. The friendly staff manning the front desk also work pouring the wines and beers.

Since there are no windows due to the construction you can easily work on your laptop or take a nap in the new comfortable reclining chairs.

Seating:

You are presented with comfortable reclining easy chairs and a small tables by each reclining chairs with surge protector plugs for your laptop. I was able to fit my laptop on the table. The lounge was not crowded on this Saturday late morning and I was able to put my laptop and grab another table for my food and drinks.

There are also high back chairs which are comfortable as well as regular leather chairs. They look to be designed by Roche Bobois or some other fancy designer. The chairs are so comfortable.

Beer/Wine Selection

The bar offers Heiniken and Amstel Light on draft as the complimentary beer options. You could purchase other beers as well as sparkling water etc. For the wine selection there was Weins Family Cellars from Temecula( Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc), Toad Head , Glen Ellen and Oyster Bay from New Zeland.

I conducted a wine sampling and enjoyed the Weins and Oyster Bay the best.

Non-Alcoholic Beverages:

The lounge offers RC Cola, Diet RC and Diet RC Sprite type of drink as well as juices in the cooler. I enjoy not having to go up to the bar for soda so I can just fill up a plastic cup and enjoy my soda at my leisure. Kudos to the lounge for offering RC most lounges offer Pepsi or Coke.

The new coffee machine makes lattes, Macciahots , regular and decaf coffees as well as espresso etc. The coffee here was better than the coffee at the Admirals Club.

There is also bottled water and fruit cups as well.

Food:

The lounge has snack dispensers with Chex Mix, Cheezeit Crackers , Pretzels, Peanuts. In the cooler there are delicious mini sandwiches such as Turkey, Chicken, Pita with Eggplant. Its quite delicious and filling. Again the food offerings while not as big as some international lounges its better than the Admirals Club or United Club.

They also have cookies and mini pastries as well. You can also purchase noodles and other hot foods. If you are inclined to bring a sandwich from home or from the Daily Grill the lounge does not mind outside food.

WiFi/Computers:

The lounge has a free WiFi code that changes daily. You can find it sitting on some of the tables. Just enter the code and the speed is better than most lounges. There are also desktop computers for those without laptops or for those who do not want to setup their laptops with free internet. There are also printers as well.

The Ambiance:

I love the background music that is not so overwhelming. Its relaxing and I would much rather spend time here then in the crowded terminal.

Grade: A the only negative part is that you have to go outside to use the restroom but its not the fault of the lounge. There are no showers.

What I like about this lounge is that you pay for as much time as you need. You don't have to pay $50 for a full day if you are only going to use it for 2 hours.

The noise level was quiet and I was able to take a nap in the comfortable reclining chairs.

The lounge attendants were always present and pleasant asking what I needed. The service is personalized. I needed to know if my flight was running on time and the kind agent went online and told me it was with a smile and printed out the gate information for me without asking.

I will be visiting the lounge again on Saturday and will update the review and would be happy to answer any questions.

VHOEJ Oct 7, 12 2:56 am

Good write up on the lounge.

The ReLax Lounge is great - it sounds like it will indeed close when the renovations continue but surely its success will prove that they need a lounge before security that people can pay for. It is certainly worth the price - yes there are some negatives with the restrooms outside and the lack of a view (compared to when it first opened).

am1108 Oct 20, 12 4:39 pm

AS moves to Terminal 6
 
Can a Mod update the first post since AS + Boardroom lounge moved to the renovated Terminal 6 in March?

All-New Alaska Airlines Terminal 6 at LAX

steveo3002 May 9, 13 3:37 am

im flying air nz premuim econ out of terminal 2, is there anyway into a lounge for me

eponymous_coward Jun 23, 13 10:37 am

It seems this 24 Hour Fitness:

http://www.24hourfitness.com/FindClu...mvc?clubid=122

will sell you a 24 hour membership for $10 (according to the nice lady I spoke with on the phone just now).

Right near the LAX Gateway Sheraton, so a shuttle shouldn't be too much of a problem. Good option for people needing a shower who don't have access to a club with one (like me, coming in from an Arizona camping trip, flying out of T3 on VX).

ente_09 Jul 6, 13 10:28 am

lounges at the new LAX intl?
 
Are we getting new lounges as part of the LAX intl remake?

sbm12 Jul 6, 13 11:37 am

Yes. Star Alliance and I'm pretty sure OneWorld are both putting new lounges in.

obscure2k Jul 6, 13 11:40 pm

Moving thread to LAX forum
Obscure. 2K
Travelbuzz Moderator

bzcat Jul 8, 13 4:53 pm

There will be 4 new lounges at the new TBIT facility, with space for a 5th lounge.

OW will have a super lounge that is 50% physically located at the place where the current lounges are located, and 50% in the new TBIT - so it will be roughly the size of the current OW, Star, SkyTeam, and non-aligned lounges combined. Yes, it will be that big.

Star will have the 2nd largest lounge and it will be entirely in the new TBIT building. The best feature is an outdoor observation deck (!!!)

SkyTeam will have a small lounge - but small is relative term. It is located entirely in the new building and over twice the size of existing SkyTeam lounge but is puny compared to new OW lounge.

EK will have its own lounge at the new TBIT that is roughly the same size as SkyTeam.

LAX will hold an empty space in reserve for a 5th lounge.

Here is the link to the map of the new lounges: http://www.lawa.org/uploadedFiles/LA...r%20Insert.pdf

WaxComb Jul 10, 13 7:00 pm


Originally Posted by bzcat (Post 21063166)
There will be 4 new lounges at the new TBIT facility, with space for a 5th lounge.

OW will have a super lounge that is 50% physically located at the place where the current lounges are located, and 50% in the new TBIT - so it will be roughly the size of the current OW, Star, SkyTeam, and non-aligned lounges combined. Yes, it will be that big.

Star will have the 2nd largest lounge and it will be entirely in the new TBIT building. The best feature is an outdoor observation deck (!!!)

SkyTeam will have a small lounge - but small is relative term. It is located entirely in the new building and over twice the size of existing SkyTeam lounge but is puny compared to new OW lounge.

EK will have its own lounge at the new TBIT that is roughly the same size as SkyTeam.

LAX will hold an empty space in reserve for a 5th lounge.

Here is the link to the map of the new lounges: http://www.lawa.org/uploadedFiles/LA...r%20Insert.pdf

I can't wait for the *A lounge. I'm flying to FRA in September on LH.

bzcat Jul 11, 13 11:47 am


Originally Posted by WaxComb (Post 21076032)
I can't wait for the *A lounge. I'm flying to FRA in September on LH.

Star is supposed to be the first one to open so maybe it will be open by Sept. Star and SkyTeam have to leave their old lounges before OW can demolish the old space and put in their super lounge.

gwar69 Jul 16, 13 8:40 am

The Star Alliance Lounge Finder says that Air China has a contract lounge in T2 called NW Lounge. Has anybody here been to it? Is it nice? I assume it stays open until the 1:40 AM departure?

bzcat Jul 17, 13 3:35 pm

There are 3 lounges in T2: NZ, AC, and AF. Since AF has moved to TBIT, I'm not sure who is the main tenant of this lounge.

CA uses the AC Maple Leafs lounge. In any case, the AC lounge is kind of crappy. If you have Star status, you should head to the NZ lounge.

From the CA website:


6. VIP Lounge
Air China shares a VIP lounge with Air Canada and it is situated next to the Starbucks behind the security check.
Opening Times: until 01:00 am

The Air China VIP Lounge provides services to passengers in First Class and Business Class as well as Phoenix Platinum, Gold and Silver members.

gwar69 Jul 17, 13 10:02 pm


Originally Posted by bzcat (Post 21114802)
There are 3 lounges in T2: NZ, AC, and AF. Since AF has moved to TBIT, I'm not sure who is the main tenant of this lounge.

CA uses the AC Maple Leafs lounge. In any case, the AC lounge is kind of crappy. If you have Star status, you should head to the NZ lounge.

From the CA website:

Do you need status to access the NZ lounge? I am only *S, but I am in CA F, and the *A lounge finder says I can access the NZ lounge, the AC lounge, along with the "NW lounge" which it says is on the 3rd floor of T2. Are you saying I can only access the AC lounge?

bzcat Jul 18, 13 1:09 pm


Originally Posted by gwar69 (Post 21116573)
Do you need status to access the NZ lounge? I am only *S, but I am in CA F, and the *A lounge finder says I can access the NZ lounge, the AC lounge, along with the "NW lounge" which it says is on the 3rd floor of T2. Are you saying I can only access the AC lounge?

My comment is based on what was published on the Air China website and it says they use the Maple Leafs lounge. "NW lounge" must be the old AF lounge... I don't think it is anything to write home about either. NZ lounge is definitely the nicest one in T2.

That being said, the NZ lounge probably does not open that late (1:30 AM) as the last NZ operated flights leaves at 10:40 PM.

gwar69 Jul 18, 13 2:03 pm

Right on. I have 4 hours to kill so I'll check out what I can. I'll probably even stop into the US club in T1 after I arrive (on US), just to see it.

PinnacleJew Aug 4, 13 6:38 pm

reLAX Lounge....Closing?!?!
 
At first2board I read this sad nugget:

Apparently, LAWA (Los Angeles World Airports) bought out the reLAX Lounge and it will no longer be operational after this Summer of 2013. The reLAX Lounge will be demolished and turned into a security checkpoint. The manager told me there were no plans for a new reLAX Lounge. Could this be an end to landside lounges?
According to a rep I called, reLAX will be given a 30-day notice (as of today, obviously it hasn't received said notice).

Anybody else have any more knowledge on this?

cblaisd Aug 4, 13 8:17 pm

Per http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...elsewhere.html let's send this to the Los Angeles forum while leaving a 30-day re-direct in Travel News for those who might come to the story from there.

cblaisd
Moderator, Travel News

cornellfOo Aug 15, 13 5:35 pm


Originally Posted by PinnacleJew (Post 21214757)
At first2board I read this sad nugget:

According to a rep I called, reLAX will be given a 30-day notice (as of today, obviously it hasn't received said notice).

Anybody else have any more knowledge on this?

I'm interested in this as well. Anyone have info? The lounge is still currently operating. I really like the fact that this lounge is land-side.

hotelmotel Aug 25, 13 6:10 pm

Arriving on VA (business class) to TBIT at 7:30 am, connecting to separate itinerary on UA to EWR.

I hold Priority Pass through AMEX Plat and am *G.

Am I correct in deciphering that my best bet for a shower upon arrival is the KAL SkyTeam lounge (with PP), or will I not be able to access it? Any other shower options?

FT-hss Aug 26, 13 4:21 pm

Hello.. What is landside lounge? Does this mean you don't need to be going somewhere but just coming back from somewhere?

Due to a weird routing on mileage tickets for family of 4, in spring break '14, I will be arriving on Alaska frm SJC to LAX at around 9:00AM and traveling on Southwest to PHX at 9:00 PM. That is almost 12 hours gap. I currently have 4 "Lounge Club" cards courtesy of Chase. Any chance I can use those?

If not, what is the most economical way to get out of the airport, stretch esp. for 2 young kids, get lunch, get back without getting stuck in LA traffic? :)

rodjune Aug 31, 13 2:43 am


Originally Posted by FT-hss (Post 21340228)
Hello.. What is landside lounge? Does this mean you don't need to be going somewhere but just coming back from somewhere?

Due to a weird routing on mileage tickets for family of 4, in spring break '14, I will be arriving on Alaska frm SJC to LAX at around 9:00AM and traveling on Southwest to PHX at 9:00 PM. That is almost 12 hours gap. I currently have 4 "Lounge Club" cards courtesy of Chase. Any chance I can use those?

If not, what is the most economical way to get out of the airport, stretch esp. for 2 young kids, get lunch, get back without getting stuck in LA traffic? :)

With so much time, you might want to take a ride on the Metro Rail Green and Blue Lines. Take the "G" Shuttle Bus for a 15 minute ride to the Metro Green Line station, buy a TAP (fare) card from the vending machine (it takes cash and credit), and ride it to either downtown LA or downtown Long Beach by transferring to the Metro Rail Blue Line (terminal ends of the line but in opposite directions for both destinations). That will probably burn around six hours, but give you a chance to see a little bit of LA/Long Beach and a decent place to eat. There are plenty of restaurants and things to see and do at either destination.

OskiBear Aug 31, 13 11:16 am


Originally Posted by FT-hss (Post 21340228)
Hello.. What is landside lounge? Does this mean you don't need to be going somewhere but just coming back from somewhere?

Due to a weird routing on mileage tickets for family of 4, in spring break '14, I will be arriving on Alaska frm SJC to LAX at around 9:00AM and traveling on Southwest to PHX at 9:00 PM. That is almost 12 hours gap. I currently have 4 "Lounge Club" cards courtesy of Chase. Any chance I can use those?

If not, what is the most economical way to get out of the airport, stretch esp. for 2 young kids, get lunch, get back without getting stuck in LA traffic? :)

With those flight times, you might want to look for a cheap rental car for the day. It's not hard to avoid traffic.

With a 9am arrival, it's likely won't get a car until about 10am - head toward the coast, along the coast and you won't hit traffic. Just avoid going north into West LA.

With a 9pm departure, if you arrive at LAX around 7pm, you should be fine. When it gets towards that time of day, just make sure you are back in the vicinity of the airport for a short drive.

bzcat Sep 4, 13 3:52 pm

For economical ways to day trip, I would skip taking the Green line and just take the bus to Santa Monica. $1 per person each way. Kids under 4 ride for free.

From T5 (Alaska), take LAX Shuttle C and get off at the first stop outside the airport. The City Bus Terminal is right behind you across the street. Go to the Big Blue Bus sign and wait for #3 or Rapid 3 (R3) bus going towards Santa Monica/UCLA; don't take the one that is going to Green Line Station (wrong direction). During weekdays, #3 and R3 runs every 12~20 minutes staggered so there should be a bus going your way every 6~10 minutes. The ride to Santa Monica takes about 45 minutes in traffic/30 minutes no traffic; get off the bus on 4th street/Colorado (in front of Santa Monica Place shopping mall and 1 block from the pier) and you can spend a good part of your day near the beach or Downtown Santa Monica.

Do the reverse to get back to LAX. Catch #3 or R3 next to the Santa Monica Place mall, and ride it all the way to LAX Bus Center. Allow 1 hour in traffic due to heavier south bound commute. Transfer to LAX Shuttle C. Get off at T1 (Southwest) which is the first stop inside the airport.

The difference between #3 and R3 is routing through Westchester, the community near LAX... #3 is local, R3 bypass the area and saves your about 10~15 minutes. But R3 only runs on weekday so if you are here on a weekend, only #3 is running.

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/l...c/DSC00341.jpg

FT-hss Sep 4, 13 8:35 pm

Thanks for your responses! Will look into it shortly. I guess lounge access is out with the lounge club's lounge closing :(


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