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Los Angeles / LAX Qantas First Class Lounge [Master Thread]

Old Sep 8, 2016, 6:42 am
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For access to the Qantas First Lounge at TBIT just one of the following needs to be true:
  1. Non US (not AAdvantage and not Mileage Plan) oneworld Emerald departing on a oneworld Marketed and operated flight.
  2. AAdvantage or Mileage Plan Emerald departing on a oneworld Marketed and Operated flight NOT solely on a "North American* Itinerary".
  3. First Class passengers departing on a oneworld Marketed and Operated flight not solely on a "North American* Itinerary".
  4. Passengers in First Class on a flight longer than five hours connectingß to/from an international or domestic short haul (five hours or less) oneworld Marketed and Operated flight and not solely on a "North American* Itinerary".
  5. *Recent Reports Indicate Access via the following Criteria is being Denied with patrons being sent to the Flagship Lounge in T4*: .First Class passengers^ travelling on a three class transcontinental American Airlines Marketed and Operated flight on a designated route (e.g. between Los Angeles & New York).
* A "North American* Itinerary" for AAdvantage elites is travel on solely domestic flights within the U.S. or between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico (except Mexico City), the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean. A "North American* Itinerary" for Alaska Mileage Plan elites is travel to destinations in the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico (unless they are connecting to or from an international long-haul flight in a premium cabin on the same day).

ß Connecting the same day or before 6am the following day. Such Lounge access is based on the class of services of the long haul flight (First or Business) regardless of the class of travel on the short haul flight.

^ Regarding AA EXP in any cabin. This is a "Class of Service" based access, so status should not be relevant. Rules indicate NO ACCESS unless in First on 3 class transcon, but there had been some contradictory experiences about this. Early on EXP based access had sometimes been granted; not so much these days. Presumably this related to confusion about the rules on behalf of the agents.
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Lounge access rules

All non-AA and Non-AS Oneworld Emerald members have access to this lounge on any oneworld itinerary regardless of cabin or final destination.

AA EXP have access when traveling to all destinations outside North America and Mexico City. Includes if pax is flying LAX-DFW-LHR because you are flying internationally that day.

No Class of Service access for domestic F without non AA and non AS Emerald status unless on designated (generally 3-class) flights to JFK and MIA.

Passengers on any 3-cabin AA flight to JFK, BOS or MIA in First Class.

Emirates pax do not have access except for Qantas Platinum One. EDIT: Appears to be that Qantas removed that access criteria from their lounge access page so I wouldn't count on this working.

No access if connecting to a non-Oneworld airline or partner.

Separate tickets within oneworld do not matter other than it has to be same day . E.g. QF F to AA Y on the same day.

To walk from T4 to TBIT will take approximately 10 minutes one way so plan accordingly if visiting this lounge.

More detail here: Lounge Access | oneworld.com

Qantas.com Access Rules, with specific carve-out for transcon markets.









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Los Angeles / LAX Qantas First Class Lounge [Master Thread]

Old Sep 21, 2023, 9:07 pm
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer
Everything else is also available on request.. so why not add the champagne on the printed menu? Just saying...
Fair. Although I think itís been like this every time Iíve passed through since Covid. All the wines are actually available self-pour at the drink stations in the lounge. The champagne used to be there too but it wasnít out when I went through the other morning. That may be because itís quieter during the day. I should be passing through later this week in the evening so will keep an eye out then.
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Old Sep 21, 2023, 9:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Diver Boy
Today the showers have no hot water.

For first time ever on entry, had the member of staff suggest that I would prefer the business lounge or the Flagship lounge hinting quite strongly, this was after she had scanned my boarding pass which had confirmed my access (both as OW Emerald and as a passenger in First to LHR. At the time I was the only passenger in the lounge. It was later when I went for a shower that they told me about no hot water.
Interesting. Last year I had the opposite experience with the Business Lounge insistent I use the First lounge rather than the J lounge as a OWE. I really wanted to check it out so thought quickly on my feet and said I wanted a draft lager and they reluctantly let me in. My assumption was they wanted the additional revenue a F lounge visit earns them so surprising they were trying to dissuade you.
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Old Sep 22, 2023, 11:26 am
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Originally Posted by Always Somewhere Else
The champagne used to be there too but it wasn’t out when I went through the other morning. That may be because it’s quieter during the day. I should be passing through later this week in the evening so will keep an eye out then.
This is by design. Also by design: no more sprits served neat, or any spirits served up. Rocks only. In fact, there are no more coupe glasses in the lounge any longer. I'm sure the next thing they will do is take away the self serve wine.

While we can now have lunch at 11AM, a dozen other cuts have been made.

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Old Sep 23, 2023, 6:52 pm
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can we all start leaving bad reivews for the F lounge on google?
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Old Sep 28, 2023, 11:51 am
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Originally Posted by DLATL777
Im glad I went with PS over the F lounge, the food was fantastic.
Sorry, what's PS?
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Old Sep 28, 2023, 1:06 pm
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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj
Sorry, what's PS?
Private suites
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Old Oct 3, 2023, 8:33 pm
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Another update on #5 of the Wiki. Had some time to burn due to a mechanical delay on LAX-JFK last Friday. Decided to roll the dice and see if anything had changed with respect to access on transcon F. First agent said no, second agent took a look at the boarding pass and said transcon F is fine for entry. Woohoo! If you have time to kill, then might be worth a walk over from T4 in hopes of a more informed agent being there.
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Old Oct 5, 2023, 4:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Diver Boy
For first time ever on entry, had the member of staff suggest that I would prefer the business lounge or the Flagship lounge hinting quite strongly, this was after she had scanned my boarding pass which had confirmed my access
Originally Posted by Always Somewhere Else
My assumption was they wanted the additional revenue a F lounge visit earns them so surprising they were trying to dissuade you.
Except they already scanned the OPs BP, so they probably would have got the revenue anyways even if OP turned around and left.

They (QF F lounge) did something similar to me several years ago pre-covid. It was during late evening and after scanning my BP, they mentioned they were closing since it was around boarding time of the last QF departure.

Which it may very well have been, but why not just tell me that from the start before scanning my BP? Iím guessing so that they could bill AA for my lounge ďvisitĒ.
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Old Oct 11, 2023, 6:43 am
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Originally Posted by Radiation Station



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Is that a dessert or a cocktail?
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Old Oct 11, 2023, 6:59 am
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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj
Is that a dessert or a cocktail?
Dessert! Ice cream sundae.
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Old Oct 12, 2023, 5:03 am
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Originally Posted by Radiation Station
Dessert! Ice cream sundae.
Looks more like an ice-cream Mondae ... the Sundae has gone!!

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Old Oct 12, 2023, 6:47 am
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Originally Posted by lsquare
Youíre right! Since I have so much time at LAX, I did a bit of lounge hopping today. The worse food was at UA UC T7. The AA AC is comparable. I tried the clam chowder at the UC and had a macaron at the AC. The AA FL is like 1000x times better than the UC and the AC. I didnít bother with the AMEX CL as Iíve been there and way too crowded for my liking. Iím currently at the QF FCL and this is by far my favoritest lounge in North America!
I'm planning to do this trek this arvo with long layover. I have access to all of above (*G, OWE), and will include the Amex lounge. Any others I'm missing out on? Cheers.
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Old Oct 12, 2023, 6:53 am
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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj
I'm planning to do this trek this arvo with long layover. I have access to all of above (*G, OWE), and will include the Amex lounge. Any others I'm missing out on? Cheers.
Arvo? No, and you should only do this if you haven't been to the crappy lounges before. If I have access to QF F or AA FL, there's no way in hell I'll go to the UC or the AC. AMEX CL isn't worth it in this situation due to crowding. I do like their food though.
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Old Oct 12, 2023, 1:19 pm
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Arvo = afternoon in Strayan. Been to UC many times, will skip AC. have been to QF Flounge many times too
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Old Oct 12, 2023, 5:10 pm
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smashed avo in the arvo?
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