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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 connecting§ 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).

§ 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 Mar 14, 2024, 10:28 pm
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AA does indeed have a policy to allow lounge access on arrival, so you could use the AA lounge

Since you are not departing on a OW flight, you have no lounge access entitlement to the Oneworld lounge run by Qantas

I would suspect that you will be departing from a different terminal to that which the AA lounge is in, so make sure to allow time to walk to the other terminal
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Old Mar 14, 2024, 10:35 pm
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There is an entire, multi page thread with hundreds of posts already about this:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/qant...ounge-lax.html
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Old Mar 15, 2024, 2:02 am
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The QF LAX F Lounge will not allow access if claiming to use Arrival privileges (as you can do in Oz QF lounges. The desk staff seem to enjoy turning people away saying “we are not and never have been an Arrivals lounge”.
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Old Mar 15, 2024, 8:49 am
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Originally Posted by og
The QF LAX F Lounge will not allow access if claiming to use Arrival privileges (as you can do in Oz QF lounges. The desk staff seem to enjoy turning people away saying “we are not and never have been an Arrivals lounge”.
I got that at AA lounge as well
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Old Mar 15, 2024, 2:49 pm
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[mod hat] Moving the 5 posts above to the LAX First Lounge master thread [/mod hat]
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Old Mar 16, 2024, 1:07 pm
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Tried today with AA transcon F JFK-LAX-HNL. Got John. Informed smugly that "we are not an arrivals lounge." Interestingly, no snark about the transcon route, so this data point is inconclusive as to whether transcon works again or not. Given his attitude, I would suspect that if transcon is still excluded, he would have taken the opportunity to dunk on me with that bit too, but it's of course just possible that he gets his kicks mostly from the "arrivals lounge" line.
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Old Mar 16, 2024, 2:55 pm
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Originally Posted by LowValueCustomer
Tried today with AA transcon F JFK-LAX-HNL. Got John. Informed smugly that "we are not an arrivals lounge." Interestingly, no snark about the transcon route, so this data point is inconclusive as to whether transcon works again or not. Given his attitude, I would suspect that if transcon is still excluded, he would have taken the opportunity to dunk on me with that bit too, but it's of course just possible that he gets his kicks mostly from the "arrivals lounge" line.
Same guy who told me I can access it en route to DFW to catch a BA F as long as I was "going through & through".......What the hec does that mean I asked. He said your layover in DFW needs to be immediate, like you are headed to the gate there and dont have time to access a lounge there.......Where do these lounge agents come up with this BS.
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Old Mar 16, 2024, 2:57 pm
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Originally Posted by happiest_at_40000
Same guy who told me I can access it en route to DFW to catch a BA F as long as I was "going through & through".......What the hec does that mean I asked. He said your layover in DFW needs to be immediate, like you are headed to the gate there and dont have time to access a lounge there.......Where do these lounge agents come up with this BS.
man whattt?
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Old Mar 16, 2024, 3:42 pm
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Originally Posted by LowValueCustomer
man whattt?
No joke. I posted about it a couple years ago when it happened.

I’m confused on this thread, is it for all F lounges at LAX. I think my experience w John was posted in the QF F LAX page.
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Old Mar 16, 2024, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by happiest_at_40000
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I’m confused on this thread, is it for all F lounges at LAX. I think my experience w John was posted in the QF F LAX page.
This is the QF forum, so only about the QF F lounge.
From wiki
For access to the Qantas First Lounge at TBIT just one of the following needs to be true:
Are other lounge threads in the AA forum.
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Old Mar 16, 2024, 5:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi
This is the QF forum, so only about the QF F lounge.
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Are other lounge threads in the AA forum.
Did the name change though b/c I could have sworn it used to say "Qantas F LAX" for this thread no?
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Old Mar 17, 2024, 5:18 am
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Originally Posted by happiest_at_40000
Did the name change though b/c I could have sworn it used to say "Qantas F LAX" for this thread no?
I’ve also noticed that the thread name seems to have changed recently. Although I’ve assumed it’s still referring to QF F since it’s in the QF forum, and not aware of any other OW F lounges at LAX anyways.
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Old Mar 17, 2024, 3:20 pm
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I’ve also noticed that the thread name seems to have changed recently. Although I’ve assumed it’s still referring to QF F since it’s in the QF forum, and not aware of any other OW F lounges at LAX anyways.
Of course when doing a "Subscribed Threads" search it does not obviously show as being in the Qantas Forum.

I have reported this - even on the oneworld site it is described as "Qantas First Lounge".

https://www.oneworld.com/airport-lounges?location=LAX
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Old Mar 20, 2024, 7:01 pm
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Originally Posted by LowValueCustomer
Tried today with AA transcon F JFK-LAX-HNL. Got John. Informed smugly that "we are not an arrivals lounge." Interestingly, no snark about the transcon route, so this data point is inconclusive as to whether transcon works again or not. Given his attitude, I would suspect that if transcon is still excluded, he would have taken the opportunity to dunk on me with that bit too, but it's of course just possible that he gets his kicks mostly from the "arrivals lounge" line.
I had a layover at LAX today and brought my three-cabin F LAX-BOS boarding pass over to the QF F lounge. John was delighted to deny access and said he'd also happily deny access on three-cabin LAX-JFK (the latter is mentioned explicitly at https://www.oneworld.com/airport-lounges?location=LAX ).

I was expecting a "no", just wanted to get y'all a fresh data point and give John a chance to do what he enjoys
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Old Mar 21, 2024, 12:24 am
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I had a layover at LAX today and brought my three-cabin F LAX-BOS boarding pass over to the QF F lounge. John was delighted to deny access and said he'd also happily deny access on three-cabin LAX-JFK (the latter is mentioned explicitly at https://www.oneworld.com/airport-lounges?location=LAX ).

I was expecting a "no", just wanted to get y'all a fresh data point and give John a chance to do what he enjoys
Thats a bummer but as you indicated to be expected with that guy.
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