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star alliance lounge at lax and showers

Old Nov 26, 07, 12:34 pm
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star alliance lounge at lax and showers

i came to the horrible realisation the other day, that when i am on my trip from hkg to lhr, on UA i will have an 8 hour wait in an airport without showers except in the elusive star alliance lounge, elusive that is, to UA travellers. I wonder if there is any way to access the lounge. I know that ive managed to access United Red Carpet Club (using membership card) at Frankfurt, when travelling on a flight to paris (intra-Europe) on a non-star carrier. It meant going thru security to get to the extra-Europe terminals and Security and Immigration didnt really know whether i would be allowed into the club. I told them i would worry about that, and that my membership card would get me in, just let me have a go. They did it quite cheerfully, checking my passport etc.
I wish i could figure out a way to repeat the process in LAX at christmas. We will be very uncomfortable by the time we get to LHR otherwise. And so will the people sitting near us!

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Old Nov 26, 07, 12:56 pm
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Whilst not the answer you probably want to hear, I'd be tempted, especially for the amount of layover time you have, to grab a day-use web special rate room at one of the nearby airport hotels.
Anything beats hanging around T6/T7 or the Bradley for that amount of time.
Pamper yourself - go have an in-house spa treatment, grab an in-n-out burger etc etc.
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Old Nov 26, 07, 1:16 pm
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No access airside at TBIT unless you buy a ticket for a flight departing from TBIT, and check in to get through security.

But if you can change LAX-LHR to be on NZ instead of UA - then you get to use the very nice NZ lounge, which does have good showers.

I have the same problem as you with several upcoming long transits flying UA & QF - ie showerless. I'll likely do what I've done many times before and book a day room at nearby hotel.
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Old Dec 6, 07, 12:54 am
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The cheaper option than booking a hotel room for a shower is to pay to use a gym -- a hotel gym often works -- that has showers. Just make sure to research it in advance.
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Old Dec 6, 07, 12:52 pm
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what a good idea! thanks!
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Old Dec 6, 07, 1:04 pm
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Thanks to GUWonder

GUWonder's idea to research a nearby gym with a shower is a great idea. Some have swimming pools too and that sounds like a better way to while away the hours vs. a long time the Bradley Terminal at LAX.
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