Old Sep 23, 2014, 7:05 pm
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Map of the current setup:



From the first post of the thread:

Originally Posted by UA Insider
Hi everyone,

With a lot of activity around the corner at LAX, we’d like to provide you with an update on our long-term construction plans, and what that means for your travel experience in the interim.

Our goal is to offer a world-class experience at our LAX hub, and to that end we will be investing $450 million over the next several years to modernize our facilities and enhance the experience for our customers. Some changes have already occurred, including reconfiguration of multiple gates in Terminal 8 to handle additional narrow-body mainline aircraft. We will begin further improvements later this year, and by the end of 2017 we plan to open:
  • A brand-new check-in lobby and Premier check-in area
  • A dedicated Global Services Reception with direct security lane access
  • A reconfigured and expanded security checkpoint
  • A refurbished baggage claim area
  • Renovated gate-area hold rooms
  • A brand-new United Club with sweeping views and new amenities
To prepare for these changes, we will consolidate our operations into Terminals 7 and 8 over the next few weeks. Here’s what you need to know if you’re traveling to, from or through LAX:

Beginning September 24, 2014, the following changes will occur in the check-in lobby:
  • The Premier Lobby in Terminal 6 will close, and a temporary Premier lobby with Global Services check-in area will be available in Terminal 7
  • Global Services members will be invited to enter LAX curbside through Terminal 7
  • Dedicated Global Services security lanes will also remain available
Beginning October 27, 2014, the following changes will occur in our operations:
  • United will no longer use gates located in Terminal 6 (gates 60, 61, 62, and 63)
  • The United Club in Terminal 6 will close
  • The current United Club in Terminal 7 will continue to be available
  • The current United Global First Lounge in Terminal 7 will convert to a United Club
  • All departing flights and most arriving flights will be consolidated into Terminals 7 & 8
  • Please note: Some international arrivals may use the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). These include flights from Sydney and Melbourne, and some flights from Mexico on a seasonal basis.
Thanks for your patience during this transition, and we appreciate your “pardoning our dust” as we work to improve our facilities at LAX.

-UA Insider
Security Checkpoint Setup

During this early stage of the construction, there remain four entry points for United passengers to get through security:

T6 Checkpoint: Although UA will soon cease service out of T6, T6 is connected to T7/C8 by a secured hallway, and the T6 security checkpoint remains a quiet checkpoint with full PreCheck.

T7 West Checkpoint (a/k/a T6.5 West a/k/a T6.4): This is now for general economy passengers only. There is no PreCheck and no Premier lane here now.
The passageway to T7 remains open (guarded from the T7 side by very mean redcoats) and is now clogged with general economy passengers who check in in T7 and must schlep through the hallway to the West-facing checkpoint.
T7 East Checkpoint (a/k/a T6.5 East a/k/a T6.6): This is PreCheck only, with a single line feeding to two TSOs, two x-ray machines, and two WTMDs. This is a probable significant improvement over the prior T6.4 Checkpoint PreCheck setup.

C8 Lower Level Checkpoint: Premier security is now at C8. No real PreCheck at this checkpoint.

T7/T8 to TBIT via tunnel, about 40 min walk with average speed (copied mostly from a blog; http://upgrd.com/blogs/doublewidesfl...-security.html ):

If you are flying through Los Angeles and are connecting airlines, just follow the signs that are located near the far southern end of each terminal to connect via underground tunnel to the other terminals.

When in TBIT, walk past the KE/one world lounge to the end of concourse - take a right handed u turn, up the escalator and the *A lounge is there.

In terminal 4, access the tunnel via the escalator that reads gate 44A-L
Continue to follow the signs to baggage claim, walk past the waiting room is for the bus to Terminal 6 or the American Eagle remote terminal.

to access the tunnels from Delta terminal in T5, the escalator leading to the tunnels is near the entrance to the Sky club near.

The access point from Terminal 6 is near Alaska Airlines' gates, across from the Alaska Airline Board Room and near the Ruby's diner. The tunnel ends at terminal 6, so you must exit the tunnel and access terminal 7 & 8 by above ground walkways which are near the terminal exit and security screening center.
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Old Dec 1, 2014, 9:04 pm
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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj


Bump. Any news on temporary GFL yet? Coming thru to get GFL TPAC soon...




Will be stopping in tomorrow morning. Will let you know. The small dedicated space should be completed by now.
Cheers, yay or nay will be informative & helpful!
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Old Dec 1, 2014, 10:44 pm
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Originally Posted by mgcsinc
Where is this supposed space going to be? I see no reason to believe that this actually does or will exist...
As of last week they were actively working on the space. It is immediately to the left as you enter the upstairs lounge.

If you have been in the old GFL, it is the space where agents had a small work space and where the printer and the fax were located.
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Old Dec 2, 2014, 7:31 am
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Originally Posted by LAXOGG
As of last week they were actively working on the space. It is immediately to the left as you enter the upstairs lounge.

If you have been in the old GFL, it is the space where agents had a small work space and where the printer and the fax were located.
Please post a pic if it's up & running, if you can. TIA!
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Old Dec 2, 2014, 10:11 am
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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj
Please post a pic if it's up & running, if you can. TIA!
No time for pictures. My normal 30 minute commute to LAX turned into 2 hours. Rain in LA and residual Thanksgiving traffic.

Room is in a totally different location. It is located off the corridor between terminal 7 and terminal 8. Left of the sky bridge TSA check point and to the right of the T8 check point. Room is runway side and behind a locked door. .....you need to knock. There are actually two doors and GFL entrance is the one on the right.

Room is small with chairs to seat about 8 guests and TV. Flew through and forgot to check out refreshments, snacks and hot food items.

Sorry for incomplete report. Hopefully we will hear from others now that room is opened and location is known. Won't be able to revisit until 1/7/15........remaining flights all transit through SFO.
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Old Dec 2, 2014, 10:19 am
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Originally Posted by LAXOGG
No time for pictures. My normal 30 minute commute to LAX turned into 2 hours. Rain in LA and residual Thanksgiving traffic.

Room is in a totally different location. It is located off the corridor between terminal 7 and terminal 8. Left of the sky bridge TSA check point and to the right of the T8 check point. Room is runway side and behind a locked door. .....you need to knock. There are actually two doors and GFL entrance is the one on the right.

Room is small with chairs to seat about 8 guests and TV. Flew through and forgot to check out refreshments, snacks and hot food items.

Sorry for incomplete report. Hopefully we will hear from others now that room is opened and location is known. Won't be able to revisit until 1/7/15........remaining flights all transit through SFO.
Thanks for trying, sorry about traffic hell! It is at least airside, isn't it?
Be there in a couple weeks, but appreciate any other info in advance!
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Old Dec 2, 2014, 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj
Thanks for trying, sorry about traffic hell! It is at least airside, isn't it?
Be there in a couple weeks, but appreciate any other info in advance!
Yes....it is airside.
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Old Dec 4, 2014, 10:52 am
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Yesterday I flew out of LAX and had a lot of time so I looked around.

I first went to the security post in the premier area and asked the attendant if they had full precheck. He said no and directed me to the security area closer to T6 on the other side of T7. I went there and saw that the precheck line had several people waiting so decided to head over to precheck in T6 to see how that was.

T6 had about 8 people in front of me which was the most I'd ever had there. But, of course, it took only a few minutes to get through security.

I then proceeded to the new United Club in the old GlobalFirst lounge. It was pleasantly not crowded and I liked it. It kind of had the relaxed vibe of the recently closed Club in T6 - not the massive frenzy of the other T7 Club.
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Old Dec 4, 2014, 11:28 am
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Interesting sight in original T7 UC on wall where entrance to TV room used to be - an advertisement for Wyndham. I guess Marriott isn't as exclusive as Hertz or Chase.
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Old Dec 4, 2014, 11:32 am
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Originally Posted by drewnyc
People like the idea of being in a "lounge." Often, I find that a quiet spot in the main terminal can be more pleasant.
I'd be interested to know where that spot might be in T7. Maybe in the corridor between T6 and T7, but there's no seats.
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Old Dec 4, 2014, 2:28 pm
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Originally Posted by nycityny
.....I then proceeded to the new United Club in the old GlobalFirst lounge. It was pleasantly not crowded and I liked it. It kind of had the relaxed vibe of the recently closed Club in T6 - not the massive frenzy of the other T7 Club.
That has been my experience also. Probably because it requires an elevator and is near the end of T7, lesser numbers of people go there. I think it takes me about an additional 5 minutes to get into the former GFL UC compared to the permanent, old T7 UC. If I am flying out of T8 then that 5 minutes get doubled to 10 minutes since I have the go back, but I have quickly learned that unless I need that ten minutes its worth going up there.
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I also really like the new temp club. And, at least the one time I drank there, all beer was free! (Shhhhhh...)
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Originally Posted by mgcsinc
I also really like the new temp club. And, at least the one time I drank there, all beer was free! (Shhhhhh...)
the one time i was there... it was only the bottom-bottom shelf beer/liquor/wine and the bartenders said there was no plan to make it anything else.

have they added anything above rot-gut level?
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Old Dec 5, 2014, 1:56 pm
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There are pics of the converted GFL at http://airportbliss.com/places/unite...st-lounge-lax/ for those who may be interested. When I visited it last week it was jam packed - a pretty underwhelming experience overall. The new club can't come soon enough. And hopefully it will have showers...
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Old Dec 6, 2014, 6:49 am
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Update /Correction to earlier posts GFL at LAX

Originally Posted by LAXOGG
Tomorrow is the last day the UC at T6 will be open. The 2nd floor GFL will close Monday for 2 weeks and reopen as a UC. There will be a very small approximate 10' X 20' section in the upstairs lounge carved out for Global First Customers. (This is only temporary and a much larger Global First section will be created within the new UC when construction is completed sometime within the next 2 years.)

Apparently there will also be a small Global Service check in lounge / reception area opening in 2 weeks.
The space that was originally designated for a GFL on Second Floor is now reserved for VIP's only. Think Smisek / Stuker.

Originally Posted by LAXOGG
No time for pictures. My normal 30 minute commute to LAX turned into 2 hours. Rain in LA and residual Thanksgiving traffic.

Room is in a totally different location. It is located off the corridor between terminal 7 and terminal 8. Left of the sky bridge TSA check point and to the right of the T8 check point. Room is runway side and behind a locked door. .....you need to knock. There are actually two doors and GFL entrance is the one on the right.

Room is small with chairs to seat about 8 guests and TV. Flew through and forgot to check out refreshments, snacks and hot food items.

Sorry for incomplete report. Hopefully we will hear from others now that room is opened and location is known. Won't be able to revisit until 1/7/15........remaining flights all transit through SFO.
This space will not serve as a GFL. Instead this is space reserved for Global Agents to coordinate their activities and deal with irregular ops. There will be no general public access. GS Customers with flight difficulties will be able to resolve issues in the office. As I recall, there is a similar office at IAD.

Bottom line.......there is no GFL at LAX

If fact, there is an ever growing expectation that the final redesign of the UC will not have any GFL space.

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Old Dec 6, 2014, 9:24 am
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Currently upstairs in the old GFL and there are exactly 2 other people in it
Very nice experience for the moment
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