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 6, 2014, 12:33 pm
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Likely to become very crowded with the roof issue (?collapse?) in the other T7 UC.
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Does anyone know what future use is planned for the former UC site in T6? There appears to be construction going on there. Is it going to an AA or Delta club maybe?
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA
Likely to become very crowded with the roof issue (?collapse?) in the other T7 UC.
Absolute mess. I had no idea about this when I flew in to LAX this morning. Just wanted to grab a cup of coffee and cereal before heading to rental car.

Agent told me that it was water damage from a broken pipe in the ceiling that dumped water all over the place. It will require some repair and cleanup She said they are being told it will re-open midweek.

I tried going to the other new temp club but there was actually a crowd of people at the entrance (after you get off the elevator) waiting to be let in (max capacity reached). I gave up since I was not really stuck in the airport.

Update: right as a I got to my hotel, this email came in:
IN preparation for your upcoming departure from Los Angeles (LAX), we want you to know of a temporary closure to our United Club in Terminal 7, accross from Gate 71A. THis is due to water damage from an airport plumbing issue that occurred this past weekend. We expect this to be temporary and hope to reopen this coming week.
In the meantime please visit our United Club in Terminal 7, located on the mezzanine level, between gates 73 and 75A.
We apologize for this inconvenience, and look forward to welcoming you aboard.

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Old Dec 7, 2014, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA
Likely to become very crowded with the roof issue (?collapse?) in the other T7 UC.
I swear I'm cursed... no less then 5 minutes after I made my post the club filled up as everyone was moved upstairs
I think the pipe exploded the second I hit submit...

However that only lasted about 2 hours (I was there for 4 hours on a long layover) and by about 9am the club was under half full again
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Arrived in LAX from CLE just before 9 PM and made a brief stop at the new T7 mini-club which was completely full with a few folks standing.

Then walked towards baggage claim and passed the main T7 club. The entrance was barricaded with a United agent behind the barricade which had hand scrawled message that the club was closed due to water damage and would open as soon as possible. Stopped and asked a couple of questions and received basically "I don't know what happened, I don't know when it will be fixed and I don't even know who knows".

Fly out of LAX on Thursday evening. Will be interesting to see if the situation has improved.
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The regular United Club in T7 (by gate 70) is open this morning, sitting in there now.
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Originally Posted by mikelcf
The regular United Club in T7 (by gate 70) is open this morning, sitting in there now.
That was quick. I walked by and peaked in last night. It sure looked like a mess that was likely to take days to clean up.
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Originally Posted by LAXOGG

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.
Piss poor.
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The number of times that sheer speculation about the putative future GFL has been treated as a meaningful thing worth discussing...
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The number of times that sheer speculation about the putative future GFL has been treated as a meaningful thing worth discussing...
fair enough, but it still stinks that there's nothing for the time being!
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Originally Posted by mgcsinc
The number of times that sheer speculation about the putative future GFL has been treated as a meaningful thing worth discussing...
COdbaUA is a two class of service airline. It just happened to pick-up some three class of service aircraft in a merger. Not to worry though, those aircraft are on the way out.

Thinking like penny-pinching, our passengers will fly us anyway, United, why put a GFL at LAX???
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Originally Posted by LAXOGG
That was quick. I walked by and peaked in last night. It sure looked like a mess that was likely to take days to clean up.
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Like it never even happened!
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Originally Posted by Muckus
Does anyone know what future use is planned for the former UC site in T6? There appears to be construction going on there. Is it going to an AA or Delta club maybe?
I doubt it would be DL. Either AA or an AMEX club would be my thoughts, if they intend to use the space for a lounge. They might be putting a new shop or restaurant there.

As of now, AA is using the AS club over there.
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Old Dec 8, 2014, 3:19 pm
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Originally Posted by N1120A
I doubt it would be DL. Either AA or an AMEX club would be my thoughts, if they intend to use the space for a lounge. They might be putting a new shop or restaurant there.

As of now, AA is using the AS club over there.
Wait, is United exiting T6? I've been assuming the changes re UC and LAX service were temporary and that a new UC club would open in T6 as part of the remodel.
Here is the PSA re that:
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
Are there plans or details somewhere?
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Old Dec 8, 2014, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Muckus
Does anyone know what future use is planned for the former UC site in T6? There appears to be construction going on there. Is it going to an AA or Delta club maybe?
I believe the former T6 UC space will be opened up to become dining/retail. Take a look at the "dining terrace" in this video, which starts at around 1:00 (and another view from the central passenger walkway starts at around 1:50). The bar/restaurant in that animation seems to be where the club used to be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZymVX6TPBw
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