Old Sep 23, 2014, 7:05 pm
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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 8, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by JohnMacWW
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:

Are there plans or details somewhere?
UA has exited T6 and consolidated ops to T7 and C8. Leaving T6 was not temporary, and UA's lease in T6 is expiring soon anyway. UA well build a huge new UC on the roof above the entrance portion of T7. Once that is done, it will be the one and only UC at LAX. Then the old UC and the area around it will be destroyed and turned into a huge TSA checkpoint. The old GFL well be reclaimed, I believe for airline offices.
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Originally Posted by twoaisleplane
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
Yep, I agree with you, that is exactly what it looks like.

Originally Posted by mgcsinc
UA has exited T6 and consolidated ops to T7 and C8. Leaving T6 was not temporary, and UA's lease in T6 is expiring soon anyway. UA well build a huge new UC on the roof above the entrance portion of T7. Once that is done, it will be the one and only UC at LAX. Then the old UC and the area around it will be destroyed and turned into a huge TSA checkpoint. The old GFL well be reclaimed, I believe for airline offices.
Thanks. What is the source for your information?The PSA does not seem to tell that story. It just talks about remodeling and investment. But it does avoid talking about T6.
So UA is surrendering gate space at LAX. On one hand that seems foolish since gate space is scarce. On the otherhand, LAX seems to be a good airport to reduce and concentrate one's operations at.
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Originally Posted by JohnMacWW
Thanks. What is the source for your information?The PSA does not seem to tell that story. It just talks about remodeling and investment. But it does avoid talking about T6.
Very old news. AA to Take Over UA's T6 Gates at LAX

On the otherhand, LAX seems to be a good airport to reduce and concentrate one's operations at.
Apparently AA disagrees with you.
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Old Dec 8, 2014, 4:56 pm
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Originally Posted by JohnMacWW
Thanks. What is the source for your information?The PSA does not seem to tell that story. It just talks about remodeling and investment. But it does avoid talking about T6.
So UA is surrendering gate space at LAX. On one hand that seems foolish since gate space is scarce. On the otherhand, LAX seems to be a good airport to reduce and concentrate one's operations at.
Source is the LAWA filings that extensively detail the renovation. There's a thread on the renovations (linking to my post there): http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...l#post22346318

The T6 issue is a complete aside. UA's lease was ending relatively soon, AA wanted the space, yada yada. T6 was not part of the long-term plan. They've been upgrading the C8 gates for a while now to be able to consolidate.
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So it seems the new Club (the one currently being built) will require an elevator ride which will make access less convenient. Oh well, not the end of the world.

I hope the space isn't one large room like the current Club. The mass of people in there makes it less than a relaxing space. Other airports' Clubs have separations and different "rooms" making it a more intimate experience even if it is big overall.

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Old Dec 8, 2014, 7:24 pm
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Originally Posted by nycityny
I hope the space isn't one large room like the current Club. The mass of people in there makes it less than a relaxing space. Other airport's Clubs have separations and different "rooms" making it a more intimate experience even if it is big overall.
Theoretically, it'll have a skylight going through the middle of it, so it'll probably be broken up.
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Originally Posted by nycityny
So it seems the new Club (the one currently being built) will require an elevator ride which will make access less convenient. Oh well, not the end of the world.

I hope the space isn't one large room like the current Club. The mass of people in there makes it less than a relaxing space. Other airport's Clubs have separations and different "rooms" making it a more intimate experience even if it is big overall.
With the high number of travelers and CC holders, I doubt if the lounges will ever be a place to find a relaxing space, especially in LAX on a Monday morning or Thursday afternoon
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Originally Posted by twoaisleplane
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
Fascinating! Thank you!
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Originally Posted by nycityny
So it seems the new Club (the one currently being built) will require an elevator ride which will make access less convenient. Oh well, not the end of the world.

I hope the space isn't one large room like the current Club. The mass of people in there makes it less than a relaxing space. Other airports' Clubs have separations and different "rooms" making it a more intimate experience even if it is big overall.
There will be escalators.

And it will probably feel a lot like the most recent O'Hare club. So probably a little more divided feeling than the current club, but hardly intimate.
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Connecting to SYD on GF today. No GFL facility/amenity of any kind?

Anyone? Bueller?

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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj
Connecting to SYD on GF today. No GFL facility/amenity of any kind?

Anyone? Bueller?
Nothing but the T7 United Club and the T7 formerly-GFL, being used as a United Club.
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Old Dec 20, 2014, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj
Connecting to SYD on GF today. No GFL facility/amenity of any kind?

Anyone? Bueller?
You just need the West Coast version of Vino Volo, the (former) EWR BF/GFL
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AFAIK, there is no Vino Volo in the terminals that UA uses at LAX.

Is there one in some of the other airside connected terminals?
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AFAIK, there is no Vino Volo in the terminals that UA uses at LAX.

Is there one in some of the other airside connected terminals?
I didn't think so, my post was tongue in cheek

But the newest batch of restaurants in T7 seem to offer some nice options ahead of a long flight

Honestly, for LAX GF pax, UA should now do for them what BA does for F pax flying out of T5C at LHR (where there's no lounge) - a 15 GBP credit at the Starbucks in that terminal.
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But the newest batch of restaurants in T7 seem to offer some nice options ahead of a long flight...
Not sure what "newest" includes, but overall I still find myself at Wolfgang's enjoying a DECENT Pinot. BOA steakhouse is decent, But, weirdly, there is better premium wine at the UC, (IMO). Overall, T7-8 really lack a restaurant with a solid wine offering.Maybe I should sneak my UC premium wine into BOA or Wolfgangs in a plastic UC coffee cup ?

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