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 Jun 14, 2015, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by Chukiechz
Really? I just gave a bunch of passes to my neighbor who is flying to Hawaii next weekend. Hope they'll be able to use them before their flight.
There are signs at each UC stating that passes may not be honored. Depends on time of day, but definitely witnessed denial of entry.

An aside - everyone can currently "visit" the main UC after midnight after on occasion. At that time, they've been obstructing the concourse with construction between 71A/B and the UC entrance. Foot traffic is re-directed thru the Club via an emergency exit door to the south and a service door to the north. They use the chairs and tables to create a gauntlet thru the room.
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Old Jun 14, 2015, 12:19 pm
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How does one acquire "a bunch of passes"?
1. Explorer = 2
2. Hyatt Diamond = 2
3. Toys for Tots = 4

So that's 8 per year, and I hardly ever use them b/c I fly mostly itineraries that already provide access (ps and int'l).
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 1:19 am
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Will LAX still have a new Global First Lounge?

IIRC, as part of the LAX rennipvation, a new F lounge was on the drawing board.

But it seems that pretty soon, there will be no more international F service from LAX. So is the lounge being scrapped?
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 1:54 pm
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Originally Posted by zrs70
IIRC, as part of the LAX rennipvation, a new F lounge was on the drawing board.

But it seems that pretty soon, there will be no more international F service from LAX. So is the lounge being scrapped?
There's talk either upthread or elsewhere of separate space in LAX UC being carved off for GS and/or VIPs (A listers, if any still fly United )
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Originally Posted by zrs70
IIRC, as part of the LAX rennipvation, a new F lounge was on the drawing board.

But it seems that pretty soon, there will be no more international F service from LAX. So is the lounge being scrapped?
It's too early to tell, but I believe that UA is starting to treat Global First Lounges as lounges for Global Services members (flying in business class) more than as lounges strictly for First Class passengers. Kind of like Lufthansa's First Class/HON lounges. So it's quite possible there will be a GF space regardless of lack of GF service.

Case in point, the JFK GF lounge is still open (well, until the move to EWR) despite the lack of GF service out of JFK.
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I want to know whether a change in the # of UC members around LAX caused the T6 UC to close

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Old Aug 27, 2015, 5:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Richard Chen
I want to know whether a change in the # of UC members around LAX caused the T6 UC to close
It closed because UA left terminal 6.

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Do one of the UCs have a shower now?
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Old Dec 11, 2015, 10:47 pm
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Originally Posted by dinoscool3
Do one of the UCs have a shower now?
No
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Originally Posted by dinoscool3
Do one of the UCs have a shower now?
Not at the UC, however you can find one at the Star Alliance Lounge at the TBIT.
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Any tips on security lines for someone with Premier access but not Pre? Last time I was there (7am on a weekday) every line was terrible except for Pre.

IMO making one section dedicated Premier is a terrible decision as you go from your choice of 3/4 areas down to 1. The effective number of security lanes is now two max instead of 4-6 previously (2 per area). Now there's no opportunity to be a DYKWIA since its consolidated into one area :P
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Old Dec 12, 2015, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by LAXOGG
Not at the UC, however you can find one at the Star Alliance Lounge at the TBIT.
The main UC was closed yesterday due to a water pipe break (as I recall, this isn't the first time this has happened).

So I guess it may have had showers for a day at least. :-)

In other news, pre-check has swapped sides again with the regular security queue. So now pre-check is to the right, down the long corridor by the windows and then a u-turn back to enter from the old T-6 side. And the GS checkin is now completely unmarked. Just look for the tan vests.

Every trip is full of new adventures at LAX these days.
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Any tips on security lines for someone with Premier access but not Pre? Last time I was there (7am on a weekday) every line was terrible except for Pre.
Use the terminal six entrance when seven is bad.
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Old Dec 13, 2015, 12:55 am
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The main lounge must still have been experiencing water issues today and had a handwritten sign out front saying it was temporarily closed and to use the upstairs one.

Of course, upstairs was full, and the agent was turning people away. She kept insisting "the downstairs one is open now; the agent went to open it about 15 minutes ago."

Of course, this wasn't true.
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Old Dec 13, 2015, 3:24 am
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The main lounge must still have been experiencing water issues today and had a handwritten sign out front saying it was temporarily closed and to use the upstairs one.

Of course, upstairs was full, and the agent was turning people away. She kept insisting "the downstairs one is open now; the agent went to open it about 15 minutes ago."

Of course, this wasn't true.
The UA lounge situation at LAX is so dreary these days that I've started using my PP card at the AS lounge in T6 or using the DL lounge in T5. I understand the heavy construction involved with the new club, so I don't mean this as a complaint. I'm old enough to still remember the 'temporary' club they made in the concourse last time while remodeling the current club, so this setup is still better than that!

But if you have a Plat Amex, this is a good time to get some extra steps in and go down to the AS or DL lounges. This is going to be the status quo for another year still unfortunately.
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