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Originally Posted by UA Insider View Post
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 Sep 12, 14, 12:07 pm
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PSA: Upcoming LAX Facility Changes

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
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Old Sep 12, 14, 12:19 pm
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Simple question:

Will there be a GFL at LAX when this is completed?
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Old Sep 12, 14, 1:09 pm
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Originally Posted by UA Insider View Post
  • 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


  • The current United Global First Lounge in Terminal 7 will convert to a United Club
Wow, interesting, no more GlobalFirst lounge at LAX?
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Old Sep 12, 14, 1:14 pm
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I absolutely hate Terminal 8 - it's worse than going to Southwest at Terminal 1. You have to walk miles to get there. Good exercise, but bad for the elderly and handicapped.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 1:18 pm
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Another simple question: How, and when, will one know whether a UA flight to SYD or MEL is arriving at T7 vs. TBIT?
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Old Sep 12, 14, 1:23 pm
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Originally Posted by iluv2fly View Post
Simple question:

Will there be a GFL at LAX when this is completed?
Awesome! Just in time for my flights to OZ via LAX.

I bet all the celebs on PS (if there are any left) will love this as well.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 1:23 pm
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UA Insider Team: A couple questions:

1. Will we still be able to access the PreCheck and Premier lanes by walking past the (soon-to-be-dead) Premier Check-In from T6? The line-checkers who control access from the T7 side are perhaps the worst at any airport, and I would like prefer to continue to not have to deal with them?

2. Can you comment on the rumors about construction beginning on the current T7 UC before the new one is open?

Originally Posted by kenpasadena View Post
I absolutely hate Terminal 8 - it's worse than going to Southwest at Terminal 1. You have to walk miles to get there. Good exercise, but bad for the elderly and handicapped.
There will eventually be a good security setup for direct entry to C8.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 1:30 pm
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Originally Posted by iluv2fly View Post
Simple question:

Will there be a GFL at LAX when this is completed?
The GS agents at LAX have been saying for months now that the new club will have a GFL within it like JFK. If that it is not the case you need to correct that information now.

And by the way, if there will not be a GFL at LAX, this will another one of your steps that lead me to consider giving AA more business. I remain unconvinced that UA knows how to treat its premium passengers relative to the competition.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by JVPhoto View Post
Counting down to the debate as to if LAX is a "hub".
is there a debate? i thought they already started de-hubbing it.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 1:57 pm
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Originally Posted by iluv2fly View Post
Simple question:

Will there be a GFL at LAX when this is completed?
Originally Posted by uanj View Post
The GS agents at LAX have been saying for months now that the new club will have a GFL within it like JFK. If that it is not the case you need to correct that information now.

And by the way, if there will not be a GFL at LAX, this will another one of your steps that lead me to consider giving AA more business. I remain unconvinced that UA knows how to treat its premium passengers relative to the competition.
Yes I would like to know too. UA Insider, can you confirm if there will still be a GFL at LAX? And if so, does this mean there is no GFL at LAX until construction of the new United Club is completed?

Also, "Global Services members will be invited to enter LAX curbside through Terminal 7" -- not clear to me what this means. Can you provide information on where this entrance will be?

Thanks, and looking forward to the improvements.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 2:07 pm
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Thanks UA Insider for the official pronouncements. I have a couple of domestic trips already booked over the next few weeks out/in LAX, and frankly I expect the place to be a zoo (admittedly it already kinda is). But the renovations are long overdue, and I can't wait to see the new look when everything is done.

In the meantime, I'll probably be using SNA more...
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Old Sep 12, 14, 3:41 pm
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Originally Posted by mikelcf View Post
And if so, does this mean there is no GFL at LAX until construction of the new United Club is completed?
The question is whether there will ultimately be another GFL, not whether there will be one during the construction.

There appears to be no question that there will be no GFL during the construction.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 3:57 pm
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Originally Posted by mherdeg View Post
Wow, interesting, no more GlobalFirst lounge at LAX?
Remember? The CFO said there's no difference. That includes lounges evidently.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 4:17 pm
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Originally Posted by transportprof View Post
Another simple question: How, and when, will one know whether a UA flight to SYD or MEL is arriving at T7 vs. TBIT?
I'd also be curious if this means the aircraft will park at a TBIT gate (not so bad) or park somewhere else and then be bussed to TBIT (usually a pretty bad experience).
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Old Sep 12, 14, 4:27 pm
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Originally Posted by mgcsinc View Post
UA Insider Team: A couple questions:

1. Will we still be able to access the PreCheck and Premier lanes by walking past the (soon-to-be-dead) Premier Check-In from T6? The line-checkers who control access from the T7 side are perhaps the worst at any airport, and I would like prefer to continue to not have to deal with them?
Spot on.
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