Lounge access at LAX

Old Oct 18, 2021, 5:20 pm
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Lounge access at LAX

Which lounge(s) can I use if I have Mileage Plus *A Gold when transferring from an international flight to a domestic flight? Would it only be United Club or Star Alliance Lounge and Polaris lounge (currently closed) also?
Also what if I don’t have any status but has an international First/Business class ticket when transferring to domestic?

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Old Oct 18, 2021, 5:32 pm
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Departing International Business class ticket will qualify you for access to UC, to *A TBIT and when it re-opens (if it does) the LAX PL (But not short-haul international, such as Mexico, Central America, Canada, ...).

Arriving International (if not UA operated) will get you none unless you have *G status. If arriving international on UA, you will have T7 UC access. *G will get you into UA or *A on arrival

Thru a bit of an oddity, arriving NZ may have access to *A lounge as NZ is the "lounge operator"

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The AC Maple Leaf Lounge in T6 reopened so you can also do that
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Old Oct 18, 2021, 5:56 pm
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Originally Posted by kevflyer
The AC Maple Leaf Lounge in T6 reopened so you can also do that
Unless arriving on AC or having status, OP would not have access.
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Old Oct 18, 2021, 6:15 pm
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I think only half the question has been answered. The rules are completely different if you have *A Gold status as the *first* question asked.

If you indeed are *G then you can access ANY lounge at LAX (Polaris possibly excluded for same reasons noted above) including the UA Club and AC Maple Leaf Lounge (if open). *A TBIT might be a problem because I think you can only access it if you clear security and re-enter TBIT after going through immigration. I don't know the terminal access rules and the LAX layout all that well to confirm this one. Someone else who is LAX-based or transits LAX more frequently will know.

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Old Oct 18, 2021, 6:17 pm
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I will be flying on NH First but has no *A Gold from any airlines. Though I was thinking of status matching to UA Gold. So I was curious if I could access to Star Alliance Lounges (both First and Business) and/or just United Club.
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Old Oct 18, 2021, 6:24 pm
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Originally Posted by lAzyTraveler
I will be flying on NH First but has no *A Gold from any airlines. Though I was thinking of status matching to UA Gold. So I was curious if I could access to Star Alliance Lounges (both First and Business) and/or just United Club.
*G does get you in
BUT matched UA status could be an issue, NH might recognize the UA status (UA does not release to the *A system during the match period), sometimes works, sometimes does -- best if on a UA ticket or accessing UC.
and the status match is a once in 5-year thing, might not be the best choice just to get one-time lounge access.
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Old Oct 18, 2021, 6:27 pm
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You wouldn't have access to the *A lounge because you'd need a departing boarding pass in International Business or First OR have *A Gold status. No access to United Club either unless you flew in on UA Polaris OR have *A gold status from airline other than UA, OR your connecting flight is Business class on Premium Transcontinental to EWR/JFK.
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Old Oct 18, 2021, 6:34 pm
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The complexity of this is what drives people crazy
Originally Posted by m.y
No access to United Club either unless you flew in on UA Polaris OR have *A gold status from airline other than UA, ...
On international itin, UA *G works (including the challenge status period)

Originally Posted by m.y
OR your connecting flight is Business class on Premium Transcontinental to EWR/JFK.
And I missed that one
...
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Old Oct 18, 2021, 6:34 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA
*G does get you in
Does having an inbound NH First Class ticket with *A Gold status let me access to *A First Lounge, as well?
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Old Oct 18, 2021, 6:38 pm
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Originally Posted by lAzyTraveler
Does having an inbound NH First Class ticket with *A Gold status let me access to *A First Lounge, as well?
No
If you can get the challenge status to work, you only enter is based on *G.
At least per the rules, *A First access is based on your departure flight, not arrival. Now will the agents allow access, maybe but outside the rules.
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Old Oct 18, 2021, 6:54 pm
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Originally Posted by lAzyTraveler
Does having an inbound NH First Class ticket with *A Gold status let me access to *A First Lounge, as well?
*A F lounge at LAX is not worth the effort (and currently closed).
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Old Oct 18, 2021, 6:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee
*A F lounge at LAX is not worth the effort (and currently closed).
It's open now.
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Old Oct 18, 2021, 7:03 pm
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Originally Posted by lAzyTraveler
It's open now.
J is open. The most recent report I saw said F was closed.

In any event, F has never been particularly impressive. When I've had access, I've spent my time in J, as the space is much nicer.
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Old Oct 18, 2021, 7:04 pm
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I will probably have 5 hours at LAX and I like *A lounges better than United Clubs except the Polaris but is currently closed. Status match just for one time lounge access is a waste (I know). Would it be better to buy a 1 day UA club pass over the status match?

Seems like the Centurion Lounge is still closed and Korean Lounge is closed (although I saw some people setting in the patio last time I was at LAX.) Weird but priority pass shows it's closed.
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