Review: Los Angeles International Lounge

Review: Los Angeles International Lounge LAX TBIT


This Los Angeles International Lounge Review at LAX TBIT before an Air Tahiti Nui flight is part of a new trip report on Bora Bora and Tahiti luxury resorts, dining and activities. For the prior posts, please see:

Review: American A321 Business Class New York to Los Angeles

Paradise! Can You Guess the Place?

Review: Residence Inn by Marriott LAX Airport

Los Angeles International Lounge Location and Access at LAX

The Los Angeles International Lounge at LAX is a contract lounge located airside after security, on the 6th floor. Follow signs to the elevator, then pass the (nicer) Star Alliance Lounge and go down a long hallway overlooking the terminal until you get to the small entrance.

At the time of our visit, the lounge sign indicated that in addition to Air Tahiti Nui, Fiji Airways, Philippine Airlines, El Al and JAL also use the lounge for their premium class passengers.

Entrance to Los Angeles International Lounge, LAX

 

Los Angeles International Lounge Amenities and Seating

After presenting our lounge invitation to the friendly attendant, we were invited to enter and use the lounge. There were some Andes mints on the right that took me back to my childhood, before I knew what really good chocolate tasted like.

Reception, Los Angeles International Lounge Review, LAX

 

The seating area immediately on the right wasn't crowded, with an empty area with banquette seating where we settled:

Seating, Los Angeles International Lounge Review LAX

Seating, Los Angeles International Lounge Review, LAX

 

There was additional seating with high backed chairs where two other couples were initially sitting:

Seating, Los Angeles International Lounge Review, LAX TBIT

 

And perhaps the more interesting area for people watching was “outside” on a balcony overlooking the terminal:

Review: Los Angeles International Lounge LAX TBIT 

 

While not a large or fancy lounge, I was glad to see that there were ample power outlets: one under each banquette seat:

Power Outlet Under Each Banquette Seat, LAX International Lounge Review

 

The WiFi network and password were also displayed on placards throughout the lounge, not just at reception, and the speed was fine for my purposes of checking email and uploading some small files.

WiFi Password, Los Angeles International Lounge Review, LAX

 

The best food options, sushi (nothing fancy, just inari sushi and some vegetable and artificial crab sushi) and fresh fruit, were considerably depleted at the time of our visit:

Fresh Fruit, Los Angeles International Lounge Review LAX

Sushi, Los Angeles International Lounge Review LAX

 

But the few pieces we were able to sample were good and tasted quite fresh.

 Sushi and Fruit Before Air Tahiti Nui Flight, LAX International Lounge Review

 

There were also sandwiches in a refrigerated case, such as this smoked salmon sandwich, although it was decidedly mediocre.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich, Los Angeles International Lounge Review LAX

 

Other snacks included cereal, Oreo cookies, granola bars, and Doritos and other chips by the bar. Not exactly the stuff you want to be eating or drinking to feel healthy while traveling.

Bar and Snacks, Los Angeles International Lounge LAX Review

Cereal and Granola Bars, Los Angeles International Lounge Review LAX

 

The Verdict

If you’re flying Air Tahiti Nui, Fiji Airways, El Al or Philippine Airlines, hopefully your expectations are modest, even if flying business class, since none of them are exactly cutting edge airlines when it comes to premium service. That JAL uses the Los Angeles International Lounge is a little more surprising, as it does have great first class and business class products.

The Los Angeles International Lounge is exactly what you’d expect from a contract lounge: a more relaxed place to wait, power outlets and WiFi to get work done, a fairly well-stocked bar, and some basic food options to stave off hunger until you board the flight. 

But if you're a oneworld Emerald elite and have access to the Qantas First Class Lounge at LAX, say before a JAL or other oneworld marketed and operated flight, definitely go there instead.

If you've visited the Los Angeles International Lounge at LAX, what was your experience?

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