I stopped by the Alaska Airlines Lounge in Los Angeles (LAX) prior to my flight to Dallas and enjoyed lunch and coffee. It’s nice to see this lounge return to its pre-pandemic service model.
Alaska Airlines Lounge Los Angeles (LAX) Review
Access + Location + Hours
I do not have status or lounge membership with Alaska Airlines, but I was granted access to the Alaska Lounge because I was traveling on a paid first class ticket. With limited exceptions, Alaska Airlines is the only U.S. airlines that allows paid first class passengers lounge access.
This lounge is available to the following passengers:
- Alaska Airlines First Class Travelers (paid or award tickets only, not upgrades booked in “U” class)
- Emerald and Sapphire oneworld members when traveling to Mexico City, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia or Australia
The lounge is open daily from 5:00am to 9:00pm and loaded in Terminal 6, near gate 64. This used to be a Priority Pass Lounge, but is no longer part of the network, which is probably a good thing considering how crowded the lounge used to get (and the long waitlist to even get in for Priority Pass members):
Take the elevator upstairs to level 2, where you will be checked in.
The lounge is one large room with a seating area including couches and large padded chairs, long high-top tables, a dining area, and additional seating by the window.
I visited the lounge around 3:00pm, stayed for about 90 minutes, and the lounge never got crowded.
While self-service coffee is available, my favorite feature of the lounge is the barista-made coffee at the bar. Even though its Starbucks, I enjoyed a couple strong cappuccinos with my lunch that hit the spot and are simply miles ahead of anything that comes from an automatic machine.
Food + Drink
The buffet has returned and looks like pre-pandemic times. Buffet selections included hot soup (chicken noodle), brown rice, a salad bar, and nacho bar. There was also pretzels, cookies, brownies, whole fruit, and the pancake machine was available.
I made myself a very tasty nacho plate with tortilla chips, chicken strips, black beans, corns, pico de gallo, guacamole, and cheese.
This really hit the spot!
If you’re looking for something more substantial, you can order hot dishes like chicken tenders, pizza, or a cheeseburger.
Meanwhile, at the bar beer, wine, and select spirits are free while other drinks and cocktails carry a charge (see here for a comparable menu).
A Coke Freestyle machine and coffee machine were self-serve (again, don’t forget the barista!):
This lounge maintains a no tipping policy, which I greatly appreciate.
Restrooms are located on the east side of the lounge and were clean. No showers are available.
I found this to be a great lounge to wait for my Alaska Airlines flight. Not only did I enjoy a tasty lunch and coffee, but the lounge provided a quiet and comfortable place to work. Lounge access is definitely a selling point in buying a first class ticket on Alaska Airlines.