One of the nice things about flying United Airlines in longhaul business class is Polaris Lounge access on arrival, even at your final destination. I enjoyed a Polaris Lounge “nightcap” at LAX after a long day of travel.
LAX Polaris Lounge Nightcap
I arrived at LAX having traveled from Johannesburg via Newark and Denver. Even in business class, it had been a long day and I was ready to get home to see my family (and go to sleep…).
But if you arrive at 6:00 pm at LAX, the traffic is so bad that you may actually save time by waiting a bit for it to die down. I chose to do so in the Polaris Lounge. One advantage to flying United Airlines longhaul business class is that you can use the Polaris Lounges on arrival, even if you have several connecting flights. So even though I had only flown from JNB to EWR in Polaris, I was able to use the Polaris Lounge LAX since I was a same-day arriving Polaris passengers (American Airlines has similar access rules to its Flagship Lounges).
One of the great things about the LAX Polaris Lounge is that it is often empty. It does get a bit more crowded at night ahead of the Sydney and Melbourne departures, but even so I’ve never seen this lounge crowded.
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First, I enjoyed a gin basil smash…one of my favorite cocktails which the bartender made very nicely.
Next, I walked over to the (empty) dining room and enjoyed a bowl of creamy butternut squash soup, a green salad (I assembled myself from the buffet), and Pacific rock cod, served with green olive relish, lemon, and pickled red onions.
The food here is very good and often far better than what you will be served onboard.
While the buffet is rather limited, if you are pressed for time there is enough to make a meal out of.
I value the ability to stop by the Polaris Lounge on arrival after a long trip. Kudos to United for maintaining a competitive international business class lounge, which I find a big part of the value proposition of flying United.