The Star Alliance Lounge in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX is an architectural masterpiece that also has a decent selection of food and drink. Always worth a visit, I count this as my favorite business class lounge at Los Angeles International Airport.
Star Alliance Lounge Hours and Access Restrictions
The Star Alliance Lounge at LAX is open daily from 9:15AM to 12:30AM, though hours will vary based upon seasonal schedule. To reach the lounge, proceed to the center of the Antonio Villaraigosa Pavilion inside the Bradley Terminal (TBIT) [this is where all the shops are]. Take the escalator up to the second floor and then walk around the bar to another escalator bank and proceed up one more floor. You’ll find the lounge to your right. Elevators are also available if you are traveling with a lot of bags.
Access is granted to the following passengers:
- Traveling in Business Class on a Star Alliance flight from LAX (no guests)
- Traveling in First Class on a Star Alliance flight from LAX (+1 guest)
- Star Gold Member traveling in any cabin of service on a same-day Star Alliance flight from LAX (+1 guest)
- United Club or Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge members (+1 guest)
A separate lounge is available for first class passengers (adjacent to this business lounge) which is not part of this review, but a limited a la carte menu is the only distinguishing feature.
Unlike United Clubs, which prohibit United MileagePlus Star Gold members from lounge access on domestic itineraries, even if you are a United Gold member traveling from LAX to SFO in economy, you are entitled access to this lounge: you just have to walk to it. Tunnels connect the United terminals (7 &8) with TBIT via Terminals 4,5,6. Just follow the signs.
Star Alliance Lounge LAX Seating
The lounge does get crowded in the evening and late at night, but I have never had any trouble finding a seat. There are seats areas throughout the lounge including a beautiful indoor terrace area overlooking the terminal below.
A television room is also present with easy chairs if you want to rest. There are no sleeping rooms, though you could take a nap on the couches on the outdoor terrace.
Star Alliance Lounge LAX Terrace
My favorite part of the lounge is a beautiful outdoor terrace that never seems to get crowded. If you have trouble finding a seat inside, head outside. With great tarmac views and comfortable chairs and couches, this is the place to be. At night, the terrace is warmed by heat lamps and fire pits. It always surprises me when I often find myself alone on the terrace — I figure many people probably do not know it is there.
Star Alliance Lounge LAX Food & Drink
A wide selection of food and drink is available — more than enough for a substantial meal. Don’t forget the noodle bar around the corner from the beverage station. The menu seems to rotate once a month. While the type of food doesn’t change (there are always salads, cheese, hot chicken…) the flavors vary.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary. The coffee is so-so — the oneworld lounge offers barista-made coffee which is significantly better.
There are also two separate snack/drink stations as well as a bar featuring a decent selection of alcohol, though nothing too fancy–
Star Alliance Lounge LAX Showers
Eight showers are available in the back of the lounge, next to the door to the terrace. I’ve never had to wait for a shower.
This is not only a nice lounge, but a great option for United Star Alliance Gold flyers who do not have access to United Clubs. Allow some extra time on your next visit to LAX for this lounge. What is your favorite lounge at LAX?