Qantas First Class Lounge LAX Now Open

The new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX is arguably the most gorgeous airport terminal in the United States. It also features some of the nicest shared lounges, like the Star Alliance First & Business Class Lounge.

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LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal

The business class section of the Qantas/oneworld lounge opened within the past six months. It’s a lovely business class lounge, though as a first class passenger it not exactly exciting.

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Qantas Business Class Lounge LAX

As a oneworld Emerald I’ve been waiting for the first class lounge to open.

Qantas First Class Lounge LAX now open

The Qantas First Class Lounge LAX officially opens today, Thursday, December 18, 2014.

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Qantas First Class Lounge LAX

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Qantas First Class Lounge LAX

Here’s a video of the new Qantas First Class Lounge at Los Angeles Airport:

Here’s how the press release describes the new lounge:

The new spacious and luxurious lounge is based on the flagship multi-award winning Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne, providing seating for more than 200 customers and different zones to dine, relax, work and socialise.

It is the first overseas Qantas First lounge to be designed by renowned Australian industrial designer, Marc Newson.

Speaking at a launch event in Los Angeles, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the newest Qantas First Lounge offers what the airline believes is the best on-ground First class experience in North America.

“The new lounge is more than triple the size of the previous space, and the design and service is equal to the world’s best five star hotels and restaurants,” said Mr Joyce.

Similar to the flagship First Lounge in Sydney, the new Qantas First Lounge in Los Angeles features a new 74-seat restaurant and bar where customers can dine from a Neil Perry Rockpool designed a la carte menu while enjoying a view of the open-style kitchen.

“We are proud to bring the first Neil Perry restaurant to LA and offer our customers some of their favourite dishes from Neil’s impressive repertoire,” said Mr Joyce.

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Qantas First Class Lounge LAX

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Qantas First Class Lounge LAX

Australian Business Traveller notes that Qantas will also be offering first class passenger fast track through security:

Passengers travelling in first class will have Qantas hosts meet that at the check-in desk, fast-track them through security (using the airport’s staff & crew lane) and also see them off at a dedicated first class boarding lane.

Presumably this is only for Qantas passengers and not passengers traveling in first class on other oneworld carriers. I find the experience of being fast tracked through security at LAX to be really inconsistent:

So it’s cool to see Qantas add this service as well.

Best lounge in the US?

While we’re used to airlines hyping their offerings, I think that this actually has a fighting chance at being the best lounge in the US. As far as I’m concerned, other contenders for that title include:

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Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse New York

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Star Alliance First Class Lounge Los Angeles

Qantas First Class Lounge LAX eligibility

This lounge will have traditional oneworld first class lounge access policies. The following passengers are eligible to access the Qantas First Class Lounge LAX:

  • oneworld international first class passengers
  • oneworld Emerald members, regardless of which class of service they’re flying

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Qantas First Class Lounge LAX

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Qantas First Class Lounge LAX

Bottom line

This is an awesome addition for oneworld flyers out of LAX. If it’s anywhere close to as nice as the lounges Qantas has in Australia, this is a big win.

Comments

  1. Can you access this lounge if you have just landed after enjoying Qantas First class & are waiting for domestic connections or only if you are about take a Q first class flight?

    Thanks

  2. Hi Ben,

    This is exciting. Where exactly are access policies displayed, is it the oneworld website? (Didn’t see it on the Qantas link.) I will be flying JAL F and would like to bring something printed out in case there is an uninformed lounge agent.

  3. What is the process to leave airside departures in TBIT back to Terminal 4? Will they let you out easily since it is all international departures?

  4. I understand how you left TBIT, but I did you get through security to get to the lounge? Does arriving on American Eagle get you to TBIT?

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