Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 05 Oct 2016
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Hi all. Question - transiting through LAX in mid-Sep, and likely on AS to Seattle. AS lounge doesn't have showers in T6 at LAX. It seems AA in T5 does (although can't seem to confirm for sure on AA website - so can anyone confirm this?). If AA does have showers, can I enter T5 just for the lounge and showers, even though I'm flying out of T6 on AS?
Member since 20 Sep 2013
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AA lounge and the Qantas business booth have showers available now.To access either you will to be either a Qantas club member or have one world emerald or sapphire status and on a same they ticket.
Member since 15 May 2019
Total posts 59
I did this two weeks ago. Came in on QF11, transiting to an Alaska flight four hours later. You're fine to use either the T4 or T5 AA facilities. There is an underground walkway airside connecting T4, T5 and T6, so you can check bags on the way out of Terminal B or at T6 (depending on ticketing) then walk between the terminals easily after clearing security. Its like 2-3 minutes underground from T6 to T5 and another 2-3 minutes from T5 to T4.
Subject to status (Emerald or Sapphire) and connection times, the AA Flagship Lounge in T4 is a much better option than the more basic Admiral's Club in T5 and worth the extra walk. I haven't been to the T5 Admiral's Club post-pandemic - as at early 2020 it had showers, but the showers in the Flagship Lounge are larger, nicer and better-serviced suites. The lounge amenities (particularly the food but also the fit out) are substantially better in Flagship than Admirals. Because it is a status/travel class based lounge it also tends to be quieter, cleaner and less full of entitled boomers with paid lounge memberships than the T5 Admiral's Club.
The Alaskan lounge is very basic, crowded and doesn't have showers. I don't think the Qantas Business/First Lounges really work because they are in Terminal B (International), which is disconnected from the other domestic terminals (ie no airside option) and will likely be inaccessible based on your domestic ticket (though I must confess I've never tried due to the inconvenience of going through usually lengthy TSA queues multiple times). In any case, the facilities in the Qantas Business Lounge are inferior to the closer American Flagship facilities in T4.
If you're concerned about the walk from T4 to T6 you can also leave a bit of extra time and sit in the Alaska lounge prior to your flight after using the Flagship facilities. They don't care about doubling up on lounge entries and it is very close to all of the Alaska gates.
Member since 04 Apr 2014
Total posts 136
Tom Bradley is connected airside to T4, has been for several years.
Awesome all, thanks for the great information! I didn't realize about the T4 option and the underground walkway after security. That's all cool. I will definitely give it a try. I'm platinum so will be fine to access, as long as i can scrape all the kids in with me hahaha. Cheers!
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