Qantas frequent flyer lounge access in Los Angeles and Toronto

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Chinabound

QF

Member since 05 Jul 2012

Total posts 16

Hi, I have a quick question regarding lounge access in LA and Toronto. I am a Platinum QF FF and will being flying QF (Business) and AA in March. I have a 3 hour transit in LA en-route to Toronto does anyone know which would be a good lounge to access for a shower etc. Also does anyone know what Lounge access there is in Toronto?

Many Thanks

driley28

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 May 2012

Total posts 299

If the flight is operated and marketed by a OW carrier you can access the Flagship Lounge at T4 LAX and the Admirals club at T3 YYZ.

Phil Young

Qantas

Member since 22 Oct 2012

Total posts 193

I agree with driley's advice about using the AA Flagship Lounge at LAX.  Just don't bother with either of the Qantas Lounges in the Tom Bradley terminal - they're both substandard and get overcrowded compared to the Flagship lounge.

Chinabound

QF

Member since 05 Jul 2012

Total posts 16

Great thanks for the advice

reno

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 20 Sep 2013

Total posts 316

Neither lounges are great,but   inbound   you can only use the AA lounges as you not be able to access the QF lounges.Chinabound the Toronto lounge is also better than some other AAlounges.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Chinabound, the AA Flagship Lounge is located at LAX Terminal, where all AA operated flights depart.

The QF lounges at LAX are located at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), next to Terminal 4.

When arriving on your QF flight from AU, you will be required to clear custom and immigration at TBIT, upon which you will not be allowed to enter. Therefore the only lounge option for your LAX/YYZ sector is the AA Flagship Lounge at Terminal 4.

Similarly at YYZ, you may be limited only to the Admirals Club at YYZ Terminal 3 (Pier B). While there is a BA Galleries and First Lounge at YYZ Terminal 3 (Pier C), I am uncertain if you will gain access to that (I'm unsure of the Canadian immigration process when departing Canada - I suspect your will clear US immigration at YYZ). Further your AA flights will probably be departing at gates near Pier B - the BA lounge may be too much of a hassle.

Upon arriving at LAX, you will disembark at LAX Terminal 4, where there is an option to take a shuttle bus to TBIT, and avoid another security clearance, or choose to walk to TBIT, where you will need to do another security clearance at TBIT. This is where you may choose to spend your transit time at the AA Flagship lounge at Terminal 4. However be aware that the shuttle bus do not run very frequently and if you miss it you might have to leg it across to TBIT and deal with the throng of people leaving on the numerous flights out of LAX at that time (9pm - 12 midnight).

I know this is really silly but I'm just going to say it. The QF lounges at TBIT has recently been offering rice crispy treats. I know it is silly but I'd go to that lounge just for that....it's really moreish! And the staff there really do go the extra mile. They actually do smile and chat with you, rather than just ignore you as they do at the AA lounges. It helps having a few dollar bills handy for tips! On the other hand, the shower facilities at the AA Flagship lounge are far superior. They use Dermalogica toiletries. If I were you I'd have a shower at the AA Flagship then head off to the QF TBIT lounge for the rice crispy treats.

Chinabound

QF

Member since 05 Jul 2012

Total posts 16

Thanks TheRealBabushka, this is exactly what i was looking for. Cheers

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