Member since 10 May 2016
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I fly to LAX on QF Business class and have a connecting flight to Austin out of T4 about 3 hours later. Which lounge is better to wait in - TBIT or T4?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Total posts 8
Based upon my recent experience by the time you clear immigration, customs and security you will not have a lot of time to use the lounge. The lounge in TBIT is streets ahead
Member since 29 Nov 2013
Total posts 448
If you're QF Platinum you will get the use the Flagship AA lounge which is almost up to Qantas domestic business class lounge standards. I would head straight to T4 as the wait for showers in the AM can be quite long
Thanks for the replies. Sounds like TBIT is a better lounge but given the time and my wait, T4 would be the better option. However, I don't have QF Platinum, only Silver. That means Admirals Clubs?? On the way back I fly out on business on QF operated by AA. Again, T4. I'd have plenty of time at airport. Can I do TBIT? What's the walk like between TBIT and T4?
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards Plantium
Member since 19 Jun 2013
Total posts 82
About 5 minute walk to T4.. good chance to stretch your legs
Member since 28 Jan 2015
Total posts 94
Correct me if i am wrong, but you will not be able to access the Admirals Club unless you are gold, platinum or have QC membership.
The only AA business passengers that get lounge access in the US are those flying East/west routes
Member since 07 Oct 2012
Total posts 767
Lounge access is determined by class of travel on the long-haul flight... even for AA.
Eg, An AA passenger purely flying business between LAX-Austin would not get access. But an AA passenger flying business between NRT-LAX-Austin, would get access.
Would be lovely for the anonymous mark-down to show themselves muhaha.
Connecting between oneworld marketed and operated flights:
Do you need to clear security to check-in at T4, and then clear again to go to TBIT, and again to get back to T4?
Yes - but not the other way (land at T4 you can now go through to TBIT without going through security)
Assuming the OP is flying QF and then AA to Austin, he should have the boarding pass for his AA flight given to him at check in back in Australia.
He can go through customs, drop-bag, clear security at TBIT, use the QF lounge and then go to T4 using the TBIT-T4 walkway connector post security.
Lounge access is determined by class of travel on the long-haul international flight. So even if he was on economy to Austin he would still have access.
My last time I flew into LAX, I was out of customs and in T4 within an hour. So I would go for the TBIT lounge, unless you turn up at LAX and you have a long wait at customs.
Make sure your T4 flight is not departing from the Satellite Terminal, and if it is, give yourself an extra 30mins as it requires a bus from T4.
Yes, i will receive my boarding pass for the AA flight (LAX>Austin) in Sydney. I arrive into LAX at Terminal B. Bag will be checked all the way through. Do I head straight for TBIT lounge?
You need to collect your bag after passport control but before final customs check... after customs there is a place to drop your bag for your next flight.
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I fly to LAX on QF Business class and have a connecting flight to Austin out of T4 about 3 hours later.
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