Lounge access before AmericanEagle flight with QF code?

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Ozkid

Member since 02 Dec 2011

Total posts 26

Lounge access before AmericanEagle flight with QF code? I'm flying SYD-LAX-Salt Lake City in premium economy, with LAX-SLC in AA's offshoot AmericanEagle/SkyWest as a QF codeshare. I'm QF Gold. Does this allow me QF lounge access at Tom Bradley for the 4 hour transit? I can't seem to find any rules allowing access before a oneworld's affliate airline operating the flight.

Tez22

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Aug 2012

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If you are flying American Eagle then you will most likely be departing from Terminal 4 at LAX with a bus transfer from T4 to the remote American Eagle terminal (Do not go out to the remote terminal until you need to as it is nothing but a gate lounge).

As QF Gold you should have access to the Admirals Club Loung in T4. The lounge is okay but I do not think you get much in the way free bar service or food. If you are QF Platinum then you get access to the Flagship Lounge which is located adjacent to the Admirals Club. The Flagship lounge is only small but it is okay if not too busy.

Southland

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 31 Jan 2012

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Please repost when you get back from your trip so we know you made it. Enjoy AmericanEagle

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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@ Ozkid

I think the question is specifically asking for access to QF's lounge at Tom Bradley, not the AA Admiral or Flagship lounge at T4.

Theoretically, you are meant to be able to use the QF lounge at Tom Bradley for the flights you have described. As you have rightly pointed out, there is nothing in the rules that states otherwise.

However in practice your American Eagle flight operates from a different terminal from the QF lounge at Tom Bradley. To enter the lounge at Tom Bradley you will need to go through security, who will review your boarding pass and passport. I am uncertain if security merely ensures that the name on your boarding pass matches your photo ID or if they are in fact a gate keeper that restricts the Tom Bradley departure lounge facilities for international (and Tom Bradley) departures only.

I also do not believe there is a way to escape the shepherding from the plane to immigration and customs, that may allow you to stay in the Tom Bradley terminal for 4h before clearing immigration and customs and connecting to American Eagle at T4. 

Consequently your only option may be to rough it out at the Admiral's Lounge or Flagship Lounge (if you are OW Emerald). While the F&B options at the Admiral's lounge is limited and only slightly better in the Flagship Lounge, the shower facilities are reasonably good. The internet is free and of reasonable speed. In consolation, you may be pleased to know that the QF lounge at Tom Bradley is only very slightly better. It's very much a bog standard Qantas Club you find in the domestic Qantas Club locations, with perhaps better booze? (I wouldn't know. I'm teetotal)

Ozkid

Member since 02 Dec 2011

Total posts 26

Thanks RealBabushka. It's really 2 questions:

1. Can I still access any OW lounge using my QF Gold, even though the next flight is operated by an OW affiliate airline (American Eagle). No rules that I can see in the fine print.

2. The combined OW lounge at TBIT is small and windowless...but having had to pay for food and drinks at my previous OW lounge visit in Chicago I'd rather stick with the devil I know. But glad to know that showers at T4 LAX is good - probably my first priority after getting off the plane.

(Booze at QF lounges are usually quite quaffable. The one at TBIT has a bartender for the simple cocktails, and nice californian wines)

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

1) For all intent and purposes American Eagle and American Airlines are one and the same. American Eagle is an AA affiliate much like JetConnect (the QF that crosses the Tasman) is an affiliate of Qantas. So existing lounge access rules apply without discrimination.

2) It is true that you have to pay for food at the Admiral's lounge. But the quality is a lot better than the free stuff you get at TBIT. Prices are pretty reasonable too. I suggest you visit the AA website under the Admiral's club section (I'd provide the URL to you but that will delay you receiving this message, while AUSBT vets the external links). Alternative Google "AA admiral's club menu". There is a link there to the menu and prices at the LAX Admiral's club. Drinkwise, you get two vouchers. But I believe coffee, wine and beer is now free. I suggest you don't bother with the espresso-based drinks. We're not in Australia - enough said! There is a Starbuck at T4 if you really want a coffee (just tell them to hold the milk!).

Ozkid

Member since 02 Dec 2011

Total posts 26

Thanks for the tips.

Yes I'm still shaking my head at the half-and-half milk...or the pumpkin infused coffee over Halloween...

aero-seat

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 23 May 2012

Total posts 178

I think you have access to Qantas' lounge but I'm not sure with American Airlines. You should check at the airport, if American Airlines says no, Qantas will most likely accept you!

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