Transit times LAX Qantas to AA and Lounge Access

8 replies

Flashman181

Member since 11 Apr 2018

Total posts 25

Arrive at LAX on Qantas at usual 6 am time. Have booked an AA flight to San Diego leaving at 09:35 am , operated as American Eagle. Travelling Feb 2019


Some people have suggested this transit time is a bit tight ? Not on one ticket so no rebook if don’t make flight . Next flight was 13:50 which seemed a long wait. If I change my booking now will cost $274! Cheaper to cancel and rebook, lesson learnt

If decide to do that am a bit confused about Admirals Lounge Access for the wait . Am a Qantas Club member but only Silver Status FF . My reading indicates this doesn’t gain me access to AA Lounge ? Can I book AA flight through Qantas to get access to Qantas Lounge in TBIT or is that unrealistic anyway because will have been through customs?

Thanks

sdtravel

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 18 Jun 2015

Total posts 81

Qantas club members are allowed in the lounge regardless of status i believe. So it doesnt matter that you are Silver. Your membership should get you in.


Have you been to the US on your current passport so can use the EGates? That may help speed you through. The latest you can checkin with AA is 45 min domestic with bags so it sounds doable as long as there arent massive delays.
As QF silver you should be able to use the priority lines at checkin with AA i think.

Flashman181

Member since 11 Apr 2018

Total posts 25

No unfortunately got new passport last year and used in UK but not USA. ESTA is done

aggie57

QF

Member since 04 Apr 2014

Total posts 138

Or you could be radical and catch the train. Surf liner runs from union station to San Diego several times a day.

Flashman181

Member since 11 Apr 2018

Total posts 25

Yeah was considering that option if miss connection. Less than half price of rebooking later flight . Already using that train for return trip as ongoing Qantas flight to NYC leaves at 0820 so have to stay at LAX hotel for night before ;)

markpk

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Nov 2013

Total posts 431

Are the two legs on different PNR's?

If not, and assuming Qantas check your bags through to San Diego the fastest option is to clear border controls and then find the connection bridge over to the AA terminal. Don't exit and walk around as TSA inside the AA terminal is diabolical!


The security line where you then access the connection bridge moves pretty fast and its then a quick walk around to AA. I've got access to the AA lounge but prefer to use the Qantas lounge in TBIT

Flashman181

Member since 11 Apr 2018

Total posts 25

Yes they are different . Was told by TA could not book SD leg on same ticket from Brisbaneas the leg to NYC a week later qualified as the “connection” and only one “allowed” . As such booked AA flight directly with AA

AgentGerko

Member since 31 Jan 2013

Total posts 18

Two hours is the min connecting time at LAX so your 3 1/2 hrs should be easy.

Traveller14

Member since 17 Sep 2015

Total posts 73

Yeah was considering that option if miss connection. Less than half price of rebooking later flight . Already using that train for return trip as ongoing Qantas flight to NYC leaves at 0820 so have to stay at LAX hotel for night before ;)

Amtrak a pleasant way to travel. Normally reliable. Great views of Pacific Ocean beaches.

Hi Guest, join in the discussion on Transit times LAX Qantas to AA and Lounge Access

Attach Files