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How to transit from LAX Terminal 2 to Tom Bradley

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Brocoli

Member since 08 Feb 2017

Total posts 4

I am wondering if there is a separate business check in area at Tom Bradley. We will be arriving to Terminal 2 from Vancouver and catching the shuttle to Terminal B. Flying Qantas to Melbourne. Thanks

MuzzH

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 22 Dec 2015

Total posts 25

Yes, there is a clearly marked Business Class check-in counter at the TBIT.

I would save the hassle of the shuttle bus and take the 5-minute walk from Terminal 2 to TBIT - unless of course you have lots of bags or are infirm. There are plenty of baggage trolleys available.

Happy flying!

Muzz

mrc82

Member since 04 May 2014

Total posts 23

If you arrive from Vancouver you'll have gone through US pre-clearance and won't have to clear immigration/customs when you arrive into Terminal 2. If your bags are checked through you can remain post-security and get the airside shuttle to TBIT.

Metoo

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Nov 2016

Total posts 90

Yes if you go landslide take the 5 minute walk, enjoyable after a flight.

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,052

If you arrive from Vancouver you'll have gone through US pre-clearance and won't have to clear immigration/customs when you arrive into Terminal 2. If your bags are checked through you can remain post-security and get the airside shuttle to TBIT.

Affirmative. The buses are all Delta-branded etc but it doesn't matter which airline you're flying with as you don't need to present a boarding pass, only to say which terminal you're heading to.

I've done a similar thing at LAX when connecting to Qantas (albeit with only carry-on baggage) - arrived on a Delta domestic flight in T2, took the airside bus over to TBIT (to avoid clearing security again), and completed check-in at the reception desk of the Qantas lounge for a flight to Melbourne with no problems at all. If your bag is tagged through from Vancouver, you'd be able to do the same if you don't have your onward Qantas boarding pass: and if you do, well, that's even easier as you're already set!

Mjkcan

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 14 Jun 2017

Total posts 50

Clearing security can be a hassle at TBIT so I’d recommend the airside transfer if you’re all set with luggage/ passes.

However I assume you’re not, otherwise you wouldn’t be landing at T2, so:

Walk off the plane and head towards baggage claim. When you get funnelled down a weird escalator that feels like you’re leaving the space time continuum, you’re in the right place.


Get your bags. Exit and turn right.

Walk along the sidewalk (you’ll be on the lower level / arrivals until the road bends left (you’ll pass t3 arrivals in the process, about 5 minutes.)

You’ll see outdoor escalators going up, take them.

Voila. You’re at TBIT. There’s a business check in there.

You’re better off walking along the lower level and then going up as opposed to vice versa - the upper level tends to have a lot of crowds in the space between t3 and TBIT, usually ubers and local LA people with insane amounts of luggage loading up to bring things back to their families overseas. Best to avoid this crowded spot!

Also avoid any landside transfers - it’s literally faster to walk and it’s not far.

fnorman

Member since 07 May 2016

Total posts 7

To make the advice even more useful e.g. for a round trip, does anyone have helpful suggestions about the other direction, i.e. arriving at TBIT from Australia and transferring to T2 for a flight to Vancouver. Is it possible to stay on the airside?

Mjkcan

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 14 Jun 2017

Total posts 50

To make the advice even more useful e.g. for a round trip, does anyone have helpful suggestions about the other direction, i.e. arriving at TBIT from Australia and transferring to T2 for a flight to Vancouver. Is it possible to stay on the airside?

No.
You have to clear US customs, physically pick up your bag and then exit the baggage claim area and then a) drop it off at the transfer desk if it’s “checked through” from Australia or b) walk your bags to T2 in the reverse of the way I mentioned above, and clear security +/- check-in there.

You’re walking either way, it’s just whether or not you have bags. There is a landside inter-Terminál transfer bus but it goes in the wrong direction (TBIT —> T4 —> T5 etc before looping back around) - so just walk. It’s nice.

conrad_vol

Etihad - Etihad Guest

Member since 26 Feb 2019

Total posts 1

I know it is a little bit off topic, but I will be transfering through LAX as well, I will be on an Air Canada flight coming in (Terminal 6) and going out on Fiji Airways (TBIT), could I do the land side transfer with just carry on as some of the posters above have suggested? Is an electronic boarding pass (i.e. mobile check-in) sufficient for the FJ flight if anyone knows?

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