Not everyone is a top-tier frequent flyer, and not everyone is flying in business or first class on a Star Alliance member airline.
But if you're at LAX, that doesn't really matter – because Star Alliance now lets you pay your way into its excellent business class lounge at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, regardless of which airline you're travelling with and the type of ticket you're clutching.
A lounge pass cost US$65 per person, with a 5% discount if you enter your frequent flyer membership number for any Star Alliance member – an impressive roster of 26 airlines including ANA, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Thai Airways and United Airlines.
Your paid visit to the Star Alliance LAX lounge covers three hours of relaxation, food and drink, the chance to freshen up with a shower and a visit to the lounge's outdoor terrace with views over the airfield and the distant Hollywood hills.
"Eligible Star Alliance flyers have benefitted from the (LAX) lounge experience for years, and we are now pleased to be able to allow access to guests on a paid basis," says Star Alliance VP Customer Experience, Christian Draeger.
Bookings are made online – just select the LAX lounge on the Star Alliance lounge finder page, choose the date and time of your visit, plug in your credit card details and look forward to a better way to begin your trip.
Naturally, Star Alliance lounge access can also be purchased for family members, friends or colleagues – very handy if you have access courtesy of your Gold-grade status, but they don't.
This is the second Star Alliance lounge to hang out the virtual 'pay here' shingle, after Buenos Aires, and group exec Draeger says that paid access will be "available to all Star Alliance branded lounges in the near future," although Star notes that paid entry will always "be subject to capacity."