Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX Review

October 26, 2018 in Travel - 8 Comments
entrance to Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX

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Is the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX worthy visiting?

I’ll admit it.

Sometimes I get to the airport early.

Like several hours early.

But only when I’m going to spend a lot of time in the airport lounge.

Let me rephrase that…

When I’m going to spend hours in a lounge that’s worth hanging out in.

For example the Cathay Pacific the Pier First Class Lounge in Hong Kong or the Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Frankfort.

But I wasn’t visiting any of those lounges on this trip. This time it was the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX.

Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX Review

entrance to Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX

My second visit to this lounge was in January during this year’s first of three trips to Southeast Asia.

The first time I spent time at the Star Alliance Business Class lounge was during my quasi-round the world trip when I flew Lufthansa First Class from Los Angeles to Frankfurt for $40.

I hadn’t planned to visit this lounge because my original flight was on Japan Airlines. I was all set to spend hours at the Qantas First Class Lounge.

Due to a flight delay, Japan Airlines put me on ANA. My favorite lounge at LAX would have to wait until my next trip.

So long oneworld, hello Star Alliance.

Having already posted the Star Alliance First Class Lounge LAX, it’s about time to share my Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX review.

Location

The Star Alliance Business Class lounge LAX and the First Class lounge are after security on the sixth floor.

The lounge overlooks the atrium.

From the central atrium area, take the Time tower (clock) elevator. The Business Class lounge is in front of you when you exit and the First Class lounge is to the right.

checkin desk for Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
checkin desk

A sliding door near the noodle/pho station in the Business Class lounge connects both lounges.

First Class guests can use either lounge but Business Class and Star Gold passengers can only use the Business Class lounge.

Pro-tip: Lounge hours are daily from 7 am to 1 am but can vary depending on airline schedules.

Seating in the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX

Indoor Seating

Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX seating
seating across from the bar and buffet

The Star Alliance Business Class lounge LAX is huge. There’s a buffet, two bars, TV room, library room, work room, showers, a terrace overlooking the airport, and an outdoor patio with fire pits.

Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX seats
Seating in the main area

There are plenty of seats both inside and outside. You would be hard pressed to have to stand.

Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX quiet room
Quiet room where you could try and nap
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX TV room 2
Chill out and watch TV in the TV/Media room
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX library
library room – yep, those are fake books but it’s an okay spot to nap

Two Bars

Bar and cheese and wine station at Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Bar and cheese and wine station

 

 

Dry snack mix at bar Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX bar
Dry snack mix at bar

 

 

bar seating at outdoor bar overlooking atrium Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
bar seating at outdoor bar overlooking atrium
bar overlooking atrium Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
bar overlooking atrium
atrium terrace seating Star Alliance Business Class lounge LAX
atrium terrace seating
view of the atrium terrace Star Alliance Business Class Lounge Los Angeles Airport
view of the atrium terrace
Bill Gates quote on wall leading to outdoor terrace at Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Bill Gates quote

Outdoor Seating

Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX outdoor seating fire pit
outdoor seating with a fire pit
Quote from Bette Davis on water wall at the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX outside terrace
Bette Davis quote
Frank Lloyd Wright Quote on outside wall at Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Frank Lloyd Wright Quote
plants on outdoor terrace Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
plants on outdoor terrace
runway view outdoor seating Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
runway view outdoor seating

Pro-tip: The outside patio offers runway views. If it’s chilly, grab a seat by one of the fire pits.

Who Has Access to the Business Class Lounge?

Unlike some airport lounges where you can get free access with your credit card, like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, entry is restricted to certain flyers.

Business Class, First Class, and Star Alliance Gold passengers flying on a Star Alliance flight have access to the Business Class lounge.

You could get lucky and get in by using one or two tricks from how to get into every airport lounge.

Pro-tip: United Gold members can’t use the Star Alliance Business Class lounge.

You can also get into the lounge if you have one of these paid lounge memberships:

  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Club – Worldwide
  • Air New Zealand Koru Club
  • United Club

Each of these passengers except Business Class passengers can bring one guest on any Star Alliance flight into the lounge.

Pro-tip: A guest is anyone age two or older. There’s no limit to the number of children under two whom you can bring into the lounge.

Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX Buffet

Breakfast

Eggs, quiche, sausage, potatoes, gravy Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX morning buffet
Eggs, quiche, sausage, potatoes, gravy
Fruit, eggs, yogurt, granola, and smoothies Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Fruit, eggs, yogurt, granola, and smoothies
Various juices and milks Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX morning buffet juices
Various juices and milks

Lunch

 

Assortment of cheeses at Star Alliance Business Class lounge LAX
Assortment of cheeses
Chowder, Coconut Curry Chicken, vegetables, and rice Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Chowder, Coconut Curry Chicken, vegetables, and rice
Chicken, rice, and vegetables Star Alliance Business Class lounge LAX
Chicken, rice, and vegetables
various salads, wraps, and chips Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
various salads, wraps, and chips
salads Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
more salads
instant noodles, tea, and coffee at Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
instant noodles, tea, and coffee

Pro-tip: Check out the make your own noodle/pho station. It’s tucked away in the hallway near the sliding door entrance to the First Class lounge.

Selections of noodles at noodle bar Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Selections of noodles at noodle bar
Pho station Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Pho station
rice krispy treats, chocolate mousse, pumpkin spice pudding, smoothies, watermelon in the dessert buffet at Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
rice krispy treats, chocolate mousse, pumpkin spice pudding, smoothies, watermelon
Cookies, pound cakes, smoothies, pudding and other desserts at the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Cookies, pound cakes, smoothies, pudding, and other desserts

Drinks

Rows of Champagne on the wall at Star Alliance Business Class lounge LAX
Champagne
Serve yourself wine and champagne from the buffet station at the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
self-serve alcohol
Beer, wine, and juices in self-serve fridge Star Alliance Business Class lounge LAX
Help yourself to beer, wine, and juices
self-serve drink station Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
self-serve drink station

Seating

view of buffet and seating Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
view of buffet and seating
Counter style seating overlooking buffet Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Counter style seating overlooking buffet

Shower Suites

Drought resistance plants in Indoor garden Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Shower suites indoor garden
entrance to Shower Suites Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
entrance to Shower Suites
waiting area for the shower suites Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
waiting area for the shower suites
Pagers for shower suites at Star Alliance Business Class lounge LAX
You get a page when a shower is available
Hallway in shower suites Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Which shower suite will you pick?
shower Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
shower
Soaptopia soap at Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Shower Suites toiletries are made locally

Conclusion

The Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX in the Tom Bradley International Terminal is after security on the sixth floor.

You can use the lounge if you’re flying in Business Class, First Class, or are a Star Alliance Gold passenger flying on a Star Alliance flight.

Paid members of the Air Canada Maple Leaf Club, Air New Zealand Koru Club, and the United Club flying any Star Alliance flight can also access the Business Class lounge.

You can bring one person age two or older who is flying on a Star Alliance flight into the lounge. Unless you are a Business Class passenger. Business Class passengers are not allowed to bring in guests.

There are lots of buffet options and the make your own noodle/pho station is a nice touch.

Sit outside for best views of the runway and planespotting.

Overall it’s a decent lounge. I wish there were reclining chairs and/or spots where you could truly relax vs sitting upright.

Have you been to the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX? What did or didn’t you like about it?

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  • Demi October 27, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Great post! The older I get the more I am tempted to use lounges in the airport, this has just furthered my desires! The food looks so good!

    • Debra Schroeder October 27, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Demi,

      Glad you liked the post. I love using the airport lounges. Makes waiting for a flight more enjoyable. 🙂

  • Manouk Bob October 27, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Wow, extensive report 🙂 I’m also a star alliance member, but just a regular member. Looks like it’s worth visiting the lounge especially with the food included.

    • Debra Schroeder October 27, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Manouk Bob,

      Thanks. The lounge is totally worth it. 🙂

  • joshua han November 16, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Can I visit this lounge with air canada maple leaf club North America or does it have to be the world wide membership

    • Debra Schroeder November 26, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      Hi Joshua,

      To visit the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX, you need an Air Canada Maple Leaf Club Worldwide membership and have a same-day boarding pass for a Star Alliance airline flight.

  • MK February 2, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    I’m flying out In Singapore airline business class but I don’t belong to any of those clubs… am I still allowed to wait for my flight in there?

    • Debra Schroeder February 5, 2020 at 7:05 am

      Hi MK,

      Yes. Singapore Airlines is part of the Star Alliance. Because you are flying Business Class on Singapore Airlines you would have access to the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge.

      Enjoy 🙂

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