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