Review

Qantas/oneworld International Business Lounge Los Angeles overview

A modern, spacious lounge with fast wifi and well-stocked bar but let down by dark lighting and no tarmac views

This lounge is run by Qantas in partnership with British Airways and Cathay Pacific and will be most useful for Australia-based travellers returning from the US or The Americas on a Qantas, American Airlines or other oneworld flight.

However, if your American Airlines flight departs from Terminal 4 or 5, then you may prefer the American Airlines Flagship Lounge (opened in 2018)—the international terminal is connected to Terminals 4-5 by a walkway.

Lounge details & location

The lounge is located inside the TBIT central atrium. After exiting security, turn right toward the gates of the Northern Concourse and follow the signs to Mezzanine Level 5, which can be accessed via either a set of escalators or the clock tower elevator.

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Qantas LAX lounge review entrance 1

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The lounge is open from 6:30am until 11:30pm (or last flight if delayed).

I spoke with a staff member and they said the 600-seat lounge fills up with the evening Qantas flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as two Cathay Pacific services to Hong Kong around midnight and a British Airways A380 service to London Heathrow. They said it runs at about 80% capacity from 11am-1pm and 9-11pm.

As I had mid-afternoon departure, I was in the lounge from 1-3pm and the whole time it was only at about 10-30% capacity.

Lounge seating

The lounge’s design tone is sleek and modern, with a very cool communal fireplace and central atrium for natural light.

Qantas LAX lounge review central atrium

Qantas LAX lounge review fireplace

The lounge is split into two large dining areas with a central communal table.

Qantas LAX lounge review communal table

I found the lounge quite dark in most sections, however, the long work table gets natural light from the atrium.

Compared to the rival Star Alliance Lounge, the light contrast is stark, with the Star Alliance lounge enjoying an outdoor patio and a more extensive use of glass.

Looking at it from a positive point-of-view, if you are trying to control jetlag and your body clock with regards to flight connections, the darkness may actually help you.

Qantas LAX lounge review work desk

There was an average selection of newspapers and magazines, including the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

US pin AC sockets are widely available throughout but you need to grab a place at the communal work desk to charge USB devices. Make sure to bring an Australian-US adaptor as airport safety regulations at LAX prohibit the installation of international power outlets.

Qantas LAX lounge review power outlets

Food & drink

In keeping with the Australian-US fusion theme, the Neil Perry-designed menu is inspired by multicultural Californian cuisine.

Qantas LAX lounge review mains

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The salad and sides offerings are phenomenal.

Qantas LAX lounge review sides and salad

A nifty inclusion is the DIY juice station, where you can choose the fruit and vegetables.

Qantas LAX lounge review DIY juice

I had a delicious tomato soup and one of the best salads I have enjoyed on my travels, however, the pasta was hard and undercooked.

Qantas LAX lounge review my food

The bar is well-stocked and varied. The absence of a tip jar like at other US lounges was a welcome sight.

Qantas LAX lounge review spirits

There are four roating beers on tap, including two local brews from Long Beach and Venice, and one each from Barcelona and Munich.

Qantas LAX lounge review beers on tap

The bar staff were friendly and made a great espresso.

Qantas LAX lounge review coffee machine

Amenities

The wifi was the one of the fastest and most reliable connections I have experienced at a lounge, at 70 Mbps download/87 Mbps upload.

There are 16 shower suites, which were all free both when I arrived and left the shower. I think I went in the disabled shower (whoops!) because it was the largest shower I have seen in a lounge. Here is one of the regular-sized suites:

Qantas LAX lounge review shower

The downsides were that temperature was frustratingly variable and the shower a little dirty with mould.

The Aspar shower products are supplied by Australia’s Aurora Spa.

Qantas LAX lounge review Aspar

There is a children’s play area to the right of the showers.

Lounge access options

  • By class of travel: Business and First Class passengers departing on a Qantas or oneworld flight
  • By airline frequent flyer status: Qantas Gold and above passengers departing on a oneworld flight in any cabin
  • By airline partner frequent flyer status: Alaska MVP Gold MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K members departing on a Qantas flight in any cabin
  • By alliance frequent flyer status: oneworld Sapphire and above and International Business and above passengers departing on a oneworld flight in any cabin
  • By lounge membership program: Qantas Club passengers departing on a Qantas flight

All passengers above except oneworld International Business frequent flyers can bring a guest with them, with Alaska members able to bring two guests.

Unfortunately, single-use Qantas lounge passes cannot be used at this lounge nor can Emirates Skywards frequent flyers gain access as it is technically a oneworld, not Qantas, lounge.

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Summing up: our take

The highlights of this lounge are the attractive open-plan design, fast wifi, wide availability of power outlets and the large number of shower suites.

The Sofitel-trained staff were very respectful, friendly and helpful, probably the best customer service I have encountered, especially in a US lounge.

One major thing that was missing was views of the tarmac, which contributes to the dark ambiance of the lounge.

As long as you have earphones, the open plan’s tendency to carry noise will not bother you.

Overall, this is a very solid lounge, with just a little room for improvement.

Qantas/oneworld International Business Lounge Los Angeles overview was last modified: November 19th, 2018 by Matt Moffitt

Comments

  1. Mick

    I visited this lounge in late April and agree with comments regarding how dark the place is. I found the food selection very average and one of the red wines they were serving can be found for in Oz for ~$10 and the champagne was average, not what I would expect in a J/F lounge. The night I was there waiting for flight QF16 only 7 of the showers were available with a 30+ minute wait. Ultimately our flight was delayed about an hour but I had given up on the shower by then. I wasn’t overly impressed by this lounge at all.

  2. Sonia

    Definitely a children’s play area to the right of the entrance to the shower suite. It’s reasonably large and the fact you didn’t notice it is probably a good thing!

  3. Michael

    I really appreciate the dim lighting. It feels like a private dinning room/club/bar more than a communal buffet restaurant and is perfect for night time departures (obviously subjective). Only negative is how full it gets at peak times with barely any room to move.

  4. James

    Do non-status passengers travelling Aus-LAX on QF in J/F then connecting to an AA flight to elsewhere in the USA have access?

    • Matt Moffitt Author

      From the oneworld Lounge Access page:

      “Lounge access will be determined on the international long haul ticketed flight (either First of Business Class) regardless of the ticketed class of travel on the international short haul or domestic flight”

      Sounds like you can! And if not, you could always have the AA Admirals Clubs in T4 as a backup option.

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