I am travelling to UK via LAX at the end of April and have around 8 hours to kill at LAX. I searched old posts to see if anyone had any bright ideas what to do in that time. From my memory of LAX a few years ago LAX is a bit of a hole, so was up for some ideas. Anyway to cut to the chase, I came across a few things in my research that I would like to investigate further so thought I would throw them out to the Gurus here and see what comes back.
In the search somebody suggested purchasing Qantas club passes off Ebay which appear to go for $50 - $70 and sounds like a great idea. If we have to spend time there might as well do it somewhere comfortable. Most of the posts regarding the purchase of these are several years old so was wondering if someone could update me a little regarding the following.
There were reports the lounge was subject to overcrowding and that even with a pass you may not be allowed in, also mentioned was that a new lounge was in the offing to fix this problem. Can anyone provide an update on this?
Some members warned that some of these Ebay passes were fakes. Whether this was just general talk or was actually true I could not determine from the posts. Does anybody actually know of someone who actually bought a fake pass?
If I do end up purchasing a couple of passes can somebody tell me whether there is a particular length of time that they can be used for and whether you are able to come and go from the lounge during that time. As I said we have around 8 hours there so would probably go stir crazy just sitting around the one area.
We have booked Qantas through to LHR so transfer to BA in LAX. I assume our boarding passes will be Qantas all the way through. Anybody know whether this is correct?
If we don't get the passes has anyone got any brilliant ideas on what we can do around LAX in this time. Maybe a nice quiet bar/restaurant/cafe etc? Open to all suggestions.
Reading through other threads opened up a few other questions. I found that we are not actually in transit but actually entering the USA and therefore have to go through the Visa Waiver Program. We traveled to Hawaii in Oct 2010 and used the VWP then. Does anyone know how long these things last for? I am unable to find any of the paperwork from back then so don't know whether they are still valid or not, also don't know whether we require paperwork or if we are on a computer somewhere. Anybody with any clues would be helpful. I have searched the Visa sight but am unable to find anything that tells me how long they run for.
Last question. If we are physically in the USA and not in transit I assume we can leave the terminal so has anybody got any ideas what we could do for several hours if we were able to escape the terminal? We arrive 0640 and 1540 and it will be a Saturday. Sorry, one more question, anybody know whether our luggage would go right through or would we be lumbered with it during our wait.
Thanks in advance to all who reply, looking forward to the responses.