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Shano

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I am travelling back from the US early next month on QF94 from LAX to MEL leaving from TBIT (in Y class).

Is there a first lounge at Tom Bradley? This is my first OS trip as WP so am unsure of these facilities. Have used the joint lounge for SG and QP members at LAX before, but never had a look-in for the first class lounge.

I have work commitments in Lincoln the morning of my return flight, so wanted to make use of shower facilities, etc. at LAX.

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There are no showers in any of the lounges at TBI. If you are connecting via T4 then visit the Flagship Lounge there before heading over to TBI. If you don't have access to the secure concourse at T4, then you will need to either find a public shower of pay for a room at an airport hotel.

Qantas uses several lounges at TBI presently (all due to change soon). The lounge used for F passengers is often capacity controlled in the evenings so they turn away anyone not travelling in F and send you back to the business class lounge. This is common and not negotiable with the door dragons, and waving a Platinum card does not help.

Very soon all the lounges at TBI will be closing as they renovate levels 5 and 6 of the terminal. Long term there will be a large OneWorld lounge and a large Star Alliance lounge, each with F and J sections.

But during the renovations, which are expected to take 12 months to complete, lounge-eligible passengers will be bussed to an off-site lounge facility. Its still unknown just where this lounge facility will be. Some speculate it could be at another terminal, other suggest it could be at a nearby hotel. But either way its not going to be convenient for anything less than an long wait. You will need to leave the lounge about an hour before departure to get back to TBI terminal and through security.

These are all good reasons to route via SYD and depart from T4, or at least connect through T4 and use that lounge before walking over to TBI about an hour before the flight departure.
 

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NM said:
But during the renovations, which are expected to take 12 months to complete, lounge-eligible passengers will be bussed to an off-site lounge facility. Its still unknown just where this lounge facility will be. Some speculate it could be at another terminal, other suggest it could be at a nearby hotel. But either way its not going to be convenient for anything less than an long wait. You will need to leave the lounge about an hour before departure to get back to TBI terminal and through security.
I did read this on the QF website. Sounds like a real pain in the *rse.

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These are all good reasons to route via SYD and depart from T4, or at least connect through T4 and use that lounge before walking over to TBI about an hour before the flight departure.
Unfortunately my flight from Lincoln is with United, so no access to T4.

Flight to MEL has already been ticketed. Had I have known this I would have changed routing through Sydney.

Thanks for the advise.
 

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I have similar issue connecting at LAX next month - arriving and departing from TBIT. My connection is rather longer so I'm grabbing a room at an airport hotel (hey I have to clear immigration regardless) and leave from there as late as possible.
 

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Kiwi Flyer said:
I have similar issue connecting at LAX next month - arriving and departing from TBIT. My connection is rather longer so I'm grabbing a room at an airport hotel (hey I have to clear immigration regardless) and leave from there as late as possible.
Do the airport hotels at LAX offer short term (less than 1 day) rates. I have about 6 hours to kill at TBIT so would this incur a full day's charge, or a reduced rate?
 

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Some do. The one I have tentatively booked (ie booked on refundable rate) is a normal overnight rate, which I'll just check out very early for.
 

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Has anyone ever tried booking a fully refundable 1 way evening flight out of LAX T4, checking in, accessing the lounge and then cancelling once in the lounge? Or not allowed/too much bother/causes too many complications?
 

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Not worth the hassle.

A refundable ticket is likely to cost more than the hotel, and I get another stay credit towards requalifying hotel status, plus all the amenities of the airport lounge but with more privacy. In this case it will take me a bit longer to get to and from hotel than a simple change of terminals.
 
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