Similar to DFW, where an AA flight could use any of 4 terminals, they could use any of 3 terminals at LAX. AA has the 10ish gates in T4, 4 gates in T5 (+ the remote terminal which is now considered part of T5) and 1st right to 4 gates in TBIT. If the AA flight is operated by a regional contract carrier as American Eagle, it will use T5. If it is mainline, it could use TBIT (more often in the morning), T4 or T5.I have an AA flight from DFW-LAX in January, connecting to QF16. These are unfortunately on separate tickets as I was not sure of my arrangements at the time I booked, and because QF16 was booked online with Qantas, I can't add any sectors to it.
Noting that AA will likely no longer through check on separate PNRs (although I will still ask), does anyone know whether I can collect my bags from T4, check them in with QF at TBIT, and then walk back to T4 to use the Flagship Checkin so as to get the expedited security access?
I would then just use the connector to go back to TBIT - or maybe even try the new LAX lounge if it is open. I know this seems roundabout, but last time the "priority" line at TBIT was so slow, it would probably still be faster. I am OWE so I read that I would technically be eligible to use the Flagship service at LAX.
Has anyone done this?
Would be better to go to TBIT to check in with QF, then instead of going upstairs to the main TBIT checkpoint, go downstairs to the arrivals level and use the connections checkpoint in the connector building.
I did that in July after checking in for QF94 and there was only 1 group ahead of me in the line.