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Pay to access the Star Alliance lounge in Los Angeles


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Star Alliance has announced that it is opening up its highly regarded branded lounge in Los Angeles (LAX) to paying customers. Late last year, the alliance started allowing travelers to access its branded lounge in Buenos Airlines and now it looks like the LAX lounge is to follow suit in the coming days.

Located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the Star Alliance Lounge at LAX has, historically, only been open to Star Alliance Gold members and First & Business Class passengers traveling on Star Alliance airlines out of Los Angeles. Soon, that will change.

Lounge location:

– Tom Bradley International Terminal – airside 6th floor

Opening hours:

– Mon & Tue: 09:00 – 01:00
– Wed – Sun: 07:00 – 01:00

At the time of writing, the option to book a 3-hour stay at the LAX lounge is showing on the Star Alliance lounge access website, but the service is showing as “unavailable” regardless of what day or time you request.

Presumably, this will change at some point in the next few days.

Based on the access rules to the Buenos Aires Star Alliance Lounge, there are, however, a few indicators that may give us an idea of what to expect, access-wise, in Los Angeles.

Firstly, while it’s not clear if you can pay to access the lounge at the lounge itself, it appears to be possible to book access on the website just minutes before you want access to start.

Secondly, even though you don’t need to be flying in a premium cabin or to have Star Alliance status to pay to get into the lounge, you still have to be flying on a Star Alliance airline on the day you wish to access the lounge.

You can’t pay to access the lounge if you’re not flying with a Star Alliance Airline

Thirdly, assuming access to the LAX lounge costs the same as access to the lounge in Buenos Aires, you can expect to pay up to $50 for a 3-hour visit.

The website says that Star Alliance frequent flyers get a discount of “up to 20%” and as a point of reference, my lowly United Airlines Premier Silver status gets me a 7% discount.

Based on this (and nothing else), I’m going to guess that United Airlines Premier Gold members will probably get a discount in the region of 15% and that United Airlines Premier Platinum and 1K members will probably get the full 20% discount (keep in mind that United elites with Star Alliance Gold status only get complimentary access when flying internationally).

Note: If anyone reading this has any of those United elite statuses and can see exactly what discount is being offered, please let me know and I’ll update this post.

Fourthly, Star Alliance will allow you to pay for lounge access with a credit card, via PayPal, via Alipay, even via Wechat.

All major credit cards (including Amex) appear to be accepted.

Bottom line

Star Alliance has announced that it’s opening up its lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to paid customers. As far as I can tell, there are no blackout times during which paid access is unavailable and while this is yet to be confirmed, it looks like the cost of a 3-hour visit will be $50.

Whether not a 3-hour visit to the Star Alliance lounge at LAX is worth $50 is open to debate but as it’s always better to have the option of paying to access a lounge rather than to be excluded from it entirely, it’s good to see the LAX Star Alliance lounge opened up to paying customers.

Featured image courtesy of Star Alliance

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