Priority Pass LAX Lounges Guide (Korean & Alaska) [2021]

LAX is home to two Priority Pass airport lounges.

But how do you find these lounges and which terminals are they in?

This article will tell you how to get to these Priority Pass LAX lounges and what to expect when you get there when it comes to things like food, drinks, showers, crowds, etc.. I’ll cover the Korean Air KAL Lounge and the Alaska Lounge.

I’ll also give you some tips for traveling between terminals to make your life a little easier.

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What Priority Pass lounges are at LAX?

There are three Priority Pass lounges at LAX and one restaurant:

  • KAL Lounge (Korean Air) — Tom Bradley International Terminal
  • Alaska Lounge — Terminal 6

I’ll discuss the details of each of these below.

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How to get Priority Pass

You can get Priority Pass by purchasing a club membership but I always recommend considering credit cards that offer you a Priority Pass Select membership.

These cards would be cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Platinum Card from American Express. Those cards do come with higher fees so you might want to think about credit cards with lower annual fees that offer Priority Pass like the Hilton Ascend card, which offers you 10 free lounge visits every year.

If you don’t normally spend a lot of time visiting airports and traveling, then 10 lounge visits is more than enough for you and you’ll benefit from the lower annual fee.

LAX terminals

LAX has a total of nine terminals. Below is a list of the different airlines that should fly in and out of the terminals.

Image via LAX.

Terminal 1

  • Allegiant Air (check-in only, flights depart Tom Bradley International West Gates)
  • Frontier (check-in only, flights depart Tom Bradley International West Gates)
  • Southwest (Domestic Flights)
  • Southwest (Int’l Check-in)
  • Sun Country (check-in only, flights depart Tom Bradley International West Gates)
  • Viva Aerobus (check-in only, flights depart Tom Bradley International West Gates)

Terminal 2

  • Aerolitoral *
  • Aer Lingus Airlines *
  • Aeromexico *
  • Delta Air Lines *
  • Virgin Atlantic *
  • Virgin Australia *
  • West Jet

* Passengers will check-in at Terminal 2; Walk to Terminal B where flights depart/arrive.

Terminal 3

Exciting changes are on the way as Delta Airlines moves in and prepares to renovate Terminal 3 and neighboring Terminal 2.

Terminal 3 is temporarily closed as Delta is consolidating flights due to COVID-19 and flights will be leaving out of terminal 2. Please check with Delta directly on gate locations.

Terminal 4

  • American Airlines

Terminal 5

  • Air Canada *
  • American
  • American Airlines
  • Hawaiian Air
  • JetBlue **
  • Spirit

* Arrival only; Departs at Terminal 6 ** International arrivals at Terminal B; Domestic arrivals at Terminal 5; All flights depart at Terminal 5.

Terminal 6

  • Air Canada *
  • Alaska Airlines **
  • Boutique Air
  • Horizon
  • Southern Air (Mokulele)
  • Viva Aerobus

* Departures Only ** All in-bound International flights past 7:00pm arrive at Terminal B

Terminal 7

  • United Airlines
  • United Express

Terminal 8

  • United Airlines
  • United Express

Tom Bradley International Terminal

  • Aeroflot
  • Air China
  • Air France
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • Alitalia
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Allegiant2
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Avianca
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern
  • Copa
  • Delta Air Lines *
  • El Al Israel Airlines
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Etihad
  • EVA Airlines
  • Fiji Airways
  • Finnair
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Iberia Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • JetBlue **
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Korean Airlines
  • LATAM
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Norwegian Air
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airlines
  • SAUDIA
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Sichuan Airlines
  • Singapore
  • Sun Country ***
  • SWISS
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Viva Aerobus1
  • Volaris
  • Xiamen Airlines

* Check-in at Terminal 2; Walk to Terminal B for departure ** International arrivals at Terminal B; Domestic arrivals at Terminal 5; All flights depart at Terminal 5 *** Check in and Baggage Claim at Terminal 1, flights depart from Tom Bradley West Gates 1 May 1, 2021 – check in at Terminal 1 (previously Terminal 6) 2 May 19, 2021 – check in at Terminal 1 (previously Terminal 6)

Getting between terminals

Update: Due to construction/changes connecting between terminals may have changed. Click here for guidance.

Every terminal at LAX can be reached via a shuttle bus, so if you’re loaded down with luggage you don’t have to haul all of your bags around. The Airline Connections shuttle runs every 10 minutes and you can stand stand under the blue sign on the Lower/Arrivals Level to wait for it.

However, the terminals aren’t that far apart (it only take a couple of minutes to get from one to another) so walking with your bags is often very practical and efficient. Note that it’s much easier to navigate the exterior of the terminals from the departure level.

You can access every terminal (except for Terminal 1) via other terminals without having to clear security twice but it’s not always easy. For example, you might have pass through a couple of tunnels and hop on a bus to accomplish this, depending on where you’re going to and from.

Terminals 2, 3, and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) are connected via a Delta shuttle bus.

If you’re trying to get from TBIT to one of the lower terminals like T2 or T3 without going through security again, you’ll have to navigate a series of bridges and tunnels while getting to terminals like T4 and T5 is much easier.

KAL Lounge (Korean Air) — Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)

Location

  • Airside – after Security Checks follow the signs to ‘ALL GATES’. Before passing the Duty Free Store, turn left and take the lift to the 5th Floor where the lounge is located.
  • If you are departing from terminals 4 through 8, there is a tunnel accessible post-security that will connect you to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Hours

  • Daily: 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Cardholders will not be admitted to the lounge outside these hours

Conditions

  • Access is permitted 3 hours prior to scheduled flight departure
  • Limited to two guests per cardholder
  • Access may be restricted due to space constraints
  • Children under 2 years are admitted free
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.

This lounge is on the bigger side and can accommodate over 300 passengers. However, some people still have issues with crowding at the lounge during certain times.

There’s a lot of seating in some very open areas but not a lot of privacy to take advantage of. Many of the chairs look like they could use a refresh, though. I’m not sure if it’s the material of the seats or just their age but some of them looked pretty worn down.

The food is pretty mediocre compared to what some other lounges are offering these days like the amazing Star Alliance Lounge. It’s mostly finger foods and cold food items, with a small selection of hot food items. I wouldn’t go there expecting to receive a full meal.

For drinks, the selection is a small collection of spirits, beer, and wine too. This seems to be a recurring theme as even when I visited the First Class Korean Air Lounge at ICN, the spirits selection was very limited and not very premium (especially for a first class lounge).

One thing that’s very nice about the lounge is the terrace that overlooks the Tom Bradley International Terminal. There are a lot of big and beautiful screens to admire and I’ve always found sitting out on the terrace to be relaxing no matter which lounge I’m visiting. I highly recommend it.

There are showers if you need them and they can be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Note that if you’re flying first class on Korean Air, you can access the first class lounge which is just a smaller, more exclusive lounge next door with slightly upgraded food items.

The view from the Korean Air Lounge at LAX.

Alaska Lounge — Terminal 6

Location

  • Airside – the lounge is located on the Mezzanine Level, near Gate 64.

Hours

  • Daily: 5:00am – 8:00pm
  • Closed: Dec 25

Conditions

  • Lounge access is permitted 2 hours prior to a scheduled flight departure
  • All Cardholders are required to show a physical or digital Priority Pass Card
  • Limited to two guests per cardholder or immediate family (spouse and children under 21 years of age)
  • Lounge access may be restricted due to Lounge capacity constraints and the Lounge reserves the right to reserve seating as necessary
  • Children under 2 years are admitted free
  • Alcoholic drinks are limited to three per adult.

This lounge is on the smaller side and can get quite crowded but it’s pretty nice lounge with views of the tarmac. There’s a small business center with a number of work stations and a printer available if needed. There are also a couple of private phone rooms.

You should be able to find different snacks (fruits, cheeses, salads, etc.) and light meals like soups. They do sell heavier meals like sandwiches, which you can purchase for about $8. The lounge has a much-adored pancake machine, as well.

Complimentary beer and wine are offered including some locally brewed beers and local wines. Premium wines and spirits are available but those are going to cost you extra.

You should note that Alaska is known for restricting access to this lounge when things get close to capacity. So if you’re relying on Priority Pass to get access to the lounge and you’re traveling during peak times, I’d advise to go in with a back up plan to potentially visit other lounges.

No showers are available.

Final word

The LAX Priority Pass lounges are some decent lounges but I don’t think any specific one is a standout lounge. I still really like the Star Alliance lounges in the International terminal the best but as Priority Pass won’t get you access into those.

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