Priority Pass LAX Lounges Guide (Korean, Virgin Atlantic, Alaska) [2019]

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LAX is home to several Priority Pass airport lounges and even a restaurant.

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, Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, the Alaska Lounge and even the new restaurant.

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:

  • Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse — Terminal 2
  • KAL Lounge (Korean Air) — Tom Bradley International Terminal)
  • Alaska Lounge — Terminal 6
  • Barney’s Beanery — Terminal 2
  • P. F. Chang’s — Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)

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


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.

LAX terminal map.

Terminal 1

  • Southwest (Domestic Flights)
  • Southwest (Int’l Check-in)

Terminal 2

  • Aer Lingus Airlines
  • Southwest (Int’l Check-in)
  • Aeromexico
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Australia (Check-in Only)
  • Volaris (Check-in Only))
  • West Jet
  • Xiamen (Arrivals)

Terminal 3

  • Avianca (Check-in Only)
  • Copa (Check-in Only)
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Interjet (Check-in Only)

Terminal 4

  • American Airlines
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • American Eagle
  • Frontier
  • Hawaiian Air
  • JetBlue
  • Spirit
  • Sun Country

Terminal 6

  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Boutique Air
  • Ethiopian Airlines (Check-in/Departures)
  • Great Lakes
  • Mokulele Airlines
  • Thomas Cook
  • Virgin America
  • Viva Aerobus
  • XL Airways France

Terminal 7

  • United Airlines
  • United Express

Terminal 8

  • United Airlines
  • United Express

Tom Bradley International Terminal

  • Aeroflot
  • Air Berlin
  • Air China
  • Air France
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • Alitalia
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian (Check-in/Departures)
  • Avianca (Arrivals)
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern
  • Copa (Arrivals)
  • EVA Airlines
  • El Al Israel Airlines
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines (Arrivals)
  • Etihad
  • Fiji Airways
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Iberia Airlines
  • Interjet (Arrivals)
  • Japan Airlines
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Korean Airlines
  • LAN (Chile)
  • LAN (Peru)
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Nippon Airways
  • Norwegian Air
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airlines
  • Saudia
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • WOW Air

Getting between terminals

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.


Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse — Terminal 2

Location

  • Airside – Level 4, above the departure gates.

Hours

  • 5am to 10:45am daily.
  • Cardholders will not be admitted into the lounge outside these hours.

Conditions

  • Maximum 3 hour stay
  • Children under 5 years are admitted free

The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX is one of my favorite lounges I’ve ever visited. It’s not a huge lounge but it’s big enough and it’s definitely one of the more swanky lounges out there with some great runway views.

While there, we were served up a line-up of special cocktails and tasty dinner and dessert items from a overly friendly staff member. Read more about that memorable lounge experience here.

However, we only got that special treatment because we were later flying on the Virgin Atlantic 787 to London. You are offered a much different lounge experience at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse when you’re admitted on the basis of your Priority Pass membership.

Note that you’re only allowed entry from 5am to 10:45am with Priority Pass. And you won’t receive the full level of service and food items that Virgin Atlantic passengers receive later on during the day. Instead, alcoholic drinks are limited to beer and wine only.

And as for food, you’re only going to have access to a very basic menu for things like fruits and muffins/rolls. So this is a major downgrade from the real Virgin Atlantic lounge experience. If you really want to eat Barney’s Beanery would be a better choice but it doesn’t open until close to closing time of this lounge.

It’s still a nice lounge, though as far as the facility goes. If you’re really just in need of a place to relax in the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is still a great venue to relax and get some work done.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, a Priority Pass lounge.

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 elevator to the 5th Floor where the lounge is located.
  • If you are departing from terminals 4 through 8, there’s is a tunnel accessible post-security that will connect you to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Hours

  • 12:00 – 20:00 daily.
  • Cardholders will not be admitted to the lounge outside these hours. Hours vary according to KAL international flight schedules.

Conditions

  • 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

  • 04:30 – 23:00 daily. Closed: Dec 25. Access may be restricted due to space constraints.

Conditions

  • Lounge access is permitted 3 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.


Barney’s Beanery — Terminal 2

Update: this restaurant will be removed November 30, 2018.

Location

  • Airside – after Security Checks, Barney’s Beanery is located on the left hand side, next to Gate 22.
  • Please note that the restaurant may exceed their seating limit at certain times of the day & access to the restaurant is at their sole discretion.

Hours

  • 10:30am – 12:00am daily.
  • Cardholders will not be admitted into Barney’s Beanery outside these hours.
Cardholders can use their lounge visit entitlement to receive $28 USD off the bill. Each time you receive the $28 deduction, it represents a single lounge visit within the Cardholder’s existing lounge. 
If you bring along one guest they will also receive a discount so you’ll get a total $56 off your bill. Getting $56 off for a meal during an airport visit is a pretty great deal to me so while it’s not lounge access — this is actually a pretty sweet deal. 

Conditions

You can use the $28 discount for the purchase of any meal and/or drinks.

  • Only 1 card per visit per Cardholder will be accepted at point of registration.
  • To be eligible, Cardholders must present a valid card before placing an order.
  • The discount is non-transferable & cannot be exchanged for cash substitute or refund if the final bill is lower than $28 per person.
  • The cardholder is responsible for the balance if total final bill exceeds US$28 per person. Any remaining balance cannot be used towards gratuity.

What does Barney’s Beaner serve?

Barney’s Beanery serves a range of food including:
  • Burgers
  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Chile
  • Wet Burritos
  • Tacos
  • Quesadillas.

Here’s a PDF of the Barney’s Beaner menu if you’re interested.


P. F. Chang’s — Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)

Location

  • Airside – after Security Checkpoint, Mezzanine Level

Hours

  • 11:00am – 23:00am daily.

Conditions

Cardholders can use their lounge visit entitlement to receive $30 USD off the bill. Each time you receive the $30 deduction, it represents a single lounge visit within the Cardholder’s existing lounge. If you bring along one guest they will also receive a discount so you’ll get a total $60 off your bill. You can use the $30 discount for the purchase of any meal and/or drinks.
  • Only 1 card per visit per Cardholder will be accepted at point of registration.
  • Cardholder may only register 2 Guests per visit to receive the $30 deduction.
  • Cardholder is responsible for the balance if total final bill exceeds US$30 per person. Any remaining balance cannot be used towards gratuity.

Final word

The LAX Priority Pass lounges are some decent lounges but I don’t think any specific one is a standout lounge. The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse would easily be the best if it offered full-service but that’s just not the case. 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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