I was on a end of year mileage PQD run to secure United Platinum Premier status. While there isn’t much of a difference it seemed worth it for the extra RDM earning in 2019. With a 2 hour layover in LAX I wondered over the TBIT to check out the Star Alliance lounge. There is a separate first class lounge which I’ll hopefully be in come July.
I scanned my United boarding pass and was quickly admitted. As long as you’re Star Alliance gold you can get access. No additional club membership required. Upon entering the lounge it was a light crowd. There was essentially one large room for seating with a few enclaves. However, it was broken up by drapes and furniture to make it fee a bit more intimate.
The enclaves included more seating. One of the enclaves was a media room with a TV.
There are 2 terraces. One outdoor which was unfortunately closed and one indoor overlooking the terminal.
The lounge had a self serve soda fountain and alcohol. I always appreciate self serve soft drinks. Nothing is more annoying than waiting in line at the bar just for a soda or water.
The buffet was located in the back right and was serving breakfast when I arrived. There was fruit, eggs, sausage, turkey bacon, and cereal.
There was also a noodle bar which various broths, noodles, and mixins.
The lounge seemed to be staffed by uniform personal of Star Alliance carriers. When I arrived there was representatives from Asiana and ANA working the information kisosk.
I was only here for a short time but was impressed by the space. I’m sure during peak Asia departure times this lounge could be a zoo. However, it’s a large space that is nicely laid out and has a good spread.