Alaska Airlines has been expanding their lounge footprint and updating their lounges. Previously the locations were called boardrooms and had a older look to them. The new locations have a modern Pacific Northwest look and feel.
The LAX location is part of Priority Pass but is notorious for not admitting members due to crowding which was also the case today. I was quickly admitted by having a Alaska Club membership (First Class tickets also come with access).
The lounge is pretty small and consist of one seating area and a bar area. The seating area has cubical seating and tables for working or eating.
The LAX Centurion lounge opened a few days back and I wanted to check it out as soon as possible. I booked a flight to LAX for the day just for the occasion. When I checked into the lounge I was told there is a 3 hour policy and I’d need to wait 45 minutes before returning. I understand rules are rules. However, the main purpose of that rule was for crowding and given the current situation with COVID-19 I had a feeling there wasn’t any crowds. When I returned I was quickly admitted into the lounge to find about 10 people.
LAX has a variety of lounges that I wanted to see so I booked a flight to spend a few hours at LAX. That’s normal, right?
The main motivation behind this trip was to see the new LAX Centurion Lounge. However, with my Alaska Airlines club membership I also had access to the Admirals Club. I walked over to Terminal 4 and walked into the check in area.
I was pretty excited for this flight. It’s not everyday I get to fly on an A380. It’s a bit sad that Asiana will be ending First Class service all together later in 2019. The First Class lounge was small but quiet which is always a plus these days.
I was excited to check out this “lounge”. I put lounge in quotes as I think lounge isn’t the right world. This is really an addition to the business class lounge that is only accessable to first class customers. The lounge even has a connected door to the business class area which has a larger buffet and even an outdoor deck. However, the business class lounge tends to get pretty crowded.
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.