Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is one of the most identifiable and widely used airports in the U.S. Surrounded by swaying palm trees and vibes that inspire California dreamin, LAX has long been an anchor for both cross-country and international travel. That means lots of passengers arrive early for flights or linger in the airport for layovers. Given that LAX is so highly trafficked, it's easy to understand why many people turn to airport lounges to find a reprieve from the chaos.
What should I know about LAX airport?
LAX is approximately 9 miles from Santa Monica, 14 miles from Hollywood and 17 miles from downtown Los Angeles. If you're planning to hail a taxi or use a ride-share service such as Uber or Lyft, you'll need to use the “LAX-it" lot, a space dedicated to ride-hailing located next to Terminal 1. It's such an active area that they have food trucks and restrooms for travelers to use while they wait for rides.
As the city's reputation precedes itself, the shopping inside LAX is just as grand as you'd find on Rodeo Drive. From cosmetics and apparel to high end hand bags, you'll have no trouble passing the time during a layover here. This 150,000-square foot shopping and dining area is called “The Great Hall" and is located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal. In case you're curious, this terminal was named after Tom Bradley, the first African American mayor of Los Angeles, serving two decades in office (1973-1993).
Are there lounges in the Priority Pass network at LAX?
Currently, Priority Pass™ members will not find any lounges within their global network at LAX. However, the benefits of Priority Pass membership extend beyond just lounges, offering other valuable deals and discounts that can be used throughout the airport's dining and shopping areas. You can check the Priority Pass app to find applicable offers, depending on what terminal you find yourself in.
Where can Priority Pass members use their benefits at LAX airport?
Priority Pass members can access several spaces at LAX that offer a fun way to spend a few hours in between flights.
Gameway (gaming lounge) – Terminal 3 and 6
Game while you wait! Enjoy gaming stations equipped with high speed internet. You'll also find plenty of snacks and drinks to help pass the time. Priority Pass members get 1 hour of complimentary gaming, plus 1 snack item and 1 non-alcoholic drink, or 1 hour of gaming plus 1 alcoholic drink.
Location: Near Gate 30B, accessible post-security to Terminals 2 and 3
Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
The Be Relax Spa – Terminal 1
Different massage and aromatherapy services are available at this spa. A bit of pampering can go a long way before or after you depart.
Location: Terminal 1 after security checks, next to Rock & Brews restaurant
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
How to access Priority Pass benefits at LAX
You have several options for gaining access to spaces at LAX that participate in the Priority Pass network.
Purchase a Priority Pass Membership
You can join a membership plan, with three options you can choose based on the annual fee you are willing to pay. The annual plans have a flat fee and then additional fees every time you visit, which vary by plan. The Prestige membership, for example, has the highest annual fee but provides unlimited visits to lounges at no extra fee.
Priority Pass Select with Chase Sapphire Reserve
A benefit for Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardmembers, Priority Pass Select membership provides access to any area of the airport within the Priority Pass network. As of Spring of 2023, LAX does not have Priority Pass participating lounges. However, Priority Pass Select membership does allow two guests to join you for no additional charge if you travel through an airport that does have a lounge within the Priority Pass network.
Are there other kinds of lounges at LAX?
At LAX, many of the airlines offer lounges exclusive to their frequent fliers, loyalty members and guests. These lounges offer many of the traditional amenities you would expect such as complimentary food and drinks, work stations, spacious seating and spaces to relax. Here are a few you'll find at LAX:
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge: Terminal 6 - Welcomes club members, Star Alliance Gold passengers, and Air Canada Business Class passengers.
LAX American Express Centurion Lounge: (Tom Bradley International Terminal) Must be an American Express cardholder to enter.
Qantas Club Lounge: (Tom Bradley International Terminal) Must be a frequent flier on Qantas Airlines, or have an annual membership to the Qantas Club.
American Airlines Admirals Club: (Terminals 4, 5 and American Eagle Regional) Must be a frequent flier on American Airlines, or have an annual membership to the AA Admirals Club.
Delta Sky Club: (Terminals 2 and 3, with a shuttle in between the two) Must be a frequent flier on Delta Airlines, or have an annual membership to the Delta Sky Club.
Many of these lounges allow you to purchase day passes at the door, as long as there is capacity. You'll want to inquire ahead of time if the lounge you're interested in offers this option.
What are some of the restaurants at LAX?
If you have to get stuck at an airport while hungry, LAX is a good one to be stuck at. Travelers can sample some of LA's best cuisine without ever leaving the airport. Here's a breakdown of some favorites by Terminal:
- Terminal 1 - Reilly's Irish Pub: An Irish-inspired pub and sports bar serving hearty sandwiches and a full bar.
- Terminal 2 – Slapfish: A seafood spot with classics such as shrimp and grits for breakfast, clam chowder for lunch and lobster rolls for dinner.
- Terminal 3 – Native: A multicultural menu with a SoCal flare.
- Terminal 4 – La Provence Patisserie and Café: A quaint café serving French pastries, sandwiches and café au lait.
- Terminal 5 – Ford's Filling Station: A gastropub with a southern accent serving favorites such as French dip sandwiches and deviled eggs.
- Terminal 6 – Earthbar: A great destination for healthy options including smoothies, acai bowls and protein bars for your flight.
- Terminal 7 – Loteria!: A Mexican food lover's dream, offering authentic dishes such as poblano peppers, carnitas and margaritas.
- Terminal 8 - Ashland Hill: A stylish superfood stop with snacks such as hummus and veggies, fresh fruit and healthy sandwiches.
Tom Bradley International Terminal – 800 Degrees: A wood-fired kitchen known for its Neapolitan style brick-oven pizza.
If you happen to have a really long layover and want to venture outside the airport, In-N-Out Burger is a California institution, located on Sepulveda Boulevard, among other locations.
Keep in mind that Priority Pass members may receive credit toward their bill at certain airport restaurants. Review your program's terms and conditions for the credit amount you can enjoy.
While the vastness of LAX may feel intimidating to navigate, access to lounges and member spaces throughout the airport can help keep you calm, cool — and let's face it — well fed. LAX does not currently have any lounges within the Priority Pass network, but Priority Pass members do still have options to enjoy while there such as gaming, spa services and restaurant discounts.
Discover other Priority Pass lounges across the United States:
- Priority Pass Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
- Priority Pass Chicago O'Hare (ORD)
- Priority Pass Boston (BOS)
- Priority Pass Newark (EWR)
- Priority Pass Houston (IAH)
- Priority Pass Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)
- Priority Pass Orlando (MCO)
- Priority Pass Las Vegas (LAS)
- Priority Pass Atlanta (ATL)
- Priority Pass San Francisco (SFO)
- Priority Pass New York (JFK)