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Los Angeles Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Los Angeles Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

The best spots at TBI are located on the second floor at either end of the food court. Here you will find a small number of padded seating areas (these are about 3-4 feet long, so your legs will dangle), a bunch of plastic chairs, and some carpeted spots. - JoeS

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at LAX Airport.

What to Expect

  • LAX is a large, spread-out airport with 9 terminals in a general U-shape. Some terminals are nicer than others, though even the International Terminal leaves a lot to be desired.  
  • All terminals operate with different hours, but general rule is most shut down by 1am and open again around 4 am.
  • No 24-hour eateries, so come prepared with snacks or change for vending machines.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • There is a decent amount of seats, though most have armrests. You’ll have plenty of space to spread out on the carpeted floor.  
  • In Terminal 7, Gate 71B offers faux leather benches with no armrests, and much more seating than the other gates. (cavemenhadnobeds, JUne 2016)
  • In Terminal 6, there are benches without armrests in the Arrival Hall, just around the corner from the Baggage Claim - it’s bright and loud, so bring a sleep mask/eyeshades and earplugs (February 2016 review).
  • LAX is under constant construction, so be prepared for construction noise (and frequent announcements) no matter where you sleep. Have your ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones handy.
  • When there are cancelled/delayed flights, the airport provides cots to travellers stranded overnight. See Cots in the airport guide below.
  • Explore Terminals 4 and 7 for chairs in triangle configurations for privacy (January 2016 review).
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.

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Los Angeles Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - Location: Terminal 6. Hours: 6:00AM - 10:30PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Maple Leaf Club Membership
  • Virgin America Loft - Location: Terminal 3, Airside, 4th Floor (one floor above the gates). Hours: 6:00AM - 11:30PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Virgin America ticket (US$ 40.00)
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal 4, Airside, Concourse, across from Gate 40. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00) • Admirals Club Membership.
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal 4, Airside, across from Gates 44C and 44D. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00) • Admirals Club Membership.
  • Alaska Lounge - Location: Terminal 6, Airside, Mezzanine level, near Gate 64. Hours: 5:00AM - 12:00PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Alaska ticket (US$ 45.00) • Buy a lounge pass (US$ 45.00 - day pass) • Alaska Airlines Board Room Membership  •  Priority Pass.
  • United Club - Location: Terminal 7, Airside, across from Gate 71A. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United ticket (US$ 59.00) • United Club Membership.
  • United Club - Location: Terminal 7, Airside, Mezzanine level, between Gates 73 and 75. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United ticket (US$ 59.00) • United Club Membership.
  • KAL Lounge - Location: Tom Bradley International Terminal, Airside, 5th Floor. Showers are available. Hours: 7:30AM - 12:00AM (Daily). Lounge Access: Priority Pass.
  • Qantas Club - Location: Tom Bradley International Terminal, Airside, 5th Floor. Lounge Access: Qantas Club Membership

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounge / lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.

  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Terminal 2. Airside, Mezzanine level. Showers are available.
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Terminal 3. Airside, Mezzanine level.

Military Lounge

USO Lounge - The Bob Hope Hollywood USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to members of the military and their families. Amenities: video games, TV lounge, snacks, showers, computers and a library. Location: Arrivals Level, across the roadway between Terminals 1 and 2. Hours: open 24 hours

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at LAX for an unlimited number of 45-minute sessions. Connect to the “_LAX Free WiFi” network, and watch a 15 - 30 second advertisement in order to begin a new session. Premium high-speed, commercial-free internet access is available for a fee of $7.95 for 24 hours, or $9.95 for unlimited access.

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Airport Hotels