The Korean Air KAL Business Class Lounge at Los Angeles airport serves as the SkyTeam lounge for flights departing out of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Located on the fifth floor mezzanine (take the escalators or elevator up the “Time Tower”), it overlooks the gorgeous new terminal.
The KAL Lounge welcomes Priority Pass members between noon and 6 PM.
Korean Air KAL Business Class Lounge LAX design
The lounge entrance sets the tone, with elegant wood paneling in Korean style and a drawing of Seoul’s Changdeok Palace. Throughout, the elegant and luxurious yet minimalistic design is reminiscent of Park Hyatt hotels and similar five-star properties. The designers have obviously chosen to use high quality materials and finishes. With tranquil music playing in the background, visitors are immediately drawn into a place of inner calm and serenity. First impressions are truly excellent.
While the facility is sizable (at 14,200 sqf. or 1,320 sqm., it seats over 300 persons,) the dimensions feel humane thanks to a layout that naturally breaks up the space into multiple areas. Seating arrangements include couches, communal tables, and semi-private nooks. Power and USB outlets are available throughout.
Yet, some of the designer furniture emphasizes form over comfort and function, and seating is very dense except in the center section facing the large flat TV screen. Indeed, with multiple A380s occasionally departing around the same time, this lounge can get packed.
Korean Air KAL Business Class Lounge LAX amenities
A highlight of the KAL Business Class lounge is the terrace overlooking the gorgeous terminal atrium. In addition to a certain novelty factor, the terrace offers patrons a more dynamic vibe than the main lounge area, with views on the grand video displays, and a more exciting soundtrack. However, in an unfortunate oversight, power outlets are not available on the terrace.
At the center of the lounge are located a bar (facing the terrace) and a buffet (in a small room on the opposite side.) Unfortunately, both are frankly disappointing. Alcoholic beverages on offer include a single red wine, a single white wine, and basic liquor. Champagne is not available. As for the buffet, it is limited to a glorified snack selection, with items such as fruit, veggies, chips, and instant noodles. There isn’t a single hot entrée or real dish, and you may be rubbing elbows with many other customers at peak times, given the tight dimensions of the food serving area.
Other amenities include a convenient baggage storage area, as well as three large, beautifully appointed shower suites.
Korean Air KAL Business Class Lounge LAX bottom line
The Korean Air KAL Business Class Lounge at LAX is a bit of a mixed bag. Physically, it is beautiful, with high quality materials and a genuine attention to details. The terrace provides a more vibrant alternative to the soothing lounge environment. However, the food and beverage options sorely disappoint, and the designers could have created a greater variety of seating areas, with more contrasted characters. In absolute terms, this is a gorgeous lounge, but relatively speaking, it falls behind the nearby (and competing) oneworld and Star Alliance clubs.
For information on other lounges at LAX, possible alternatives, and connections between terminals, check out our Definitive Guide to the LAX Lounge Scene.
You may have access to Korean Air KAL Business Class Lounge as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.
Access for eligible customers traveling on any SkyTeam member airline.
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Korean Air KAL Business Class Lounge at Los Angeles, CA (LAX) welcomes:
- First Class passengers departing on a same-day Korean Air flight.
- Prestige Class passengers departing on a same-day Korean Air flight.
- Korean Air SKYPASS Million Miler Club and Morning Calm Premium Club members (+1 guest)
- Korean Air SKYPASS Morning Calm Club members (with restrictions, see link below for details.)
- SkyTeam Elite Plus members departing on or connecting to/from a same-day international flight operated by a SkyTeam member, in any class of service (+1 guest)
- Guests must be traveling on any flight operated by a SkyTeam member airline. Member must remain with the guests at all times during the visit.
- Lounge access will be provided only at your departure airport and not on arrival, unless you are connecting to a domestic flight or other qualifying international flight.
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- 2.5Based on 181 ReviewsJames D.2019-08-27 12:31:45The Korean Air Lounge is located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). The lounge is open from 8:30 AM to 12:30 AM daily but Priority...Tina C.2019-07-05 10:36:25This lounge is okay...if you can get in. The lounge offers wifi, ramen, beverages, and sometimes other light bites. It's not particularly fancy, but hanging...Eric C.2019-06-30 16:23:52Pretty solid priority pass lounge at LAX. Be aware they have restrictions on hours. I would rate it 3.5 stars. The best part of this lounge is that they...Nancy H.2018-08-05 19:51:45Alaskan airlines wasn't allowing PP peeps in and I had time to kill so I made the 20 min trek to KAL from terminal 7. Brusque attitudes getting signed in...Ben K.2018-07-30 16:29:53On July 18, my family and I arrived several hours early as is typical for an international flight. We sailed through ticketing/security, and as a Priority...Bumble B.2018-07-21 09:18:44Very large lounge with seating for perhaps 200 people. I really liked sitting on the balcony with a view of the rat race below and the massive video art...