The Star Alliance Business Class lounge at Los Angeles airport, located in the swanky Tom Bradley International Terminal, welcomes premium and Star Alliance Gold passengers departing on international flights operated by most Star Alliance carriers, such as Lufthansa, Ethiopian Airlines, and ANA. (United and Air Canada operate respectively a United Club and Maple Leaf Lounge in their respective terminals.)
This gem of a lounge is in many regards the best business class club at LAX.
After going through security, follow the signs to airline lounges, then make your way up to the top mezzanine, two levels above the main atrium. Signage is lacking: just take the Time Tower escalators to the top floor. Friendly agents will be standing by outside the lounge to expedite your entry.
Star Alliance Business Class lounge LAX design
Navigating the Star Alliance Lounge is like unwrapping a carefully packed beautiful gift. Every corner yields a surprise: a private room, a piece of art, a stunning photograph by Peter Lik, an elegant divider or partition, a quote or reference to LA, a quiet room. The space is huge—1,675 sqm or 18,000 sqf—and the layout offers the perfect compromise between space and privacy.
The main lounge area boasts a timeless, elegant and serene design with dim lights, gorgeous hardwood floors, and high ceilings. Partially drawn white curtains contrast with the dark furniture and create a homely, living room ambiance, while carving out smaller and more intimate spaces. The feeling of serenity that exudes from the architectural firm Gensler’s design is accentuated by light background music with a Hollywood vibe. Quotes and artwork inspired by LA dot the lounge.
The vibrant dining area boasts a wine wall, shared tables, and café-style seating. For a more intimate ambiance, stop by the darker, more isolated space across the dining area, where comfortable couches and a shared high table await.
Adjacent to the lobby is a semi-private space with a trompe-l’oeil style “library”. The room is ideal for families with young children, or as a secluded retreat.
Power and USB ports are plentiful and accessible from virtually every seat, except in the dining area.
Star Alliance Business Class lounge LAX amenities
The Star Alliance Lounge offers the strongest line-up of amenities for business class passengers at Los Angeles airport.
Adjacent to the main lounge area is a large dining area. A variety of cold and hot entrees cater to different tastes, with a wide range options including salads, traditional American fare, and an Asian noodle bar. The generous selection provides for a hearty meal on the ground.
A large assortment of beer, wines, Champagne, spirits and liquor are available for self-service. A full bar is also available, ask a friendly bar tender for the handcrafted concoction of your choice. There are also a wide variety of soft drinks, as well as several espresso machines throughout the lounge.
The bar links the main lounge to an elegant indoor terrace overlooking the terminal. Patrons may relax in a front-row seat with a bird’s eye view over the stunning LCD displays featuring creative and addictive animations by local artists.
The real highlight of the Star Alliance Lounge, however, is the outdoors terrace. Walk through the lounge and follow the zen path dotted by indoors plants, and you’ll reach a large rooftop deck with sweeping views of the tarmac and Hollywood hills in the distance. In true LA fashion, there are seats with fire pits, a water feature, and yet another bar. A treat for airplane geeks all day—the terrace offers unspoiled views of the northern runway—the outdoor space is especially popular at sunset in the cooler weather.
When it’s time to freshen up, eight well-appointed shower suites are available. The spacious rooms come with a large walk-in shower, a toilet, a sink, towels, and bath products. Inquire at the shower reception, then make your way through the spa-like hallway with hardwood floors and dim light. Should there be a wait, you’ll be handed a buzzer.
Other amenities include a large theater room, which doubles as an informal napping room, as well as a selection of newspapers and magazines. The lounge lacks a formal business center, but tablet computers also be checked out at the front desk for use within the lounge. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available.
Star Alliance Business Class lounge LAX bottom line
The Star Alliance Business Class lounge at Los Angeles airport is a superb facility and the nicest Star Alliance branded club worldwide. Incidentally, it is managed by Air New Zealand who has a reputation for operating classy lounges.
Unfortunately, Star Alliance’s expansion at LAX means that the lounge gets painfully busy at peak times, especially in the evenings when multiple flights depart around the same time. Wi-Fi may be accordingly slow, and patrons may not be able to fully appreciate the serenity of the design.
A boarding pass at LAX will let you into any terminal, so even if you are flying Air Canada or United, you may want to make the trek over to TBIT just to enjoy the Star Alliance Lounge. It’s a long walk, so plan accordingly. The lounge can be reached airside from United’s terminals 7-8, where as from Air Canada’s terminal, you’ll need to re-clear security.
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 Star Alliance 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.
ANA (NH) Aegean (A3) Air Canada (AC) Air China (CA) Air India (AI) Air New Zealand (NZ) Asiana (OZ) Austrian (OS) Avianca (AV) Brussels Airlines (SN) Copa Airlines (CM) Croatia Airlines (OU) EGYPTAIR (MS) EVA Air (BR) Ethiopian Airlines (ET) LOT Polish Airlines (LO) Lufthansa (LH) SAS (SK) SWISS (LX) Shenzhen Airlines (ZH) Singapore Airlines (SQ) South African Airways (SA) TAP Air Portugal (TP) Thai Airways (TG) Turkish Airlines (TK) United (UA)
Star Alliance Business Class lounge at Los Angeles, CA (LAX) welcomes:
- First Class passengers, departing on the same day on a flight operated by a Star Alliance member airline from the local airport (+1 guest)
- Business Class passengers, departing on the same day on a flight operated by a Star Alliance member airline from the local airport (no guests.)
- Star Alliance Gold passengers, departing on the same day on a flight operated by a Star Alliance member airline from the local airport, in any class of service (+1 guest)
- United Club members departing on a Star Alliance flight (no guests)
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Club members departing on a Star Alliance flight (no guests)
- Customers holding an invitation issued by an airline.
Guests must be departing on the same day on a flight operated by a Star Alliance member airline.
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- 4.0Based on 135 ReviewsRay B.2019-07-29 13:17:39The Star Alliance Lounge in the International Terminal is a vast improvement over the old one and probably the best lounge at LAX. To access the lounge you...Chris S.2019-06-02 16:21:53AMAZING IS ALL I'M GOING TO PUT IT. The Star Alliance Lounge at LAX has become the serving point for travelers who wish for a quiet oasis from the...Jack L.2019-04-14 12:05:13For a lounges in LAX this is one of the better ones. First off, I'm at a lounge, I want to feel like an entitled prick. I need my space. Each of the...Kevin D.2018-05-18 23:25:45I honestly can't count how many times I've sat in this lounge pre-flight, but it's a lot! Finally remembering to check in and review as well. I've spent...Will S.2018-04-27 09:33:40As most airport lounges go most come here for the free drink and food. Star Alliance Gold members and above get in gratis. But this lounge is much better...Em K.2018-02-24 09:39:55This lounge is one of the biggest lounges I've ever been in. It has everything you can think of. The breakfast buffet is extraordinary. There's melons,...