This was my first trip departing from the new Tom Bradley International Terminal on a Star Alliance partner, EVA Air. We arrived to the airport close to 3 hours before, which was plenty of time. We took Uber (free $20 credit) from home and surprisingly only took 30 minutes and $45 to get to LAX (as of yesterday Uber LA rates dropped even lower!). This meant we had plenty of time to enjoy the new LAX Star Alliance Lounge.
To enter the Star Alliance lounge, you must be traveling on a business/first class international ticket on any Star Alliance partner, or have Star Alliance Gold status.
After dropping off our bags, we went through security and straight to the new LAX Star Alliance Lounge. The entrance seemed quite classy and the lounge seemed sparkling new. Even though it was crowded at times, there was plenty of seating and the layout is very open.
There was a nice bar that you see right away on the left hand side. What I found weird was that they had the self serve alcohol section right next to this bar. It seemed like nobody was sitting at the bar most of the time because most people grabbed their own drinks from the fridge or self serve bar. Kind of funny that people can spend a lot on their airfare (not us!) and serve themselves drinks to avoid paying tip. I was a bit intimidated, so I followed everyone else :).
Right behind the inside bar was an outside bar with more seating. The seating was on a terrace that overlooked the terminal. We didn’t sit there, but it seemed like a nice place to socialize and relax.
We sat inside on some sofa chairs because each chair had an outlet to charge your phone or laptop. It was also next to the food, which was surprisingly good. My favorite food there was the pho bar, where you can add your own toppings, choose between two noodles, and pour the pho broth. The pho bar is a bit hard to find, but it’s in the back corner of the lounge.
The other food at the lounge was better than your normal domestic lounge food and was decent if you’re not much of a picky eater. They served some pinwheel wraps, like what you can find at Costco, chicken parmesan, pasta, and some desserts.
The coolest part of the lounge is probably the outdoor patio where there is a waterfall wall, fire pits, and views of the tarmac. There was nobody out on the patio because it was quite cold that night. I think during the day it would be a nice place to soak up the sun with a nice drink in hand.
Overall, I think the new LAX Star Alliance Lounge is one of the best lounges we have in the states. The lounge is quite spacious, classy, and plenty of places to work. Also, the food was great and the drink selection was plentiful. However, I would say it would rank a little under the AMEX Centurion Lounge, but above the LAX Oneworld First and Business class lounges.