The Los Angeles International Lounge in the Tom Bradly International Terminal at LAX is the “leftover” lounge.
Emirates and Etihad have their own lounge at LAX. Oneworld and Star Alliance both have first class and business class lounges. SkyTeam uses the Korean Air lounge. Then there’s carrier like Philippines Airlines, EL-AL, and Hong Kong Airlines that are not affiliated with any alliance. That’s where the Los Angeles International Lounge comes into play.
Quite honestly, I had very low expectations for this lounge. It turns out they were exceeded for one reason: mixed nuts. Mixed nuts are my preferred choice for snacking. But mixed nuts (without peanuts) are not exactly a cheap commodity. Consequently, it is rare to see them in lounges, especially in the USA. This lounge had them and I was very content to enjoy a couple bags of mixed nuts with a cup of coffee. The potato chips were not bad either! #Breakfast_0f_Champions
The lounge has other food as well: mostly packaged, but some sushi, cereal, fruit, oatmeal, instant soup, muffins and croissants as well (I was there at 9:00AM). Self-service alcohol is also available.
Seating encompasses both indoor and outdoor areas. The lounge never got too crowded, though it never emptied out (I was only there for an hour).
The balcony overlooks the beautiful Villaraigosa Pavilion below.
If you have access to this lounge, it will be open before your flight: you don’t need to worry about opening hours unless you like to arrive at the airport several hours early. The lounge opens daily at 6:00AM and closes after the last flight departs.
Restrooms were clean, but there are no showers. Use the airport’s wi-fi network instead of the lounge wi-fi, which is slow.
It helped to go in with low expectations, but this lounge wasn’t bad at all. Sometimes it is nice to have packaged junk food and I appreciated a decent cup of coffee and some salted mixed nuts.