There’s no sugarcoating it. LAX sucks for Priority Pass members. There used to be some great lounge options for us but those have all since closed or canceled their partnerships with Priority Pass. The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse was great for us departing from Terminals 2/3 and the Korean Air Lounge was a nice place to sit and relax while people-watching the passengers below. Heck, I even enjoyed the restaurant options for a real meal before those late-night departures to Asia and the pancake machine at the Alaska Airlines Lounge was perfect for my early morning flights up the coast. But those are all gone now and with the exception of the Be Relax Spa in Terminal 1, we really don’t have much at LAX anymore.
And I’m sad to say that even with this new lounge addition, we still don’t have much at LAX. That’s because Priority Pass’ newest member to the LAX Airport lounge network is the Gameway Lounge. And if you’re wondering what the Gameway Lounge is; it’s basically a gaming cafe.
The Gameway Lounge is really geared towards families and the young at heart with gaming stations featuring PS4 and Xbox S consoles and Tomahawk Gaming PCs loaded with a ton of games that pay real money to keep you (or your kids) entertained for hours. Each gaming station features a large 43” 4K TV, leather chair, premium gaming headphones, charging ports for your electronic devices and space to store your luggage.
The Gameway Lounge is open from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily and is located airside (post-security) across from gate 65A in Terminal 6. LAX isn’t the easiest airport to navigate but luckily, most of the terminals are connected airside now so passengers from TBIT to Terminal 8 can easily walk to the Gameway Lounge without having to clear through security again. You can read my handy guide on how to get from one terminal to another at LAX here.
Here are the rates for gameplay.
- 30 minutes – $15.99
- 60 minutes – $25.99
- 120 minutes – $34.99
- Unlimited – $39.99
But if you’re a Priority Pass member, you can get 2 hours of free gameplay per lounge visit. Priority Pass will also throw in one bottle of water/soda and two sweet or salty snacks for free per person, per visit. If you have a Priority Pass membership that allows for guests, each game station will count as one guest. So swiping your card for you plus one guest will get each of you your own gaming station for two hours. However, swiping your card for two people will not get one person 4 hours of gameplay. If you want to keep playing, you can buy additional hours of gameplay with a 10% discount, payable directly to Gameway.
But keep in mind that this is a non-lounge option so those who receive Priority Pass membership through American Express, will not qualify. Additionally, if you pay for lounge access on a per-visit basis, this may not be beneficial to you. Chase Sapphire Reserve and Capital One Venture X cardmembers, this one is for you.
Gameway Lounge LAX Bottom Line
Overall, I appreciate that Priority Pass is adding new “lounge” options for their members but this one, in my opinion, won’t be very useful for many people. I guess if you’re traveling with kids, this would be a great way to keep them occupied while you grab a drink at the bar, or if you’re a manchild, but I don’t really see this being all that useful for the average traveler. But then again, free is free, and I can’t complain anytime there’s an option for something rather than not. So kudos to Priority Pass for adding this new lounge to the network and I hope that they continue to add more and more options for the rest of us.