I’m gonna be honest with you. The oneworld Lounge at LAX used to be one of my favorite airline lounges at LAX. But after my last few visits, I’m starting to see that it’s not as great as it once was. The space feels dated, the furniture is worn out and the food quality isn’t as good as it used to be. The oneworld Lounge used to feel like a premium space that I got excited about visiting but now, I feel like the lounge is in desperate need of a refresh to make it new and exciting again. If you get to the airport early, sure, drop in for a glass of sparkling wine and a bite to eat but don’t feel like you need to get to LAX early to experience this lounge. You won’t be missing much.
oneworld Lounge LAX Location, Hours, and Access
Operated by Qantas, and officially called, “The Los Angeles Business Lounge,” the oneworld Lounge at LAX is located airside (after security) in the Tom Bradley International Terminal (Terminal B). As you exit the security checkpoint, make a right-hand turn and head towards the food court. Take the elevator/escalator up to the fifth floor and the lounge will be located on your right, across from the P.F. Chang’s restaurant. The oneworld Lounge LAX is open daily from 6:30 AM to the time of the last scheduled Qantas departure, which is currently QF 12 to Sydney at 10:30 PM.
The oneworld Lounge LAX is accessible by:
- International premium cabin passengers traveling with American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Qantas, or any of their oneworld partner airlines
- oneworld sapphire/emerald members traveling with any oneworld partner airline
- If your status comes from American or Alaska Airlines, then you must be traveling on an international ticket outside of North America in order to gain access. LAX to Hawaii does not qualify for access, and neither does LAX to Mexico.
- Qantas Club members
- Air France/KLM premium cabin passengers. This is a temporary arrangement until Air France/KLM builds their new lounge in the West Gates area.
For those traveling internationally with American Airlines, you can use the American Airlines Flagship Business Lounge located in Terminal 4, or the oneworld Lounge LAX without having to clear security twice. From Terminal 4, just follow the signs for the airside connector to TBIT. The walk will take you approximately 6 minutes. Check out my guide on how to change terminals at LAX by clicking here.
oneworld Lounge LAX Review
At 42,000 square feet, the oneworld Lounge is massive with plenty of space to spread out and relax. There’s enough room for up to 600 passengers and that’s not even including the separate Qantas/oneworld First Class Lounge next door. The oneworld Lounge is a square-shaped space centered around an indoor atrium. The lounge is an “interior” lounge in the sense that there are no windows that face the outside world but the large windows from the indoor atrium do let in enough natural lighting to brighten up the place.
There are plenty of seating options from leather armchairs and loungers to work desks and tables located throughout the lounge. During my visit at 4:00 PM on Sunday afternoon, I had no problem finding a table to eat at, and a desk to work at for the hour and a half I was there. WiFi is provided throughout the lounge and universal electrical outlets are provided in most of the seating areas.
There are no day beds or sleep rooms to get some shut-eye but if you want to kick your feet up for a bit, there are some lounge chairs located along the left side of the atrium.
To the right of the entrance, you’ll find the hosted bar and a circular seating area centered around an indoor fireplace. If you just want to sit back and relax with a glass of wine and a book, this is the place to be.
If you’re connecting from another flight or have been out exploring Los Angeles all day, there are 16 shower suites for passengers to use. The shower suites are beautifully decorated with rainfall showerheads and are stocked with Li’tya-branded bath and body products. Shave and dental hygiene kits are also provided for your convenience.
For dining, there was a buffet spread of both hot and cold dishes from different types of salads and pasta to Jasmine rice, grilled vegetables, and a chicken goulash. I had a bite of almost everything and I can say the food was just okay. When the oneworld Lounge first opened, it had a celebrity-inspired menu and a make-your-own smoothie/juice bar with fresh fruits and vegetables but the menu has since been downgraded and the juice bar has been axed due to cost-cutting.
I must admit, the pumpkin ginger soup was delicious but everything else was just mediocre.
There were plenty of employees working the floor. They were busing tables, cleaning and replenishing the buffet spread. The lounge was kept clean at all times and used dishes did not sit on tables longer than necessary.
If you need to get some work done, you can find a dedicated business center located on the left-hand side of the lounge.
oneworld Lounge LAX Bottom Line:
This used to be one of my favorite airline lounges at LAX but sadly, I feel like Qantas has let this lounge go by the wayside. The space is massive and there’s so much potential for it but the decor is dated and the furniture needs to be replaced. The catering used to be great but now, it’s just your run-of-the-mill lounge food. I know I’m being harsh but there’s no longer anything special about this place and that’s a shame because I used to love it. That being said, the oneworld Lounge LAX is still a decent place to relax and grab a drink or bite to eat before your flight, and it sure as heck beats waiting at the gate area.
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