The essential guide to Priority Pass™ lounges at LAX

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In a Nutshell

Priority Pass™ Select, which comes with various high-end travel credit cards and gets you access to premium airport lounges, can be a huge benefit for frequent travelers. If you have a credit card that includes Priority Pass™ Select membership, there are three lounges you can access at LAX.
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Various high-end credit cards come with complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership, which gives you access to travel lounges around the world once you enroll.

If you hold a premium credit card with Priority Pass™ Select access and your travels bring you through Los Angeles International Airport, grab your Priority Pass™ card (or open the app) and stop by one of their lounges.

  • Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse — Terminal 2
  • Alaska Lounge — Terminal 6
  • KAL Lounge — Tom Bradley International Terminal

Continue on for a full guide to your Priority Pass™ LAX lounge options.


Where are the Priority Pass™ lounges at LAX?

If you’re traveling through Terminal 2, Terminal 6 or the Tom Bradley International Terminal, you’re in luck. Each of these terminals has a Priority Pass lounge you can access. You’ll find the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Terminal 2, the Alaska Lounge in Terminal 6 and the KAL Lounge in the Tom Brady International Terminal.

If you’re traveling through another terminal, you may have to go through a terminal connector or take a shuttle to access one of the terminals mentioned above. If you have a long layover, this shouldn’t pose a problem. But be aware that the tunnels can involve a long walk, and if you have to go back through security at LAX, it may require a long wait in line — sometimes even if you have TSA PreCheck.

Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect at each LAX Priority Pass™ lounge.

What you should know about Priority Pass™ lounges at LAX

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse LAX: Terminal 2

Located in Terminal 2, Level 4, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is open from 5 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. daily, which can be perfect for an early-morning takeoff but leaves those flying in the afternoon and evening stuck looking elsewhere.

Virgin is known for modern design, and the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is no exception. The beautiful lounge includes hardwood floors, clean white design features, and seating areas that look like something out of a sci-fi flick.

If the lounge is open when you pass through Terminal 2, you’ll be glad you stopped in. The lounge has airside views overlooking the busy plane traffic and a view of the famous LAX Theme Building.

The Virgin Atlantic lounge includes complimentary beer and wine, refreshments, a bar (paid) and Wi-Fi. But because of the limited lounge hours, these perks may not always be easy to access and enjoy.

Alaska Lounge: Terminal 6

The Alaska Lounge in Terminal 6 can get busy, so prepare to hunt a little bit for seats if traveling with a companion. You can expect good customer service and a positive experience in the Alaska Lounge, which is located on the Mezzanine Level near Gate 64.

The lounge is open from 5 a.m. to midnight daily, giving you better odds of being able to stop by while visiting LAX.

The Alaska Lounge is particularly kid friendly, with a separate kids’ room where children can watch movies and are free to play without bothering other travelers.

The lounge also offers a bar, though premium drinks require additional payment. Those of drinking age can sip on up to three drinks per visit. Visitors have access to a range of refreshments, as well as newspapers and magazines, TVs and Wi-Fi.

You can bring up to two guests per cardholder or immediate family (a spouse and children under 21). If you’re coming from another terminal, plan on at least half an hour each way to get to the lounge and back to your gate.

KAL Lounge: Tom Bradley International Terminal

The Tom Bradley International Terminal can be the highlight of traveling through LAX and offers more-modern and -updated facilities than some of the other terminals on the LAX loop. If you’re lucky enough to fly through this terminal, or one nearby, Korean Air’s KAL Lounge is a great Priority Pass LAX destination.

KAL Lounge is open from noon to 8 p.m. daily, though hours may vary because of KAL international flight schedules. The KAL Lounge is located on the fifth floor (between security and the gates). You can take the elevator up to the lounge, which should be easy to find if you follow the signs.

Priority Pass™ Select gives you access for two guests per cardholder and offers a shower in addition to refreshments and bar service. After a very early wake-up or long flight, that shower may come in handy.

This contemporary lounge has an open and airy space with giant floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the terminal. The lounge includes Wi-Fi, newspapers and magazines, and plenty of seating.


Bottom line

Priority Pass™ Select membership is a great benefit as a credit card perk (just remember you’ll usually need to call your credit card issuer to enroll). If you happen to live near or travel through LAX, you should definitely try to take advantage of it.

If your credit card doesn’t give you access to Priority Pass™ lounges and you frequently travel through LAX, you may want to see if you qualify for a card that does come with Priority Pass™ Select membership. Check out Credit Karma’s top travel credit cards to learn more about one that might get you in the door — so you can sit back, relax, and put your feet up to make your travel experience a little more enjoyable.


About the author: Eric Rosenberg is a finance, travel and technology writer in Ventura, California. He has an MBA in finance from the University of Denver. When he’s away from the keyboard, Eric enjoys exploring the world, flying small… Read more.