Part III: Star Alliance Business Lounge LAX
Rather than wait for the shuttle after check out, we decided to get a few steps in and walked to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Since we couldn’t OLCI, we headed to the business class check-in, which was open and had no line for us. After confirming our onward flights from Malé, likely for customs reasons, we were on our way to the business class lounge. TBIT’s security is always long and annoying, and this trip was no exception. My box of Clif bars were flagged for extra screening, which isn’t surprising as I’m sure it looks suspicious on the screen.
After retrieving our bags, we headed through the terminal, up the elevators, and into the Star Alliance Business Class lounge with no problems. While my fiancée handled some last minute business, I explored a bit of the lounge.
As a OW flyer normally, I hadn’t had the chance to visit the Star Alliance Business Class lounge yet. Color me impressed.
I loved the outdoor terrace, for one, and the “LA” theming in the lounge, like the quotes on the wall.
The indoor terrace was equally cool. TBIT is my favorite terminal in the US, by a long shot.
I had a light snack from the buffet, and a few Tiger beers, and maybe a glass of champagne for good measure. Sorry, forgot to snap a photo of the food, but it was a good mix of international foods- I believe we had some grilled veggies and chicken.
We managed to snag a library-themed room with a door that closed, since we had to make a few phone calls. It felt VIP enough for us!
Overall, I liked Star Alliance’s business class lounge more than oneworld’s lounge. It seemed more thoughtfully themed, and the outdoor/indoor terraces make it ever more impressive by design. We had about an hour in the lounge, until we decided to make our way to the Singapore boarding gate to begin our flights around the Pacific and Indian Oceans!