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AA To QF At LAX With A Long Layover What To Do?  
User currently offlineRedcenterflyer From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 64 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 9752 times:

I have done a few searches on what to do during a long lay over in LAX. In-N-Out sounds like a good idea, but was curious
about a few things.
First, I arrive at LAX from DEN on AA at 1255 and depart QF at 2230 to SYD. That leaves a lot of time to wonder around. I wouldn't be too fussed, but I will have my two daughters flying with me, 6 and 7 years old. I am flying AA first
and QF business.

I know from past experiences that my AA issued boarding pass will not get me into TBIT for a QF flight. I need a QF boarding pass which requires checking in again with QF. I understand that QF flights LAX to SYD depart terminal 4, however I saw a post about some construction going on there affecting the QF gates. Are QF flights to SYD departing now from TBIT or will they go from terminal 4 in June? I guess if I don't leave terminal 4 during my layover I will be ok without having to recheck in with QF correct?

Having my two daughters with me, I would love nothing more then just to plop myself down in the QF lounge and waste time until boarding but lounges in TBIT are pretty poor from my last trip through there. Needless to say, I will not be able to gain entry to lounges in TBIT until the QF check in desks open which is what, 3 hours before the flight. If I have about 7 hours to spend in LAX pre-secure area, what could I get up to? (In-N-Out is still an option)

Should I just delay my departure from DEN until later in the evening?
THANKS in advance.

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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 9695 times:



Quoting Redcenterflyer (Thread starter):
First, I arrive at LAX from DEN on AA at 1255 and depart QF at 2230 to SYD. That leaves a lot of time to wonder around. I wouldn't be too fussed, but I will have my two daughters flying with me, 6 and 7 years old.

 pray  No way would I want to be in your shoes, ten hour layover with small kids.. Couldn't you got a later flight from DEN?


User currently offlineRedcenterflyer From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9692 times:

Yes, that is what I probably will do, easier to see a movie or something in denver after checking out of a hotel and before turning rental car in.

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9689 times:



Quoting Redcenterflyer (Thread starter):
Are QF flights to SYD departing now from TBIT or will they go from terminal 4 in June? I guess if I don't leave terminal 4 during my layover I will be ok without having to recheck in with QF correct?

I'm flying QF SYD-LAX in June and it is showing coming into T4. You'll want to leave T4 if you are there for almost 10hrs, it is pretty small in relation to the other terminals.

There is a fairly decent Admirals Club in T4 but no airline lounge is worth spending 10hrs in. You should get your QF boarding pass at DEN, then you can leave the secure area at T4. Go potter about LA as you please, return and just go through security.



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User currently offlineMark5388916 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9668 times:

If there spotters, I'd highly suggest the previously mentioned Inn and Out or the Proud Bird.

Mark



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9649 times:

With 10 hours in Los Angeles, you should be able to get a relatively cheap rental car for about 6-7 hours. Even with LA traffic, it's no more than a 30 minute drive up to Santa Monica where you could spend a day up there - between the beach, the Pier (which has a small amusement park the kids would like) it's a good way to kill some time. Land in LAX at 1255, be at the rental car place by about 145, hop on Lincoln Blvd and head north, be in Santa Monica by 215p. Spend some time up there doing the sights for a few hours, have a nice big dinner, start heading back to LAX by 7-730p. Drop the car off, get back to the airport, and then relax at the lounge.

I would definitely not recommend spending any time at LAX though. 10 hours at an airport is rather long, and there's not a whole lot to do in the general vicinity of LAX.


User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7361 posts, RR: 85
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9629 times:
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There is free shuttle service from T4 to In-N-Out.



User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9618 times:

I would delay my departure if I could. As you said it would be a lot nicer to hang out in downtown Denver, watch a movie or go shopping and stuff than at LAX, even if you did manage lounge access.

Unless of course you could get a hire care at LAX and spend say 6 hours up at Santa Monica like someone suggested.

Option 3 would be to fight it out at LAX. (in my opinion).

good luck  Smile


User currently offlineRedcenterflyer From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9615 times:

Thanks all for the suggestions, never thought of Santa Monica. Hmm, decisions decisions. Will let you all know how it goes in my trip report.

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4660 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9612 times:



Quoting Redcenterflyer (Thread starter):
Having my two daughters with me, I would love nothing more then just to plop myself down in the QF lounge and waste time until boarding but lounges in TBIT are pretty poor from my last trip through there. Needless to say, I will not be able to gain entry to lounges in TBIT until the QF check in desks open which is what, 3 hours before the flight. If I have about 7 hours to spend in LAX pre-secure area, what could I get up to? (In-N-Out is still an option)

What no-one has mentioned is that the old lounges in TBIT are all gone.

There is now a brand new joint CX, BA, QF lounge in TBIT that opened about a month ago. Basically all the old lounges were ripped out and there are now four - a oneworld one (the one I just mentioned), one for Star Alliance, Skyteam and a general one.

The oneworld one is completely fitted with showers, computers, food, booze, is brand new, state of the art etc - so make sure you don't miss out on going there!!



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineAv8boy From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9598 times:

Red,

What's the planned date of this adventure?

Dave


User currently offlineRedcenterflyer From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9587 times:

I fly out of SYD on 23 May on the QF flight at 1030am and back on 7th June out of denver (sched at 12'ish) via LAX
and on the 1030pm QF flight out of LAX to SYD.


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9579 times:



Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 9):
What no-one has mentioned is that the old lounges in TBIT are all gone.

That's because his flight isn't from TBIT. If he's not flying from TBIT he won't be getting in the lounges there  Wink



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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4660 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9550 times:



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 12):
That's because his flight isn't from TBIT. If he's not flying from TBIT he won't be getting in the lounges there

My much relied upon skim reading has certainly failed me this time  Smile



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
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