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Impressive new First Class BA / oneworld lounge opens in Los Angeles

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Back in June I shared some pictures of the very impressive new Qantas business class lounge which had opened in Los Angeles International Airport. 

This is the new lounge for Qantas, BA, airberlin, Iberia, Japan Airlines and LAN.  It is not used by American or US Airways as they use different parts of the airport.

Qantas British Airways first class lounge Los Angeles

The business class lounge was only part of the story.  A huge new First Class / Gold card lounge was also under construction, designed to seat 200 people.  This has just opened.

Qantas British Airways first class lounge Los Angeles 2

According to the Qantas website, it offers:

  • 74-seat restaurant and bar
  • Open-style kitchen
  • Californian Knoll furniture selected by Marc Newson
  • Neil Perry Rockpool-designed a la carte menu
  • Private work suites and complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Seven shower suites featuring Aurora Spa ASPAR products

Qantas British Airways first class lounge Los Angeles 3

At three times the size of the old First Class lounge, it is a massive improvement for British Airways flyers out of Los Angeles.  You will be able to access the lounge if you have a British Airways Executive Club Gold card or are flying First Class on a BA service.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (June 2022)

As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 30,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (7)

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  • Lorcancoyle says:

    Though it is sorely lacking in power points

    • Rob says:

      When did you ever visit a lounge or hotel room and think ‘wow, this place has too many power points?’. I type this in a hotel and had the same issue last night!

  • Mikeact says:

    I guess it’s pretty good to keep the partners happy, ( based on yesterday’s BA 1st Class topic which took a bit of a hammering.)

  • Mr Bridge says:

    any one got pics of the ba 1st lounge in bermuda

  • Metatone says:

    LA 1st matters to BA for PR – there are still some celebrities who use that service.

  • Alex says:

    I think it is worth pointing out that unlike the JCL lounge which is a oneworld lounge operated by Qantas the FCL lounge is actually a Qantas lounge open to oneworld partners. So BA actually deserves zero credit for this lounge other than making the sensible decision to agree that QF should be the airline to have it and operate it!

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