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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sampling oneworld Premium Services: American Airlines Los Angeles Check-In and Admirals Club

American Airlines Premium and Elite Check-In Counters at LAX
American Airlines Premium and Elite Check-In Counters at LAX

I felt a bit weird going to LAX and not to fly on Japan Airlines (JAL) as I don't travel domestically that much. American Airlines (AA) uses terminal 4 at LAX. The premium check-in counters for First and Business class passengers and Priority AAccess check-in counters for elite members are located on the left hand side of the terminal. Counters for the main cabin and self check-in kiosks are on the right hand side of the terminal. AA partitioned off the premium/elite check-in area and there was an agent there checking for your eligibility which I don't see the point as there are main doors from the curb side that anyone can use to access that check-in area LOL.

American Airlines Self-Service Check-In Counters at LAX
American Airlines Self-Service Check-In Counters at LAX

American Airlines Main Cabin Check-In Counters at LAX
American Airlines Main Cabin Check-In Counters at LAX

Not sure if AA was really doing that bad or it's just a slow Saturday, there were almost no one in the premium check-in area. I intentionally picked the flight that departs at around the same time as JL061 does so I can check out the JAL check-in counters and see the JAL 777-300ER. Today's JL061 was operated by JA741J, which is the only JAL 777-300ER with the current generation products that I haven't been on :(


Japan Airlines JA741J parked at LAX TBIT
Japan Airlines JA741J parked at LAX TBIT

LAX Terminal 4 was under renovation
LAX Terminal 4 was under renovation

Entrance of American Airline Admirals Club at LAX
Entrance of American Airline Admirals Club at LAX

Drink vouchers for oneworld elites at LAX Admirals Club
Drink vouchers for oneworld elites at LAX Admirals Club

Sparkling wine at LAX Admirals Club
Sparkling wine at LAX Admirals Club

Security check was quick and easy. Terminal 4 was under renovation so quite a few stores have been closed. I went strict to the Admirals Club and was greeted by the friendly AA angel. I was given two complimentary drink vouchers as an oneworld elite member. The vouches are good for drinks from the bar. After I settled down, I ordered the sparkling wine with my vouch and it tasted quite okay. But I doubt I would be spending $14 on this as don't really drink except when I am flying LOL While I was enjoying my champagne, I saw someone asking people around to see if they are willing to give him their drink voucher. I wonder if this is something usually happen at AC. I personally wouldn't encourage this but he finally found some nice guy willing to give him one of his vouchers.


LAX Admirals Club
LAX Admirals Club

Limited free snack options at LAX Admirals Club
Limited free snack options at LAX Admirals Club

Limited free snack options at LAX Admirals Club
Limited free snack options at LAX Admirals Club

Limited free snack options at LAX Admirals Club
Limited free snack options at LAX Admirals Club

One thing I like most of the LAX AC is that they have plenty of windows and they are floor-to-ceiling windows too. You enjoy a great view of the tarmac which is missing in the oneworld lounge at the TBIT. There are showers, TV and kids area too. However the free food options are pretty limited. They only offered fruits, crackers, cookies, juices, coffee, tea, milk, and water. If you want anything else, you will have to order from the paid menu. Well not a problem for me as I will be eating on the plane this time :P

Overall, LAX AC probably good enough if you have a short domestic flight. But if you are on a transcontinental or international flight and don't want to eat or buy the food onboard, getting into AC won't help to solve that problem at all. If you are willing to pay for the food, you might as well go buy something from the restaurants outside and bring them onboard to eat.

To read other parts of this "Sampling oneworld Premium Services Trip Report", you can find the complete index from the Introduction post. There's also a Trip Report Index page which contains indices to all of my trip reports.


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