It has to be said that LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal is quite rubbish. If you are planning to eat, I advise you to head to one of the restaurants prior to going through security, located near the check-in desks. That said, make sure you leave enough time to go through security although they are quite good at moving through people who are close to missing their flights!
My husband is a gold Marco Polo Club, Cathay Pacific’s frequent flyer club, which means we get lounge access despite not actually flying business class. When I say ‘we’, I think he’s really only allowed one guest but we normally beg, plead or hide one of the kids.
It’s always worth checking all your airline/credit cards to see if you can gain access into a lounge. This particular Oneworld lounge is medium sized and if you are waiting for the late night CX flight back to HKG, it will also be chocabloc with those waiting for the BA and Qantas flights.
If you can’t find seats immediately, walk through the first bank of seating, past the buffet and computer terminals, where you’ll find additional seating at the back.
There is no designated kids play area but you could always stick a movie on YouTube and park your kids in front of a computer terminal.
The food is excellent, some of the best I have had in a lounge. In fact, I would not bother eating at one of the fast food outlets or overpriced healthy options and save yourself for the delicious hot buffet dinner. My husband said the chocolate brownies are some of the best he’s eaten and he’s a pro at knowing all things chocolate.
Unlike the American Airlines Admirals Club, there’s a proper bar at the end where you can get stuck into the wine and cocktails with unlimited access. There is also a good selection of newspapers and even magazines including Australian Vogue and Women’s Weekly.
They will call you for your flight so kick back, relax (or run around chasing after your toddlers).