A guide to the Admirals Clubs at LAX

Avoid the hustle and bustle on your next trip with a visit to an American Airlines Admirals Clubs at LAX.

Escape the hustle and bustle at LAX at one of these Admirals Club lounges. Image credit: LeoPatrizi/iStock
Escape the hustle and bustle at LAX at one of these Admirals Club lounges. Image credit: LeoPatrizi/iStock

LAX is known for its size and scale, accommodating tens of thousands of travelers a day. However, this doesn’t make for a terribly comfortable experience – unless you know where to find the best lounges.

For passengers traveling on American Airlines, with not enough time to stay in a nearby LAX hotel, there’s no better place to unwind between flights than at an Admirals Club at LAX. With three locations across the terminals serviced by American Airlines flights, passengers can enjoy a high-end experience while waiting for a departing flight or enduring a layover at LAX.

The Admirals Clubs at LAX

There are three Admirals Club locations at LAX:

  • Terminal 4
  • Terminal 5
  • American Eagle Regional Terminal

Admission to these lounges is less restrictive than many other airline clubs. Unlike those limited to only first-class passengers, Admirals Clubs at LAX are open to annual and lifetime members, AAdvantage MasterCard cardholders, ConciergeKey members, eligible AirPass members, qualifying first-class and business-class passengers, AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Platinum members, and oneworld Emerald and Sapphire passengers flying on member airlines. American Airlines passengers can also purchase day passes for 59 USD.

Admirals Club – Terminal 4

The Terminal 4 location of the AA Admirals Club at LAX is the largest and most luxurious of the three destinations, boasting more space and amenities.

Immediately inside the lounge, passengers can find a coffee bar and to the left a wide selection of seating areas, including comfy armchairs and tables with chairs for families and friends to congregate. This area is full of outlets and USB ports to keep devices charged. The free Wi-Fi connection can be used throughout the lounge.

Nearby is the cold buffet, which provides plenty of breakfast options like pastries, bagels, cereals, yogurt, and fresh fruit. A few specials, including avocado toast in the morning and fresh-made guacamole from 3 p.m.to 6 p.m., are fan favorites. Lunch and dinner options are more similar to appetizers, with hummus, pasta salad, fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese and crackers, and soup options. A variety of snacks are also available, like chips and snack mixes.

The ever-popular yet maligned avocado toast can be had at the Admirals Club lounge at LAX. Image credit: nerudol/iStock
The ever-popular avocado toast can be had at the Admirals Club lounge at LAX. Image credit: nerudol/iStock

For those who want a fuller meal, the lounge also offers a paid menu. Guests can help themselves to espresso, soft drinks, tea, and juice. A full bar with a bartender is located in close proximity with complimentary beer, wine, and house spirits. Liquor is available for purchase. From the bar, guests can see the tarmac, providing excellent views of takeoffs and landings.

For those who want more privacy, additional seating areas can be found beyond the bar, including a large entertainment lounge with two televisions. There is also a noise-proof children’s room, guaranteeing family-friendly fun, with puzzles, toys, and a television. For large groups, a conference room that seats seven is also available for advance reservation.

This lounge also offers private showers that can be reserved upon arrival for those who would like to freshen up between flights.

This club is divided into two halves: The Admirals Club and The Flagship Club. The Flagship Club is an option for those with first-class and business-class ticket options, leaving the Admirals Club an option largely used by those with day passes and other membership options, allowing for plenty of room for visitors.

Admirals Club – Terminal 5

The Terminal 5 location is a smaller version of the Terminal 4 lounge, but still provides plenty of room to relax while waiting for an upcoming flight.

Renovations at the Terminal 5 lounge were completed in 2017, creating a lovely space with upgraded options. Guests can sit in the large circular rotunda room with semi-private chairs or in the adjacent lounge with comfy armchairs. Outlets are everywhere, providing plenty of opportunities to charge your devices while you unwind.

The buffet-style dining area is located further in the lounge, offering visitors a cold buffet similar to the options in the Terminal 4 location, with pastries, bagels, and cereal for breakfast and appetizer and snack options throughout the rest of the day. The dining area contains a staffed bar with complimentary wine, house spirits, and beer as well as premium beverages for a surcharge. Guests can also help themselves to espresso, self-serve soda, tea, juice, and water. There is no paid menu option in this lounge.

A second seating area is located beyond the buffet with more chairs, tables, and good view of the tarmac. There is also a TV viewing area and a single PC with printer access. Visitors can take advantage of a wide selection of magazines and newspapers.

Enjoy views to the tarmac from one of the Admirals Clubs at LAX. Image credit: kokouu/iStock
Enjoy views to the tarmac from one of the Admirals Clubs at LAX. Image credit: kokouu/iStock

Guests who want to clean up can do that here as well. Private bathroom and shower spaces are available to reserve.

Admirals Clubs at LAX – American Eagle Terminal

The smallest and least visited of the Admirals Club locations at LAX, this largely unknown lounge is a special treat for those flying out from the remote American Eagle Terminal. With a capacity of just 42, this petite lounge may be small in size but it’s large in opportunity.

Guests to this Admirals Club lounge can enjoy most of the same opportunities as in the larger spaces, including comfy chairs, televisions, free Wi-Fi, a business center with printers, complimentary alcoholic beverages with the opportunity to purchase premium drinks, and free newspapers and magazines.

The buffet spread is slightly smaller but still offers plenty of favorites and, like other Admirals Clubs, the bar is staffed by a knowledgeable bartender to mix up all of your favorites. Outlets and USB ports are numerous to keep you charged for the next leg of your trip. Unfortunately, this lounge space does not offer showers.

Flying in and out of Los Angeles is all the better with access to Admirals Club LAX lounges. Book Blacklane’s airport concierge service to enhance your time at LAX.