Buenos dias everyone! A friend recently asked some questions about an upcoming connection through LAX, and since there have been so many changes at that airport this year, I decided to write up a quick guide in case anyone else has an upcoming trip.
LAX has 9 terminals – numbered 1-8 and TBIT (Tom Bradley International Terminal). TBIT and terminals 4-8 are connected by tunnels and bridges post-security; terminals 1-3 are not connected to anything. Note that if you’re going to TBIT and you have TSA PreCheck, there is no PreCheck at TBIT – you can go through the PreCheck lane in T4 and then walk to TBIT via the terminal connector (which conveniently drops you off right next to most of the lounges).
You enter the lounge by going downstairs and checking in at the desk. This desk is in a hallway; the lounge rooms are accessible from here, as well as the spa and restrooms. Inside the lounge, there are several other rooms which made for decent privacy and great noise barriers. It was easy to find a space that was reasonably quiet.
Anytime you bring up the topic of American Express’s Centurion Lounges, you will get lots of differing opinions, which will include the good, the bad, and the ugly. And with the seemingly never ending changes to the various versions of the American Express Platinum Charge Card, both personal and business, including higher annual fees and reductions in rebates on Membership Reward Point tickets, there are even more discussions than usual about whether or not the cards are worth keeping.
But I’ve decided to keep mine, and the American Express Centurion Lounges are a big part of that decision. I also use these card benefits:
$200 airline fee credit, for incidental charges such as baggage fees, on a single airline of the cardholder’s choosing.
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Gold Status and Hilton Honors Gold Status.
Airport lounge access through an expansion of the Global Lounge Collection. This includes Delta SkyClubs, Priority Pass lounges, and American Express Centurion Lounges.
Updated September 4, 2019: The Priority Pass lounge, I Mosaici, has been closed. The current best Priority Pass lounge at FCO, Rome, is the Plaza Premium Lounge.
Sometimes airport lounges are an especially nice surprise. And sometimes they even exceed your expectations. I know that doesn’t happen often enough, but when it does, it makes for a story worth sharing! And how I even got to the lounge I’m writing about – well, that’s a good story as well.
Since it had been a while since I’d transited in Rome at Fiumicino airport (FCO), I did a bit of research on my lounge options. Seemed there were two to consider and both got awful reviews. My expectations were low, so I figured at the very least, I’d take a look at the better of the two, have a cappuccino, and then shake my head in disappointment and head out of the lounge.