I had a 3,5 hours overlay in Los Angeles on my way to Miami. My flight was scheduled to depart at 1.05 am. I arrived on an Alaska Airlines flight. The Alaska Airlines Boardroom closes at 10 pm. I am a holder of the Priority Pass through my American Express, which gives me a lot of Lounges in LAX. Unfortunately none in Terminal 4 where my flight will depart to Miami. The closest one I found was the Korean Airlines Lounge (KAL Lounge) inside the International Terminal. For that, I had to leave the security area and go through a TSA checkpoint again. The Security Checkpoint was crowded with passengers flying out to places all over the world. It took me a while until I cleared security. The big advantage of the KAL lounge is it’s open until 1:00 am.
When I arrived the lounge was very crowded with people waiting for their planes to leave, but it cleared up very quickly. Check-In was quick and easy and the staff was very efficient at the check-in process. However, I had a couple of issues. Wi-Fi was down, the coffee maker was broken – so no cappuccino for me tonight. Only regular coffee was available. Unfortunately, they didn’t even put a sign on the machine. Besides some snacks, they also have a bar without bartender for self-service. They offer different sorts of liquors and besides the beverages in the food area, they also have Budweiser and some other beers.
At that late hour, there were small sandwiches, microwave noodles and some veggies available. Good enough for me at this time. They also cleaned up the tables and seating areas very quickly after guests left. That got new guests a space to sit down and relax.
My favorite feature of this lounge is the outside terrace which gives you a great view of the terminal It’s also a lot cooler outside on the terrace compared to the lounge inside.
Inside you can hear the announcements when planes start boarding. If you sit outside, you won’t hear them really well and maybe miss your announcement. Also be aware that the announcements are only for flights of the International Terminal and not any other terminals. Give yourself enough time to make it back to your terminal and gate.