Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
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- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Community ManagerMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Dec 17, 2013
Not my favorite airport for being one of the largest international airport on the west coast. The service is slow and the airport needs massive upgrades. If you need a cart to push your luggage it's 5 dollars insane! Nonetheless, it gets me in and out of the city to my favorite destinations!
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Member ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Dec 11, 2013
+ Cheaper fare than other airport in L.A. area.
+ Lots of flight, if yo goes to Asia this would idea airport.
+ Some building style in outside the airport.
+ Mostly clean.
- Mess to park just about anytime of the day.
- Most of the restaurant are franchise no local restaurant.
- No help-disk in sight only airline provided one, they need one for this size of airport.
- Very Expensive parking especially for daily cost $30.
- Interior are very plain no style.
- Don't expect to get much stuff from duty free here no good gift shop.
- TSA has no clue how to organize the line, almost miss my fligth despite 1 1/2 hour got to the terminal for a domestic flight in non holiday season
- Traffic is horrible almost every hour in this area.
If you don't mind spend little more and burbank airport is available for you flight use that instead, far less traffics and would save you lots of time.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Dec 10, 2013
As a current resident of Los Angeles, LAX is my home airport. Whether I'm traveling for business or leisure, I usually fly out of LAX so I know it pretty well.
In terms of where to park, I learned that you don't park long term at LAX parking lots. They have more expensive rates and often involve boarding a dirty bus. For the best deal, I suggest making parking reservations online prior to going to the airport using cheapairportparking[dot]org. Rates are as low as $6/day.
The worst part about the airport is that it's so big and there isn't a people mover (DFW) connecting the terminals, just a bus accessible outside the terminal. If you change airlines, you have to exit and re-enter security again at your next airline terminal. Keep this in mind when making your itinerary.
Food options at the airport are not that great either. Plan accordingly if you'd like a good meal while waiting for your flight.
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- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jun 14, 2013
LAX is a huge airport. I haven’t had any terrible experiences here, but things seem to generally take longer here than at other airports. A couple of days after Christmas (when you think there would be a lot of people flying), there was no security open at my terminal, so I had to walk to the next terminal, go through security, and then walk a long way to my gate. Things at the international terminal are a little better, with friendlier people and a little more efficiency. At least there’s always some basic food places open, even at 5AM.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Member ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Apr 28, 2013
LAX - most likely you hate this place, but on the other hand there is a painless way to go about it when flying out. I'm not the most frequent flyer, but I fly at least 10 times a year and have missed my fair share of flights.
-=-Getting here-=- most of the time it's all about someone dropping you off, but if you are Mr. Independent like me, then make your way to Union Station and take the FlyAway Bus. At most it takes an hour get from Union Station to LAX.
-=-How early do I show up to LAX?-=- At this point, the streamlined traveler will have already checked in from home, printed out their boarding pass, and are traveling with only carry-on baggage (Note - I've used cellphone QR code Check-in, but that damn thing wouldn't scan at the security gate, so be warned for cellphone check-ins). This eliminates the lengthy lines of checking in at Ticketing. Pretty much just head straight to your Terminal and Gate. Using this method, I am usually at my airline gate within 30 minutes or less. Beware though that popular airline terminals like International, Southwest, and JetBlue usually have longer lines at security as long as 40 minutes to 1 hour.
-=-Damn, I already went through security, but through the wrong terminal. Do I have to wait in line again?-=- Don't fret since the terminals (pass security) are actually connected underground. Simply look for signs that point you to the next Terminal over. It's a long long walk, but anything is better than going through security again. Why yes, this has happened to me.
-=-So you already missed your flight, what now?-=- Time to make your trek your way to Ticketing and beg for forgiveness and put you on another flight. I've been lucky before and didn't have to pay a change fee for Alaska (typically $25 ). Missing a Southwest flight is pretty painless since they'll put you on the next flight for StandBy without charge. Delta was my priciest experience at $75 for change fee. Just avoid it all together and be like me: chill at the bar for a good hour cushion that you gave yourself. It's expensive beer at average $10-15/glass, but you meet some very interesting people often.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 5Apr 08, 2013
not the best airport in the world but, for its size, its surprisingly easy to navigate, my only complaint is that last time i was there, there was no free Wifi (might have changed sense then) and the gift shops were not very good at all
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Mar 30, 2013
How do you get hoards of people efficiently in and out of an airport? Busy as it is, you'd think LAX would spend some more time working on that issue. Things inside aren't all that organized and once you do get into the terminals, there isn't that much to see. Granted, they are working on that last issue, bringing in more stores and restaurants so that the terminal itself can be a destination along your route.
The cell phone waiting area they have is poorly labeled and hard to find - I doubt very many people use it. If they had a better system of allowing people to wait in a easy-to-find cell phone waiting lot, they wouldn't have to have all those traffic enforcers shining their flashlights at cars loitering at the pickup curbs. Instead I've found random side streets that are quiet, yet allow straightforward access to LAX for picking up someone.
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