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Buy your ticket during the Goldilocks Window

We maintain that there’s no such thing as the cheapest days of the week to buy airline tickets, but we firmly believe in the Goldilocks Window. That’s the period when airfare tends to be cheapest—roughly 1-3 months before a domestic flight and 2-8 months before an international flight. Keeping your travel plans flexible in this window helps ensure you’ll get a sweeter deal.

But if your travel plans are set in stone, or your trip will be during the peak tourist season, then we strongly suggest you start looking at fares even further in advance. Planning a getaway over the December holidays, for instance? Begin your airfare search in July.

And, while people seem to talk a lot about last-minute deals, they’re actually not as common as you’d think. On the contrary, airfare typically jumps at the 21-day, 14-day, and 7-day points, so try to book your flights before then.

Make the Greek Islands Trick work for you

Maybe you have your heart set on a vacation spot, and you’ve been diligently tracking airfare in the hopes that the price will drop—but it’s not budging. Before you give up on your travel dreams, give the Greek Islands Trick a go. Say, for instance, flying from LAX to Santorini is stuck at $1,500, but you found a roundtrip flight from LA to London for $520. Even when you book a roundtrip London-to-Santorini ticket for less than $200, you’re still saving a bundle.

The idea is to get as close to where you want to go as cheaply as you can—in this case, Los Angeles to Europe—and then book a separate ticket (which could be by low-cost airline, train, or even boat) to get the rest of the way. Yes, this method requires a little more logistical planning on your part. And? The savings can be enormous.

Consider nearby (and faraway) airports

If you live in Los Angeles, you probably already look beyond LAX when you’re making travel plans. But along with looking at fares from other LA-area airports (like Burbank or Orange County), you might also consider looking at fares from airports further afield—even some that are downright far away.

With so many airlines juggling so many flights every day, there are occasionally gigantic price drops on flights from airports all over the place. If you’re looking at great deals in general, rather than just those from LA-area airports, something like a $63 roundtrip flight from Atlanta to Chile might catch your eye. Sure, you’ll need to book a separate flight from LAX to Atlanta, which are sometimes under $200, but you’re still saving hundreds over getting a ticket from Los Angeles directly to Chile.

Plan trips when airfare is cheaper

Anyone who’s able to be flexible with their travel plans knows that’s a great way to travel for less. Traveling during a destination’s shoulder seasons, usually spring and fall, makes for an excellent balance of lower prices than peak season and better weather than low season. And, if bad weather isn’t a concern, traveling during the low season means even lower prices.

But not everyone has the luxury of flexibility. Summer is popular for many reasons, not least the warm weather and school break schedule. High demand for flights means higher ticket prices, so if your flexibility is limited, at least try to schedule flights for the days when it’s cheaper to fly (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays) and avoid the days when it tends to be more expensive to fly (Fridays and Sundays).

Set up email fare alerts

Keeping track of constantly changing ticket prices is a time-consuming project, so we recommend automating some of it. Sign up for fare alerts for any itinerary you’re looking at, and you’ll get an email when the price changes by a certain amount or drops into your target range. By doing this several months before your planned trip, you’ll be able to watch as prices fluctuate and have more confidence in booking a great deal when you see one. Remember that if you’re looking at multiple itinerary options or keeping your travel plans flexible, you’ll have to set up a separate fare alert for each one.

Los Angeles International Airport is a major hub airport for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines; the operating base for Allegiant Air and Southwest Airlines; and a focus city for JetBlue (among more than 70 airlines serving the airport). There’s an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to destinations all over the world from LAX, including 91 international airports in 46 countries, so chances are very good that you’ll be able to get where you’re going with one connection.

Frequently asked questions about flying from Los Angeles (LAX)

What is the airport code for Los Angeles International Airport?

The airport code for Los Angeles International Airport is LAX.

Does Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) have its own on-site hotel?

There is not a hotel inside or directly connected to LAX, but there are dozens of hotels nearby, most of which have convenient shuttles to and from the airport.

What lounges are available at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)?

There are airline lounges aplenty at LAX, in nearly every terminal. Terminals 1 and 8 don’t have any at all, though, and since Terminal 2 is essentially considered part of Terminal 3, it doesn’t have its own separate listings.

Terminal 3

  • Delta Sky Club: Level 4; open 4:15am-12:30am; assorted food and drinks, shower facility, free WiFi. Access is free for Sky Club members, Delta’s and Air France’s first-class or business-class ticketholders, SkyMiles Reserve cardholders, and AmEx Platinum cardholders with a Delta boarding pass.

Terminal 4

  • American Airlines Flagship Lounge: Near gate 40, Level 3; open 4:30am-1am; menus created by award-winning chefs, specialty cocktails, premium wines, shower suites, free WiFi. Access is free for Flagship first and business passengers on specific routes, some AAdvantage and Mileage Plan members flying specific routes, some ConciergeKey members flying specific routes, and some oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members. Day passes are available for $150.

  • American Admirals Club: Near gate 40, Level 3; open 4:30am-1am; assorted food and drinks, shower facility, free WiFi. Access is free for Admirals Club members, American Airlines travelers flying first or business class, Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard cardholders with an AA boarding pass, ConciergeKey members with an AA boarding pass, and AirPass members with Admirals Club privileges. Day passes are available for $59.

Terminal 5

  • American Admirals Club: Near gate 53B, Level 3; open 4:30am-1am; assorted food and drinks, shower facility, free WiFi. See Admirals Club listing above for access information.

Terminal 6

  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge: Near gate 65, Level 4; open 4:15am-10:00pm; assorted snacks and beverages, free WiFi. Access is free for Maple Leaf Club members, Air Canada Signature and Business Class passengers, Premium Rouge passengers, some Air Canada status levels (Altitude Super Elite, Aeroplan 75K, Aeroplan 50K), Star Alliance Gold members, Aeroplan business and Corporate credit cardholders, and Aeroplan Black card members. Day passes for Air Canada travelers are available for $25-50.

  • Alaska Airlines Lounge: Near gate 64B, Level 3; open 5am-11pm; rotating menu of fresh foods, assorted beverages, free WiFi. Access is free for Alaska Lounge members, Club 49 members flying Alaska first class to/from Alaska, and Alaska first class passengers on flights of at least 2,100 miles. Day passes are available for $60.

Terminal 7

  • United Club: Near gate 71A, Level 3; open 4:30am-12:15am; assorted light snacks, full-service bar, free WiFi. Access is free for United Club members, travelers flying first or business class on United or its Star Alliance partners, United Club Infinite cardholders, and some elite status United or Star Alliance frequent flyers. Day Passes are also available for $59.

  • United Polaris Lounge: Near gate 73, Level 3; open 6:30am-10:30pm; full buffet, full-service bar, shower facility, free WiFi. Access is free for United Polaris business class passengers on long-haul international flights and Star Alliance first and business class passengers on long-haul international flights.

Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)/Terminal B

  • American Express Centurion Lounge: Near great hall, Level 4; open 6am-10pm; premium food and beverages, spa services, workspaces, free WiFi. Access is free for Centurion members, AmEx global Platinum cardholders, and Delta SkyMiles Reserve cardholders.

  • Emirates Lounge: Level 6; open 11:35am-3:35pm in winter, 12:40pm-4:40pm in summer; premium food and beverages, free WiFi. Access is free for Emirates first and business class passengers and Emirates Skywards Platinum or Gold members. Day passes are available starting at $125.

  • Korean Air/SkyTeam Lounge: Level 5; open 7am-3pm and 7pm-11pm Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun; 11am-3pm and 7pm-11pm Tue and Thu; assorted food and beverage options, shower facility, free WiFi. Access is free for international first and business-class passengers as well as SkyTeam Elite Plus Frequent Flyers on international flights on SkyTeam partner airlines (Air France, China Airlines, China Eastern, Delta, ITA Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Saudia, and XiamenAir).

  • Qantas International First Lounge: Level 5; open 6:30am until last Qantas flight departure; Australian-inspired menu and wine selection, shower facility, free WiFi. Access is free for Qantas International First passengers, as well as Platinum One Qantas frequent flyers and Platinum Qantas Frequent Flyers flying on Qantas, Emirates, Jetstar, or a oneworld Alliance partner.

  • Star Alliance Lounge (Business Class): Level 6; open 8:30am-1am Mon-Sat, 9am-1am Sun; assorted food and beverages, shower facility, free WiFi. Access is free for international first and business-class passengers on a Star Alliance member airline.

  • Star Alliance Lounge (First Class): Level 6; open 8:30am-1am Mon-Sat, 9am-1am Sun; assorted food and beverages, private rooms, shower facility, free WiFi. Access is free for international first-class passengers on a Star Alliance member airline.

Regional Terminal

  • American Admirals Club: Near gate 52D, Level 2; open 6:15am-9pm; assorted food and drinks, free WiFi. See Admirals Club listing above for access information.

Does Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) have facilities for those traveling with pets?

Service animals must be kept on a leash, and non-service animals in a kennel (except when using one of the pet relief areas). LAX has 12 pet relief areas throughout the airport, both inside and outside security.

Pet relief areas:

  • Terminal 1: Outside security: Outside baggage claim Inside security: Near gate 13

  • Terminal 3: Inside security: Near gate 21 Inside security: Near gate 33

  • Terminal 4: Inside security: Near TBIT bridge

  • Terminal 5: Outside security: Outside baggage claim Inside security: Near gate 50B

  • Terminal 6: Inside security: Near gate 62

  • Terminal 7: Outside security: Outside baggage claim Inside security: Near gate 71A

  • TBIT/Terminal B: Inside security: Near Great Hall Inside security: Near gate 205

How many terminals are there in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)?

Los Angeles International Airport technically has nine terminals (although Terminal 2 is officially considered part of the “Terminal 3 complex”) with a combined total of 146 gates between them. Terminals 1-8 are numbered, and the ninth terminal is the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), also known as Terminal B.

There’s also a satellite building from the TBIT with additional gates, known as the West Gates at Tom Bradley International. In addition, there’s a very small Regional Terminal that’s unconnected to any of the other airport buildings.

The Terminal 3 Complex is connected to Terminal B and the West Gates via an inter-terminal shuttle, and Terminals 4-5 are connected to the Regional Terminal via a separate shuttle. There are also walkways (both above- and underground) linking Terminals 4-8 and Terminal B.

Note that a massive, ongoing construction project means some parts of certain terminals are temporarily closed, and things listed here may change without notice. You can check on construction updates here, including details for each individual terminal.

  • Terminal 1: Some international passengers departing from Terminal B must check in in Terminal 1. Dining and shopping options include Reilly’s Irish Pub, Urth Caffe & Bar, Rock & Brews Concert Bar & Grill, Kiehl’s, and fast food.

  • Terminal 2 and Terminal 3: All gates that were formerly in Terminal 2 are now accessed via the check-in and security areas in Terminal 3. There’s a Duty Free shop as well as Spanx and Gameway, and food options include Alfred, BUILT Custom Burgers, Slapfish, and Sealegs. There is a Delta Sky Club on Level 4 between the two terminals.

  • Terminal 4: All gates in Terminal 4 are served by American Airlines, and American Airlines passengers departing from Terminal 5 or Terminal B may also need to check in at Terminal 4. Dining options include La Provence Patisserie and Cafe, Campanile, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, and Homeboy Cafe, and there’s a Duty Free shop as well. American Airlines has an Admirals Club and one of their premium Flagship Lounges in Terminal 4.

  • Terminal 5: Some American Airlines flights depart from Terminal 5, but it’s primarily home to JetBlue and Spirit. There are several local souvenir shops here, as well as a Duty Free and an FAO Schwarz. Food options include Monsieur Marcel, Donburi Bistro, and Lemonade. There is also an American Admirals Club in Terminal 5.

  • Terminal 6: There is another Duty Free shop in Terminal 6 along with several souvenir shops. Dining options include Point the Way Cafe, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Earthbar, and Blu2O Bar. Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounge and an Alaska Airlines Lounge are both in Terminal 6, as is a Gameway gaming lounge.

  • Terminal 7: All of the gates in Terminal 7 are served by United Airlines or United Express. Food options include Rolling Stone Bar & Grill, Ashland Hill, B Grill by BOA Steakhouse, and Loteria. There’s a Duty Free shop here, as well as Pier 7 and a Book Soup bookstore. United has a Polaris Lounge in Terminal 7 in addition to a United Club.

  • Terminal 8: Terminal 8’s gates are also entirely dedicated to United Airlines or United Express. There’s a Stella Bar and Engine Co. No. 28 along with a couple of fast food spots.

  • Terminal B (Tom Bradley International Terminal) and West Gates: This is LAX’s biggest terminal and the primary international terminal. Dining and shopping options are extremely plentiful throughout Terminal B, with multiple Duty Free shops, luxury boutiques, airport staple shops, and a huge variety of local, fast food, and chain restaurants. The lounges in Terminal B are operated by American Express Centurion, Emirates, Korean Air/SkyTeam, oneworld Alliance, Qantas, and Star Alliance.

Does LAX have CLEAR?

CLEAR at LAX is available in Terminals 1, 3, 5, 6, and 7. The enrollment kiosks are located in Terminal 5 near security.

Does LAX have TSA PreCheck?

There are TSA PreCheck lanes at each of LAX’s security checkpoints. The enrollment center is located in Terminal 1 near baggage claim.

Does LAX have Global Entry?

Global Entry is available for international arrivals at LAX in Terminal B, also known as Tom Bradley International Terminal. The enrollment office is near the airport on La Cienega Blvd. and is open Monday-Friday from 7:30am-9:30pm.

How early should I arrive to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) before my flight?

Generally speaking, travelers on domestic flights are told to arrive at an airport two hours before departure. For international flights, it’s three hours. But, depending on the airport and your specific travel plan, you may not need to get there that early—or, in the case of an airport as gigantic as LAX, you may need to give yourself even more time. Here are a few things to consider:

  • How big is the airport? LAX is massive. There are nine terminals, most of which have their own check-in and security areas, but not all of them are interconnected by walkways or shuttles. To make things more confusing, there are ongoing construction projects in several terminals that may make getting from point to point less straightforward than it would otherwise be.

  • Where is your gate? The distance from each security checkpoint to the gates varies, and in some cases, the terminal where you check in and go through security isn’t the same one you’ll fly out of, which means a longer distance to your gate. It may take 10 or more minutes to walk to the furthest gates, and if you need to take a shuttle between terminals, that may be another 20 minutes or more.

  • Do you need to check in or check a bag? Airlines have cutoff times before departure times, after which passengers can no longer check in (about 30-60 minutes before a flight) or check luggage (about 45-60 minutes before a flight). Checking in at home can save time, but if you need to check in at the airport for some reason—or if you need to check a bag—be sure to give yourself plenty of extra time.

  • How busy is the airport? Not only is LAX huge, but it’s also among the busiest airports in the country. The airport’s website doesn’t post real-time security wait times, but the standard lines usually take at least 20 minutes. If your flight is around a holiday, during the peak summer season, or on one of the busier days to travel, the time needed to get through security and to your gate will be even greater.

At the very least, it’s a good idea to get to LAX at least two hours before a flight—and if it's peak travel time, particularly during construction, you may want to give yourself at least three hours before even a domestic flight.

How far is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from downtown Los Angeles?

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about 18 miles from downtown LA via the most direct route.

What are the different transportation options for going from the city center to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)?

There are a number of options for getting from Los Angeles to LAX.

  • By taxi or rideshare: It may be less than 20 miles to drive from LA to LAX, but the drive can take an hour or more, depending on traffic and what part of the greater metro area you’re coming from. There’s a flat taxi rate of $51.15 from downtown plus an airport surcharge. A rideshare cost for the trip may be anywhere from $36 to $80, depending on demand and traffic.

  • By public transportation: Los Angeles isn’t known for its public transit, but there is a FlyAway bus that connects Union Station downtown with LAX’s Aviation Station. A one-way trip is $9.75. There’s also Metro’s Green C Line, which links Norwalk with Redondo Beach, stopping at LAX’s Aviation Station along the way. A regular Metro Rail fare is $1.75.

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