Arriving Terminal 2 LAX on West Jet

By kamere | Jan 10, 2018, 01:23 PM
We arrive LAX Terminal 2 on WestJet from Calgary enroute to QF16 next month. I am Qantas Gold. My question is, are we able to visit the Qantas Business Lounge for a bite to eat and maybe use the showers before we then exit TBIT and take a shuttle in to see some sights before we come back to the airport for our flight later that night? Does anyone see any problems exiting the terminal then re-entering and using the lounge again? Thanks
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By twkgill | Jan 10, 2018, 04:13 PM
The lounge is Airside in TBIT meaning you need to clear immigration in T2, transfer Via Shuttle from T2 to TBIT, then Check in to QF16, go through immigration first. There is only airside transfer from T4 to TBIT.

To leave TBIT, you'd need to clear immigration (with the huge lines) back into USA again. I've never tried this but i doubt USA Immigration will let you do that.
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By kimshep | Jan 10, 2018, 07:39 PM

Upon check-in in Calgary (YYC) you are required to clear US Customs / Immigration at the YYC pre-clearance point, so it should not be necessary to present at Customs / Immi upon arrival in LAX. You are arriving at Terminal 2 in LAX as a 'pre-cleared' passenger.

I am not sure whether WestJet provides an 'in transit' (ie: inside security over the tarmac, via small bus or not) to TBIT, but it would be worth asking. If not, you will exit Terminal 2 normally and be outside security.

It is about a 7-8 minute walk to TBIT and to access the QF Lounge would require you to have your boarding pass(es).

However, on your return to TBIT (whether it be for an outside terminal 'smoke break' or a half day out in greater Los Angeles), you'll need to re-clear security with your boarding pass. Personally, I'd allow a minimum of 20-25 minutes to clear at that time of the evening. The lines can get quite congested.

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By whoppersandwich | Jan 10, 2018, 11:45 PM


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By pab2025 | Jan 11, 2018, 01:19 AM
Once you have cleared customs coming from Canada into the US (whether that be in Canada or the US), you will be free to do what you like. There is no exit immigration departing the US, so once you enter from Canada, you can go in and out of security as many times as you like, as long as you have a valid boarding pass.
So, in short, your answer is yes. You will be able to visit the lounge, then exit, and come back in closer to the departure time, and go back to the lounge should you wish.
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By dimi | Jan 11, 2018, 01:59 PM

The lounge is Airside in TBIT meaning you need to clear immigration in T2, transfer Via Shuttle from T2 to TBIT, then Check in to QF16, go through immigration first. There is only airside transfer from T4 to TBIT.

To leave TBIT, you'd need to clear immigration (with the huge lines) back into USA again. I've never tried this but i doubt USA Immigration will let you do that.


That is completely incorrect.

For flights from Canada, US immigration is located on the Canadian side. Flights arrive to domestic terminals in the US.

For flights out of the US there is no Immigration control on departure.

Therefore you will easily be able to go from Terminal 2 to TBIT without leaving the secure zone after arrival to the US.

Last edited by dimi at Jan 11, 2018, 02.53 PM.
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By kamere | Jan 13, 2018, 11:29 AM
Thanks everyone, so from what I have read above, pre-clearance is in Calgary so once we arrive terminal 2 in LAX, we will exit like everyone else (w/o luggage) and walk or shuttle up to TBIT with our boarding passes. We'll go thru security and make our way up to the lounge. We could then exit the terminal if we wish? and go thru security again later that evening for QF16. Ok we are going to give it go.
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By aggie57 | Jan 14, 2018, 04:11 PM
But the real question is why bother? You can grab a meal very cheaply wherever you want, avoid double whammy on the TSA queues, and still Gran a shower on the way to your flight. Soooo much better use of your time.
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