Finally! A pay-per-visit lounge at LAX

Airport club rooms aren’t just for frequent fliers with expense accounts anymore. At least not at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Starting Thursday, Dec 4, 2008, travelers 21years old and older in search of a relaxing, somewhat upscale place to hang out before or between flights can now pay $25 and spend up to three hours hanging out in the new reLAX Lounge at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

The lounge is the airport’s first pay-to-use lounge and offers a nice view of airfield activity, complimentary snacks and beverages (coffee, tea, soft drinks), as well as food and alcoholic beverages for purchase. Business services such as wireless Internet access, faxing photocopying and printing are also offered.

Even better: the lounge is located on the mezzanine level of the terminal – BEFORE the security checkpoint. That means even folks stuck at other terminals will be able to make use of this lounge.

Here’s another idea for a relaxing way to spend $25 at LAX: Head on over to the intergalactic-themed Encounter Restaurant at the top of the landmark Theme Building. (You can walk there from pretty much any terminal.) The restaurant offer great views, a cocktail lounge, and serves both lunch and dinner. $25 should get you a drink (or two) and a few appetizers.