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For those of you that travel thru LAX (Los Angeles)

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For those of you that travel thru LAX (Los Angeles)

We live in Central IL so going to Los Angeles takes us abut 6 hours including one stop.

How long does it take you to get to LAX and do y spend the night in LA or you just connect all the flights until you get to Bora Bora?

What about in the way back?

Is it too much to travel 6 hours to go to Lax and wait a few hours in the airport until the next flight to Bora Bora? Or is it better just to go the day before and also spend the night in LA in the way back?

In the past, the longest trip we took took us only 12 hours total and that was manageable.

Thank you.

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1. Re: For those of you that travel thru LAX (Los Angeles)

It depends on you. You need at least three hours between when you land in LAX and when your flight to PPT departs. It's 8-8.5 hours from LAX to PPT. Then, you need at least two hours between when you land and when your flight to BOB departs. Depending on when you land in PPT, you may have to spend the night on Tahiti--if you land later in the evening, you'll be spending the night.

We've discovered that we're really wiped out by the redeye flights now. We flew from OAK to LAX (which is just a one hour flight), waited at LAX for 4.5 hours, took the flight to PPT (8.5 hours), and then had about a two hour layover in PPT until our flight to Moorea left (which is all of ten minutes). We were exhausted, but ten years ago we did that without blinking. It's just something we've had to accept--we need to break up our trips. Some people do--some people don't.

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2. Re: For those of you that travel thru LAX (Los Angeles)

Fly to LAX the day before flying to Tahiti. Why be wiped out the first several days on your vacation. Coming home depends on how soon you need to resume your normal life at home.

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3. Re: For those of you that travel thru LAX (Los Angeles)

We just did what you ask about from Tennessee. We overnighted each way in LAX and it really helped.

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4. Re: For those of you that travel thru LAX (Los Angeles)

If you have Priority Lounge Pass, the lounge in the LAX-Tom.Bradley Terminal is very comfortable to wait out your connection to PPT. Try to booked nonstop flights to LAX And an afternoon flight LAX-PPT which gets in Tahiti around 8-10pm. Stay at the IC for a nite or 2 then off to BoraBora. On the way back take a am. Flight out of PPT and spend a nite at the Mariott LAX then fly the next day on a nonstop home. We've done it this way from montreal..Nonstop only & day flights to and from PPT is the key.

Good luck

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5. Re: For those of you that travel thru LAX (Los Angeles)

Sadly, the Priority Pass lounge at LAX Tom Bradley terminal (called the ReLAX Lounge) has closed.

Another option to overnighting at LAX is to fly Hawaiian Airlines through Honolulu (once a week flights) and do a stopover in Waikiki.

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6. Re: For those of you that travel thru LAX (Los Angeles)

We take a lot of bags, including snorkel gear. I find it more tiring to haul those on and off car rental and hotel shuttles than going straight thru. LAX shuttle drivers do not help, unlike those at some other airports.

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7. Re: For those of you that travel thru LAX (Los Angeles)

We stayed at the Embassy Suites North coming and going. Our shuttle driver were most accommodating and helped us. It was greatly appreciated.

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8. Re: For those of you that travel thru LAX (Los Angeles)

Barbi

I meant to say the KAL Lounge, which welcomes Priority Pass members...we were there a few weeks ago. It is beautiful by any standard, food drinks, comfortable seating.

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9. Re: For those of you that travel thru LAX (Los Angeles)

Our flight isn't until 11:59pm. We are flying into LAX at 9:30am. I am going to rent a car, visit a couple of Malibu wineries and be back at LAX by no later than 8pm. Hang out there for a few hours and head to Bora Bora.

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10. Re: For those of you that travel thru LAX (Los Angeles)

Thank you so much. This was helpful.

We decided to stay 2 nights in LA (by lax) as we have never been in LA. In the way back we will arrive on a Friday and we are spending a nigh, just because the tickets to return from LAX to home on Saturday were cheaper, enough to pay the hotel night and a nice dinner in LA. and we still had Sunday to rest before returning to work.