Considering how much I fly (8 different airports in October alone), I’m constantly looking for shortcuts to cut back on travel time—especially at LAX. It is, in my opinion, among the worst airports in America, and I get major anxiety when I fly through. Thankfully, PS LAX exists — and I’ll tell you why the secret VIP terminal at LAX is one of the best options when flying through the airport.
First, Los Angeles International Airport has been undergoing a massive facelift to become part of the 21st century (including a $1.6-billion new terminal). With all the construction and delays, it still takes a good 20-30 minutes to get in and out of the airport. Pick up/drop off points are congested, new rideshare rules make Uber and Lyft rides can tend to be agonizing, and once you’re inside the airport, security lines take up to 30 minutes (even with TSA Pre-check and Clear). LAX was such a ridiculous airport, that it really did have an impact on me moving back to NYC.
In any case, at LAX, I was able to avoid the madness of the airport stress and congestion with PS (formerly The Private Suite). I experienced it when I was living in Los Angeles, and it genuinely blew my mind. There’s really no other way to travel through LAX.
Again, I was literally transported directly to and from the aircraft when arriving/departing LAX. Even when I flew into LAX, The Private Suite greeter/staff was literally at the stairs that is immediately to your left, escorted me down into the BMW, and I was driven to the suite while they collected my luggage. Let’s review how freaking amazing this experience is if you book PS LAX:
-When I approached LAX, I was dropped off at a private terminal that’s nowhere near the departures check in, meaning I avoided all that traffic going to the airport.
-Dedicated staff checked me in (including my luggage) and got me cleared to fly while I waited comfortably in a private suite. I didn’t interact with any Delta agents.
-The PS LAX private suite had floor-to-ceiling windows of the runway (you can watch planes take off), sofa, TV, WIFI, a full bar, a full snack/beverage station with premium snacks (if you want to order food they also have a menu for that), private bathroom with Kiehl’s amenities, basically a medicine cabinet with everything you can imagine (from over the counter drugs to toothpaste), chargers, amenities for your flight and more. This was SO much better than waiting at the gate of an airline’s VIP lounge for your flight.
-I cleared security in a private TSA area where there were NO OTHER PASSENGERS.
-20 minutes before boarding, my staff drove me in a private BMW across the tarmac, directly to the plane. I boarded the plane through the back steps, and I was the first on the flight, before they had begun boarding at the gate.
On average, it takes about 2,000 steps from the car seat to the plane seat at LAX but with members of PS, it’s just 70 steps. The cost of this service is $3,500 for domestic flights, which covers up to three passengers, and $4,000 for international flights, also covering up to three passengers.
You can sign up for an annual membership and pay about $1,000 lower rates. If you travel often, you will experience immense joy and relief you’ve never felt at LAX using PS LAX.
PS is very exclusive, and I know it’s going to be huge considering the level of luxury, service and privilege passengers will receive at LAX (LA is brimming with celebrities it would appeal to).
To have this type of service is almost unheard of (it’s not easy getting these kinds of permits at airports), but it’s officially a reality at LAX. I never thought I’d say it, but I can’t wait to fly through LAX again (if it’s through PS LAX, of course).
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