Los Angeles International Airport is considered one of the worst airports in the United States, and the ongoing construction that began in 2015 (impacting traffic and flight delays, terminal changes and closed-off areas) makes it more stressful to fly through.
But there's a way to get through the airport hassle free.
PS, formerly named The Private Suite, a private terminal reserved for celebrities, VIPs and heads of state, now offers their services for anyone flying through LAX. When booking PS, passengers literally do not step foot in the airport, even if they're flying commercial airlines like Delta, American or JetBlue.
Sound too good to be true?
It will cost you.
If you're not a member of PS ($4,500 annual fee), passengers pay $3,500 per use one-way for up to three people. If you're traveling with two other friends, that's a little less than $1,200 a person.
For that premium, when arriving at the airport, travelers are dropped off at PS' private terminal, avoiding the LAX crowds, lines and security checkpoints, where they then lounge in one of 13 private suites as they wait for their flight.
The suites are equipped with sofas, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, gourmet snacks, premium liquors and food, all inclusive of the price.
The passengers also have a private team of eight staff who, behind the scenes, check them in for their flight (also handling luggage), then retrieve them when they're ready to board. Travelers never once deal directly with the airline check-in or gate agents.
Passengers go through a private, TSA security checkpoint in the terminal and are picked up in a BMW 7 Series and driven across the tarmac to their plane, boarding before everyone else.
These services happen upon landing at LAX too. The PS staff pick the passengers up from the jet bridge, escort them down stairs and into the BMW, and drive them across the tarmac directly to PS, which has a separate entrance from LAX, so you don't get caught in that congested airport pickup/drop-off area.
Members who pay the $4,500 annual fee get use of PS with a preferred rate of $2,700 one-way/domestic and can have up to three companions for no additional charge.
It can be something nice to do for your honeymoon, for example (it can even be listed on a "honeyfund"). If you can't or won't pay the $3,500 fee, there are two other ways to access PS, but they're still not cheap.
United Airlines recently announced a partnership with PS, and passengers will have access in certain business-class fares. United has negotiated a highly preferential rate for use of the exclusive service. The PS experience will initially be available through select corporate travel booking desks and travel agents, and later available for purchase on united.com or through the United app as part of a premium-cabin ticket fare.
Hotels are also partnering with PS.
Guests of Montage Beverly Hills will receive an initial year of complimentary program membership, in addition to a $1,350 rate for the first flight using the PS service. Rooms at Montage Beverly Hills start at $650/night.
And those booking a two- or three-bedroom beachfront villa at Four Seasons Bora Bora on stays of seven nights or longer receive complimentary round-trip use of PS. The two-bedroom beachfront villa averages $7,000 a night.
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