LAX Opens a Private Luxury Terminal That’s Only for the Rich and Famous


VIP travelers passing through Los Angeles International Airport will no longer have to deal with the rest of us.

The Private Suite is an exclusive new terminal that opened at LAX on May 15. Travelers who pass through will have their own dedicated TSA security line, luxurious suites in which to wait for their flights and direct-to-tarmac transportation in a BMW 7-Series sedan.

Celebrity frequent fliers will also avoid paparazzi by entering via a gated entrance on the opposite side of the airport from the public’s access point.

The service is the first of its kind in the U.S., although similar VIP terminals exist at London Heathrow, Munich and Dubai airports.

More than 1,200 memberships have been sold to date, a spokesperson from the Private Suite told Fortune.

When travelers arrive at The Private Suite, they are assigned a staff of eight and escorted to their own personal rooms. There, they will find their own bathroom, food pantry, two-person daybed and direct views of the airport runways.

Their staff will walk clients through every step of the airport, from the minute they get on the ground until they board the plane. The eight-person team includes two people who cater to the client while they are in their suite, one person to walk them through security and one person who is never seen, but who deals with all the luggage.

According to The Private Suite, clients will only have to take 70 steps from the time they get out of their car until the time they board their plane. For the rest of us, that number is about 2,200.

But luxury travel does not come cheap. The cost is $3,500 for domestic flights and $4,000 for international. The price covers three passengers, so VIPs can travel with a small entourage.

Membership to the program costs $7,500 per year — although it’s possible to sign up for a trial period.

Members get extra bonuses like complimentary pre-flight massages and hair/make-up services in their suites.

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