• Nick Burgess

The Private Suite at LAX Explained

Updated: Apr 5

PS LAX - The Only Way To Fly

Imagine for a moment that you live in Los Angeles, and you've just booked a trip to Asia for the trip of a lifetime. Say you want to recreate the end of "Crazy Rich Asians" and party on top of the boat hotel in Singapore.


You pack your bag, drive to the airport, park, go through check-in, suffer through security, grab all your stuff in a mad dash and find a cold metal bench to put your shoes and belt back on. You rush to the Starbucks for an ill-advised Mocha Frapp before looking for a book or a couple of magazines and some motion sickness medication to be able to stomach the 17+ hour flight stuck in Economy. You get to the gate physically worn out, caffeinated and you left your headphones in the security bucket because you were too distracted by that lady next to you hacking up a lung. Your zone is called and you stand in the cattle call line to board the plane, where you fold yourself into a seat and wait for your microwaved food. Sounds...fun?

What if I told you there was another way to do it? A way so exclusive, the world's most expensive and secret credit card included this as a membership perk. Welcome to the Private Suites at LAX.

What Are The Private Suites at LAX?

The Private Suites at LAX are a series of solitary bungalows that allow a wealthy traveler to relax and unwind before their flight. The PS (what the insiders call it) is, in a word: unfair. The fact that this exists and you'll likely never get to use it is borderline torturous. But let's pretend that you have the means. You struck oil, or got the big inheritance and now you're looking to splash the cash. Let's walk you through what you get, and how to get it.


Arrival at The Private Suites

The PS at LAX is, well, only at LAX. Which means you have to either live in Los Angeles, or fly through LAX enough to justify the cost, so you're probably a celebrity or someone with a West Coast home. When you get to LAX, you don't park in the econo-lot. Oh no. You drive right up to the PS entrance and announce yourself with aplomb. And by "aplomb," I mean present them your membership. You can gain a membership by either purchasing one for $4,500 per year, or having the American Express Centurion Card, which I've covered in a previous edition of Millionaire Lifestyle.

arrival at The Private Suites at LAX

Related: The American Express Black Card


Once you arrive at the entrance, you're greeted by a receptionist who will then collect your fee. Oh yes. You owe more money. Because each time you use this beauty, it's an extra $3,150, and that covers up to 4 people in a traveling party. So you chuck your Amex Black in the reader and you are then escorted to your own room. Well, suite.

Private Suite Accommodations

Here it is. Here's what you're paying the big bucks for.

living area of the private suites at lax
Courtesy of Benji Stawski of The Points Guy

Designed by celebrity interior designer Cliff Fong, the suite is a masterpiece of solitude. You're a fair distance from the airport itself, but the rooms are sound dampened anyway to give you the peace and quiet needed prior to your flight with the riff-raff. Some of the suites even come with a patio if you want to get some time in the sun before stuffing yourself into a tin can and flying across the Pacific.

And no Starbucks here! Top drawer amenities abound in the suite, which comes with its own stocked minibar and pantry, all included in the hefty price tag. Want a drink prior to the flight? No longer will you have to drag yourself to a Margaritaville Express, listening to Jimmy Buffett wail in your ear while you sip an $18 strawberry "daiquiri." Beer? Wine? Knob Creek if you're a psychopath? They have it all

minibar and pantry at the private suite in lax
Courtesy of Benji Stawksi of The Points Guy

.So let's say you downed all of the Knob Creek shooters and now you're feeling like the girl from The Exorcist. They've thought of that too. Wander into the five-star bathroom and there's enough medication in there to make Keith Richards jealous. The cherry on top? You can book a massage therapist to work out those final knots prior to your departure so you can get all knotted up again in your lie-flat first class cabin suite (more on that in a later edition of Millionaire Lifestyle).


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When It's Time to Leave the Private Suites

Eventually, it all has to end. But in this case, it ends in the most baller way possible. You'll be notified by a PS attendant that it's time to leave. They'll grab your bags and walk you out to YOUR OWN PRIVATE SECURITY CHECKPOINT. That's right. Even TSA is bending to your financial will. And you're guaranteed to be the only one in line. Even if there is another passenger on your same flight, the PS has promised that they work it out logistically to where you'll never see that person. That's service.


So once you've made it through your own "no shirt, no shoes, no problem" security line, you remember that you drove here. How are you getting to your flight, which is down the road? Well they have that covered too with a complimentary trip in a branded BMW.

a bmw dropping off a passenger for their flight on alaska airlines
Courtesy of Business Insider

This is really the kick in the teeth that the normal people with window seats need. Their sitting folded up origami-style while you hop out of a BMW with a personal attendant carrying your bags. That badassery is worth almost $8,000, right?

The Bottom Line

This isn't just cool; it's one of the coolest things you can do. Look, the price tag is steep. Like, really steep. And, even though there are plans to expand this format to New York and Miami, this is aggressively targeted to people who frequently travel through LAX. If you can stomach the price tag and extreme douchiness of the whole process, then go for it! Ball out homie. Grab yourself one of those Private Suites at LAX and never look back.

 

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