At Los Angeles International Airport, there exists an exclusive luxury terminal called The Private Suite. Owned and operated by the Gavin de Becker & Associates security firm, The Private Suite at LAX is the first-of-its-kind in the United States. According to Josh Gausman, COO and co-founder of the Private Suite, LAX was a good candidate for this kind of secure terminal because of paparazzi constantly swarming the place waiting for celebrities to snap. "When traveling with clients, we saw that overseas airports utilized remote terminals to process high-risk travelers and government officials. We knew that model would work well in the United States too not only to facilitate safe passage into and out of a very busy place but also to solve an out-of-control paparazzi problem that plagued LAX," Gausman tells Refinery29. "With The Private Suite, we were able to solve a problem that was creating distractions, congestion, car accidents, and injuries overnight."
While the creation of The Private Suite cost nothing on LAX's part, getting a spot there does cost travelers. Anyone can become a member by paying an annual membership fee of $4,500. If you're a member, a spot at the Private Suite before or after domestic flights costs $2,700 and $3,500 before or after international flights. This payment covers up to three companion passengers. Non-members can book a spot for $3,500 for domestic flights and $4,000 for international flights. These fees cover up to two companion passengers.
The Private Suite's membership cost is high, but the payments will get travelers and their companions more than just a secluded area to hang out in while they wait to board their flight or after they land. Ahead, get an inside look at the Private Suite's many perks, along with answers to your most pressing questions about the exclusive terminal.
According to refinery29