Notable celebrity Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter this week to answer our burning questions about the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. She spilled the tea on everything from personal assistants to mental health… and, best of all, also revealed the VIP tricks that celebrities use to get through airports.
For most of us, going to the airport involves long lines and even longer waits. Twitter user @OhhMikee asked if it was the same for celebs: “How the frick do most celebrities travel on planes? Are you ever just hustling through the airport trying to make it to your gate on time?”
According to Teigen, the answer is: hell no. Instead, celebs pay a membership fee to use a private terminal separate from the rest of us plebs, and are driven to the plane in a car before takeoff.
there is a terminal a mile from the airport that you pay membership for. they do the same security privately and take you to the plane in a car. I know. I know. https://t.co/BtFaTBaMKh
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 9, 2019
That sounds fine as hell, so we decided to do some digging to find out whether it was possible for people like you and me to get the VIP airport experience.
Saving up my sky-miles to (hopefully one day) join the super secret star-terminal. I’ll bet they have unlimited bags-o-nuts in there. Can’t wait.
— RZ (@aarrzee) December 9, 2019
What is The Private Suite?
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Because Teigen lives in Beverly Hills, we figured that she’s probably talking about The Private Suite, a luxury terminal at LAX. It was set up in 2017 to offer members an exclusive airport experience, away from paparazzi and bustling crowds.[related_articles]80036,75690,79813[/related_articles]
When members arrive at the terminal, they’re escorted to a VIP suite with its own bathroom, food-service pantry, two-person daybed, and sweeping views over the runway. When it’s time to board, they’re taken through a private security screening and driven directly to the plane.
According to the Private Suite website, it usually takes someone 2200 steps to pass through LAX, but it only takes members 70.
Who can join?
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Anyone can become a member — as long as you’ve got the cash.
Membership of The Private Suite comes with an annual fee of US$4500 (AU$6551). Then you’ll have to shell out an extra fee anytime you want to actually use the service — just a modest AU$3,930 for a domestic one-way flight, or AU$4,367 for international one-way.
If you’ve got a spare AU$5,822 for your flight home from LAX to Australia, you can learn more about joining The Private Suite here. You’ll be in good company — other celebs who use the service include actress Debby Ryan, model Brooks Nader and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz.
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Alana is the staff writer on AWOL who thinks the best way to travel is by taking spontaneous detours and stopping at every local bakery to try the cakes. She writes a lot about Australian TV, Big Things, cursed food, and theme parks. You can follow her on Instagram @alana.dotcom. It’s mostly dogs she meets along the way.