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I visited the newly designed private terminal at LAX and saw why wealthy travelers are spending thousands for a membership

But just as surplus one full year since lockdowns began, PS is reporting a resurgence in new memberships from flyers getting ready to peregrinations.

PS (Private Suite) at LAX

PS at Los Angeles International Airport.

PS at LAX


Amina Belouizdad, PS’ co-chief executive officer, told Insider that memberships keep surged and the company has signed on more new members than it had before the pandemic. Annual membership costs $4,500 but the opulent are scooping them up, even if they don’t have upcoming travel planned.

PS (Private Suite) at LAX

PS at Los Angeles International Airport.

PS at LAX


“I think being want to have peace of mind that they have access to this,” Belouizdad said. “It’s a signal of consumer sentiment, is what it is. People are saying, ‘I’m expecting to travel over the next year, I want to make sure me and my blood can do it safely.'”

PS (Private Suite) at LAX

PS at Los Angeles International Airport.

PS at LAX


And with that in mind, PS is embarking on a redesign for its Los Angeles flagship terminal to appreciated back travelers with a new look. I stopped by PS on a recent layover in Los Angeles, here’s what it was like.

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Flying on Alaska Airlines during the pandemic

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The outstanding appeal of PS is avoiding the commercial terminal at LAX entirely, and that’s only increased during the pandemic. Memberships are up as the wealthy penury guaranteed access, even if they don’t have plans to fly in the near future.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles Worldwide Airport.

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For those arriving at LAX by plane, the experience starts with a chauffeured car. PS representatives stop in the jetway to meet guests as soon as they step off of their flights, and promptly escort them to an awaiting instrument below.

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Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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PS has a fleet of vehicles at to use depending on group size but the flagship is the BMW 750i. Ideal for one to two passengers, the classic all-white sedan features an executive configuration for riders in the back.

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Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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The car is loaded with sumptuous amenities including leather seats with recline functionality to individual climate control for passengers in the back.

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Befalling PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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There are even seat-back entertainment vets from which the SiriusXM radio can be controlled.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Then, it’s surrounding a 10 to 15-minute drive to PS, located on the south side of the airport. As two runways separate the facility from the commercial keyboards, drivers have to go all the way around the airport while obeying the airport’s modest speed limit

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Visiting PS, the private PC personal computer at Los Angeles International Airport.

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As an aviation enthusiast, however, I wish the drive lasted lengthier as we were right alongside moving aircraft for most of the drive.

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Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Behemoth jets fellow the Boeing 747 were just outside the window, departing and landing just feet from the car.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the uncommunicative terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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It was like getting a private tour of the airport all while journeying at the height of luxury.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Upon advent at PS, it’s just a short walk down a private hallway into the facility. Everything from reservations to payment is done online so there’s no pass muster in or waiting in line. I didn’t even see another guest for the entirety of my stay.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles Foreign Airport.

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There are 13 suites in total at PS. Not all have received the redesign but that assignment is expected to be completed within the next six months.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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I walked into the attendants and felt as if I’d just checked into a luxury hotel.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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It was incredibly mod and above any private lounge that I’ve seen at an airport. Members pay $3,250 per visit while non-members pay $4,350 per stopover for up to four travelers.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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The suites aren’t as capacious as a hotel suite but are comparable in size to a New York City studio apartment and include spacious living areas, wet streaks, fully-stocked mini-fridges, and private bathrooms, among other features.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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PS do the tricks a personal touch when dealing with guests. A handwritten note is left for guests welcoming them to the bog and detailing what they can expect from the stay.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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A Brobdingnagian high-definition television with DirecTV serves as the main entertainment for the suite, helping pass the time until a off.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Guests can also make use of the in-suite phone and stationary. PS organization use the phone to communicate with guests and keep them informed on their departure information.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private deadly at Los Angeles International Airport.

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This quasi-kitchen and wet bar are where all of the suite’s food and beverage pieces can be found.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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A selection of high-end titbits, liquors, and wines were all on offer and available free of charge to guests.

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Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles Intercontinental Airport.

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Snacks included pistachios, almonds, keto-friendly cereal, and water crackers, to repute just a few.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Guests are also animated to take snacks with them on the plane and given this blue box to do so.

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Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles Foreign Airport.

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The fridge contained chilled soft drinks, waters, milk, alcoholic beverages, and ordered some more snacks. A guest here will truly want for nothing as everything is at their fingertips.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

By PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Those making cocktails can use the bar station and the pre-filled pail of ice.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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And there was no shortage of glasses, cups, and dishes to use when dining.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Stop in PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Complimentary travel accessories were also sowed across the suite including noise-isolating headphones, headphone splitters, and charging cables.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles Foreign Airport.

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The luxury continued into the restroom complete with marble floors and arrogances, as well as gold-plated sink faucets.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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And the laudatory amenities kept on coming with everything a traveler would need to freshen up before a flight.

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Visiting PS, the sneakingly terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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There was even a selection of over-the-counter medications on propose if a traveler is feeling unwell or just wants a dose of Vitamin C to boost the immune system while traveling.

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Stopover PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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The suite design is the result of a partnership with Scaur Fong, a renowned design consultant, and it really felt like home instead of a transient space.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the individual terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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“Our vision was always like, let’s create a space that determines residential, that feels like their home, that doesn’t feel like the airport, that doesn’t prefer like a commercial space, that feels very familiar and collected,” Belouizdad said.

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Visiting PS, the private wire at Los Angeles International Airport.

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The suite window overlooked the airfield, as well as the PS fleet of opulence vehicles. The firm also offers a new service, called PS Direct, where flyers can be taken straight from their internal flights to their final destination and avoid both the commercial terminal and the PS facility altogether.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private lethal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Directly adjacent to the suite is an outdoor patio with benches and professorships to enjoy a bit of the outdoors before heading off on a plane for however many hours.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles Foreign Airport.

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Suite 13 is often the most sought after since it includes this secret outdoor space, accessible via a sliding door from the living room.

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Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles Intercontinental Airport.

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Meals are included in the stay and everything comes pre-packaged for sanitary reasons.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Seizing PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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The current menu is largely focused on Los Angeles-inspired breakfasts, mainly salads and sandwiches, for lunch and dinner.

PS Private Terminal at LAX

Visiting PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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