The world’s fifth most-visited airport is also America’s third busiest. But just how well do you know LAX? Our limo services have served the airport daily for more than fifteen years, giving us more than enough insider tips and ideas to make your travels easier and more affordable. First utilized as a general aviation field from the late 1920’s, the airport was operated by the military during World War II. Now LAX is by far the busiest airport in California and among the five busiest in the world. Our limo services have daily runs with limos and LA party bus rentals to the airport. Being the only American airport that is also hub to all 3 companies: American-, United- and Delta Airlines, it’s also a hub for minor companies such as Alaska-, Great Lakes- and Horizon Airlines. With nearly 75 million passengers arriving and departing in 2015, we all know longer wait times are the usual here, and traffic as well as parking can be of great frustration. Add the expensive overnight or 15-minute parking, and the driving alone can lead to a bad experience at LAX and most all of the world’s largest airports. Connecting to over 90 U.S.- and more than 70 international destinations, a single airport terminal can be its own unique experience. With over 20,000 parking lots at the airport or nearby, finding a parking spot may not be difficult, but can nonetheless easily become expensive. Whether for a hotel ride or Malibu wine tours, by renting an LAX limousine you may save money and time, while traveling in unbeaten luxury!
You reach the airport through the Sepulveda Blvd. Exit on the 105, or from the Century Blvd. on the 405. The 9 terminal buildings are shaped in a U-form, giving the airport the jokingly name “the Horseshoe.” Simply known as “Mines Field” until 1941, LAX was renamed Los Angeles International or LA for short in 1941 and later added the additional X in 1949 when all international airports were required to have a three letter code assigned. As confusing as it may be, L.A.X. is also the code for the port in San Pedro as well as the Amtrak Station in Downtown LA! Do not fear if you are looking for a LAX limousine though, most limo services will obviously understand you’re talking about the airport. But traveling by train might be different, as Union Station is shortened to LAX by Amtrak! Southern California’s “Gateway to the World” has guested just about all famous people – including most U.S. presidents, several popes as well as Hollywood celebrities, – but one of the most memorable historic arrivals here was when the Beatles arrived in the 1960’s in order to make their first televised show on CBS. A huge crowd of enthusiastic fans and reporters had met up to welcome the British band as they first arrived in the United States, giving the airport international headlines. In more recent years, LAX has become hugely popular for cargo traffic including heavy loads of automobiles further damaging LA freeways when they leave or arrive at the airport.
Let us present to you some of our best Los Angeles airport tips and advice for a worry-free through LAX.
1. Skip the Wait Lines!
Most VIPs booking LAX limousine services are taking advantage of the $85 TSA PreCheck as well as the $100 Global Entry to avoid the long waiting times at the airport check-in and security. Maybe being the single best Los Angeles airport tips it will allow you to skip the long customs- and security lines as well as small plastic bags of liquids nor taking off your shoes! With almost 75 million through-travelers in 2015, it is self-explanatory that a visit to an airport at LAX’ size requires a lot of waiting. But there are solutions to everything: One quick interview and you can enroll in the Global Entry program and enjoy expedited entry when arriving amongst many other benefits. TSA’s Pre-Check program is another great secret which allows you expedited security- and customs clearance. Why worry about taking off your shoes and pulling out liquids and laptops after long waiting lines?
A client riding in one of our limos for rent also explained a relatively new feature: the Mobile Passport Control app, which lets you simply update your flight info on your cellphone instead of using the airport computers for an expedited entry at the airport. Instead of worrying about constantly checking your flight info on the monitors, download an app such as Gate Guru or Flight Aware for info on gates, possible delays, and more!
2. Best Way of Getting Into Town
Whether you are going to Downtown for a skyscraper dinner or to the Malibu Canyons for Malibu wine tours, you have many options in deciding on what transportation to use. Directly across from the airport is the Metrolink station, which connects to various places throughout L.A., and the airport offers 24/7 bus-, sedan-, and taxi services. You can take advantage of the $7 day-tickets at the Metrolink station or look into other forms of public transportation. The free Metro Rail Green Line also stops at the airport and offers free transportation. But is the metro the best alternative in the automobile capital that is LA? The quick answer is no. Compared to cities such as Chicago, Boston or New York, the public transportation in Southern California may be very disappointing. So the best way of getting into town? Why not go for LA party bus rentals when you first are in the “entertainment capital of the world”? Cruising to your destination in a luxurious stretch Hummer may be the perfect start to any Californication for sure.
3. Dining Options Are Abundant
While many airports may not have a too large eatery selection, LAX limousine rental clients have told us surprisingly about the many great restaurants and the wide range of food and drinks available at LAX. Arranged by terminal in the table below, you can plan ahead for a dinner at your favorite restaurant. If you for instance forgot Malibu wine tours while in LA, check out the SeaLegs Wine Bar at terminal 2! In terminal 2? Check out maybe the airport’s best food at the Kogi. Terminals 5 and 7 have Loteria! Grill’s offering great signature Mexican enchilada, taco and burritos. At terminal 6, many of our limo services clients love the Marketplace by Wolfgang Puck. At terminal 4 we would recommend La Provence Patisserie and Café. Looking for a departure cocktail? See terminal 3’s Gladstone’s, the Ciabatta Bar in terminal 2, Gordon Bierch Brewery in terminal 1, or the Corona Bar in terminals 7/8. Traveling internationally? The Tom Bradley International Terminal is home to over twenty dining options, a bar or restaurant for whatever craving you may have.
4. Tips on Saving Money
Most travelers looking for airport limos for rent may know very well the advantages of being an airline rewards member. Even if you do not use the particular airline often, signing up for its reward program may have great benefit from signing up. More recently airline companies have also started to use the same programs, which means you can earn even more miles when flying another airline home from your vacation. When miles are collected they may be redeemed for low cost flights, while customers at Expedia may use their Expedia rewards points for hotels, excursions, sedan rentals and even LA party bus rentals. Most of our VIP LAX limousine clients are signed up as airline rewards members for a good reason!
As parking can be expensive and traffic a pain, taking the advantage of a chauffeured sedan- or limo rental may also save you time and money. To save even more on your travels, look into public transportation. There’s a Metrolink Station right across the street which serves larger areas of town and is the most affordable way of experiencing L.A. For just a $7 day-ticket, you and your entire group of friends or family can ride the Metrolink for a day and discovering the city more or less by foot. And if you are looking for a limousine rental, why not look for the most affordable rates? With an exclusive Price-Match-Guarantee you can trust us to provide the lowest rates for sedans, LA party bus rentals and limos. Even though the airport offers a 24/7 LAX phone waiting space, rest assure that our chauffeurs will arrive in a timely matter for your arrival or departure.
5. Visit Movie Locations
LAX limousine riders and other airport visitors may not realize that LAX also is a popular movie-filming location. Hundreds of movies are featuring the airport, and cinematic tours by LAX limousine services have become more and more popular in recent years. Did you for example know that LAX appears as Miami International Airport in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)? It functions as an airport in Washington DC in the movie Independence Day (1996), while it is featured as a Chicago airport in Airplane! (1980). John McClane (Bruce Willis) lands at LAX in the movie Live Free or Die Hard (2007), while the end scenes of Heat (1995) also takes place here. Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) can be seen walking through the airport in The Graduate (1967), while there’s an airport chase in To Live and Die in LA (1985) here. During the opening scenes of Fight Club (1999) we can see Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) arrive at LAX, and later we can see a vibrating suitcase filmed in terminal 2. In the end scenes of Training Day (2001) we can see Detective Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) fleeing to the airport, while the Bride (Uma Thurman) departs for Japan here in the movie Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003). LAX is dubbed for Moscow International Airport in the movie Air Force One (1997), while Drago arrives here in Rocky IV (1985). Many more movies and TV series have been filmed here. So why not reserve limo services to check out the famous filming locations!
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Our Los Angeles limo services have served the LA region and Southern California for over twenty years. We are proud to offer a lowest-price-guarantee for all travels. Besides traditional limo services, we also offer party bus rentals, wedding transportation, rides to Vegas, Malibu wine tours and much more. Why not reserve a limo wine-tasting tour to the beautiful Malibu Canyons! At Malibu Family Wines you can enjoy live music, great scenery and even a safari tour of their vineyards. The more rustic Cornell Winery is popular for Malibu wine tours, often combined with a visit to the Rosenthal Wine Bar located by the PCH in Malibu. Whether for an airport sedan, LA party bus rentals or traditional stretch limousines, we’ve got you covered!