How to Travel Like a VIP
Secret airport lounges, included.
Before you arrive.
Fly in style. With Air Canada’s Signature Service (think of it as business class 2.0), breeze through check-in and baggage handling with your personal concierge and dine in an exclusive suite while waiting for your flight. (Bonus: Travellers receive an amenity kit c/o Want Les Essentiels once on-board.)
You may also want to do the airport-lounge thing. While you’re running around the terminal trying to catch your flight, chances are celebs are chilling out in a top-secret VIP lounge—and you can too. LAX’s Private Suite promises paparazzi-proof privacy along with meals, manicures and even an on-call doctor…for just $5,000 per person. In London, Heathrow Airport’s VIP service will provide you with your own private sitting area while staff members take care of everything else.
Once you land:
The best way to beat jet lag? With deep-tissue massage, of course (at least, in our unscientific opinion). Book yours at the same time as you book your hotel, or look for local apps, like Soothe (across the U.S. and Canada) or Uspaah (London), that can bring a treatment right to your penthouse suite.
Book a tour guide. “Even if it’s just for an hour or two; [a guide] will know the best time of day to visit spots, and if there are lines, he or she may be able to help you cut to the front,” says Rebecca Willa Davis, editor-in-chief of luxury-travel website The Glassy.
Spend money on experiences. “Stay somewhere with simple charm and splash out on the chicest beach clubs and restaurants,” says Anthony Lassman, founder of Nota Bene Global, a private-luxury-travel company based in London, England.