There’s something a little off-putting about airports: the journey there is typically time consuming, the airport staff are usually grumpy at best, and the lines at check-in and security generally move slower than a sloth carrying a suitcase.
But these observations are nothing new.
The Economist has written that US airports are “awful,” beset by “soggy pizza, surly security staff and endless queues.” Quite a scathing review, we’re sure you’ll agree.
However, while there are some unavoidable inconveniences at an airport as colossal as LAX, there are a number of ways to make your journey to the airport, through security, and out to the departure gate as smooth as possible.
Check out these three top tips …
- Pre-Book Your Airport Parking
Making your way to LAX can be tricky, especially when you have lots of luggage or a crew of cranky kids in tow—and public transport is likely to make your pain even more acute. Consequently, it pays to take your own vehicle to the airport.
Before you even consider doing this, however, we’re here to tell you to PRE-BOOK YOUR AIRPORT PARKING. Sorry for shouting, but we can’t stress this enough, and we guarantee you’ll thank us when you’re sauntering casually to the check-in.
The easiest way to sort your parking is by using the LAX Airport parking comparison service Looking4.com. It’s designed to find you a parking spot that gives you the best bang for your buck, so use it wherever you can.
- Avoid the Check-In Desk
One of the first lines you’ll find at an airport is the desk where you check-in. However, if you’re a frequent traveler you’ll know that checking in online and taking your bags to the luggage drop off is, quite literally, the only way to fly.
If you get to the airport having forgot to check-in online, you can also use the self-service facilities within the terminal, so check with a member of staff if you’re unfamiliar with how they work. After all, anything you can do to make their life easier is a win!
- Say No to the Boarding Line
So you’ve made it to the airport, danced through check-in and security, and waltzed into the departure lounge. Where now? To stand in line at your gate? Never! While some crazed folk will head straight to the gate to make sure they’re first in line, you’re much savvier.
Quite simply, most journeys will give you an allocated seat, which means standing in line will only lead to you sitting on the aircraft while the rest of the plane boards—and where’s the fun in that? You could spend the extra time browsing the duty free or grabbing some chow.
What do you think?
Do you have any top tips for our readers looking to negotiate the hustle and bustle of LAX? Have you ever put any of the tips above into action? Please let us know in the comments below.