The Best Travel Hacks for LAX
By Johnny Jet, November 2015
I travel three times a week to 20 different countries every year, so I know airports. LAX is undergoing an amazing transformation that can be a little painful at times, but I know just about every tip and trick to make your experience there much better.
1. Beat the traffic
Throughout the renovation, the traffic situation at LAX is constantly changing. Bookmark this website for traffic info, but WAZE has the best on-the-go, real-time traffic in the airport.
2. Switch your thinking
During busy times, get dropped off at Arrivals and get picked up at Departures. By doing the opposite of everyone else, you can get in and out much faster.
3. Save time, save sanity
Driving all the way around LAX when there's traffic can be a pain. Look for the shortcuts that cut across the airport and get from Terminals 1 to 7 and from Terminals 2 to 5 without driving around the entire horseshoe.
4. Putting L.A. back into LAX
There are so many iconic L.A. restaurants and shops in LAX now — from Umami Burger, Engine Co. 28 and Rock n' Brews to Fred Segal and Rip Curl.
5. Art abounds at lax
In addition to the beautiful clock tower in the Tom Bradley terminal, LAX has commissioned many local artists to create installations that you won't see anywhere else. There's more going on than just construction.
6. Be cart smart
Need a cart for your bags? Go to the lower level curbside arrivals. Sometimes you can find a leftover cart.
7. Top off before you takeoff
Remember when you used to have to fight over outlets? No more as most terminals have added plenty of outlets for everyone. The trick is to remember to plug in before your long flights.
8. Do the shuttle shuffle
Get in and out quick. Shuttle buses can take you to the Cell Phone Waiting Lot (Lot C) so friends and family don't have to constantly circle to pick you up. Flyaway buses travel from LAX throughout the city — check their routes here.
9. Stretch your legs, save some time
After a long flight I like to get some exercise and walk to Terminal 7 so the people picking me up just have to take the shortcut across the horseshoe, and we can get out and on our way fast.
10. Keep up on the latest
Things are changing constantly at LAX. I use the terminal updates on LAXisHappening.com to find out what's under construction or which new restaurants and shops are open in my terminal.
11. Don't pass on great food
Your same-day boarding pass allows you to go into any terminal no matter which airline you're flying. So if you like a restaurant in one of the other terminals, go ahead and check it out.
12. Pamper your pet
Did you know there are a couple pet relief areas for your favorite pooch? On the Lower/Arrivals level between Terminals 1 and 2 and another at the southeast end of the Central Terminal near Terminals 7 and 8. Forgot your baggy? No problem, they are provided.