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The Best Travel Hacks for LAX

By Johnny Jet, November 2015

Johnny Jet Johnny overcame his fear of flying to become an expert on traveling. You can follow his blog at johnnyjet.com or on instagram at @johnnyjet.

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

LAX driving shortcuts

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

LAX restaurants

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

LAX power chargers

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

LAX destinations

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.

13. Bookmark this website

LAXisHappening.com



Johnny Jet
Johnny Jet
Johnny overcame his fear of flying to become an expert on traveling. You can follow his blog at johnnyjet.com or on instagram at @johnnyjet.