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Dinner at Guy Savoy Paris via P/S LAX, Swiss First and Air France La Premičre

Dinner at Guy Savoy Paris via P/S LAX, Swiss First and Air France La Premičre

Old Sep 11, 21, 9:40 am
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Dinner at Guy Savoy Paris via P/S LAX, Swiss First and Air France La Premičre

DFW_CK and I are off today on a quick 3 day trip to Zurich and Paris. We agreed to meet at LAX and fly Swiss First to Zurich to complete the return half of the Lufthansa/Swiss First ticket we started in Athens two months ago. Our original plan was to connect to Stockholm but Sweden’s new last minute ban on Americans killed that idea.

Denver to LAX on United First
• The Private Suite at LAX
• Swiss First Class to Zurich
• Zurich and the Park Hyatt Zurich
• TGV from Zurich to Paris Gare de Lyon
• Paris and the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome
• Dinner at Guy Savoy
• Air France La Premiere Lounge at CDG
• Air France La Premiere to Houston
• Centurion Lounge at IAH
• United 77W Polaris to Denver


After my early morning Covid rapid test at nearby AFC Urgent Care - Cherry Creek, I bid adieu to Mrs. SFO777 and Uber’d to DIA.

North Security PreCheck was packed this morning with a snaking line and a minimum 15 minute wait. My CLEAR membership really paid off today as the CLEAR lane was wide open allowing me to jump the PreCheck queue. Ten minutes later, I was at the Centurion Lounge in the C concourse.



Unfortunately, the Centurion Lounge was at capacity and had a 15-20 minute waiting time. So I headed back downstairs to an empty Southwest Gate and waited for the “come on up” text.



My favorite part of the Centurion Lounge, the private suite… aka The Phone Room.



This month's lunch offerings looked noticably weaker than previous months... pasta, rice and pasta. The Chicken Milanese has so little chicken that I thought Amex had gone vegan.









The 2018 Terlato Pinot Grigio was quite nice.



At T-50, I headed for the train and the short ride back to the B Concourse.

Denver DEN to Los Angeles LAX
United 289
737MAX
September 6, 2021
1:50p-3:09p

Boarding started at the scheduled T-40.



United's version of the garbage 737MAX cabins.





Today's PDB offerings... the now all too familiar zero, zip, nada.







Once in the air, service improved. United continues to be the best domestic airline for short haul food as they offer hot meals on all hub-to-hub routes, regardless of length or seemingly even time of day or night. However, the non-breakfast options have been the same for the past three months... chicken orzo or enchilada. Probably a little boring for United regulars. Although I enjoyed the chicken orzo on my last United meal flight, I decided to try the enchilada.



It was pretty tasty although I only had a few bites, not wanting to stuff myself before what was to come later in the day.



Plus there was no way I could not eat the Pie in the Sky, one of the best chocolate chip cookies... period.



We landed at LAX on time and headed to Gate 71. More LAX construction, having now spread to Terminal 6.



Pulling into Gate 71A, so excited to see my Private Suite BMW waiting for me.


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Old Sep 11, 21, 9:42 am
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The Private Suite at LAX (or P/S) is a private VIP terminal completely separate from the regular LAX passenger terminals. P/S interfaces with all airlines and provides private check-in, private TSA security and private CBP clearance. And BMW 7 series limo service from the jet bridge of your arriving plane and/or limo service back to your departing plane... all without ever stepping inside an LAX concourse. In between flights, amazing service in drop dead gorgeous lounges. P/S has 13 private suites to relax in prior to being escorted to your departing flight. Initial prices were crazy... in the $3,000 per visit range. But in the past month, P/S made a decision to broaden its market. They introduced The Salon, same service with all the P/S amenities except that you relax in a larger lounge, The Salon, that you might have to share with others. The upside is that The Salon is offered at a much lower price... only $695 a visit.

Wonderful P/S rep Olivia met me in the jetbridge right at the door of my arriving United flight. We walked down the jet bridge stairs to meet driver Alex and a gorgeous BMW 7 series.





From Gate 71A, we headed out to the tarmac for the 10 minute drive around the west end of LAX.























And finally the P/S terminal.





OMG, like a 5 star resort, the staff line up to greet me.



I gave my passport, Covid test results and Swiss FOPH tracing QR code to Alexa and was then escorted into The Salon, where DFW_CK was already relaxing. Simply stunning.







An array of complimentary high end products.







Very attractive bar with our personal server team of four.... Kai, Adam, Jack and Martin.









Our welcome amuse-bouche.



Here is the current Salon menu. Our P/S rep Alexa mentioned that their food supplier h.wood group would soon be expanding to full restaurant quality meals.



Our Mezze Platter...



Little Gem Salad...



Noodle Bowl with Steak.



Oh yeah...



Pit stop before heading out for our Swiss flight.







Another wonderful P/S agent Whitley came to collected us at around T-60.



First stop was P/S's private TSA security, with two of the nicest TSA employees I've ever encountered.



Our gorgeous BMW ready to take us to TBIT.







Amazing up close and personal plane spotting on the way,.


















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Old Sep 11, 21, 10:35 am
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As always, a start to a wonderful report!

If you were a couple rows back on your Max flight to LAX, the seats would have been warm as Mrs Glasman and I came into Denver on the inbound of that that plane.



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Old Sep 11, 21, 2:09 pm
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Glad you're going to Guy Savoy. One of the most memorable lunches I can remember for both food and wine, as well as exemplary service. Be prepared for the dessert cart to keep coming, and coming, and coming.....
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What a great trip!

I used The Salon at P/S last month and it was superb. I was shocked to be offered caviar and some decent champagne! I also took advantage of the Clase Azul Reposado tequila, which makes for great sipping. I was told they already have a contract for a similar facility at JFK.
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"..../S rep Olivia met me in the jetbridge right at the door of my arriving United flight. We walked down the jet bridge stairs to meet driver Alex and a gorgeous BMW 7 series."

Did you get any idea how this service would work for someone who couldn't handle the stairs?
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Old Sep 11, 21, 7:25 pm
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Originally Posted by glasman19 View Post
As always, a start to a wonderful report!
If you were a couple rows back on your Max flight to LAX, the seats would have been warm as Mrs Glasman and I came into Denver on the inbound of that that plane.


Thanks so much glasman19. Indeed, I departed from B45 so that would have been your same plane. Small world.

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Glad you're going to Guy Savoy. One of the most memorable lunches I can remember for both food and wine, as well as exemplary service. Be prepared for the dessert cart to keep coming, and coming, and coming.....
Thank you 1P. OMG, dinner was memorable. As for desserts, I counted six dessert courses excluding the parting brioche gift.

Originally Posted by CappuccinoAddict View Post
What a great trip! I used The Salon at P/S last month and it was superb. I was shocked to be offered caviar and some decent champagne! I also took advantage of the Clase Azul Reposado tequila, which makes for great sipping. I was told they already have a contract for a similar facility at JFK.
Thanks very much Cappuccino Addict. One of the P/S staffers confirmed JFK and also MIA, although there was no firm date for opening.

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"..../S rep Olivia met me in the jetbridge right at the door of my arriving United flight. We walked down the jet bridge stairs to meet driver Alex and a gorgeous BMW 7 series."
Did you get any idea how this service would work for someone who couldn't handle the stairs?
Good question. I didn't ask but I suspect that there would be an elevator option depending on the gate. We did use the elevator from tarmac to jetbridge on our LX departure, from TBIT Gate 150.
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Sweden banning Americans now? What is that all about??

Great report, and enjoy the rest 👌🏻
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Originally Posted by Kleffen View Post
Sweden banning Americans now? What is that all about??

Great report, and enjoy the rest 👌🏻
Retaliation for the US banning Swedes (and other EU citizens) regardless of test result or vaccination.
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Great report, looking forward to the rest! Have not been to Zurich in 30 years, need to go back soon.

BTW, why do all airlines only seem to offer Bacardi Rum? It's the Smirnoff of Rums. So many better choices.
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Originally Posted by tom tulpe View Post
Retaliation for the US banning Swedes (and other EU citizens) regardless of test result or vaccination.
I know that Americans have been allowed to enter Sweden for many months now, and have been exempted from any ban. So this must have been a change which has happened very recently, although I don’t know why…
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What an amazing report so far, SFO777. Looks like a great experience with P|S at LAX, and definitely something to take any sort of stress about the travel experience! SWISS F looks excellent, Zurich looks beautiful, and am looking forward to the remainder of your trip to Paris.

As always, a great read. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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Off to another great start. You've sold MrsWT73 on the Private Suite already!
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Originally Posted by Kleffen View Post
Sweden banning Americans now? What is that all about?? Great report, and enjoy the rest 👌🏻
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Retaliation for the US banning Swedes (and other EU citizens) regardless of test result or vaccination.
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I know that Americans have been allowed to enter Sweden for many months now, and have been exempted from any ban. So this must have been a change which has happened very recently, although I don’t know why…
Thanks Kleffen. Yeah, not sure that it was retaliation as they banned 5 other countries the same day... claiming a rise in Covid cases. https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/new...m-september-6/
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Originally Posted by pfreet View Post
Great report, looking forward to the rest! Have not been to Zurich in 30 years, need to go back soon. BTW, why do all airlines only seem to offer Bacardi Rum? It's the Smirnoff of Rums. So many better choices.
Thanks so much pfreet. Interesting question on the rum. Perhaps name recognition on something that is typically mixed with something else, and probably not ordered very often.

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What an amazing report so far, SFO777. Looks like a great experience with P|S at LAX, and definitely something to take any sort of stress about the travel experience! SWISS F looks excellent, Zurich looks beautiful, and am looking forward to the remainder of your trip to Paris. As always, a great read. Thanks for sharing this with us. Matthew
Thank you very much Matthew for your kind comments.

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Off to another great start. You've sold MrsWT73 on the Private Suite already!
Thanks worldtraveller73. Sadly, I think I've sold Mrs. SFO777 as well.
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