VIP Travel Amenities

Whether on the ground or in the air, these ten special extras offer elite travelers an elevated experience.

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Heathrow By Invitation

Heathrow has long offered its ultra-exclusive By Invitation ( check-in experience to select VIPs and heads of state, but it recently started offering the benefit—the earthbound equivalent of a private jet—to an elite few paying passengers. Travelers slip inside the airport via a dedicated entrance at Terminal 5 before being transported to a private lounge, where passport control, security and luggage collection all take place in discreet comfort. Guests then board the plane before anyone else. A handful of London hotels, including The Lanesborough (rooms, from $757; Hyde Park Corner; 44-20/7259-5599;, have partnered with the service to expedite their premium travelers for about $2,250 for six guests.