Ever wish you could shop at all your favorite retail stores all in one location AND shop at a fraction of the cost?  Southern California’s many outlet shopping malls make this a reality–from Saks Fifth Avenue to Ralph Lauren and Nike, outlet shopping can be a fun and effective way to shop. Take a look at some popular outlets below. Let Elite Express make your outlet dreams come true!

Camarillo Premium Outlets, located north of Los Angeles along the 101 freeway boasts 144 stores is every day of the week.

Citadel Outlet is conveniently located, just 20 minutes southeast of Downtown L.A. With 84 stores it is a popular destination for groups looking for a half day trip.

Ontario Mills Outlet Mall is 40 minutes east of Los Angeles and unlike other outlets, is mostly indoors so you can shop without worrying about the hot temperatures in the San Bernadino County. It houses some 200 stores and even a movie theater.

Trip Idea  – Gather a group of friends who love to shop. Reserve a van or a minicoach based upon the number of passengers and factor in room for shopping bags on the return. By riding together and splitting the bill, you’ll be more able to enjoy the ride with friends, and not break the bank on transportation fees.

Weddings – Tips for Reserving a Vehicle

It’s not too early to book your limousine for a summer wedding! Below are some tips to help you plan a limousine for your special day:

Book ahead! Availability for any vehicle is on a first come, first serve basis. If you have a date set, then it is best to book well in advance to guarantee its availability.

Have an itinerary in mind for the big day. It will help you utilize the hourly charter best if you can outline a schedule for the driver. Your chauffeur can map out the best routes possible.

If you are planning transportation for guests from the hotel to wedding venue, it’s in your best interest to make a plan for stragglers. Guests that are prompt will appreciate arriving to their destination on time.

Make sure to have at least one person available who can make an executive decision on behalf of the wedding couple on the day of the wedding. Brides and grooms are usually not the ideal go-to person as they have a lot on their plate, for obvious reasons. But, a brother, a mother, or a dad of either the bride or groom, can make a great contact person for that day.

Lastly, we recommend signage on any vehicle that you may be using to shuttle guests. Hotels and wedding venues often book multiple weddings on the same day and time. Having a sign (“Groom’s last name + Bride’s last name”) ensures your guests won’t get into the wrong vehicle. (oh yes, its happened.)

Major airline terminal changes start today!

As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, starting today, May 12th until May 16th, LAX will be moving a total of 21 airline operations to different terminals. Please check yesterday’s post for which airlines will be reportedly making the move.

If you find yourself on the wrong side of LAX and have a flight to catch, not to worry. LAX has made several note-worthy preparations to assist travelers during this transitional phase. Below are just some of the services LAX has provided:

Shuttle buses will be available to transport passengers between terminals 2/3 and 5/6. Look for the neon green buses (available free of charge.)

Passengers can also utilize the free LAX “A” bus that operates between all terminals 24-hours-a -day, 7-days-a-week (runs every 10 minutes.)

During the week of the move, there will be reportedly 500 new signs throughout the terminal walkways to help navigate passengers to their correct locations.

Additional airport personnel will also be dedicated to assisting passengers who need help finding their way. (Look for staff wearing green neon vests.)

For FAQs, terminal changes, or any other questions, be sure check out the LAX provided resource page. As always, feel free to call Elite Express as an additional resource (310-534-7614.)

Major Terminal Changes at LAX beginning tomorrow!

Beginning tomorrow, LAX will be relocating many of its airline terminals, including Delta which has traditionally used Terminals 5 and 6 will now be using Terminals 2 and 3. The change comes in efforts to help make LAX a more efficient and user-friendly airport, something the airport has always been known to lack in. In all, 21 airlines will be moving their operations over the course of 5 days (May 12, 14, and 16th.)

How does this affect you as a traveler and customer of Elite Express?

As with any major change, passenger confusion and delays are always a possibility. To help, you can call before and confirm with your airline what your departure terminal and gate number should be. This will ensure you are dropped off at the proper terminal as to not be late for boarding. If, by any chance, you find yourself at the wrong side of the airport, you can find staff in green neon vests to help you direct you.

There will also be neon green shuttle buses available to transport passengers between Terminals 2/3 and 5/6. Passengers may also utilize a free LAX bus “A”, that operates between terminals 24 hrs, 7 days a week, and runs every 10 minutes.

Elite Express is here to help – please contact us should you have any questions on your travels during these dates.

Childseat or No Childseat?

Have you ever booked a vehicle for your family, and wondered what the mandatory laws are for safety when riding in a vehicle?

California law states the following:

Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.

Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4’9” in height must be secured by a safety belt.

Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California’s Mandatory Seat Belt law.

From sedan to our largest minicoach, Elite Express vehicles come equipped with seatbelts for each individual passenger. For the convenience of our customers, Elite Express has made available child-seats and child boosters seats. These are available on a first come, first serve basis and are of no charge. Please request them at the time of booking.

Please note that if you are traveling with an infant (less than 1 year of age), we do request that you bring your own infant-seat. We are able to keep the infant-seat for you, if you are departing on a flight, and bring it back to use upon your return. This is a complimentary service provided by Elite Express.