Airport Butler

You, too, can travel in style—for an affordable price.

March 22, 2016

You don’t need to be a Silicon Valley billionaire to get your own security detail the next time you pass through San Francisco International Airport. You can just ask your new butler to hire one for you. SFO announced this month that it’s partnering with concierge service Airport Butler to offer all travelers completely customizable VIP experiences from curb to curb. San Francisco is the Vancouver-based Airport Butler’s first official foray into U.S. airports.

Airport Butler really does have you covered for the entire airport experience: they’ll meet you at the curb, carry your bags, and assist you with check-in. They’ll make your reservation in the airport lounge, help you with connecting flights, and even score gifts in the airport shops for you. Upon arrival, Airport Butler can pick you up at the gate, help you navigate your way out of the airport, and then set up your ground transportation, spa, and dining appointments in your latest location.  

Anyone can book with the service, which bills itself as particularly helpful to seniors, travelers with small children, unaccompanied minors, and non-English-speaking travelers—who they’ll connect with a personal concierge fluent in their native language. It’s also potentially useful for business travelers,who can choose from even more services, like private meeting rooms, printing, copying, and document translation.

When it comes to top-of-the-line VIP travel treatment, Airport Butler offers the aforementioned security team, as well as a discreet enter-and-exit service for when you’ve gotta avoid the paparazzi.

Each service is priced individually, though none of the services are priced online. USA Today was quoted $250 for gate-to-curb assistance, although prices vary according to customized requests. The paper also notes that Airport Butler is looking to expand to other American airports like Denver, West Palm Beach, Chicago, and New York (where it already offers limited services at John F. Kennedy International Airport). Traveling in style is making a comeback.

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