Helicopters, Yurts, and Other Over-the-Top Coachella Upgrades

How the jet set does the fest—and how much it costs to join them

You could go to the Coachella music festival, see some bands, and have a perfectly good time. Or you could turn it into a lifestyle. If you’ve got the cash—or at least a decent following on social media—there are some pretty outrageous ways to upgrade your festival experience. Here are a few festival up-sells that we’re feeling for 2018, running the luxury gamut from genuinely extravagant to…maybe not totally unreasonable?

Fly on a Semi-Private Jet

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JetSuiteX, a service which lets the public buy tickets on small, charter-jet sized planes for short jaunts around the West Coast, is running a special service from Burbank airport to a small regional airport in the Coachella Valley, just a few miles from the festival grounds. The flights take just 35 minutes and start at a relatively affordable $199.

Hop on a Helicopter

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If private jets aren’t cushy enough for your tastes, there are always helicopters. BLADE will pick you up from a downtown L.A. rooftop helipad in a tastefully appointed Airbus EC-130. From there, you’ll enjoy a scenic, 45-minute flight over SoCal, gazing down at all the tiny fools down below, sitting in traffic on the 10. The trip will set you back around $775, but that includes access to a VIP arrival lounge by Vegas nightlife brand Drai’s when you land.

Road Trip in a Tesla

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You could rent a normal car, but it probably won’t have gull-wing doors. Also, you’ll probably have to drive it yourself. Gross. Fixing both problems is local startup Tesloop, who have a fleet of Teslas running scheduled loops between L.A. and the desert. A seat in a shared car is just $59, or for additional customization and comfort, you can book a private ride starting around $99.

Sip Crystal-Infused Rosé


Get the good vibes flowing through your body when you drink from a rose quartz-infusing beverage bottle filled with Taittinger Prestige Rosé at the poolside bar at the JW Marriott Desert Springs. And that’s just the start of what they’re calling their “Queen of Coachella Festivities.” Get glammed-up like an Instagram celeb with a beauty bar and flower crown station, then snap a pic with what the hotel claims is the largest flower crown ever assembled. Detox from the weekend with limited-edition spa treatments, including a facial that uses Coachella Valley-grown dates.

Glamp in a Dubai-Inspired Yurt


Festival camping gets a makeover with the W Coachella Village. Nestled in a tranquil corner of the Polo Field, the four glamping yurts (pictured at top) are decked-out by the W Hotels group, inspired by their hotels in Barcelona, Dubai, Bali, and Hollywood. The lodging package for two includes three-day artist wristbands for the festival (which is, like, way more VIP than VIP), air conditioning, private restrooms, yoga lessons, in-yurt breakfast service, chilled Champagne, and 24-hour personal security, among other jealousy-inspiring perks.

Take a Beak from It All

There are plenty of chances to refresh and restore during Coachella weekend—if you’re in the know. American Express will be hosting Platinum House for the company’s top-tier cardholders which features festival beauty stations, refreshing cocktails, live music, and even pop-up SoulAnnex classes. At the HQ of all things cool, Ace Hotel,  Create & Cultivate will have daytime programming with pop-ups, panels on creative work, and inspiring female speakers, while elsewhere on the property boho-chic fashion brand Free People will have a pop-up shop and wellness offerings including sonic detoxes, a collagen bar, LiveWell vitamin drips, and more.

Party Like an Influencer


You could, of course, spend a full weekend partying it up in desert without ever actually going to the festival. Don a boho-chic outfit for the famous Neon Carnival after-party, or spend your days poolside with the REVOLVE Festival, a multi-day extravaganza with a music lineup featuring A$AP Rocky, Snoop Dogg, and others. Both events are famous for guest lists heavy on celebrities and fashion folks. (Should you not snag an invite to either this year, the Rhonda Queen of the Desert party, featuring festival artists Jamie Jones and Black Coffee, would be a very solid alternative.)

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