Booking a Limo Instead of a Taxi
I love traveling to new places. The sense of anonymity and the anticipation of adventure is what I live for.
What I don’t live for is smelly taxis with fares that change mid-trip. What I don’t live for is standing in line for half an hour waiting for one to pull up to the terminal while I disappear behind twenty other people that were on my flight (and that’s if it’s not a busy time at the airport!)
I used to accept all that as a part of travel, until I found this hack: reserving a town car or limo can be just as affordable as getting in a taxi if not more so.
It’s Not Just For Celebrities
When we think of limos or town cars, we think of celebrities, proms, weddings, and CEOs. We think of hourly rates and huge costs. There are, however, certain companies that offer airport transportation to hotels and other major attractions at a flat rate, and in a lot of cities that flat rate is either comparable or less than a taxi.
Here are Some Examples:
Let’s say you’re flying into LaGuardia and are trying to get to your hotel in the city. A cab is going to cost you about $40, while the rental of a town car is about $42. Only $2 more? I’d splurge on that luxury! Pretend you’re going from LAX to a hotel downtown. A cab costs about $58, while a town car costs about $60.
Sometimes this doesn’t work to your advantage. For instance, if you were to come visit me in my hometown of Pittsburgh (I live in the actual city,) a cab from the airport to my house would be about $40 whereas the town car service would be about $90. In this case, I’d just call the taxi service ahead of time and ask for a cab to specifically come for you so you don’t have to wait in line. (Or you could just call me up and ask what kind of friend I am that I’m not even willing to drive out and pick you up at the airport!)
But What about the Limos?
These are the best for people traveling in large groups, whether it be family or a business function. Say you have 6 people. That would require at least two taxis depending on how much luggage everyone brought. Two taxis from LAX are going to cost you about $58/piece, or $116 total. Or, you could get a stretch limo for $135, have leg room and luxury, and only pay about $22/each, which is a $3 increase per person. If you have a group of 10 at LaGuardia, you’d be getting at least three taxis for a total of $120, or you could share a stretch limo for $127 and pay $0.70 more per person to get that extra feeling of luxury, not have to wait in that taxi queue, and all arrive at your destination at the same time.
Depending on the city, you might as well ride in style. So, d0 some research before you go and you could have a lot more fun on that post-flight trip to the hotel.
Let’s pop the bubbly and enjoy.
Femme Frugality writes awesome money saving advice for students, parents, brides, and Pittsburghers.
Editors Note: Thanks so much for the great post F.F.! I would have never thought reserving something as swanky as a limo or town car could actually be affordable!
Readers, have you ever ridden in a limo? Would you ever book one to pick you up from the airport?
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