The Fastest Way to Pick People Up at LAX

LAX 720x360Thursday’s tip was about LAX’s current construction schedule, which could cause travelers to miss a flight and cost arriving passengers a lot of time waiting for pickups.

One of my best tips for dealing with LAX’s heavy traffic (check Waze) is to pick up friends, family and/or colleagues at a nearby hotel. Instead of dealing with long delays at the airport, have them jump on the first hotel shuttle that shows up (tell them to tip the driver) and then pick them up at the hotel. It will help everyone, and especially save the driver a lot time and aggravation.

 

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The Fastest Way to Pick People Up at LAX
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5 Comments on "The Fastest Way to Pick People Up at LAX"

  1. I really don’t think you should suggest people use a service they’re not paying for. It’s a disservice to the hotels and the legitimate guests who cover the cost of these shuttles.

  2. I’ve also taken the free Parking Lot 3 bus to the “Cell Phone Waiting Area” {6221 W 96th St, Los Angeles, CA 90045} which is right next to this parking lot. Cars can wait there for passengers to arrive – there were 2 cars there when I arrived.
    The stop is the one just before the Parking Lot 3 stop.
    From there I called for an UBER pick up. Super simple, not crowded – we were the only ones there – and no airport traffic!

  3. Just to add – I did try to take your advice about going to a nearby hotel on their bus. When I boarded the bus I was asked my name, if I had a reservation (they wanted to call the hotel ahead of time to tell them I was coming!) and if not they wanted to make a reservation there and then before i could take a seat. This happened with 2 different hotel shuttles, and all the questions made me feel really uncomfortable.
    I wanted to get an UBER ride so that’s why I boarded the Parking Lot 3 bus – in the hopes of getting farther away from the airport traffic and to make it easier for the UBER driver to find me. It was just by accident that I discovered (thanks to a helpful bus driver) the Cell Phone Waiting Area – one of LAX’s hidden gems for the busy traveller.

  4. Cell phone lot is a wonderful idea if you don’t mind waiting for the bus. I didn’t know the bus went there.

    two issues:
    1) whomever is doing the pickup has to figure out how to get to the hotel/car rental.
    2) not a great idea if you have more luggage then you can comfortably manage

  5. Thanks for the head’s up! We are heading to LA in 6 weeks time, can anybody recommend a cheap way to go from LAX to Santa Monica? Is there a public bus?

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