Travel Tip of the Day: Another Uber Tip (+ a Holiday Message)

DCA At ChristmasAnother Uber Tip (+ a Holiday Message)
Building off of yesterday’s tip: One way to get Uber to pick you up at airports that prohibit the service (i.e. LAX) is to hop on the first hotel shuttle that arrives and then Google/GPS the address of the destination. Then, plug that address into Uber on the way, and by the time the shuttle arrives, your Uber driver will most likely be waiting for you.

I use this tactic since I live close to LAX and all the taxi drivers get infuriated when I tell them I’m headed to Manhattan Beach—to the point that it’s really uncomfortable. Now with Uber, I don’t feel guilty, I don’t have to pay $26 to an unhappy taxi driver, the shuttle driver gets a tip, and my uberX driver makes some money and is happy. The trip also usually costs me $14, so it really is a win-win for everyone.

A holiday message
Since tomorrow is Christmas Day, this will be our last tip until we reopen our laptops on January 5th. I wish you a very happy, safe, healthy holiday and New Year—and thanks for a great 2014!

Merry Christmas!

Here’s a code that will get you $20 off your first ride.

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5 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: Another Uber Tip (+ a Holiday Message)"

  1. Why do they hate Manhattan Beach ?

    • Because it’s a short ride and they have to wait in a long taxi line to wait for arriving passengers.

      • It’s luck of the draw. Sometimes you get the elevator, and sometimes you get the shaft. It all evens out in the end, stochastically. It’s wrong for the taxi driver to take it out on the paying passenger. If I’m going to short distance, I understand the issue and will tip a taxi driver handsomely but if he gets angry about the short distance then forget it.

        This is precisely why Uber is so great. The drivers do not know how far you are going in advance. And if they are unhappy with it, if they show their displeasure then you can give them a low rating. Because of the technology, there’s no need for Uber drivers to wait in a line. They just need to hang out somewhere near the airport.

  2. This is one of the many things that are wrong with the old-fashioned taxi business model…drivers getting angry because they don’t feel that you are going far enough. Hey, I’m a customer, and I don’t deserve to be yelled at because I’m not taking a taxi from LAX to some point far away.

    Ever try to take a taxi in New Jersey? The driver will just make up a price. I was quoted $20 to go from the Princeton New Jersey Transit rail station to a hotel two miles away! So the next time I was at the same rail station, I ignored the long line of cabs and called Uber. The Uber driver told me that he and some friends decided to take a cab instead of walking two miles to a bar. The cab driver refused to give them a price up front, and at the end of the ride he charged them $80!

    This scenario is repeated time and time again around the country. Goodbye taxis, hello Uber. Despite their flaws, I will continue to use Uber.

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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