How To Save Time and Money Traveling From Honolulu Airport to Waikiki
I’m in Honolulu right now, and I just picked up a valuable money-saving tip the other day. If you’re going to Waikiki, Hawaii, and you’re not renting a car, then don’t get a shuttle into town (FYI: Speedi Shuttle is the most popular and might even have a monopoly)—especially if you’re traveling with more than one person (it costs $27.50 per person).
Even if you’re alone, the option I discovered is probably quicker, as the shuttle companies almost always make you wait. The other day I was told that the next available shuttle to Waikiki from the airport would be along in one hour—and we all know it would probably have been longer given the concept of time shuttle sales people have.
I then asked how much a taxi would be, was quoted $40-60 and went outside to the taxi line only to find it was super long and slow-moving. So, I decided to see if uberX was available. It wasn’t (hasn’t been approved yet), but Uber taxis were available and the closest one was just three minutes away. So, I requested it. I called the driver and she told me to take a left out of baggage claim, and that she would pick me up at Hawaiian Airlines’ drive-thru check-in (gotta love that service).
She was driving a regular taxi. I was told that Uber taxis go by the meter here, but you don’t exchange any money beyond what’s charged to your credit card on file (just like taking a regular Uber). My metered fare was $40.10 to The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and when I received my emailed receipt I noticed that Uber had added a $1 booking fee and a 20% gratuity for the driver ($8.02). That was fine by me because I pretty much always tip taxi drivers 20% and the $1 fee was well worth not having to wait in a long line.
My total fare was $49.12. But it was really only $19.12 because I had a $30 credit for referring one of my friends/readers. You can get the same discount if you have never taken an Uber before. To get $30 off your first Uber ride (anywhere) use the code “uberJohnnyJet”—and I’ll also get a $30 credit!
I’m a pretty big Uber fan and I love that you can use this service in so many cities around the world. So before you wait in a long line or pay a high fare for a taxi, make sure to check Uber!
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