UPDATE: UBER AND LYFT ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT LAX AIRPORT. SEE UPDATED POST.
Several airports are blocking UberX service until they can work something out with Uber. You can still request UberBlack at most airports because these vehicles have commercial licenses and permits with the airports. Most UberX users can’t or don’t want to pay the higher prices for UberBlack or a Taxi. So how can you get around it and still Uber at airports that restrict or ban Uber?
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When you open the Uber app at an airport that bans UberX Uber actually blocks you from requesting a vehicle from the airport (something Lyft and Sidecar don’t currently do). Some users say they have moved the pickup pin off the airport and requested a ride, then called the driver to let them know they are at the airport. This could work but it could also result in a cancellation if the driver doesn’t want to risk getting fined. Also if cancelled, Uber could charge you a cancellation fee.
The best work around without breaking any rules is to go off the airport. Some airports that are small like John Wayne International Airport in Orange County is small enough that users walk off the airport to the curve and then request their ride. But what if your flying to a large airport?
A good example is LAX, if you are flying into LAX you can take a free bus to Parking Lot C the bus will drop you off at a bus stop on the street outside of the airport. It also has multiple stops in the parking lot, take the first stop on the street and then request an Uber. Another option that works at all airports is to take the bus to the Car Rental hub. These busses are free and when you arrive you can request an Uber. Breaking no rules or having your driver risk getting fined.
Travel Tip: Talking about airports, when you do drive to the airport one of the things I do to remember where I parked is setup a reminder on my iPhone. I setup a geofence at my current location when I arrive and adjust the radius if needed. I include the closest post number so that when I’m on the bus on the way back it automatically shows the reminder on my locked screen and it shows me the section I’m parked at. Works like a charm. I used to take a picture of the nearest post number but after a long trip where I have taken lots of pictures it can be difficult to find the picture.