Many airports do not allow Uber to operate in the airport and some have come to some agreements that might limit the Uber vehicles in the airport. I had previously wrote about how to get an Uber ride in LAX but that is already outdated, read that post here. So I wanted to give an update and help you out with the new tips and tricks.
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At JFK airport I was able to get a free ride to New York City, you can read about that here. I’ll use LAX airport as an example but this should work for any airport.
At LAX Uber has come to an agreement with the airport where they do allow Uber to operate but only those with commercial licenses and those who have also received a permit from LAX airport.
This limits the Uber drivers who have received a permit from LAX airport. Something that is not easy to acquire and only a hand full of UberX driver have received but are usually not at the airport. This means that what is available is the more expensive options.
Usually rides from the airport are long rides and if you are like me I’m taking Uber to the airport to save me from having to pay the parking fee and save some money. So taking an UberBLACK or UberSUV would be the opposite from saving money.
When I arrive at LAX I check the Uber app and UberX is available but no vehicle are ever available. When I move the pin off the airport many UberX drivers are available. I know what you are thinking but you don’t want to ask a driver to risk driving on to the airport and getting fined. Most likely they will not do it and it is against Uber and LAX policy.
So how do you get an UberX ride at the airport? Take a free shuttle to the nearest Hotel. This helps you in 3 ways, if the airport is congested you won’t have to pay for sitting in traffic to get out of the airport. You also will get a shuttle faster then it takes to have a driver find you especially during peak hours. If you choose the hotel correctly you can get one in your direction and save you in distance cost.
Once you are at the hotel you can request your UberX ride with no issues and plenty will be available.
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