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Traffic jams, road ragers, fender benders, annoying radio DJs – driving in the City of Angels can be overwhelmingly stressful, especially if you’re heading to Los Angeles International Airport. Taking a car service to LAX is a safe and affordable way to reduce anxiety and catch your flight with plenty of time to spare, but before you call to reserve a town car for your next family vacation or business trip, be sure to review the following tips; knowing the dos and don’ts of taking a private car service, as well as what questions to ask your local car service company, will make sure your private car service experience stays just the that way it should be: stress-free.
Tip #1: Reserve At Least 24 Hours in Advance
To ensure that your car service company will be able to accommodate your request, most reservations must be made at least 24 hours before you need to be picked up from your home or workplace. To prevent a stressful, last-minute scramble to try to find a ride to the airport, we recommend reserving your private car service immediately after confirming your airline booking; this will give your car service or limousine company plenty of time to make sure your car is available when and where you need it.
Tip #2: Allow Yourself Enough Time To Get To The Airport
Though most car service companies will recommend a pickup time based on your location (relative to LAX) and flight time, having realistic expectations about how long each step – driving to the airport, checking your bags, getting through security, walking to your gate – in your airport commute takes will help you plan accordingly. Remember, LAX officials recommend that even domestic passengers arrive two hours before their flight is scheduled to depart, while international travelers should get to the airport a full three hours prior to takeoff.
Tip #3: Specify the Number of Bags and the Size of Luggage
When making your reservation, either by phone, email, or via an online reservation form, specifying the size and number of bags you will be taking to the airport will help your car service company know what type of vehicle is best suited for your unique needs. If you’re unsure if a large bag will fit in the trunk of a smaller vehicle, like a Town Car, consult the company’s website; most car service companies list the dimensions of their vehicles. (Click here for an example.)
Tip #4: Tell Your Car Service Company If You Have Small Children
Traveling with small children is never easy, and finding a car service company in Los Angeles that provides car seats for infants and toddlers can be even harder. Tell your car service company representative if young children are accompanying you to the airport, and be leery of companies that add a surcharge for including a child seat in your vehicle; this service should be free, and charging extra for this essential safety feature may indicate other hidden fees and superfluous surcharges to come.
Tip #5: Ask If Your Driver Has Ways To Beat The Traffic
Most professional chauffeurs in L.A. are adept at avoiding the problematic places around the city, but even years of experience doesn’t always help in the face of unforeseeable accidents, road blockages, power outages, and the dozens of other obstacles that can prevent your private car service driver from picking you up on time. When reserving your town car to LAX, be sure to ask if the company’s cars are equipped with technology – like updated GPS systems and FastTrack tags – that will help them avoid traffic and get you to the airport early.
Tip # 6: Expect A Small Fee For Pick-Ups
Because LAX charges private car service and limousine companies anywhere between $5-$15 to pick up a passenger from the airport, clients using these services should expect all or part of this fee to be reflected in their final bill. “Nobody likes to feel nickel-and-dimed,” explained one owner of a prominent Los Angeles private car company, “but we incur these fees because we are there, waiting, right in front to pick you up as soon as you exit the terminal. An uber driver can’t do that. Not even your friend, boyfriend, or wife can do that! We provide a service no one else can, so in the end, paying this nominal amount ends up saving you lots of time and inconvenience.”
We are there, waiting, right in front to pick you up as soon as you exit the terminal. An uber driver can’t do that. Not even your friend, boyfriend, or wife can do that!
Tip #7: Ask For “Meet & Greet” Service To Make Your Airport Pick-Up Easier
Having a well-dressed chauffeur waiting in baggage claim to help you with your luggage and escort you to your vehicle is always a pleasant way to begin or end a trip; private car companies, however, will not include this service unless you ask for it specifically. If you’d like the added convenience of an airport “Meet & Greet,” be sure to request it specifically when making your reservation.