From Business-Class in the Air to First-Class on Land: Securing an
Airport limousines are the smart, cost-effective, and classy way to
travel to and from the airport. Airport limousine transportation combines
the convenience of a taxi, the reliability of having your own car,
and the comfort of having someone waiting for you to take you to the next
point in your travels.
think of all the time and money you can save by having a limousine pick you up
at a foreign airport. Instead of waiting for a rental car,
and getting lost every second turn your take in a new city on the way to the hotel, you could get
picked up in style, without waiting and without even having to strain to
drag your luggage around. During your ride to your hotel, instead of
squinting at the map and burning gas, you can lounge in the back of
the stretch limousine, prepare for your big meeting, or catch a catnap
before the important conference.
The only difficult part about renting an airport limousine ó and itís no hard
decision for a business pro like yourself ó is choosing among the types
of vehicles out there. The key to deciding is to plan for the
number of people in your travel party. For instance, here are
three major styles of limo you can pick from, with their typical
corresponding occupancy rates:
Sedan: Seats as many as 3-4 travelers with luggage.
Limousine: Seats as many as 8 travelers with luggage.
Private Van: Seats as many as 14 passengers with luggage.
Another consideration is price. Smart businesspeople know when itís
worthwhile to spend a bit on something more to guarantee quality. That
is definitely the case when choosing limousine services.
Never choose on lowest price alone.
It could be crucial for your comfort to also ask whether:
The limo is smoking or non-smoking. For smokers it's a good idea to
ask about the smoking policy to avoid any extra cleaning charges,
for non-smokers that don't ask, your may be picked up in a smoky
Ask if the limo service guarantees direct service between the airport and
the hotel. Some vans will fill up with strangers and stop at each of
their hotels along the route. Let's say your pickup time is 6:30. That
should give you plenty of time to make your 8:30 flight, right? Not if
you make 8 stops along with way. Make sure to ask if it's a shared ride.
After you've finally found your stuff at the baggage claim,
do you want to start hunting for your limo driver? The
chauffeur should offer the classic meet-and-greet: The service where the
driver holds the sign with your name on it at the airport terminal.
Do you need a multilingual chauffeur? It would be nice to have
someone who understands you as well as the locals while traveling overseas.
Inquire when making your limo reservation about the logistics
of your service rate. Many limo companies will have a flat fee for airport runs.
Beware of companies that charge by time if you're within a 10 mile
radius of the airport. What if traffic is slow?
Here's one that most people never consider:
How much will it cost for your chauffeur to wait if your flight is delayed?
Will you be charged extra, by the minute?
How much will the cancellation charge be if your flight never makes it
to your destination?
Now that you're prepared, you're ready to
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