Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Whether you're headed
home for a big family meal or traveling for fun, getting to and from the
airport during the holidays can be the most hectic part of a most-hectic
Crowded, chaotic terminals, a dearth of good public transit options,
and mile-long taxi lines can make even the most seasoned travelers lose their
In many cities, like San Francisco and Portland, ride-sharing apps like
Uber and Lyft can be a saving grace.
In others, like Miami and Boston, city
regulations prohibit drivers from making airport transfers or slap on an extra
Here's what you need to know about using ride-shares for airport
transfers in eleven major U.S.
cities, from New York to L.A.
New York City The Port Authority is considering charging an access fee
for Uber and other ride-share services, but it's not likely to effect
holiday travel plans.
Currently, Uber has dedicated lots near JFK, Laguardia,
and Newark Airports where drivers wait to be pinged by riders.
Keep in mind
that with high demand for taxis and ride-shares, wait times can be
Luckily, New York has excellent public transit options.
The Airtrain
will transport passengers for $5 to the Howard Beach subway station, where
it's possible to transfer to the A train, or the Jamaica Station, where
passengers can connect to the E, J, and Z trains or the Long Island Railroad.
Washington, D.C.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority recently added a $4 surcharge
per ride.
The added fee brings Uber and other ride-share services into
compliance with airport regulations and Virginia law, which will allow them to
bring passengers between Washington, D.C.
and Dulles International Airport or
Reagan National Airport.
Chicago Ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft will be able to start
picking up passengers at O'Hare and Midway Airports starting in 2016.
now, travelers can take a taxi or use public transit.
The CTA connects
O'Hare and Midway to downtown Chicago.
The Metra North provides another way
to get to O'Hare.
Boston Uber is currently battling a lawsuit over an $8.75 airport fee it
tacks onto rides to and from Logan Airport.
Uber drivers must register as
livery vehicles in order to comply with a state law forbidding personal
vehicles from responding to ride requests at Logan.
Consider taking the Silver
Line—it's free and will give passengers a free transfer to the Red Line,
which traverses downtown Boston and continues to Cambridge.
San Francisco Drivers for Uber, Lyft, and other rideshares wait in a
designated area to be pinged by customers, who they can then pick up in the
departures area.
Uber has flat rates for passengers traveling from SFO to San
Francisco ($65), Palo Alto ($86), and Oakland ($81).
Portland In May, Uber and Lyft were granted permits to pick up and drop
off passengers at Portland International Airport.
Travelers coming through PDX
can find their driver near the baggage claim area on the lower
There's a $2 fee for rides to and from the airport, but Uber fares
may be as low at $22.
Austin Uber and Lyft have temporary permits to drop off and pick up
passengers at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and will charge a $1 fee
to do so.
Las Vegas Last month, the Clark County Commission approved a measure
allowing transportation network companies, including Uber and Lyft, to provide
rides connecting McCarran International Airport to Las Vegas.
Each drop off
and pick up incurs a $2.45 fee.
Seattle Regulations at Seattle-Tacoma Airport currently allow
peer-to-peer service (i.e.
Lyft and UberX) to drop off passengers, but
prohibit them from picking people up.
However, passengers can request
UberBLACK and UberSUV service, since those drivers operate under limousine and
chauffeur rules.
Flat rates from Sea-Tac to downtown Seattle are $55 for
UberBLACK and $65 for UberSUV.
Miami Uber X is widely available in Miami proper, but it is illegal for
Uber to pick up at Miami Dade Airport.
The Points Guy reports that drivers
might pick you up, but the situation is pretty shady and could cost $90 for a
15-minute trip from the airport to South Beach.
You're better off taking a
yellow cab.
Los Angeles Though L.A.
mayor Eric Garcetti has stated that Uber and Lyft
would be able to pick up passengers at LAX by this summer, it now looks like
that might not happen until Thanksgiving or possibly the end of the year.

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