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3 ways to save on your next limo service

Get excellent limo service and convenience at taxi rates with these tips below!

Get excellent limo service and convenience at taxi rates with these tips below!

While limousine services can be perceived as a luxury service for the rich and famous, you would be surprised how a few hacks can not only save you money, but cost less than a taxi (including saving your time waiting on the taxi line!)  In addition to flat rates and not based on meters which work on time and distance (and surge on demand), use these tips to further save you on your travels.

 

Request a curbside pickup

For quickest and most efficient service, request a curbside pickup

For quickest and most efficient service, request a curbside pickup

Now if you're a seasoned traveler and have to rush once you arrive at the airport, this is the quickest way out of the airport.  Not only do you have a driver ready outside to whisk you away as you walk out of the terminal, but you will bypass the whole parking lot, paying for the parking (fee saved) and spend less time circling just to exit the airport.  While meet and greet service is great for when you're not familiar with a particular city or if you have lots of luggage, it does cost more sometimes, about 20% extra!  Insider tip: text the driver as you get your luggage from the baggage claim or if you got only carry on, text about 5 minutes before stepping outside the terminal. Not as fancy as having a driver holding a sign with your name so everyone who's walking to the taxi line can envy you, but it's very efficient.  Best if you're traveling in NYC at LGA, JFK or EWR airports.  I can go into other helpful curbside tips, but I'll leave it for another blog post ;)

 

Book directly with a limousine service

Sedanz rating on limos.com.  The highest rated based on reviews

Sedanz rating on limos.com.  The highest rated based on reviews

So what does this really mean?  Aren't I booking with a limousine service when I use Uber or Limos.com?  Actually you're not, these apps and services, while convenient and say they offer the best rates by having limo services compete for your services, actually add a 20% or higher commission to what a normal limousine service would offer.  And don't forget the possibility of surge pricing, yikes!

Instead, use it like a search engine like yelp but just for limousine services.  Look for ratings and reviews which these app companies do provide to select the best for the money and call them directly.  Again, not as simple as pressing a couple of buttons and booking, but the rates you get when negotiating is well worth the extra time, especially for things like nights on the town, weddings or corporate travel. Not only that but you would also be surprised how limousine companies have caught up with technology and may even have apps of their own! Another hint: if you're a frequent booker in a particular city, create an account with them and receive a personalized service in your home city. Most account holders receive automatic discounts off their regular rates!

 

Request for a delayed airport pickup

Delayed meet and greet, great for traveling to a new city, receive 5 star service while saving money

Delayed meet and greet, great for traveling to a new city, receive 5 star service while saving money

Another airport hack to save you money.  How would you like to enjoy the convenience and comfort of having a professional driver meet you at the airport, but not pay for the extra wait the driver has to go through?  This works best for international arrivals and don't have global entry (US citizens can speed through customs with this so this hack does not apply to them).  If you're traveling from abroad to say JFK or EWR airports, once you land, not only do you have to get your luggage but have through go through customs.  Customs, can sometimes take at least an hour and before you know it, you're getting charged for it.

Now, it is best to hire a limo service with a driver meet and greet at the terminal of a foreign city, the driver will track your flight and meet you upon arrival, such a great way to start a trip to a new city.  Most limo companies not only charge for the meet and greet, but offer 1 hour courtesy wait time for international arrivals.  However, once that hour passes, and most times it does, you will get charged for wait time.  Instead, specify to your limo service to not only track your flight (they do this regardless), but to pick you up 30-45 minutes AFTER your flight lands. So for example, your flight lands at 9:00PM, but you ask your limo provider to be at the airport 45 minutes after it lands, so the new pickup time is 9:45PM.  Your chauffeur will be at the terminal and now you have until 10:45PM before the wait time charge applies.  You just saved a potential charge of $45-$60 had the driver came in at 9:00PM when the flight landed. This gives you an extra buffer in case of delays and long lines at customs and still have the convenience and peace of mind of having your chauffeur greet you when you arrive without paying extra for it!  

But you have to make sure you request this, and simply putting it on the time on the reservation does not count (for example, flight arrives 9:00PM, and you simply reserve by putting 9:45PM on their online reservation system).  Otherwise, the limo service will just track the flight and the "actual arrival times" always supersedes the "reservation time" for airport pickups. The notes section of most online limo reservation services is great place to specify this request.

I hope these hints and tips help you when booking your next chauffeur hire service, Although these have been applied in New York City, they will work just as well at your next destination!

5 Reasons To Take A Limo Service To The Airport in NYC

Ever considered reserving a limo service for your next airport trip but thought it was too much of a hassle? You couldn’t be further from the truth. Here’s why:

1. Dependability

Have you ever tried to flag a cab when you’re in a hurry to get somewhere? When you don’t need one, they’re everywhere. Somehow, the universe knows when you’re headed somewhere important and they disappear. When you book with a NYC limo service like Sedanz, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that we will arrive a few minutes early and alert you to our arrival with a friendly text message or phone call. Even better, after making your reservation with our new app, you can follow your drivers’ progress as he makes his way to your location. When you absolutely have to be somewhere, don’t leave it up to chance. make a reservation with Sedanz and we’ll take care of the rest.

2. Cost

You might actually be surprised to see our flat rates for NYC airport transportation – they’re really not much less affordable than a taxi cab. The improved comfort and luxury might not surprise you either, but the difference is immeasurable. Sure, the cheapest way to NYC airports might be public transportation, but nobody ever raved about the cheapest bottle of wine at the liquor store, either. For just a little bit more than a standard taxi, you’ll receive the most luxurious NYC limo services offered.

3. Simplicity

Sure, you could try and decipher the subway maps, if you’ve got a masters degree in hieroglyphics that is. Even taking the bus can have its share of complications, and no matter whether you choose to take a subway, the bus, or a combination thereof; you’re going to be prone unexpected delays. If you miss a stop on the subway, you’ll likely end up missing your flight trying to recover. When you book Sedanz, our team will take every aspect of your reservation into consideration. We monitor things like flight delays, traffic, and weather to make sure that we’re prepared. In other words, we’ll do all the worrying; all you have to do is be ready to go at the time of your reservation.

4. Luxury

Let’s face it; everyone loves to be treated well. We’ve gone out of our way to make your experience with Sedanz the most luxurious limo ride in the city. Our suited drivers will pick you up in one of our many luxury sedans, with commodities like bottled water and in-car Wi-Fi. Our professional drivers will treat you with respect and can adhere to any changes in direction you might request.

5. Convenience

There are a myriad of ways to book a reservation with Sedanz: Our new and improved app, our website, or via phone or email. Far and away, our app is the easiest and most convenient to use, and is available for both Android and iOS devices. Here are just a few of the benefits of using our app:

  • Get a ride instantly from a professional suited driver.
  • View a map of your driver’s progress as he arrives to your location
  • Chat with your driver via private messaging integrated in the app
  • Schedule multiple rides with future bookings.