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Driving to our local airport (Logan International Airport in Boston) is pretty easy from our house. However, parking is never fun. The lots are sometimes full, and it’s very expensive to leave a car there for a week. For our recent trip this Thanksgiving, I was worried that the parking lot would be full, so we decided to take Uber for the first time. I downloaded the app, and we tried it out.
Once I downloaded the app (a few days prior to our trip), I checked out the fare, and made sure that I’d easily be able to get a car. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the fare was less than half what a cab would cost (and equivalent to about 2 days of parking at Logan). The morning that we were leaving, I checked Uber to see how far a car was, and I found out that we’d be able to have a ride within 10 minutes.
Our car arrived, and after loading it up, we headed to the airport. It was so convenient to be dropped right off at the departures area. The app automatically charges your credit card, although we did provide a cash tip. During our trip, we also used Uber once during our trip. Again, it was convenient, and we had a ride within 5 minutes.
Getting a ride home was a little more challenging, but still worthwhile. Like many airports, Logan Airport only allows Uber vehicles that are registered as livery vehicles. Those are generally Uber Black vehicles, which are more expensive than the regular UberX vehicles. We requested our vehicle after getting our luggage, and met our driver in the limo pickup area. The fee was more expensive (more than double), due to the traffic at the time (it was rush hour) and to the fact that we had an Uber Black car. Despite the added expense, it was still cheaper than parking at the airport, and certainly more convenient.
If you are considering using Uber on your vacation, I definitely recommend that you check out the policy at your local airport to see if Uber is allowed to operate there. It’s also worth reviewing the various types of Uber vehicles before requesting one, especially if you have a larger family.
Have you tried Uber? What was your experience?