Booking airport transfers can be confusing, especially if it’s your first time and because of COVID-19 restrictions and regulations. Add to that the tight schedules of flights, last minute flight changes, and the big losses that minor delays can cause and it can become more complicated!
And quite often, infrequent travelers panic only to end up signing a bad deal. Sometimes paying hefty amounts only to discover their airport taxi is a complete junk vehicle or their driver is untrained. And sometimes, missing their flights because they trusted a cheap but lousy airport transfer service that didn’t show up!
To help you avoid such mishaps, here are the top six tested and tried tips. They will help you select the best and stay as cautious, concerned, and vigilant as needed.
Also, do not panic. Even if you’re short on time, most airport operators allow booking within 24 hours of your trip.
SELECT A REPUTABLE AIRPORT TRANSFER SERVICE
The airport transportation provider plays the most influential role in determining the success of your trip. While there are many options available, not every service is reliable.
Start by crafting a list of all the best services in your vicinity and conducting a detailed comparison. Check out the official websites and social media accounts. If you’re opting for cheaper options, then you won’t get the facilities offered by the high-end services. Choose the airport transfer service only after detailed research.
ALWAYS GET A QUOTE
Well, before you sign up for anything anywhere, make it a rule for yourself to get the quote and compare it with competitors. Blindly going with the first airport transfer company you come across is not a wise choice. They might be marketing their average services too well to keep you from noticing the unreasonable amounts that they are charging.
Hence, always visit the website and check quotes for your specific needs. You can get quotes online or by calling most places.
CHOOSE THE IDEAL VEHICLE
Nowadays, airport transportation companies include a variety of vehicles in their inventory. Vans, sedans, limos, private cars and SUVs are available with most operators. Be sure to consider the amount of luggage your group will be brining in addition to the number of passengers.
Also keep in mind that many operators have temporarily suspended shared ride options sue to COVID.
AVAIL MEET & GREET SERVICES
Another effective tip to elevate your experience from good to the best, is using Meet & Greet services. This is especially helpful if you are unfamiliar with the airport or don’t travel frequently.
LET THE DRIVER ASSIST YOU
This particular tip is for all the first-timers! Let the driver help you with the luggage carrying and other similar tasks. Please do not shy away or be hesitant. If the vehicle driver offers his services, allow doing so.
So, it is okay to let the driver-assist you in these chores. You can offer a tip in return for the services. Now, this does not refer that you should force someone to do so if not offered.
Note that we’re not encouraging you to risk the expensive equipment that you may be carrying, such as professional cameras, portable monitors, laptops, etc. Carry the sensitive luggage by yourself because, in case of any losses, you might ruin your trip. Plus, this is an additional aspect to assess. A good airport transfer service will compensate for any losses caused by its staff. But then again, this is something you can assess only after trying out a service and not before choosing it.