Airport Car Services: An Easy Way to Add Luxury to Any Trip

Travel is hard – especially that part where you have to get from the airport to your hotel or some other destination.

Public transit can be unreliable and not so luxurious, taxi service can be unreliable and expensive, and rideshares are often not much better. And then there’s the luggage in all its cumbersome glory.

There is another way. Private airport car services can give you the right mix of security and comfort you crave, with a whiff of exclusivity thrown in for a modest upcharge. And best of all, those pre paid and non-refundable costs can also be insured when you get travel protection from Generali Global Assistance.

The What and The Why

Private airport car services are just what they sound like: a car service that gets you from your door to the airport, or from the airport to your final destination, and it’s just you and your party in the car.

These services promise no more chaos, no more lines, no more schlepping bags across terminals, no more deciphering public-transport maps, and no more cooling your heels in the car-rental area. The only thing you have to worry about is whether your name’s spelled right on the card the driver holds.

Why indulge in this particular luxury? For one, it doesn’t have to be that expensive. Second, you deserve it. And finally, it’s the ultimate in flexibility. With a private car, you're on your own schedule, not the timetable of trains, buses, or shuttles.

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How It Works

The mechanics of booking an airport car service are simpler than ever. Websites and apps from companies like Blacklane and GroundLink let you compare prices, check vehicle options, and read reviews to ensure you find the service that best fits your needs.

You can book your ride in advance of your trip, online or via their apps, with most services offering 24/7 availability.

Once you enter your pickup and drop-off information and choose your vehicle type (sedan for the solo traveler, SUV for the fam, a limo if you're feeling extra-fancy), you’re done.

When your flight lands, finding your ride couldn’t be simpler. You see your name and meet your driver. They take your bags, guide you to your ride, and you’re in. It's VIP treatment all the way.

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The Price Tag

Sure, luxury costs – but not as much as you might think.

Costs of airport car services can vary based on distance, vehicle type, and city. Generally, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $200 for the service, and a little extra for the driver.

While it may be pricier than a cab or rideshare (though have you priced a taxi from LaGuardia to anywhere these days?), the benefits can outweigh the cost.

Those benefits become more valuable when you consider your personal circumstances. Are you worried about pickpockets? Do you need quiet time for work or phone calls? Do you have a large group or a lot of luggage?

Any of these might be a reason to hire a private car.

There’s another plus you might not have considered: When you book and pay in advance for a private car service, it can be an insurable trip cost when you get travel protection from Generali Global Assistance.

That means if your flight is cancelled or your trip interrupted for a covered reason, you can be reimbursed for the money you spent booking the private car – making it part of a smart travel investment. The cost of the car service just needs to be a prepaid, nonrefundable expense and you can add it into your trip costs when you get a travel protection quote.

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Things To Look For

Most major U.S. airports offer a plethora of private-car options. Which one you choose is largely a matter of personal preference, features, and services.

For instance, if you’re traveling with small children, does your service of choice offer car seats or car-seat-accommodating vehicles? Do they offer or stress GPS tracking? Do they tout the service history of their vehicles?

You’re paying for the ultimate in professional transportation services. It behooves you to make sure your chosen service lives up to that standard – so ask questions before you book.

If you decide to hire a private car to deliver you out of airport-transit purgatory, it’s probably going to be for a trip that merits travel protection from Generali Global Assistance. With coverage options, like the Premium Plan of travel insurance with assistance services, are a little like car services, in that they deliver security and peace of mind when you travel.

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