There are a ton of things I love about Sweden (can you tell?)! One of them is the mass transit. You can take a bus or train or trolley just about anywhere you want to go. From Gothenburg airport (and many others btw), I can hop the airport bus for about $ 25 round trip to the center of town. Then a tram to my mom’s place for $2. A taxi, when you ask for a “fixed price” before you get into the cab, one way runs you about $60. So, about ½ price (for my wife and I) if we can put up with a change, a little longer ride and some walking. If I have an early AM flight I take a cab, if not we tram and bus it!
Consumer advocate Christopher Elliott had one recently about “Do taxi drivers prey on tourists?“. And it would seem that even the taxi drivers themselves can some times be the victims of their own employers as you can see HERE.
I live in the midwest. We drive. I have taken a cab about once in 10 years locally to the airport as I usually hit up my friends to drive me to the SBN airport. Then, I take them out to dinner as I would rather enjoy time with them and food than give it to a cab driver (thanks Ralph and Byron btw)!
I love my Delta AMEX Reserve card and I think, other than Chase, their customer service to card holders is one of the best in the business. I have used their extended warranty claim when things have broken after paying for items with the card and they give you credit back almost instantly! That is real value beyond points and MQM’s. I have never had to challenge a charge from a Taxi, but I bet AMEX would go “to the mat” for me if I ever asked and felt ripped off.
So my question to readers – how do you all deal with taxis all over the planet? How do you know you are not getting scammed? Do you ask for a fixed price before the ride? I would love to know your tips and tricks to help me and other readers out there. Have at it – René
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