Have you ever been to LHR, that is, London Heathrow Airport? There is a lot to like for Delta flyers especially if you are flying in business class and can visit the lounges. But that is not what I am talking about today – I am talking Taxis and why I so hate them.
I love my Uber. I use the service all over the world (where stupid governments have not banned them, that is). Uber is always, it seems, fighting with airports for rights to pickup passengers.
After a recent visit to LHR I needed a short ride to a hotel near the airport (more on that trip later). But you see the LHR Taxi drivers are worse than just about any drivers I have come across worldwide. Here is why:
- They over charge you
- (Most) do not take credit cards
- They refuse the fare
- They make up rates
- Their attitude is horrid
And those are the “good” points (just kidding). After I did get a ride with a Taxi the amount on the meter did not match what he billed my card (found one that had iPad billing). Another time I just could not get ANY cab to take me where I wanted to go.
Thankfully my Samsung NOTE4 phone works in England and thanks to the free international add-on plan Sprint now has it was free to use data to request an Uber and calling was just 20 cents a minute. But LHR has some strange rules to allow Uber.
They “officially” have to park in the parking area and come either meet you inside or pick you up in the parking area. I had one loop around, much like I do in the USA when they are banned, and just pick me up as a “friend”. Love that.
Bottom line is this – Uber saved me and mine when traveling vs. the LHR Taxis who left me standing.
What has been your Taxi experience in London and other places around the world. Has Uber saved the day for you as well? – René
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