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From Front Door to Deck Chair: How to Choose the Best Airport Transfer Service
Posted by :Belinda BroidoPosted date : March 6, 2014In CarComments Off on From Front Door to Deck Chair: How to Choose the Best Airport Transfer Service
Roll back the clock several years and eager travellers didn’t have any problem whatsoever in driving to their airport of choice, parking up, and returning a few weeks later. Back then, such facilities were pretty much complimentary – and not one of the primary money-makers for airports which they happen to be now.
As such, we shouldn’t be surprised to see that the airport transfers industry is in its element. Practically every taxi service in the vicinity will provide an airport operation and on most occasions, it will work out a hell of a lot cheaper than parking on-site.
Nevertheless, by going down this route you are pledging your holiday in someone else’s hands. Should something go wrong, and you’ll either be left out of pocket, stuck shivering at the airport or even worse, left on your own front drive. As such, if you have taken the plunge to book one of these services, make sure you consider the following factors.
We’re not talking about the meter situation here – if you’ve pre-booked your transfer, you should have agreed a fixed price anyway. However, it’s not been unheard of for some providers to demand extras for factors such as the Congestion Charge, toll roads or even entry into the airport drop off facility. Suffice to say, any of the above issues can make a significant difference to your overall transfer cost – so iron out the details as soon as you make that first call.
If you’re travelling to the local airport, you shouldn’t have a problem. However, more and more taxi companies are starting to travel further afield. For example, the Alpha AirPort Taxi Service is based in Suffolk yet will still provide transfers to the London airports, East Midlands and even Manchester. This particular provider has forged a very good reputation on offering the above services, although this doesn’t apply to everyone. Some firms will just smell the money and take you to any airport you wish – but this isn’t necessarily a good thing.
Taxis certainly aren’t immune to bad traffic and if you are an unlucky party that gets held up on the way there, the last thing you need is for your driver not to know his arrivals from his departures. Airport drop-off systems can be complicated at best, so it’s always important to ensure that your transfer company has the required experience to take you to your airport of choice without any hiccups.
The most reliable transfer firms will almost always provide a plane tracking feature. In short, you’ll hand them your flight number, and they’ll take care of everything else in relation to your inbound flight. They’ll know immediately if it has been delayed, and will be able to adjust their schedule accordingly.
Such a feature should not be underestimated. If you are again unlucky and happen to be hit by a three hour delay, the last thing you need is for your transfer provider to be between jobs and leaving you drenched at the airport. Instead, if they are adequately prepared, they’ll be able to plan accordingly and know exactly when you require picking up.
And finally, this is an industry which is the same as every other one – it relies on repeat custom and crucial customer feedback. Scour Google+, Yell.com and whatever review site you can find – you want to know that other customers have arrived for their holiday in good time, without any stress. If your potential transfer firm ticks this, and all of the above, you’re onto a winner and can get set to enjoy the sun.