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Getting to New York City from the three main airports in the area – JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark – can be an expensive challenge. Taxis cost a lot and there are often long lines, while picking up a private car at the curb can mean ridesharing (and spending a lot of extra time in the car getting into the city) and sky-high rates. Public transportation is an option and may even be quicker, but this post will focus on private car services and the best ways to earn miles and points and save money with some of the top options. Feel free to share your thoughts and if you have a company you use that you recommend.
Generally speaking, most of the companies charge a cheaper rate for a pickup at an airport headed into NYC, as opposed from a pick-up in the city headed to the airport.
In terms of bonus points, one of the travel categories that earns 2X points per mile on the Sapphire Preferred is limos and taxis, so if you charge your ride to that card, you should be earning double points. The Barclaycard Arrival with the annual fee earns 2x on all purchases, but does not include limousines, taxis or private car services in its travel category so don’t expect the 10% rebate on travel redemptions if you want to use points to cover your rides.
Here’s a comparison of some of the major car services that offer rides to and from the major airports. For comparison, here is what a taxi will cost you from each (approximately).
JFK to Manhattan: $52.50 plus tolls
LaGuardia to Manhattan: $24-$50 plus tolls
Manhattan to Newark: $60-$80 plus tolls
Prices to JFK: Full Size Sedan: $52, Luxury Sedan: $57, or Deluxe Sedan: $60
Prices from JFK: Full Size Sedan: $44, Luxury Sedan: $51, or Deluxe Sedan: $54
Prices to LGA: Full Size Sedan: $34, Luxury Sedan: $37, or Deluxe Sedan: $42
Prices from LGA: Full Size Sedan: $30, Luxury Sedan: $33, or Deluxe Sedan: $38
Prices to EWR: Full Size Sedan: $51, Luxury Sedan: $56, or Deluxe Sedan: $59
Prices from EWR: Full Size Sedan: $46, Luxury Sedan: $53, or Deluxe Sedan: $56
These prices do not include tips or gratuities. In addition, for pickups above 125th Street in Manhattan, there is an additional $5 charge.
Carmel partners with several airlines including: JetBlue, Delta, American, Alaska, US Airways, and United. For JetBlue, Delta and American, you will earn 200 base miles to/from the airport. With the others, you’ll earn 1-6 miles per dollar based on the fare. For all of these airline partners, you must book your reservation through the airline partner page and include your frequent flyer number in order to earn any bonus miles.
Prices to/from JFK: Economy Class: $55, Luxury Class: $65, or VIP $85
Prices to/from LGA: Economy Class: $44, Luxury Class: $48, or VIP $65
Prices to/from EWR: Economy Class: $55, Luxury Class: $65, or VIP $85
Wait time, tolls, stops, processing fees, inside pick-up and car seats are not included in the base fare. However, you are not responsible for paying the driver a tip when exiting. The driver has already been taken care of.
Groundlink partners with JetBlue, United, and Airtran, but they do not offer any bonus miles for booking with them. With JetBlue at least, any fuel surcharges are waived and you get 45 minutes of free waiting time.
Now through August 31, 2013, you can receive 15% off using Promo Code CAR15.
Dial 7 Transportation
Prices to JFK: Sedan-$52, Luxury Sedan: $57
Prices from JFK: Sedan: $48, Luxury Sedan: $53
Prices to LGA: Sedan: $34, Luxury Sedan: $38
Prices from LGA: Sedan: $33, Luxury Sedan: $38
Prices to EWR: Sedan: $52, Luxury Sedan: $57
Prices from EWR: Sedan: $48, Luxury Sedan: $53
These prices do not include tolls or gratuities. Unfortunately Dial 7 isn’t partnering with airlines at this time, however, you can get $5 off any fare $29 or up with coupon code UA06121 until December 31, 2013.
Although it’s generally more expensive that taxis and other car services, I happen to love Uber because you can page private cars and taxis directly from your smartphone without having to plan in advance or wait out on the street and try to hail a cab or call a town car, and it can be a godsend in cities where taxis are scarce. Not only that, but Uber automatically bills the (points-earning) credit card you have on file and gratuity is included, so no arguing with the driver about paying in cash or credit, waiting for a receipt, or any other inconvenience.
Prices to/from JFK: UBERx: $65, Black Car: $85, SUV: $125
Prices to/from Newark: UBERx: $85, Black Car: $105, SUV: $150
Prices to/from LaGuardia: No set rate, price based on distance.
These prices do not include tolls, but tips are included.
Currently, American Express has teamed up with Uber to offer first time users savings.The Uber discount is $10 off a single ride of $30 or more taken by June 30, 2013. To use, click on the offer in your American Express account and be sure sync your Amex card to it and use it to pay to get the $10 statement credit back.
Do you have a favorite car service you use when headed to/from NYC, or do you just hop in a cab? Feel free to share your tips below!