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aussietravellers
07-10-2010, 02:40 AM
Hi Ms.Shuttergirl, I was sure that you mentioned a car service that you used from the airport to your hotel return in New York. I have been hunting high and low and I can not find it anywhere. Did you use one? Was it a meet and greet (they met you at the baggage claim or gate)? Were they ok?

Does anybody else have any recommendations for a car service pickup from JFK to Times Square (and return). With my torn artery I will not be able to lift anything (not even the hand luggage, I'm not allowed to lift over 2 pounds), so I thought if we got a meet and greet, the driver can help with the luggage (we don't travel light :lmao: ) Because of my neck I'm not interested in the train. A taxi is a possibility but I would really prefer to have the pick up organised before we leave Australia as when we arrive in NY we will be straight from Brisbane (except the couple of hours stopover/plane change in LAX) so we will be tired and it will be nice to have somebody greet us rather than trying to struggle with luggage and find where to go and get a cab or find the right sign for a limo pickup.

Would love recommendations.

Thanks :goodvibes

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-10-2010, 02:48 AM
I used Wiro Limo last time. They were great. They met us at baggage claim. We will contact them again for this trip.

How long have you got between arriving in LA and getting on your NY flight? We've only got 1 hr 20 mins. I just am worried it's not doable?

aussietravellers
07-10-2010, 03:03 AM
Did you book with them online? (Wiro Limo that is)

We have 2hrs 45 mins at LAX.

One hour 20 is cutting it fine, but it should be enough time. When you get off the plane, become powerwalkers and fly past everybody else to join the shortest customs queue. Are you on partner airlines? or is it a continuing flight or changing terminals? If it's a continuing flight then that's plenty of time. If you are changing terminals, then you will have your bags tagged right the way through, so pick them up and take them through customs and there is a drop outside customs with bags already tagged to their next destination. Try to find out which terminal your next flight is going from and you can just run to the next terminal if it's close and hopefully you will be checked in for the ongoing flight and have your boarding passes.

Also it's possible the flight may arrive early. We often seem to have flights arrive early at LAX. In December we were over half an hour early with VAustralia :thumbsup2

aussietravellers
07-10-2010, 09:29 AM
I used Wiro Limo last time. They were great. They met us at baggage claim. We will contact them again for this trip.


I've just read reviews about them on Yelp, not one bad review! I was looking at Carmel and Dial 7 before today and whilst they have some good reviews they have lots of horrendous reviews. Thanks so much for mentioning them :flower3:

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-10-2010, 05:23 PM
I've just read reviews about them on Yelp, not one bad review! I was looking at Carmel and Dial 7 before today and whilst they have some good reviews they have lots of horrendous reviews. Thanks so much for mentioning them :flower3:

Actually it was on Yelp that I found them :rotfl:. We had them do our airport transfers but we also hired them to take us to the Bruce Springsteen concert, wait for us, then bring us home. We had William who owns the company for the concert, a nice older man from the airport and a lovely lady back to the airport. All very courteous and friendly and professional. What more can you want.

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-10-2010, 05:25 PM
Did you book with them online? (Wiro Limo that is)

We have 2hrs 45 mins at LAX.

One hour 20 is cutting it fine, but it should be enough time. When you get off the plane, become powerwalkers and fly past everybody else to join the shortest customs queue. Are you on partner airlines? or is it a continuing flight or changing terminals? If it's a continuing flight then that's plenty of time. If you are changing terminals, then you will have your bags tagged right the way through, so pick them up and take them through customs and there is a drop outside customs with bags already tagged to their next destination. Try to find out which terminal your next flight is going from and you can just run to the next terminal if it's close and hopefully you will be checked in for the ongoing flight and have your boarding passes.

Also it's possible the flight may arrive early. We often seem to have flights arrive early at LAX. In December we were over half an hour early with VAustralia :thumbsup2

We're flying with Delta and I believe it's a continuing flight. Not sure about changing terminals. I will have to get more information. ONe good thing, we won't have any sitting around time :rotfl2:.

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-10-2010, 08:20 PM
I just emailed Wiro Limo for a quote first, email address is wirolimo@yahoo.com.

Aussietravellers, I have looked at my flight itinerary and it says that I arrive into LA at Terminal 5 and fly out from LA at Terminal 5, so that should be a help with time right? Or is Terminal 5 the size of a capital city :lmao:?

aussietravellers
07-10-2010, 10:15 PM
We're flying with Delta and I believe it's a continuing flight. Not sure about changing terminals. I will have to get more information. ONe good thing, we won't have any sitting around time :rotfl2:.

Oh that will be easy and plenty of time. You will have your bags tagged right the way through and you will have your onward boarding passes and be checked in and with a bit of luck you will arrive and depart from the same terminal :cool1: (I think Delta is terminal 5 from memory, I know AA is terminal 4, so Delta is 5, could be wrong, my memory is failing slightly with age, turning 40 does that :lmao: ) Then you just need to get off the plane, clear customs, get your bags and then just drop them (there should be some sort of baggage drop for international bags that are tagged right the way through, I know there is at Tom Bradley terminal), then you will go through security and get on the next plane. :thumbsup2

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-10-2010, 10:43 PM
I sure hope it is as easy as that :lmao:

Kangarucci
07-15-2010, 08:40 PM
Ms. Shuttergirl,

Did you get a reply for a quote from Wiro? I am thinking of booking them also after reading all the positive comments.

Cheers :goodvibes

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-15-2010, 10:20 PM
This is the reply from them:-

From JFK to NYC the sedan price will be $65 flatrate, tolls included, Cash price, each way.

This means you need to get your luggage yourself. They don't come into the terminal. I believe we paid extra last time to have them come inside but it's probably not worth it.

Kangarucci
07-16-2010, 02:10 AM
Thanks for the info. :goodvibes I think that we will ge our own luggage. Do I need to give them my credit card details to book? I will pay in cash as there maybe a surcharge.

Cheers

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-01-2010, 07:03 PM
Okay so I've been thinking some more about this airport service. Because we are flying straight into New York from Aust this time, we won't have mobile phones yet, we will purchase them in NYC.

How will the car service do a curbside pick up if we can't call them to say we have arrived?

Last time we had phones but had also arranged to be picked up in the terminal which I believe cost approx. $15 more.

Part of me is thinking it might be just as easy to catch a cab but my husband hates New York Cabs :lmao:

ehsmum
08-01-2010, 07:13 PM
We used dial7 and they were fine. I believe it was the same price as quoted by wiro - $65 not including tolls and tip. It ended up costing us $80 when we added those in if I recall correctly. We arrived during peak hour and it took us a long time to get into the city due to heavy traffic, so a taxi would have probably been around the same if not a little more. Our friends who arrived the same day (but later, not peak hour) caught a taxi and it cost them around $50.

They were not waiting for us at the airport. We called after we had our luggage and were given a driver number. We then headed outside and a couple of minutes later, our car arrived with the driver holding a number out the window. If you need help with the luggage, I think you will have to pay a surcharge to have a driver waiting. Ms Shuttergirl, I'm sure there would be payphones in the terminal. I didn't notice them as we never needed one, but they can't be totally obsolete, can they?

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-01-2010, 07:48 PM
We used dial7 and they were fine. I believe it was the same price as quoted by wiro - $65 not including tolls and tip. It ended up costing us $80 when we added those in if I recall correctly. We arrived during peak hour and it took us a long time to get into the city due to heavy traffic, so a taxi would have probably been around the same if not a little more. Our friends who arrived the same day (but later, not peak hour) caught a taxi and it cost them around $50.

They were not waiting for us at the airport. We called after we had our luggage and were given a driver number. We then headed outside and a couple of minutes later, our car arrived with the driver holding a number out the window. If you need help with the luggage, I think you will have to pay a surcharge to have a driver waiting. Ms Shuttergirl, I'm sure there would be payphones in the terminal. I didn't notice them as we never needed one, but they can't be totally obsolete, can they?

Wiro's price includes the toll's so it sounds like they may be the better option. I will contact them and ask them what they normally do in circumstances where people don't have mobiles.

Oz-kateer
08-02-2010, 12:13 AM
Hi Ms Shuttergirl - have done the Delta Terminal 5 thing and there's potentially 3 bottlenecks when you're coming in and then proceeding on a flight (Is this Delta 16?)

The First is Immigration - when you get off the plane and have to show your passport etc. This could take awhile, depending on the lines and how organised the officers on duty are.

The second is the customs/bag drop. After you have had your passport cleared you have to go through and collect your bags from the carousel (or they may alreday have them off and have them all lined up against the wall, which is actually less fun as the bags are harder to tell apart). You then have to pass through customs - nothing to declare may make this faster. You then come out of there and drop your bags off in the holding area on your right (there are people telling you what to do).

The third is security. After you drop your bags you have to go up the escalators and line up again to get back into the line to back through security to continue your flight - which is now a domestic flight (to ATL? or anywhere else it doesn't really matter). This part we found the most frustrating as you line up in this long line so they can check your boarding pass and ID (have your boarding pass and passport out ready) and then you go up more escalators and have to pass through the xray machines and metal detectors (jackets and shoes off, baggie with your liquids out ready for inspection!).

THEN if you have any time left you can wander through the shops as you go down to your gate to catch your plane.

Last year we had a 2hr 45 min layover between LAX and ATL and made the connecting flight with 10 mins to spare!

Oz-kateer
08-31-2010, 09:36 AM
So what was the consensus with NYC transport?

Who has booked who for limo rides?

I still haven't made a booking yet, looking for opinions/prices. JFK to Times Square. Thanks team.

aussietravellers
09-01-2010, 08:22 AM
So what was the consensus with NYC transport?

Who has booked who for limo rides?

I still haven't made a booking yet, looking for opinions/prices. JFK to Times Square. Thanks team.

I have been in contact with Wiro Limo (on Ms.Shuttergirls reviews) for airport pickup and drop off. They certainly replied to my enquiry very quickly, so now I just have to confirm and call with my cc details :thumbsup2

They have quoted $65 cash including tolls from JFK to Times Square which doesn't seem to be much more than a taxi, but I like the idea of having the pickup booked after a long flight and being a little sleepy.

Oz-kateer
09-01-2010, 07:31 PM
Is that $65 inclusive of them coming into the terminal building and collecting you and assisting you with the luggage, or is that just a kerbside pickup?

aussietravellers
09-02-2010, 12:47 AM
Is that $65 inclusive of them coming into the terminal building and collecting you and assisting you with the luggage, or is that just a kerbside pickup?

That does not include the baggage claim pickup, that is the curbside price. It is $15 extra for baggage claim pickup.

mrFDNY
09-02-2010, 01:04 AM
Hi gang,
First off, welcome to my city! Nyc Yellow Taxi's have a "flat fee" from Jfk airport to midtown/times square. The fee is around $40 last time i checked. They will not help you with your luggage or meet you at the gate, you have to go curbside and to the taxi stand. This site should explain more and help you with more info. it is Nyc's offical website, reguarding taxi's.
http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/passenger/taxicab_rate.shtml

In the past i had friends use triple 7's. (212) 777-7777, punch the number into a search tool and thier website should come up. I have never used them myself, so can't say much about them myself. Friends have always had nice things to say about them.

*** This does'nt happen too often, but just a warning. Use caution as if any taxi driver notice's you are from overseas, they might try to raise the set price once at your hotel. Calmly and nicely Remind your driver that this is illegal and your only paying the set price agreed too, otherwise your contacting the better business bureau and the taxi and limo commission. Good luck and have fun in the city. If you have any other question's, i will try to help.

aussietravellers
09-02-2010, 04:57 AM
Does anybody know how long it takes to get from Times Square to JFK? (on a weekday morning).

Our flight leaves JFK at 9am and I asked the car service company their recommended pickup time and they said 8am :confused3 I thought it was about an hour to the airport which means we would be arriving at the airport when our plane is taking off.

Oz-kateer
09-02-2010, 10:59 AM
CAREFUL!

Normally the check in counters close 30 mins prior to departure, meaning you should be at the airport at least an hour, hour and a half before your flight to get checked in and through security.

However, JFK has a 60 minute security check in time before departure if you're travelling with bags. So if your flight is at 9am they'll be closing the check in at 8am.

This means you'd need to be at the airport by 6.30/7am at the absolute latest to make sure you're all checked in, especially if there is a line. Imagine if the check in closed at 8am and all 200-odd passengers showed up at the airport at 10 to 8.

According to my little travel bible here, they say allow 60-90 minutes travel time at this time of the day since it's morning rush hour. That is of course assuming it's a weekday.

I'd be questioning that pick up time.



Edited to add:

What airline are you flying? I found this on the Delta website: https://www.delta.com/traveling_checkin/itineraries_checkin/requirements/

mrFDNY
09-02-2010, 01:04 PM
Does anybody know how long it takes to get from Times Square to JFK? (on a weekday morning).

Our flight leaves JFK at 9am and I asked the car service company their recommended pickup time and they said 8am :confused3 I thought it was about an hour to the airport which means we would be arriving at the airport when our plane is taking off.

I'll be honest thats cutting it really close. I would say you should leave at least 2 hours before your departure time at jfk. To be honest Jfk is hit or miss, plus traffic can be terrible at that time here in nyc and if there is just one vechile accident holding up traffic, it can cause traffic jams and so on. We usually leave our house here in nyc 2 hours before departure. We always take the 6 am flight out of jfk. Sometimes we found ourselfs thru security and sitting at the gate for a hour and a half and other times, we were running to the gate after clearing security with 10 minutes to spare.

This website might help you make a better decision with what time to leave for the airport.
http://www.ifly.com/john-f-kennedy-international-airport/wait-times

mrFDNY
09-02-2010, 01:13 PM
Does anybody know how long it takes to get from Times Square to JFK? (on a weekday morning).

Our flight leaves JFK at 9am and I asked the car service company their recommended pickup time and they said 8am :confused3 I thought it was about an hour to the airport which means we would be arriving at the airport when our plane is taking off.

I did'nt really answer your question with my last post. According to map quest, this is actually copied and pasted right from thier site.

Starting Location New York, NY 10036 Times Square
Ending Location
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)Edit
Jfk International Airport
Jamaica, NY 11430
Website | (718) 244-4444
Total Travel Estimate: 28 minutes / 16.84 miles

Not so sure if i agree with 28 minutes, i would say more like 45 minutes.This is of course without any traffic, if your driver is on time and takes this certain route. At 8 am, it's rush hour in nyc.

kdfogliano
09-02-2010, 01:17 PM
HI,

I live in NYC and always use Carmel or Dial 7's to get to the airport
It is also very easy to get a NYC yellow taxi to and from the airport, and they are cheaper.
You will just have to wait in line at the taxi stand at the airport

These 3 options are all reliable

If you are worried about your bags, ask a skycap at baggage claim to help you with them and they will take you to your car or taxi line

kdfogliano
09-02-2010, 01:18 PM
I did'nt really answer your question with my last post. According to map quest, this is actually copied and pasted right from thier site.

Starting Location New York, NY 10036 Times Square
Ending Location
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)Edit
Jfk International Airport
Jamaica, NY 11430
Website | (718) 244-4444
Total Travel Estimate: 28 minutes / 16.84 miles

Not so sure if i agree with 28 minutes, i would say more like 45 minutes.This is of course without any traffic, if your driver is on time and takes this certain route. At 8 am, it's rush hour in nyc.

I agree, i would give yourself an hour to get to JFK, you never know how the traffic is getting through the city and out of the city

aussietravellers
09-02-2010, 04:43 PM
CAREFUL!

Normally the check in counters close 30 mins prior to departure, meaning you should be at the airport at least an hour, hour and a half before your flight to get checked in and through security.

However, JFK has a 60 minute security check in time before departure if you're travelling with bags. So if your flight is at 9am they'll be closing the check in at 8am.

This means you'd need to be at the airport by 6.30/7am at the absolute latest to make sure you're all checked in, especially if there is a line. Imagine if the check in closed at 8am and all 200-odd passengers showed up at the airport at 10 to 8.

According to my little travel bible here, they say allow 60-90 minutes travel time at this time of the day since it's morning rush hour. That is of course assuming it's a weekday.

I'd be questioning that pick up time.



Edited to add:

What airline are you flying? I found this on the Delta website: https://www.delta.com/traveling_checkin/itineraries_checkin/requirements/

Thanks Oz-Kateer,

We are always at the airport (domestically) at least an hour to an hour and a half before the flight so when I got that time suggestion I was :scared1:
We are flying with AA, we are flying first too, so there should't be much of a check in line and I think there is a security checkpoint for FC passengers too, which should speed it up (mind you it's probably still a long line :rotfl: )

But I think if we leave at 6.30am that gives us plenty of time and we can grab breakfast at the airport if we are there early.

I didn't know about the hour before security cut off for luggage, so thanks so much for that info :flower3:

aussietravellers
09-02-2010, 04:48 PM
I'll be honest thats cutting it really close. I would say you should leave at least 2 hours before your departure time at jfk. To be honest Jfk is hit or miss, plus traffic can be terrible at that time here in nyc and if there is just one vechile accident holding up traffic, it can cause traffic jams and so on. We usually leave our house here in nyc 2 hours before departure. We always take the 6 am flight out of jfk. Sometimes we found ourselfs thru security and sitting at the gate for a hour and a half and other times, we were running to the gate after clearing security with 10 minutes to spare.

This website might help you make a better decision with what time to leave for the airport.
http://www.ifly.com/john-f-kennedy-international-airport/wait-times

I did'nt really answer your question with my last post. According to map quest, this is actually copied and pasted right from thier site.

Starting Location New York, NY 10036 Times Square
Ending Location
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)Edit
Jfk International Airport
Jamaica, NY 11430
Website | (718) 244-4444
Total Travel Estimate: 28 minutes / 16.84 miles

Not so sure if i agree with 28 minutes, i would say more like 45 minutes.This is of course without any traffic, if your driver is on time and takes this certain route. At 8 am, it's rush hour in nyc.

HI,

I live in NYC and always use Carmel or Dial 7's to get to the airport
It is also very easy to get a NYC yellow taxi to and from the airport, and they are cheaper.
You will just have to wait in line at the taxi stand at the airport

These 3 options are all reliable

If you are worried about your bags, ask a skycap at baggage claim to help you with them and they will take you to your car or taxi line

I agree, i would give yourself an hour to get to JFK, you never know how the traffic is getting through the city and out of the city

Thanks for your replies. I had just posted a question on the Transportation board before I had noticed all of the replies here, should have visited here first. Oh well!

I think if we leave at about 6.30am for our 9am flight then we should be fine, fingers crossed. I did have a bit of a :scared1: when I saw the 8am suggestion as we do like to be at the airport in plenty of time and on a weekday morning I was worried about the traffic. So if we allow 1.5 hours travel time, we will probably be there in 30 minutes :lmao: But if we allowed 30 minutes it would take 1.5 hours :rotfl2: most likely.

I appreciate your replies, thank you :goodvibes

shushh
09-02-2010, 06:41 PM
May I jump in here and take the opportunity to ask our New York natives a few questions...

How common are the 5 passenger cabs and taxi-vans? As there 14 of us, we will need the bigger cars.

Do they add on a surcharge for being able to accommodate extra passengers?

kdfogliano
09-02-2010, 07:18 PM
There are some mini-vans and small SUV's
The vans hold 5 people and the SUV's 4 people
YOu may have to wait a while to get them though

There is no charge for extra passengers and there is not charge if they handle your bags, it is customary to tip them though especially if they do help you load and unload your bags.

I have a stroller and always give a little extra when they help instead of watching me struggle!!

If you have 14 people you may be better off hiring a large van from a limo company, carmel and dial 7's should have some

The rate from JFK is $45 plus tolls (roughly $8) and a $0.50 surcharge and since you will need 3 or 4 cabs you should check to see what a large van would cost!

Enjoy NYC!!! PM me with other questions even about places to eat, see etc!

Kangarucci
09-04-2010, 04:59 PM
We have just used Wirolimo this last week for a return trip from JFK to Times Square. We arrived Sunday late afternoon and there was alot of traffic, (maybe due to the US Open starting), and it took about 50mins to 1 hour. On the return trip our flight was due out at 8:30am so we booked the car for 5:15am. It only took 1/2 hour to get to JFK. Check was easy and fast.

Wirolimo were very professional, courteous and on time, if not early. The cars were new(ish) and clean. A reminder/re confirmation email was sent the day before travel. We highly recommend them.

ambedcrews
10-12-2010, 07:59 AM
Thanks for the great Information.... I personally experience their service and they are very good in it. you should go http://www.allstartorontolimo.com. They offered Airport Limo Services, Pick Up & Drop Off and other transportation services.

ambedcrews
10-12-2010, 08:01 AM
Thanks for the great information.... I personally experience their service and they are very good in it. you should go http://www.allstartorontolimo.com. They offered Airport Limo Services, Pick Up & Drop Off and other transportation services.