I pointed this out to my driver and he insisted "it's the same," meaning whether he goes the freeway or the streets. Um, no, it's not. It's about two miles longer. (Thanks to @DenverGambler's quick research done during the drive.) When I told him this and that a recent trip to CityCenter from the airport cost us just $16, he scoffed and said, "no way." Then he said it again for good measure.
When the driver pulled up to Mandalay Bay, the total cab fare was $23.
I charged my credit card so that I could get a receipt for the long-haul and bypassed the suggested tip on the screen. Then, I took my bag without saying another word to the cab driver.
Once I got online in my hotel room, I went straight to the Nevada Taxicab Authority's website so I could report the cab. But, it turns out reporting a driver or cab company is not as easy as writing down the cab # and submitting a receipt. You need to fill out a complaint and then have that notarized which usually costs an extra couple of bucks. (At our local UPS store, it's $10.) So, even though cabs are still long-hauling even experienced Vegas visitors from the airport, we doubt many folks are going to go through the complaints process. [UPDATE: As one of our commenters pointed out, getting the complaint notarized is not necessary at first. However, if the taxicab authority decides to investigate your complaint, they may send it back to you and ask you to get it notarized.]
And, even though the planned checkpoint to prevent cabs from long-hauling failed us, wouldn't it be nice if they could at least post signs at the taxi cab line reminding folks of their rights? We know all about long-hauling and we still let it happen. So, we imagine this happens to Vegas virgins and frequent visitors alike.
Until then, the next time we get a cab from the airport, we won't even think of checking our phone until we know we're being taken the best way. Have you ever been long-hauled? Or, even better, reported a cab? Tell us how that went in comments below!
[PHOTO: Jimmy Hoofa LV]