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We get a bit nostalgic about "old" Vegas here at VegasChatter but here's one thing we won't miss at all -- long-hauling by taxis at the airport. Heck, we're ready to burn this sucker and bury the ashes somewhere in the deepest part of the desert. Not familiar with long-hauling? Read our account here. Or, head on over to this post on Reddit where a former taxi driver bares all. Even TIME acknowledged it recently while reporting that there's just no stopping it.
Today, however, this sign (shown above and below) greeted us at the taxi line outside McCarran's Terminal 3 and it's immensely helpful for both Vegas vets and virgins alike.
An all-you-can-fly private air service is hoping to take off in Vegas on March 21.
Surf Air, which bills itself as the nation's first private membership airline, hopes to add Las Vegas as their newest destination in less than a month's time (pending government approval). The airline launched in 2013 and currently offers service between the LA, San Fran, and Santa Barbara areas. If all goes as planned, service to the Lake Tahoe area will begin in May with an expansion into Monterey, San Diego, Sacramento, and the Sonoma/Napa area to follow.
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Getting here to there via McCarran may become a lot easier for you by year's end.
LAS will open a TSA Pre✓ Application Center in Terminal 1 later this month. Travelers who go through the rigorous pre-screening process are allowed to skip the security steps other fliers typically face before boarding, like removing their shoes and taking out their laptops.
Another new car rental agency has landed at McCarran Airport.
Sixt, one of the biggest car rental companies in the world but known best to Europeans, has now added Las Vegas to its family of more than 4,000 locations worldwide.
Most Vegas visitors know to beware the long haul. But, it can still happen to the most seasoned pro. Last summer, we recounted how being preoccupied led us to being long-hauled (when a taxi driver takes the long route to your destination) from McCarran Airport. That July post resonated with so many readers that it became our most commented on article for 2013.
Now, Vegas Inc reports that a new long-hauling crackdown launches today. And, it hinges on the hope that McCarran travelers will see the sign.
We've loved it so much that, sometimes, we've booked a room at MGM Grand just to use it. Sadly, however, our days of an easy, breezy, beautiful
Covergirl Vegas check in are gone.
Yes, MGM Grand has closed its handy airport check-in desk at McCarran. Our @sammasseur stumbled upon the sad Vegas news today. We're not quite sure when off-site reps handed out their last room key, but we were able to confirm that it's gone for good. We may have to pay someone to stand in line for us in the main lobby now, while we rest on those new benches way over by the gift shop.
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Have you ever landed in Vegas and realized that you forgot your favorite lipstick and that you just cannot, cannot, CANNOT be seen in public until you get some color on your kisser? No? Yes? Either way, if this ever happens to you (or the lady you are traveling with), know that Benefit Cosmetics has a vending machine at the new terminal at McCarran Airport.
Called Glam Up & Away, the make-up dispensary is dressed as vintage pink bus and features a variety of Benefit's best products from foundation to eyeliners, lip plumpers, bronzers and concealers. They even have cute little TSA-approved travel kits too. We're especially big fans of They're Real! mascara.
Of course, there are plenty of other options to buy lipstick or mascara or whatever you need. Not only have a bunch of drugstores opened up along the Strip, there's a massive Sephora next to the Venetian. And, we all know how that trip will end. You, $100 poorer. Maybe you should try your luck at the tables first?
If you've been wishing for a new way to get from McCarran Airport to your hotel, it's now waiting for you (close to) curbside.
SuperShuttle has locations all over the US as well as in France and Mexico but, until recently, Las Vegas wasn't one of them. That changed earlier this month when McCarran execs officially welcomed the shuttle service to the family.
SuperShuttle suggests advance reservations so they can group you together with others headed in your general area with minimal fuss. You can make them by phone (800-BLUE-VAN), web, or via their Android or iPhone apps. Right now, SuperShuttle currently facilitates runs to The Strip and downtown. (Although, from playing around on the site, other areas seem to be available, too.)
Sometimes, the best stories we do aren't ones we pen. Sometimes, we're happy to get out of the way and give others the
mic webpage. This summer, after we ranted about still being long-hauled from McCarran, lots of you weighed in on this shifty move. Fifty-four of you, in fact. The post ran on July 24, but it's the most recent comment, left on September 11, we want to point out. Left by RustyChops41, it was titled "Tips From An Honest Driver":
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Among the quieter amenities in Las Vegas are the various free hotel shuttles that ferry guests to and from the Strip, McCarran Airport, and a few other points along the way. While they may not be the most popular of Vegas pastimes, these shuttles can erase worries over getting long-hauled or simply figuring out directions.
These shuttles, in general, are intended for guests of a specific hotel-casino, though, drivers will often allow non-hotel guests to board, if there is room. While they may not be as frequent as the city's public transportation options or as quick as a taxi or rental car, they can be an awesome way to chat with visitors and locals and, possibly, find a new Vegas fave.
So, just where can you go on a hotel shuttle in Vegas? We highlight what's offered by Boyd Gaming and Caesars Entertainment below. Several other free shuttle routes include stops at Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, and additional areas of interest. Also, a number of the chain properties offer airport and Strip shuttles including select La Quintas, Hampton Inns, Best Westerns, etc. (And, an interesting note to keep at the back of your mind, sometimes those shuttle can be utilized by reward members, even if they aren't hotel guests. The best thing to do is call and ask.)
Even though we've said it over and over again, we'll tell you once more: Don't let that airport cab driver long-haul you to your hotel on the Strip. And, the best way to do this is to tell the driver you don't want to take the tunnel or freeway immediately when you approach the cab. If you don't, he'll long-haul your ass, taking you on a ride that's at least two miles longer than necessary and charging you extra $$$, too.
That's what happened to me last week. I arrived in Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon. Not exactly a high tourist arrival time. And, keep in mind, that I come to Vegas monthly. I know better than to let the taxi drivers long-haul me. But, this time, I was trying to answer a work email on my phone as I hopped in the cab and didn't think to tell the driver not to take the tunnel or the freeway. He also distracted me with random questions about what I was doing here and where I was from. Then, before I knew it, we were riding through the dreaded tunnel. All for a trip to Mandalay Bay. One of the closest hotels to the airport. So much for that checkpoint, huh?