I thought I'd share this advice I read on another site. Originally, posted on HAWJOHN's thread, but did not want to hijack it and that thread is golden in it's own right! What I liked about this was that it was from an insider's perspective, the cabbie. Just about everyone that cabs it has been had at some point, myself included. Experienced or not, get distracted for 1 second and WHAM! However, as this story unfolds, there are diamonds in the rough like the author RustyChops41 McCarran Airport Survival Strategies 'Tips From An Honest (Cab) Driver' I am an honest cab driver, been driving over 5 years. All of these are good posts. The magic word really is "tunnel" because when you say that word the crooked cabbie knows that you know the game. (They call it "tunneling," people in the break room, where every night it's like sitting around a camp fire listening to "Fish Stories" about how they cheated people all day.) If ANY vital info in the cab is covered up by Post-It notes or family photos (I.E. their ID #, their picture or name, etc), call the TA (Taxicab Authority) and report it, and rest assured it is probably a red flag that he/she is a crook. Also, and I hate to paint with a broad brush here, but try to avoid Desert Cab Co (white with orange stripes) and Nellis Cab Co (white with aqua blue fenders) as they are by far the worst, although any company has too many crooks. The side streets to request are Koval Lane, or Swenson/Paradise. But even then, drivers have figured out how to long haul you even without the tunnel. If you arrive at the new terminal 3 and say "no tunnel" or "please use the streets" they will still try to scam you out of about $2 by taking the long way to Swenson Street. As you head west back toward the old terminal (and see Mandalay Bay ahead) make sure the driver stays to the RIGHT and takes the CLEARLY MARKED SIGN "Swenson" which curves right and dumps you right onto Swenson. To cheat you, they will stay to the LEFT and go back toward the tunnel, then turn right at the light onto Swenson, but about 3/4 a mile further south than you should already be had they stayed right. Even bolder crooks will take you EAST out of terminal 3 towards SPENCER street which sounds a lot like Swenson St, but will add even more $$ to your no-tunnel ride. Another easy extra dollar they steal is by taking Paradise TOO FAR NORTH so as to double back to your hotel. If you are going to Venetian, Palazzo, Harrah's, The Quad, Mirage, or Caesars Palace, they should turn onto Flamingo and take it to the Strip for Caesars and the Mirage, or go right at Koval for the back way into the others. Going up Paradise all the way to Sands/Twain means you are being long hauled because they will have to go back south to get to your destination. And for any downtown destination: taking the freeway into downtown can make sense, although the tunnel is still a rip off. Swenson to Tropicana, then to I-15 and downtown is OK. But here's where almost any trip downtown turns into a long haul. The driver should exit at Charleston Blvd and go into downtown from Main St or 4th Street. Instead they will stay on I-15, connect to I-95 south, and go around the north end of downtown, adding about $5 or more to the trip. (Pay attention @kippaxcol, this will save you money). Hope these tips help even more. And by all means PLEASE call the authorities when you've been ripped off. Apathy is what makes honest cab drivers lose their jobs to these crooks, I don't know how I've survived over 5 years while being honest. Thanks for your time. Thank you, @RustyChops41, for taking to time to share this advice! (reprinted from Vegas Chatter) Nevada Taxicab Authority: http://taxi.nv.gov/ Complaints Call Dispatch @ (702) 668-4005 or send email to [email protected].