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Tunnel Long Haul----Has this ever happened to you?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by Walt, Oct 4, 2015.

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  1. Walt

    Walt Tourist

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    There is rarely a time when the long haul topic is not front and center in this section of current Getting Around discussions. I know there is another discussion in the current mix right now.
    But I don't recall ever, and certainly not recently, anyone commenting about being long hauled on a fare going TO (not FROM) the airport. It happened to my wife and I yesterday morning on our trip there from the Orleans.
    We were picked up around 9:30AM, I told him our destination was the airport, Terminal 3, Westjet Airline location. Everything was normal along Tropicana Ave. until we approached the Highway 15 turnoff area. But I did notice he was in the curb lane which I thought unusual and when he abruptly swung onto the ramp leading to the Highway I knew immediately what was up.. I yelled at him, "Why are you long hauling us by taking the tunnel". He said it was faster. I replied, "Maybe, but you know damn well it is much more expensive" . He knew I was quite livid and asked how much I was expecting to pay. I told him $20 which from experience I knew covered this trip including tip under normal traffic conditions. He said "OK, OK, That's fine". Trip was uneventful from that point, and I might add a rather quiet interlude, after that brief verbal exchange. He got his $20. Meter read $26.70.
    I am quite certain in my mind that knowing that we were going to the Westjet terminal obviously let him know we were Canadians, and thus ripe for plucking. The fact we are both 85, and look it, probably reinforced this thought process.
    So, anyone else ever had the experience of being longhauled on a trip to the airport?
     
  2. merlin

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    Good for you for not letting him rip you off.
     
  3. Nuggithed

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    This happened to me last trip. First time I've ever seen them long haul to the airport. Must be a new trick going around.
     
  4. mrem3200

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    A few years ago I had a taxi driver ask if I wanted him to take the freeway on the way to the airport, that was the closest I was long hauled to the airport.
     
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    Good job, Walt. Outside of that situation, did you have a good trip? Cheers!
     
  6. Snidely

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    I got long hauled from the airport to the Wynn. We negotiated a fair price when we arrived at the Wynn.
     
  7. FullBoat

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    Every time I've taken a cab back to the airport from downtown I've always told them to take Paradise just in case. Sucks that they did that to ya. Just 1 more thing to watch out for.
     
  8. npom

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    My son got long hauled going to the airport one time. It ended up costing him almost $30 to get there. He rents a car now when he goes.
     
  9. topcard

    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    I've taken plenty of cabs from downtown who take the freeway...but never the tunnel! They always exit Tropicana.

    ...but now I'm a WAX devotee! No more cabs for me between downtown & the airport!
     
    Seems like forever from now, but the flights are booked, so it counts!
  10. FullBoat

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    Yep, WAX is the way to go for downtown. My flight always leaves at 7:30am. The bus starts just in time to get to the airport.

    And, think of all the extra leg room you've got.
     
  11. Walt

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    Sorry, Mirageluvr, I should have responded earlier to your question. Yes our visit was very enjoyable, despite the fact that my good wife,Kay, is on the waiting list at home for a hip replacement, and just is not too mobile these days. So I have added a new talent to my resume in case I need to go back into the labor force---that of wheel chair pusher. But it worked fine, especially in getting her to and from the elevators to the farthest parts of the casino, e.g. the buffet area. This refers to both the Orleans and the Gold Coast where we also spent a few days.
    We benefited greatly from the free rooms (incuding weekends) and other freebies available to us at both locations due to our Sapphire B Connected cards, and took full advantage of them. We also had a Canadian daughter we do not see too often fly down to spend some time with us which was neat. Staff, rooms, meals etc. were all very good---only one or two niggling little complaints that do not warrant discussion here.
    Our gambling was about 80% penny slots, with a smattering of 5c 3-handed poker thrown in. My most enjoyable win was while playing a Tri- Action poker penny machine. I drew a 7 card straight flush which paid $240 for my 90c bet. Also drew a Royal for $200 while playing 3 handed poker. We played enough to easily maintain our Sapphire status for another year if we are in a position to continue our trips to Vegas after Kay's surgery. Most definitely our actual total gambling losses were within budget---and we both feel we get a better bang for our buck st the Orleans/Gold Coast all things considered tha we do anywhere else.
    Two last comments re the long haul TO the airport. Looks like the problem is not widespread, and until it happened to us I never entertained the thought that a driver would even attempt such a thing. Also the actual meter reading was about $9-10 dollars more than it would have been if he had taken the correct route. Factor in an increase in the tip if I had not brought this out in the open when I did, and this could mean a total cost of $10-12 more by deliberately long hauling us. No wonder they do it, and no wonder those who are victimized are upset.
     
  12. Joe

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    Walt, I have nothing to add but I hope I am still traveling when I am 85! :nworthy::nworthy:
     
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  13. MrCravat

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    Well done & suspect your age was a factor and thought he could long haul you....roll on UBER

    I'm from the UK and usually use a Shuttle to but taxi on the way back.
     
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