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On demand app rides vs reserved limo

What would we do without today’s technology. From ordering pizza to paying for you favorite drink at Starbucks is available with a touch of a button on your phone. Having a car service arriving at your doorsteps within few minutes is no different.

Uber and Lyft (aka pink mustache cars) are just a Hailing on-demand carfew app-based car service providers offering on-demand transportation using your smart phone. While Uber is using taxi-like technology where your fare is calculated on distance and time, Lyft is operating based on your donations. Are they safe and legal? The answer is Yes and No.

According to California law, any company that provides transportation for hire must have all their vehicles commercially licensed and insured. UberBlack hires companies and individuals with legal cars while UberX and Lyft uses individuals with their personal vehicles. Neither Uber nor Lyft have any responsibilities if something happen to you (customer) while in one of the vehicles owned by the driver. Non of their cars and legally licensed and have limited liability insurance which doesn’t cover you, passenger, in event of an accident.
Police at the Airports are on the lookout for illegal operators. Lyft require all drivers to remove pink mustache and sit people on the front seat to avoid being spotted by cops when heading to the airport. All drivers are operating at their own risk. App-based companies are not responsible if driver will get arrested and vehicle confiscated for operating illegally. They are the middle-man with purpose to connect riders and drivers.

If you have a latest model small-size car regardless of model and color, valid drivers license and insurance you can work for any of those companies. There is no requirement of city knowledge, speaking English, criminal background check or drug and alcohol testing. Simply put…you get in the car with total stranger, hoping everything will be ok and you will not robbed or raped.

Having car service reserved in advance with limousine company directly will not save you few dollars but it will give you peace of mind knowing you will be driven by safe and professional driver carefully screened and trained to provide customer service you are paying for.

Book with Gr8limo, company you can rely on for reliability, luxury service, and variety of licensed and insured vehicles in our fleet.

Saving on Airport ride

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It is human nature to save money on absolutely everything. Whether it’s a new hand bag or a luxury vehicle saving hard-earned dollars is number one priority. Unfortunately, saving few dollars on a car service to the Airport can lead to disaster and loss of hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Limousine service is not a product you buy, it’s “service” you invest in. More you invest, more peace of mind you will have on the day of travel.
Since limos don’t run on meter or charge per person, rates are different and based on preferred vehicle type and quality of service.

What is “service” in a limousine world?

Often, people get confused between service of the vehicle and service delivered by drivers. Any reputable company invest good amount of dollars into finding, checking background and drug testing, training quality drivers. Quality drivers are expecting to be highly payed. They are the one who deliver quality of service directly to you.

Rule of saving is simple.

As soon as you mention word “cheap”, any company with good standing will get offensive. Cheap does not fit into their service. Only company that uses old and beat-up cars with ripped seats and french fries all over the floor, operated by unreliable drivers who simply don’t care about service because they don’t even know what that is. These drivers don’t get paid to deliver! Saving money and reserving cheap ride to the Airport increasing your possibly of missing flight.

How much you should expect to pay for reliable car service.

Many tools are available these days at your fingertips. One of the best tools is distance calculator. By entering your pick up location and destination you will be given how many miles from point A to point B. Take that number and multiply by 3. This is a price if you were to pay for a yellow cab running on meter. Add additional $1 per mile and you would have approximate idea on how much car service would cost. Don’t expect to have limo service for same price. Take under consideration one rule: 95% of the time limo goes one way empty and customer pays for that time. If, for instance, it takes 2 hours from your residence to the Airport, car service price will be calculated based on 4 hours.

If you need company in Los Angeles that has reasonable rates, latest model vehicles, highly trained drivers delivering nothing but the best, schedule you next trip to LAX Airport with Gr8limo.

Tip #5 – Travelling Abroad

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When travelling abroad, it is best to be aware of the following so as to ensure you have an enjoyable and incident free stay.

1. Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page: Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.


2. Check your overseas medical insurance coverage: Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.


3. Know the local conditions and law regulations: You are subjected to its laws whenever you are in a foreign country. Find useful safety and other information about the countries you will visit on the internet before you travel.


4.Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime: To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money. And also, while you are in public places, don't leave your luggage unattended and never accept packages from people you don't know.


5.Contact the US Embassy in an emergency: Consular personnel at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad and also in the America are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens. Contact information for U.S. Embassies and Consulates appearing on the Bureau of Consular Affairs official website (http://travel.state.gov). In addition, the Office of Overseas Citizen Services in the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs can be contacted in emergency situations at 1-888-407-4747, in case you're calling from the U.S. or Canada, or 202-501-4444, if calling from overseas.


6. Arrange for airport pick up in advance. If travelling to Los Angeles, CA, contact Gr8Limo and be assured you are in good hands.


When you have all these in mind, you can rest easy that you have prepared for your travel and can enjoy without worries.


Tip #4 – Corporate Travel

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Here's a list of helpful corporate travel tips as well as advice for business travel that we'd like to share with you.



1. Schedule your meetings to avoid peak travel times. Whenever possible, travel on dates when there are no huge events or holidays to avoid a more expensive ticket and an overcrowded airport.



2. Restricted fares may allow changes for a fee which would still be more budget friendly than the flexible ticket. Check with you airline for a thse ticket options that allows changes that way you have the flexibility to reschedule your flights less the fees.



3. Join airline loyalty schemes and collect points for free flights and upgrades. You can use your miles for a free ticket, a seat upgrade or other perks once you have accumulated enough.



4. Always book hotels in advance to save up to 50%. If you have planned your travel well ahead, book the hotel as soon as you book your airline tickets,



5. Get a trusted chauffeur to manage your travel to and from the airport. Having a trusted chauffeur means you have less things to worry about, and you know you will get to the airport on time. Book with Gr8Limo, where your comfort and travel needs are our primary concern.

Mrs. Carter Show Featuring Beyonce

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Beyonce is the starring cast of Carter Show World Tour. This should be her biggest concert tour in 2013 which will be held on the night of December 3 at the Staples Center. Since this is her fifth show, spectators will expect this as a grand show with fiery special effects. The vastness of arenas can be filled in by an enormous number of people perfect for a long splendid show.


Click here to watch the video of her world tour.



Book your tickets now, and let us take care of your transport to and from the event.


Travel Tip #3 – Tips When Flying With Babies

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Flying with babies, especially for first time parents, can be a challenge, and even seasoned parents agree that this will need extra attention to detail, and here are the top 5 things you should take note of.


1. Pack What You Need and Then Some: The last thing you want to happen when you've got a delayed flight is to end up in the airport with a crying baby on a wet diaper screaming for milk and you don't have any. So never mind that you've got heavier and bulkier bags, be sure to pack enough for what you need and then some.


2. Bring Both Toys and Treats: You want to keep your little luggage preoccupied during the flight and save yourself the embarrassment of getting the cold stare from all the other passengers because you have a baby throwing a tantrum on your lap.


3. Buy Extra Legroom: If you can afford it, extra legroom really helps if you have a lap child, and it gives more space to store your diaper bag.


4. Charge Your Gadgets: You may survive a flight with your phone dead but a fully charged phone or ipad will go a long way in keeping the tiny tot preoccupied.


5. Make Accommodation for Airport Drop Off and Pick Up: Riding a Taxi or commuting by train or bus can be taxing for a little traveler so it is best to keep them comfortable at all times. Get a chauffeur service that cares for your tiny tots by making the necessary effort to prepare a car seat. Complete your travel plans, book with Gr8Limo now!

Justin Timberlake @ Staples Center On November 26, 2013

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Justin Timberlake, known as one of the most celebrated entertainers of this generation, will hold his LA leg of the 20/20 Experience World Tour at the Staples Center on November 26, 2013.


The 20/20 Experience is already hailed by critics as one of the year’s best albums and has seen massive US and international success. In the US alone, the certified double platinum album is the best-selling album and is the only album this year to surpass 2 million albums sold. Additionally, the album marks Timberlake with the biggest male debut in five years as well as the biggest digital debut in US history by a male artist. The album held the #1 spot for both the Top 200 (3 weeks) and R&B album chart (10 weeks). In just its first week of release all 10 tracks charted on the digital songs chart and have sold over 5.2 million tracks. The album has reached platinum status in 3 other countries as well as gold status in 9 other countries.


Be a part of this 20/20 experience, grab your tickets while they are available.


For maximum enjoyment, do without the hassle of having to deal with parking issues. Book with Gr8Limo today, we guarantee to get you there on time so you can enjoy and live the moment.


Travel Tip #2 – Carry On Luggage Guidelines

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In 2006 TSA has released a guideline on what you can and cannot bring in your carry on luggage. In case you have not seen this before, here's the list again:

Prohibited Items


Weapons cannot be brought on a plane as a carry on, and must be packed under specific guidelines if checking in. Other items which can be considered as a weapon, such as sharp objects are also banned as carry on items.


Toiletries: What you need to know


The best rule of thumb would be to think that smaller is better. It is a SOP for airline passengers not to place liquids and toiletries in their carry-on luggage. To make the line faster, these should be placed in a clear plastic bag for easy and fast inspection. Generally all bottles placed in this bag be 3.4 oz. or less and not more than one bag should be carried in each passenger. But for passengers who bring with them medication and baby formula items, they are allowed of an excess baggage. To speed up the inspection process it is best to declare these items once you get to security.


Alcoholic beverages, lighters, etc.


There are also liquor regulations for transporting alcohol beverages in an air flight. Typically, no more than 70% alcohol content of drinks must be placed in checked baggage. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased after a person goes through the security checkpoint are permitted. Lighters, after having been banned aboard flights throughout the country, are now permitted to be packed in carry-on luggage. Airlines also prohibit passengers of placing regular matches in checked luggage. People who would like to carry matches must purchase the safety variety. If you have questions for some other items not mentioned above, you can call the airline customer support and ask about the company's other carry-on baggage policies. This will set your mind free from any hassle regarding long process of luggage inspections in the airport terminal.


With these in mind, enjoy your travel, and we'd be happy to chauffer you to the airport and back.

Travel Tip #1 – How To Pack Like A Pro

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 When you're travelling, whether for work or vacation, packing your luggage is one hassle we'd all like to forget. Worry no more! We found this really cool video and we're excited to share it with you.

Viola! Before you know it, you'll be looking forward to travelling just so you have an opportunity to show off your packing skills! While you're at it, don't forget to take care of your travel plans, book your airport transportation ahead of time.

Car Service from LAX to 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego

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For six consecutive years, Gr8Limo will be providing car service with executive sedan and luxury SUV vehicles To/From LAX Airport to San Diego for 2012 Comic-Con Event.


Bad News: 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego already sold-out, Good News: We still have vehicles to take you there and back. Reserve your car service today to San Diego Comic Convention while there is still availability. Private Transportation will be provided from LAX Airport, Los Angeles and Surrounding areas to Convention Center in San Diego.

For those, arriving into Los Angeles Airport, please note that there is NO BUS or Public Transportation from LAX to San Diego. Additionally, Shuttles will be limited if not sold out already. Car Service from Gr8Limo is non-stop private Sedan and SUV transportation to your final destination to Comic-Con Event.

Book round-trip car service from Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and LAX Airport to Comic-Con Convention in San Diego and save!


One-way Sedan trip (3 people max) $400.00 flat fee

Round-Trip Sedan – $750.00 flat fee


One-way SUV trip (6 people max) $600.00 flat fee

Round-Trip SUV – $1,100.00 flat fee

*Rates – For all Airport Domestic Airport Arrivals add $7.00, International Arrivals add $27.00.


Thousands of people will be arriving daily into LAX Airport seeking ways to get car service to San Diego. Book your limousine service in advance to avoid being stuck at the LAX Airport.

Call Gr8Limo Today while vehicles are still available to reserve your own car service to 2012 Comic-Con Event.


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