Getting Around Chicago Without A Rental Car

When visiting a big city, I hardly ever rent a car anymore. It’s just too expensive when you consider the cost of the rental, gas, parking at the hotel, parking at the locations you plan on visiting, and tolls. I’ve gotten around just fine during trips to San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City without a rental car so I decided to not rent a car for our trip to Chicago (besides all the other reason I just mentioned, the hotel where we were staying charged $60 a night for parking!!!!)

I always look at two different scenarios when thinking about traveling without a car – getting from the airport to our hotel and then getting around town to see the things we are going to see.

Here’s how we did in Chicago:

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Uber & Lyft Now Allowed to Service Orlando International Airport/MCO!

There’s good news for those landing at Orlando International Airport! After years of restrictions, effective July 1, 2017, Transportation Network Companies (TNC) Uber and Lyft were finally be allowed to start pick ups at Orlando International Airport (MCO)!

For the past 3 or more years, there were laws on the books that made the use of ride sharing illegal within the borders of the City of Orlando, an area which included Orlando International Airport. But in April 2017,

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Earning Starpoints When Riding With Uber

I admit I was either an early or late adopter of Uber, depending on who you talk to. I had been aware of the service for quite a while, and requested my first ride back in 2014 (the car got caught in Manhattan traffic and we ended up taking a taxi instead). Out first actual “Uber” ride was in Australia and the Uber was in a taxi because in Australia that’s all they would allow Uber to book at the time.

Since then, Uber has pushed the boundaries and has rattled some entrenched monopolies in the process, including the Mears Taxi and Van service in our hometown of Orlando. I’m a huge fan of Uber (and Lyft) if for no other reason than the taxi monopolies needed to have some competition in order to raise the low service levels they were providing to customers. So when I found out I could earn valuable Starpoints good for the Preferred Guest program just for riding with Uber, I was thrilled. In a comment on Facebook, one of our readers also said something about how they like to earn Starpoints when using Uber, so I thought this tip might be helpful to other readers.  Continue reading “Earning Starpoints When Riding With Uber”

To Uber, Taxi or Subway? That Is The Question

As usual, we decided not to rent a car while staying in Manhattan. For us, this is an easy decision to make, as rental cars are expensive, parking is even more expensive and you have many options to get around town.

Just as a reminder, this post is part of our trip report on our trip to see Hamilton.

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