Friday Link & Likes: Travel & Transportation Apps

Friends,

This week I want to give a shout out about two of my favorite travel/transportation apps.

Lyft Ridesharing – There has been some negative publicity lately about rideshare services (mainly Uber) but don’t let that dissuade you from using them.  I personally use Lyft and find it to be efficient and inexpensive.  For those that regularly use this service, you will agree that it is just a click of a button on the handy app and you’ll be connected to a ride for about 1/3 of the price of a regular taxi.  The best part is that you know the price of your trip before you submit your request.  Additionally, you can choose the type of vehicle that will pick you up.

How to Get Started

 

To use Lyft, just download the app, enter your information, and you’re ready to start requesting rides.  Drivers are prescreened with stiff requirements set for the automobile’s age and insurance levels as well as driver’s driving records of the driver.  Payment is done through the app so no cash changes hands, and you can rate the driver after your ride.  It doesn’t matter if you use a taxi once a day or once a year, this rideshare service is for you.

Southwest Airlines

 

I find that people either love this airline or hate this airline.   They either love the great service, low prices, and on-time performance, or they hate it because of the cattle car mentality.  I’d say I fall somewhere in between.  I love it because of the excellent service yet hate it because you have to pay for priority seating.  Inspite of that, Southwest is my go-to airline when I travel domestically.  For instance, this month I will be traveling to Chicago for a girlfriend getaway weekend.  My flight from BWI to Chicago was $50!!!!! My return trip was only $150.  The $200 airfare to Chicago is cheaper than the Hamilton play tickets (no surprise there).  Be sure to sign up for their frequent flyer rapid-rewards program.  The program is very generous and you can use them on one-way legs of the trip.

What are your favorite travel apps?

Be sure to comment below and give me your feedback on favorite travel apps.  I am always looking for ways to save money and time!

Until next post,

Joi

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