car rental vs shuttle to airport- what's better for someone with limited mobility?
Sorry to be posting two topics in a day but my travel date is approaching and I realised I haven't worked out a lot of the logistics yet.
On our way back to Australia, we are spending a night at an LAX hotel. Our two options are:
1) return the rental car that night (the day before our flight back to Australia) and take the hotel shuttle bus the next day for our flight
2) keep it another day and return it when we go to the airport for our flight
Which option will be better for someone who can't lift/carry luggage or walk far? At the moment, I am thinking of going with option 1, so that we won't have to be dealing with luggages on top of having to return the car and walk or take the shuttle back to the airport terminal.
If you rented from a major car rental firm, they are likely to drive you in the vehicle you rented (with luggage in back) to the terminal if you tell them you cannot do the shuttle. Call the day before and confirm they offer the option to someone who is disabled. Good luck
The shuttle idea that morning can work as well, the driver will load and unload the bags for you. He does get tipped for going usually.
Thanks so much for your advice, GoingAway. I will be renting from one of the major companies (haven't made up my mind as to which one though) and didn't realise I could call and ask whether they would be willing to offer that option. What a good thing to know. Thank you!!
+1 - I've taken advantage of that service many times. It's never occurred to me to call ahead - I just ask the agent in the car return lane, they radio someone who runs over and drives me to the terminal.
I've done this before too. They drove us to the terminal in the same car we rented. This was is St. Louis. They also brought the car to the terminal when I first rented it. Their shuttle buses were not accessible.
I would have your companion/spouse drop you at the hotel and then return the car the night before. The next day ask the hotel shuttle driver if he can arrange to drop you at curbside check-in rather than the usual location as the distance would be too far for you. If you are in a wheelchair you can ask the hotel to comp an accessible ride to the airport instead of their own complimentary shuttle if their shuttle does not have a lift of its own. The accessible taxi will drop you wherever you want. This would save you time the next day, parking at the hotel and an additional day of rental.