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Old Jul 29, 12, 1:32 am   #1
 
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Chauffeur drive when travelling with a buddy

I'm travelling with a mate in a few weeks time but on seperate bookings.

If we want to share the chauffeur drive to the airport, what is the best way to organise this? Should we put in a comment when booking on line, call Emirates and tell them or call the chauffeur company direct?

Anything else we should do when travelling together but booked seperately.
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Old Jul 29, 12, 2:06 am   #2
 
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Will a normal car be sufficient (you've only got 2 people and bags right)? Just book it for yourself and have your mate get in the car to go down with you. I've done the exact opposite when leaving the airport. My father was in Y on a separate booking. He just jumped in the car with me.
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Old Jul 29, 12, 2:14 am   #3
 
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Yes, two people and bags. One car will be sufficient and we're both travelling in J.

I just want to ask that they don't send two cars when one will do, and I'm wondering the best way to do this without causing confusion.
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Old Jul 29, 12, 2:39 am   #4
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Yes, two people and bags. One car will be sufficient and we're both travelling in J.

I just want to ask that they don't send two cars when one will do, and I'm wondering the best way to do this without causing confusion.
What is the departure point. If in DXB, no issues, just book the one car and he will hop on. At outstations they can sometimes get a bit iffy with insurance and some other nonsense, so I would just put a note on the booking.
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Will a normal car be sufficient (you've only got 2 people and bags right)? Just book it for yourself and have your mate get in the car to go down with you. I've done the exact opposite when leaving the airport. My father was in Y on a separate booking. He just jumped in the car with me.
Your father was in Y and you were in J/F on the same flight?
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Old Jul 29, 12, 2:57 am   #6
 
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What is the departure point. If in DXB, no issues, just book the one car and he will hop on. At outstations they can sometimes get a bit iffy with insurance and some other nonsense, so I would just put a note on the booking.
Departure point is GLA so I'll do as you suggest.
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Old Jul 29, 12, 3:45 am   #7
 
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What is the departure point. If in DXB, no issues, just book the one car and he will hop on. At outstations they can sometimes get a bit iffy with insurance and some other nonsense, so I would just put a note on the booking.
Agree in DXB its fine, I even got the driver to drop my gf off at work once on the way to the airport! (She had been waiting outside for ten mins trying to get a cab first so not as bad as it sounds, and its right on the way to the airport!!)

In the UK I had an issue once with a driver who didn't want to allow my colleague to get in the car (he was in Y same flight) but in the end it was allowed.
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Old Jul 29, 12, 3:56 am   #8
 
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In the UK I had an issue once with a driver who didn't want to allow my colleague to get in the car (he was in Y same flight) but in the end it was allowed.
So I suppose that they wouldn't look too kindly on including someone else not on the same flight in the car? I am leaving LHR on Emirates J, but my traveling companion is on another airline around the same time. Should I (a) see if they'll let her hop in the car, (b) tell/ask them beforehand, or (c) just forget about her coming along?

It would be legitimate if they wouldn't allow her; I wouldn't complain.
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Old Jul 29, 12, 4:23 am   #9
 
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So I suppose that they wouldn't look too kindly on including someone else not on the same flight in the car? I am leaving LHR on Emirates J, but my traveling companion is on another airline around the same time. Should I (a) see if they'll let her hop in the car, (b) tell/ask them beforehand, or (c) just forget about her coming along?

It would be legitimate if they wouldn't allow her; I wouldn't complain.
Option B sounds right, don't mention they are not on the same flight just say the pickup will be for two people with luggage and I can't see them having any issue.
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Option B sounds right, don't mention they are not on the same flight just say the pickup will be for two people with luggage and I can't see them having any issue.
Yeah I agree. LHR have something about passengers not being covered by the company insurance if they are not ticketed to fly on EK. I wasn't allowed to escort someone when they got picked up last time around as I wasn't flying.
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Departure point is GLA so I'll do as you suggest.
Same situation last week. Flying J out of GLA with a friend, we booked one car. No issues
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Same situation last week. Flying J out of GLA with a friend, we booked one car. No issues
How did you arrange this?

There doesn't seem to be anywhere on the on-line booking form to add a note to this effect. Would a phone call to Emirates or to Charlton Limo be better?
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Old Jul 29, 12, 5:00 pm   #13
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How did you arrange this?

There doesn't seem to be anywhere on the on-line booking form to add a note to this effect. Would a phone call to Emirates or to Charlton Limo be better?
Always better to call. Otherwise, they will ring the day before to confirm your location and so you can do it then.
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Always better to call. Otherwise, they will ring the day before to confirm your location and so you can do it then.
No problem in Singapore (Sixt) or Melbourne (Hughes). I agree with Zol, I just tell them the day before when they call to confirm what the arrangements are. I've picked people up on the way, diverted to pick up an item on the way etc and always no problems. Of course it helps if you tip the driver before you set off. They seem to always nod with a smile and agree to your request
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Option B sounds right, don't mention they are not on the same flight just say the pickup will be for two people with luggage and I can't see them having any issue.
I called before hand once and was refused straight away out of MAN. Had a family member flying BA to LGW and then EK out of LGW a few days later. I was flying EK out of MAN. I argued with them that we are both EK passengers just on differnet dates, and a car was coming for me anyway and dropping us to the same location we both need to be at, but to no avail. I was told by the call center that passengers in the car must be travelling EK on that day to get in. Opted for a cab instead to the airport.

Any ideas about travelling with minors? I have a trip to MAN in about a months time. They will be in Y, but we are a group travelling together. Hoping to get the car to take us all from and to the airport. (total of 3 passengers)
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