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Consolidated "Scenic taxi scam/longhauling - experiences, how to stop" thread

Consolidated "Scenic taxi scam/longhauling - experiences, how to stop" thread

Old Apr 1, 13, 10:48 am
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Consolidated "Scenic taxi scam/longhauling - experiences, how to stop" thread

I’ve been to LV many times and feel kinda stupid posting this.

Last time there, my buddy and I jump in cab bound for Aria. Before I know it, we’re on the freeway and the fare is like $33. I’m pissed and know I was taken on the scenic tour. Was barely able refrain from causing a real issue for the driver but thankfully thought the better of it.

Q : How best to stop this? What phrase/direction do you give cabbies to know you’re not interested in a scenic tour of LV and just want to get to your hotel ASAP.

What are typical taxi fares (medium traffic) between LAS > MGM, LAS>Bellagio, and LAS>Wynn? Roughly the same on return?

Thanks all
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Old Apr 1, 13, 2:04 pm
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I just say "don't take the highway." One time a cabbie told me he never does that and if a driver does that just call the taxi authority number in the cab and tell them the cab number and the ride is free. They are not allowed to take a longer way unless you ask for it. I have yet to test that method, but have thought about it so I could get a free ride. But I would wait till you are close to the destination so if the driver gets pissed off you are at least close to your hotel lol.
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Old Apr 1, 13, 2:31 pm
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No tunnel

Tell them not to use the tunnel. You have to be firm, many of these guys are thieves.
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Old Apr 1, 13, 3:37 pm
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But, really, I've just learned to enjoy the ride. The amount people stress over an extra $15 on a cab ride when they'll throw that much on one black jack hand or 10 minutes of slots or video poker has always seemed outsized to me.

Not that I don't get irritated with taxi drivers - like the one who went about 10 miles out of the way on a trip from Mandalay Bay to the airport on a Sunday morning - but I don't worry too much about winding up in the tunnel.
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Old Apr 1, 13, 3:41 pm
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Originally Posted by Yahtzee View Post
But, really, I've just learned to enjoy the ride. The amount people stress over an extra $15 on a cab ride when they'll throw that much on one black jack hand or 10 minutes of slots or video poker has always seemed outsized to me.

Not that I don't get irritated with taxi drivers - like the one who went about 10 miles out of the way on a trip from Mandalay Bay to the airport on a Sunday morning - but I don't worry too much about winding up in the tunnel.
Then again, I want to play that "saved" $ 15 at blackjack . That is why I go there !
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Old Apr 1, 13, 4:06 pm
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I'm trying to figure out whether it's worth $46 to rent a car for the weekend instead of having to deal with taxis and the taxi stand at LAS. Basically, it will be used to/from Venetian, with 1-2 possible trips (while sober) to In-N-Out; I think the latter will make it worth it.
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Old Apr 1, 13, 4:14 pm
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Originally Posted by millere2 View Post
They are not allowed to take a longer way unless you ask for it. I have yet to test that method, but have thought about it so I could get a free ride.
This is true, but cabbies like to use sneaky ways to get you to "ask" for the longer, more expensive fare. Saying things like "The highway is fastest, OK?" or "Traffic is really bad on Paradise right now so how about I take you a quicker way?"

or many just illegally take you the via the highway without asking.

I always tell friends coming to visit to just say "Surface Streets, please" or "No Tunnel" but honestly, the more important reminder is to buckle up when riding with those guys.
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Old Apr 1, 13, 4:35 pm
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Originally Posted by pseudoswede View Post
I'm trying to figure out whether it's worth $46 to rent a car for the weekend instead of having to deal with taxis and the taxi stand at LAS. Basically, it will be used to/from Venetian, with 1-2 possible trips (while sober) to In-N-Out; I think the latter will make it worth it.
Yes, I always rent a car when I visit Vegas. The weekend rates are absurdly cheap and quite frankly the quick shuttle to the off-site rental car facility can be quicker than waiting in that taxi line. If there are off-Strip destinations on your itinerary, then it's a total no-brainer.
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Old Apr 1, 13, 6:16 pm
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Originally Posted by pseudoswede View Post
I'm trying to figure out whether it's worth $46 to rent a car for the weekend instead of having to deal with taxis and the taxi stand at LAS. Basically, it will be used to/from Venetian, with 1-2 possible trips (while sober) to In-N-Out; I think the latter will make it worth it.
If you rent, parking at all major hotel is a hike unless you pay for valet.

If you are not the "fussy" type you can always opt for the shuttle !
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Old Apr 1, 13, 7:33 pm
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If you rent, parking at all major hotel is a hike unless you pay for valet.
Not true at all - depends on the hotel really. Cosmopolitan is very convenient, as is Bellagio. Really depends on the property.

As for cars, I always rent a car when I head to Vegas. The amount you save by occassionally eating off strip makes up for it. And you can do things like go to Red Rocks, Valley of Fire, Lotus of Siam, and even play in the locals casinos (which, thought not as flashy, if you're there to gamble, some idiotic tourist isn't gonna screw things up - and I say that as a former Vegas local).
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Old Apr 1, 13, 7:38 pm
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Originally Posted by bhatnasx View Post
Not true at all - depends on the hotel really. Cosmopolitan is very convenient, as is Bellagio. Really depends on the property.

As for cars, I always rent a car when I head to Vegas. The amount you save by occassionally eating off strip makes up for it. And you can do things like go to Red Rocks, Valley of Fire, Lotus of Siam, and even play in the locals casinos (which, thought not as flashy, if you're there to gamble, some idiotic tourist isn't gonna screw things up - and I say that as a former Vegas local).
Yes to most of your points...if you want to go to all those places.

BTW for blackjack I try to find $5 two deck games at the Gold Coast during weekday mornings and afternoons ! SHUTTLE FROM THE STRIP, FREE.
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Old Apr 1, 13, 8:34 pm
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The tunnel/highway actually is the fastest way to get to most hotels at many hours of the day. Limos take it all the time and they have no ulterior motive. And as others have said, it's not really taking you out of your way very much, maybe two miles at 60 mph and avoiding many traffic lights. So if you're concerned, tell him not to take the tunnel, but I really wouldn't worry about it.

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Old Apr 2, 13, 8:13 am
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Originally Posted by bhatnasx View Post
Not true at all - depends on the hotel really. Cosmopolitan is very convenient, as is Bellagio. Really depends on the property.
Add Palazzo to this list. Self park is easier than valet.
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Old Apr 2, 13, 1:32 pm
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As a ten year resident of Las Vegas I can assure you the tunnel is NOT the quickest way to your hotel on the Strip. It is a complete rip off and the 15 freeway is more congested then the strip. The drivers know this.
The airport is literally a few blocks from the Strip and Koval Ave, which runs behind many of the casino properties on the east side of the strip is a quick option to avoid heavy strip traffic. Tell the cab driver to take Tropicana to Vegas Blvd. There is no reason to take the freeway unless you are staying at one of the casinos located away from the strip.
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prosecute

“People were not willing to prosecute over a couple of dollars,” he said. “They just wanted to get to their hotels.”

read more http://www.reviewjournal.com/busines...ng-checkpoints

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A road sign warns cab drivers of a long haul checkpoint ahead on Friday at McCarran International Airport.
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