How it works:
- Version 1: taking a longer route to inflate the fare. This is prevalent in Las Vegas as the distance between the airport and the strip is pretty short. This can add $10 to the fare.
- Version 2: driver claims that your destination is not good and recommends going another place where he gets a commission. Prevalent in Las Vegas.
- Version 3: driving off with your luggage.
- Version 4: working in cahoots with fake “authorized” ticket agents.
Places to beware:
- Anywhere (e.g. tourist attractions, hotels, airports, transportation hubs)
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Los Angeles: Hollywood Boulevard).
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number and driver’s license.
- Longhauling: be very clear when communicating your destination. Check your phone’s GPS to see if you are headed in the correct direction, though detours may be taken to avoid jams.
- In Las Vegas: say this is not your first time and ask to go by the Swenson and Tropicana way or the local road, not the highway.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (leading day tour platform) has 150+ transport options.