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Parking Made Simple at LAX

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The excitement starts long before you get to your destination. Whether you’re traveling to visit a client on business or taking a much-needed break on a sandy beach, the buzz begins the moment you wake up. But before you hop on your flight, you need to get to the airport and find parking. It seems simple, but it can be expensive and time-consuming.

LAX Airport Parking Options

Central Terminal Parking

You can park at the central terminal parking structures, but you might not like the price. It’s $30 per day for every day you are parked, which can really add up for longer trips. If you’re gone for a two-week vacation, it’s going to cost you $420!

Navigating the signs through LAX parking lots can be confusing, so you’ll want to allow an extra few minutes to get to the right spot. Plus, you’ll still have a short walk to get into the terminal from central terminal parking.

Economy Parking Lot C

A more cost-effective option is Economy Parking Lot C. At $12 per day, you can park at LAX without maxing out your credit card. If you don’t want to haul your luggage on foot, you can wait for the shuttle, which runs every 15 minutes or so. During busy travel times, this lot can fill up quickly, so get there early.
Unfortunately, Economy Lot C is not a covered parking lot. When you come back from your trip, you will probably need to get your car washed.

Terminal Drop-Off

Sure, you could get someone to drop you off at the terminal and avoid parking altogether. It can be hard to find a friend reliable enough to get you to LAX for an early morning or nighttime departure. And what if your return flight is delayed? Will they wait for you?

Getting Your Bags to the Terminal

When you arrive at the airport, so does your luggage. You need to lug your bags with you from whatever parking spot you find, near or far.

If you have kids with you, the process gets even crazier. Wrangling children and baggage at the same time can fray the nerves of the most collected parent. Many LAX parking lots have shuttle services to bring you to your terminal; however, you could be left waiting or the shuttle could be full.

Luxe Valet Parking at LAX

Airport parking has never been easier. Luxe offers the best solution for getting to and from the airport with reliable and secure valet parking services. Here’s how it works:

  • Let us know when to meet you. Email us at flights@luxe.com or give us a call to tell us when and where to meet you at LAX.
  • We’ll meet you at your terminal when you arrive.
  • We’ll park your car. Our valet will take your car to a secure parking facility. If you want your car washed, your oil changed or your fuel tank filled while you’re away, we can do that too!
  • We return your car to you. When your flight comes in, we’ll be there. We’ll bring your car right to your terminal so you can be on your way.

Luxe valet parking is cheaper and more convenient than LAX terminal parking. At just $25 per day for the first four days and $15 per day for each additional day, you can avoid all the hassle of parking at the airport.

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Keeping Your Kids Safe — It’s Child Passenger Safety Week!

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It’s September, which means back to school, regular routines, and kick-off for extracurricular events. As a parent, that also starts a season with many hours behind the wheel of your car, transporting your little Mini-Me passengers.

It’s fitting that September 18th to 24th is Child Passenger Safety Week. What better time is there to review safety tips for keeping your children safe in the car?

Know the Proper Seating

Do you know where your children should sit in the car? If they are 12 or under, the answer is NOT in the front seat. Your little ones should always be in the back seat of your car whether you’re driving a short distance or to an out-of-state tournament. It’s the safest place to be.

Use the Appropriate Child Car Safety Seat

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that children under the age of two should use a rear-facing car seat (it’s even better to use this type of seat until they outgrow it). They should then use a front-facing child seat until the age of eight to twelve, or until they’ve grown to four feet, nine inches tall. Many child seats on the market today are three-in-one or four-in-one designs to accommodate your child’s growth. They can be adjusted through children’s stages of growth, from rear-facing seats in infants to booster seats later on. Once they’ve outgrown a booster seat, they should be buckled into the back seat.

Always Wear a Seat Belt

Aside from New Hampshire, every state has laws requiring all passengers to wear seat belts. Even in New Hampshire, children must be properly buckled in at all times. However, wearing a seat belt isn’t just the law — it keeps you and your passengers safe in an accident.
When your child is in their car seat, the harness should be buckled up completely and securely. Make sure it’s adjusted properly according to the car seat’s instructions so your child is best protected in the case of an accident.

When your child has graduated to using the car’s seat belt, whether in a booster seat or on its own, it needs to be adjusted correctly. The shoulder belt should ride across the shoulder and chest and should not rub on their neck or face. The lap belt should be positioned over the hips and lap, not across the stomach. Adjust the seat belt height adjustment to properly fit your child, and continue to use a booster seat if the lap belt doesn’t fit properly. It’s the safest way to wear a seat belt to prevent injury in an accident.

Get In and Out of the Car Safely

When your kids are getting in and out of the car, accidents can happen quickly. It takes no time at all for children to dart in an unexpected direction, and in the busy city, hazards are everywhere. The following tips are helpful for keeping your children safe as they enter or exit the car.

Use Child Safety Locks

They’re in your car for a reason, though don’t get used by many people. Child safety locks on the back doors prevent the door from opening from the inside. When child safety locks are used, little feet aren’t darting into traffic before you get a chance to take them by the hand.

Luxe Valet Parking

Another great solution for busy city parents is Luxe. Use our mobile app to request a valet to meet you at your destination and park your car for you. You can pull up right to the door and unload your kids safely. There’s less chance of Junior darting into traffic compared to a long walk from a distant parking spot. We’ll park your car securely, then bring it back to you, wherever you are!

Parking and the City

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One parking ticket here, circling the block for ten minutes there – when New Yorkers think about it, finding parking in the city really adds up!

That’s why we offer a great value on convenient, on-demand parking with rates starting at only $399/month, plus special promotions for new customers! Learn more today.

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Your Parking Guide for the Seahawks Game

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You have your Russell Wilson jersey on and your face painted blue, silver and bright green. You’re charged up because it’s NFL game day in Seattle. Better yet, you have tickets to the hottest attraction in Washington during the fall.

Getting to the game at CenturyLink field is easy, but parking is not. Thousands of cars converge, looking for an elusive place to park. But with Luxe, you have convenient parking options for every Seahawks home game this season.

Get There Early

Good Food and Drink

Avoid the insane traffic and crowds, all searching for parking near the stadium. Head down to Pioneer Square a couple hours before kickoff and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the local cafes and pubs. Coffee at Zeitgeist or Caffe Umbria are excellent options, as is Planet Java Diner. Whether a good burger is on your mind or a fine cup of Joe, you’ll find it nearby. You’ll be joined by many other of Seattle’s amazing football fans, guaranteed.

Relaxing Environment

Inquisitive minds can check out the what the gold rush was like at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, located on 2nd Avenue South at South Jackson Street. Or, enjoy the tranquility of Occidental Square before the rush of the big game.

Get Secure Parking

You can park on site at CenturyLink Field in one of the few garages. Expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $100, just for a few hours of parking. Parking before and after the game can be tedious and frustrating. The heavy vehicle traffic can delay you for more than an hour.

Parking at the stadium can be easy, though. With a simple tap, you can arrange valet parking before the Seahawks game. There’s no need to find a parking spot, and your car will be kept secure while you’re at the game. When you’re ready to head home, Luxe will deliver your car back to you wherever you are, within our coverage zone.

Not only is Luxe simple and secure, but it’s affordable. Guaranteed parking for every Seattle Seahawks game is just $20! Park anywhere near CenturyLink Field and arrange for a valet with our easy-to-use app, or use our Drop Point at South Main Street at Occidental Avenue South to avoid the bulk of stadium traffic.

Give Luxe a try today! Download the free app and you’ll get your first two parks FREE!

Hang Around After the Game

After the game, hang around the area awhile as traffic congestion clears up. Whether you’re celebrating a Seahawks victory or mourning a loss, there are options nearby. Peruse the art galleries between Occidental Avenue and 1st Avenue South or grab a coffee at Starbucks. Or drown your sorrows at The Lodge Sports Grille, Altstadt, or Quality Athletics with the other Seahawks faithfuls.

Get Home From the Game Safely

Enjoy game day to its fullest. If you’ve had one too many to drink (or more), don’t get behind the wheel. Instead, request a Drive Home with Luxe. We’ll pick you up from the game and take you home in your own car, with rates starting at just $15. That’s cheaper than a taxi! As a bonus, you won’t have to retrieve your car from the stadium the next day.

Luxe is your convenient solution for parking at CenturyLink Field for every Seahawks home game. With affordable and secure valet parking, it’s easier than ever to take in an NFL football game. Check out our Monthly Subscriptions for even more value.
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Still Summer: Things to Do in Chicago

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Although the summer’s over, there’s still plenty of fun things to do in Chicago to make those great summer feelings last into fall. Whether you plan to take a long weekend exploring what Chicago has to offer or take a day trip from a nearby town, plan to visit a few attractions and eat some delicious food. Here are six of our favorite places to visit in Chicago.

Millennium Park

One of the most iconic locations in Chicago, Millennium Park is a beautiful green space surrounded by modern art and impressive skyscrapers. You can attend free concerts throughout most of the year, including the 18th Annual World Music Festival Chicago in September. On their website, you can check out workout classes, nature programs, and other free events scheduled throughout the year.

Piccolo Sogno

Located at 464 North Halsted Street garden seating, Piccolo Sogno offers rustic Italian cuisine made from fresh seasonal ingredients. Known for their comprehensive wine list and homemade gelato, the restaurant serves a wide range of fairly priced and delicious menu items locals love. During the summer, you can relax and dine in garden seating.

Navy Pier

If you think waterfront views and a beachy atmosphere only exist near oceans, make sure to check out Navy Pier. Here you can catch a speed boat tour of Lake Michigan, play with toy cars at Zoom Room or simply stroll along the pier. Plus, there are many special events scheduled to take place throughout the year.

Museum of Contemporary Art

You can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art throughout the year to check out new art exhibits or attend a free guided tour. During the summer, go to the museum to take a break from the sun. Locals love that Illinois residents get free admission on Tuesdays all year long.

Bridge House Tavern

Located at 321 N. Clark Street, you can watch people from the pub’s terrace and enjoy the view from the Bridge House Tavern. The restaurant serves up delicious lunches and dinners as well as weekend brunches. You can even rent out cabanas and the deck area for private events.

Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium is a world-renowned, AZA-accredited aquarium located within Chicago’s city limits. It’s part of Chicago’s CityPASS that offers tremendous savings to visitors looking to go to the aquarium and other attractions such as the Adler Planetarium or the Museum of Science and Industry during their visit. You can see more than just the normal saltwater fish at the Shedd Aquarium with less common exhibits such as belugas and sea otters.

Priceless Views

Chicago’s architecture and skyline are beautiful from both the ground and the sky. At least once, plan on seeing the city from the top of a skyscraper to truly appreciate the magnificence. Look down off a glass ledge at the Chicago Skydeck from the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower or drink cocktails from the roof at the London House Chicago. If you’re really fearless, experience Tilt at the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, where you’ll see the Magnificent Mile by looking down.

Parking in Chicago

If you plan to drive into the city, plan in advance where you want to park your car, as this can be difficult and expensive in any city. New mobile apps, such as Luxe, make it easy to park your car in Chicago and other major cities. Once you download the app, just let your valet driver know where to find you. You don’t need to waste time finding a parking garage and walking long distances to your favorite attractions.

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Best Times to Buy a Car

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Purchasing a new car can be a daunting task. It requires thorough research, budgeting, a pre-approved loan (if necessary), and careful prioritization.

Don’t fret—the car-buying process doesn’t need to be a painful or expensive one. If you want the best deal, timing is everything. We’ve laid out some tips and tricks you can use to walk away with the car you want at a price that won’t break the bank.

Shop at the End of the Year

During late fall and early winter, salespeople and finance managers are looking to meet or exceed quotas, and manufacturers ranging from Nissan to Ford are offering incentives to clear older inventory. This is why November and December often feature lower prices.

The one downside, however, to shopping for cars towards the end of the year is that selections for new cars may be limited. So long as you’re not seeking out a specific model, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Go to the Dealership Right Before Closing

While many salespeople are pushing to get their numbers up at the end of the year, many also have weekly—and even daily —goals to meet. Furthermore, if you come in well-rested and ready to negotiate, you will have an advantage over the salesperson who’s been working all day, especially if you demonstrate you are serious about purchasing a car. The dealer may be more willing to offer discounts in order to get the last deal in before going home.

If you use this method, note the salesperson’s attitude as you enter. While many are more than happy to assist you—and give you a nice price because they want another sale before heading home. Some may be too tired to haggle, have social plans, or simply have already made enough sales in the day (and thus aren’t willing to cut into that sticker price).

Wait for the End of the Month or Quarter

Sales quotas also apply to the end of months and quarters. Remember: car sales representatives work on commission, and many bonuses are given after quotas are satisfied or exceeded. This is why deals are more likely to be given to customers in the days before a big monthly or quarterly sales report.

Realize, however, that each sale must be approved by the dealership’s manager. While most sales are approved, some can be too good to be true. Before you get excited about the deal-of-a-lifetime you just snagged, be sure to relax and wait for approval from the higher-ups first.

Buy Cars When Next Year’s Models Are Released

You’ve heard the saying, “In with the new, out with the old.” Next year’s models typically arrive in late summer to early fall, making dealers eager to sell the remaining cars leftover from the previous year since they are still paying for their inventory. If you’re not trying to get the best and the latest, seek out these older models. Chances are their prices will go down as the new cars come in.

Manufacturers differ in when they release new models. Some come out as early as May. Pay attention to this, and go make a purchase on the older model when the new units hit the lot.

Other Tips

Understand there is no perfect method to getting a great deal on a new car. The key in getting cheap cars is to be flexible and strategic. Research the prices others are getting for your vehicle before even going to the dealership. Also, go to at least three dealerships, so you can compare quotes. If you need financing, compare the terms you get at several financial institutions as well as from the dealership. Finally, keep an eye out for rebates and other incentives for purchasing a vehicle; manufacturers often offer these to buyers.

Parking with Luxe

We know how difficult it can be to find parking around the city. When you’re busy, there isn’t time to circle the block, feed parking meters, or decipher confusing parking signs—we get it.

That’s where we come in! We make it simple to get around the city and maintain your car so you can spend more time on the things that matter most. Whether you’re commuting to work, rushing to make your dinner reservation, or out for a night on the town, know that parking won’t be a problem. Download the Luxe app today and get your first two parks FREE!

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Buy or Lease a Car—Which Is Right for You?

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Leasing a car is a viable option for those who need one, but would you prefer that to buying a car outright? However, not all lease deals are created equal. Some of the topics discussed below include how to lease a car, long and short-term leases, and what “wear and tear” is acceptable on a leased car.

Short-Term Car Lease vs. Long-Term Car Lease: Which of These Lease Deals Is Better For You?

There are a variety of advantages and disadvantages to having either a short-term and a long-term lease. Before you decide which option is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you need a car for more than six months, but less than 24 months? If so, a short-term lease option is best for you.
  • Are you concerned with having a lower monthly payment? If so, a long-term lease will be a better option than a short-term lease.
  • Other things to take into consideration, when choosing a lease option, is the following:
    • Gap insurance: this is insurance needed to bridge the difference between what your car is actually worth and what the fair market value is. This is essential because, in the event of an accident, your insurance company may not be able to cover the full amount of what you owe the leasing company.
    • Warranties: will they be jeopardized on your car if you get non-dealership services, or “after market” parts?
    • Subleasing: be advised that, unless you get permission from the leaseholder, you cannot sublease your car. Therefore, consider how long you really need the car for before leasing it.

Wear and Tear: What Qualifies, and What Doesn’t?

When you’re getting ready to turn in your car, certain things do, and do not, qualify as normal wear and tear. Please be sure to keep this in mind as it can result in incurring additional fees when you turn in your leased car. Before the dealer whips out his car lease calculator, make sure you keep the following in mind:

  • Mileage: keep your prescribed mileage in check—you will be hit with severe overage fees if you go over the prescribed mileage.
  • Detailing: if your tires are bald, your bumpers have “dings”, or your interior is too filthy, it pays to get your car detailed. If you allow the dealership to do it for you, you’ll have to pay the price.
  • Any missing parts—such as spare tires—must be replaced before you return the car, or you will be charged for the replacements.

Should You Buy Your Car Instead?

Sometimes, leasing a car isn’t the best option, even if you get one of the best cars to lease. The following is a list of reasons why you should buy a car instead of leasing it:

  • Do you plan on keeping the car after the lease term is up? If you’re the type to have a “long-term relationship” with your cars, then buying a car is cheaper—and better—for you in the long run.
  • How hard are you on your car? If you tend to be rough with your cars—whether deliberately or not–then buying a car is a smarter option in the long run—leasing a car that you’re hard on will result in substantial fees.
  • Do you need to drive a car for business? For taxation purposes, you cannot deduct the use of a leased car from your taxes. However, a purchased car can indeed be deducted from your taxes.

 

Regardless of whether you choose to lease or buy a car, Luxe will be able to provide you with a variety of on-demand parking and car services to suit your needs. Download the app today to learn more and get started!

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5 Tips for Stress-Free Car Purchase Negotiations

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Aside from purchasing a home, car buying is the largest investment most people make. You’re paying thousands of dollars and are usually locked into financing over several years, so it’s no wonder it’s such a stressful transaction.

Much of that stress comes when it’s time to discuss the dollars and cents. Negotiation can be nerve-wracking, especially if you don’t know how to buy a car or are inexperienced at haggling. After all, bartering with a professional salesperson might make you feel like you’re a little out of your depth.

Here are a few car buying tips when you’re negotiating your car purchase.

1. Know the Vehicle You Want

Before you set foot in the dealership, narrow down your vehicle selection. Have three vehicles at most that you’re seriously looking to buy. Car salespeople will take full advantage of customers who aren’t sure what they want or haven’t done their research. These are the customers who end up having buyer’s remorse soon after.

Spend time researching reputable online sites, comparing models you think you might want. Drive through car dealership lots after hours to look at these vehicles without any pressure from salespeople. Only once you think you’d seriously consider the car should you walk into the dealership.

2. Only Pay for the Features You Want

On the car lot, there’s a good chance you won’t always find vehicles equipped exactly how you want. That means a salesperson will probably show you cars that have more features than you need. While the extras may be nice to have, you should base your negotiation on the features you originally want. The salesperson knows they are “upselling” you on features, which is a soft spot in their armor. Act like the extras aren’t important, offering only to buy car features you want.

3. Know Actual Selling Prices

You can use an online tool such as Kelley Blue Book to determine the Fair Market Pricing for virtually any vehicle, used or new. When you know the Fair Market Price, you know what range you should expect to pay for the vehicle you want.

Start your negotiations at the low end of the Fair Market Price, and be comfortable settling for a selling price anywhere in the fair range. If the salesperson won’t agree to a price in the fair market range, be prepared to walk away.

4. Get Competitive Quotes

Leverage your position for buying a car by obtaining quotes from more than one dealership. If there is one dealership that clearly has a better price than the others, start your car buying process there. You may just want to deal with a local dealership, so you can use the competitor’s quotes to negotiate a better price. Just make sure the vehicles you are comparing are apples to apples — the same car make and model with the same features.

5. Negotiate on Selling Price, Not Payment

When you are discussing price with the salesperson, they will probably try to negotiate a payment price with you, not a selling price. It’s a favorite tactic used by salespeople to increasing the selling price. By talking about small amounts instead of the overall price, small increases can seem harmless yet make a big difference in the total amount you’ll pay. Keep the topic on total selling price so you maintain control of negotiations.

If the sales process gets uncomfortable, simply walk away. You should never feel like you’re being pressured. After all, it’s your money and you’re in control.

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Cruise Into Your Vacation From NYC: Easy Planning and on Board Travel Tips

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You’ve finally managed to get some time away from the office to book a much-needed cruise leaving from the Manhattan cruise terminal, and you have a lot of things to do before you leave. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of essentials you need to handle before you leave on your New York cruise.

Be Flexible With Your Dates, and Book Early

This is, admittedly, a little easier when you can take a vacation at your leisure and not when you have preset vacation days. However, if you can afford to be flexible with your vacation dates, try to leave on days when it would be cheaper to do so and book your tickets as soon as you possibly can. Many travel experts suggest that you book on Tuesdays, in the early afternoon, to get the best rates from the airline. If you wait until the last minute to book your tickets, they will be exorbitantly expensive.

Don’t Wait Until You Get On The Ship to Book Shore Excursions

If you’re looking to save some money — and make no mistake about it, cruises can be extremely expensive — plan for your shore excursions before you leave. If you wait until you’re sailing to book a shore excursion, it can cost a lot.

If You Have Dietary Restrictions, Alert the Cruise Ship Ahead of Time

Are you a vegetarian or a vegan? Do you require a gluten-free diet? Do you not eat pork due to religious reasons? These are all dietary restrictions that the cruise ship must take into account before it leaves the port; it can’t, and won’t, do so on the day you leave. You should communicate any dietary restrictions you have with the ship at least a few weeks before your trip starts.

Bring Enough to Sustain Yourself, But Don’t Overpack

It’s a good idea to bring all toiletries such as soaps and shampoos from home because it’s much less expensive than buying what you need on the cruise ship. However, be mindful not to over pack. If it can’t all fit into a carry-on suitcase, then it’s probably not worth taking. And don’t worry about running out of clothes; many cruise ships have laundry services on board.

Arrive in New York the Day Before Departure

You have a long day of traveling ahead of you on the first day of your NYC cruise. If you need to arrive in NYC from somewhere else, especially if you’re traveling from outside the state, make sure you get to NY the day before your boat is scheduled to leave. Your body, free of jet lag, will be grateful.

Use Luxe to Keep Your Car Safely and Securely Parked

Parking your car in NYC can be a huge expense, and there’s no guarantee your car will be kept safe. With Luxe, you can take comfort in knowing that your car will be safely and securely parked while you’re away on vacation. In addition to curbside service — where we’ll pick up your car right near the Manhattan Cruise Terminal for you—we also offer competitive parking rates and a convenient app that lets you pay for your parking securely. For more information about us and our services, contact us today to see what we can do for you.

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Introducing Parking for Your Cruise

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Hop on board the S.S. Luxe Manhattan, because we’re introducing a new way for you to worry less about your car and enjoy more of what you have planned ahead. We’re launching Parking For Your Cruise, a prepaid package that has Luxe store your vehicle in one of our secure garages while you’re away out at sea. On the day of your trip, a valet will meet you at the cruise terminal to pick up your car. When you return, a valet will bring your car back to the same cruise terminal.

Packages start at only $140 for a 5-day trip. To learn more about this new offering and how to purchase a Parking For Your Cruise package, click here.

Bon voyage, and sea you there!
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