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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:

  • Reserve your reservation and let us know when to meet you.
  • Download the free app and request your valet before you start your engine. 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.

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

Parking in the city can be difficult and expensive. New mobile apps, such as Luxe, make it easy to park your car in Chicago!

Luxe is an on-demand valet parking and car services mobile app that sends valets to park for you and more. Simply enter your destination in the app and we’ll send a valet to pick up your car. When you’re ready to leave, tell us where you want your car returned and we’ll deliver it back to you — even in a different location than you started!

Check out our Monthly Subscriptions for even more value!

 

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. Learn more about our cruise parking packages today!