4 Holiday Gift Ideas For Your Loved Ones From Limo.com

 

The Holidays are upon us!  Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your special someone(s)?  Check out Limo.com’s list of four different gift ideas, and get ready to make this year one of the merriest ever!

Give the Gift of…

-Reliability.  Your grandma/aunt/brother/ (insert visiting relative here) just flew in, and it’s on you to pick them up from the airport; which is no problem, except for (insert other holiday obligation here).  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could sit back and relax knowing that not only will Grandma/Auntie/Bro be picked up on time, but in a beautiful ride by a professional driver?  Yeah, we think so too.  This Holiday season, give her/him the gift of a luxurious & reliable ride.

 

A reliable ride, every time

A reliable ride, every time

-Safety.  Is it worth it to spend a little extra cash to get somewhere safely?  In a word “Yes”; yes, it is.  Give your loved ones the gift of a safe ride this season; whether that means booking a luxury sedan for them to have a fun night out; or booking a luxury SUV for the group of you to head to a fun event.  Safety isn’t typically a glamorous or fun topic; however, it is a reality and should be addressed.  If you know there’s an event where there’s going to be drinking, don’t risk it-just book the transportation, and know you and yours will get to and from the event safely and soundly.

 

Baby it's cold outside!

Baby it’s cold outside!

 

-Comfort.  We all like being pampered: it’s a basic human desire (some would argue a “need”).  We all enjoy our comforts-a ride in a comfortable plush car, being one of them.  Give the gift of comfort by booking a ride for your significant other in a luxury town car from Limo.com.  Better yet, book him/her a day at the Spa while you’re at it.  We’ll take care of the journey-you pick the destination.

Let the pampering begin!

Let the pampering begin!

-Fun.  When’s the last time you hung out with your crew?  Life seems to continue to get busier.  One week turns into one month, turns into two months, and pretty soon it’s going on a year since you’ve seen one or several of your good friends.  Make the most of your time together: make it a grand gathering, book a party bus or limo for the group and go do something fun together.  Spend the day reminiscing about old memories, while making new ones.  Sometimes the best gift you can give one another is your time, and what better way to do that by making a fun date with the group, and upping the ante by having your transportation covered too!

However you and your family celebrate, we here at Limo.com wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Cheers to good friends!

Cheers to good friends!

Pick Your Prom

It’s that time of year again: PROM!  What are you going to wear?!  Who are you going to go with?!  How will you get there?!  Limo.com can help you answer atleast one of those questions.  When it comes to which sweet ride you should roll in, we’ve done the legwork for you.  All you have to do is take a gander at our vehicle list below, then head over to the main Limo.com page and request a quote from one of our many Operators in your area.  Then, get ready to have a blast at Prom this year!

The Audi A8 Luxury Sedan

The Audi A8 Luxury Sedan

Vehicle: Luxury Sedan

Perfect For: The Couple

Also good if: You’re going stag with two other buddies, and are looking for a more exconomical option, but still want to travel with class

Skip it if: there’s more than three of you who want to go together.

 

The Cadillac Escalade-Luxury SUV

The Cadillac Escalade-Luxury SUV

Vehicle: Luxury SUV

Perfect For: The Double Date

Also good if: You have six people and want to be EXTRA cozy.  This option works, but if you’re not looking to be cozy with your date AND your friends, opt for a larger vehicle option.

Skip it if: there’s more than six of you, and you want some leg (or arm) room.

 

Your limo awaits!

Your limo awaits!

Vehicle: Classic Limo

Perfect For: Two to Five couples, depending on the passenger carrying capacity.  Most Operators don’t recommend over ten people in a Classic Stretch.

Also good if: You’re going in a medium sized group of up to ten friends

Skip it, if: You have a large group that all wants to travel together.

 

Vehicle: Stretch Hummer or Similar

Perfect For: Ten to Fourteen friends, depending on the passenger carrying capacity.

Also good if: Several Couples want to go together

Skip it if: it’s just you and your date.  There is such a thing as going too big, and this would be it.

 

Inside the Party Bus

Inside the Party Bus

Vehicle: Party Bus

Perfect For: A big group that wants to make this year’s Prom the most epic experience ever!

Also good if: you have a slew of friends and you all want to go together: this vehicle’s for you!

Skip it if: there’s only a few of you and you’re on a tight budget.  While the party bus has the most room of any of these vehicles, it typically also has the highest price tag.  If you’re budget is on the small side, as is your group’s size, this probably isn’t going to be the best match for you-you’re better off going with the SUV.

Your best Prom awaits!

Your best Prom awaits!

Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Single and the Coupled Up

Single or Attached this Valentine’s Day?  Who Cares!  Valentine’s Day is about more than just the love between you and your Sweetie (although, admittedly, that is equally important!): whether you’re celebrating the love you have for your significant other, or another special someone in your life, read on for our top 5 Valentine’s Day Ideas, and get ready to spread the love!

 

Friends’ Valentine’s Day Party Bus

Single?  Attached?  Who cares!  Throw your romantic status to the wind, and celebrate the love you have for your friends by going in on a Party Bus for the day together.  Maybe you travel to wine country for the day, or perhaps you do a pub crawl; at any rate, this is definitely a case of making the most of the journey by enjoying quality time with your best buds-candy hearts not required.

 

Get ready for a Valentine's Adventure on this red party bus

Get ready for a Valentine’s Adventure on this red party bus

 

Double Date Limo

What’s better than spending Valentine’s Day with your significant other AND your best “couple” friends?  Why, sharing a ride with all of them in style, of course!

Cheers to a great Valentine's Day

Cheers to a great Valentine’s Day

 

Luxury Town Car Date Night (or Day)

Up the ante this Valentine’s Day, by having someone else do the driving, so you can really enjoy your one on one time with your date.  Bonus points for your travel being in a really NICE ride.

Impress Your Date with Comfort and Luxury

Impress Your Date with Comfort and Luxury

 

Gift a Date Night to Mom and Dad (or Grandma and Grandpa)

Show your love for those that raised you, by treating them to a special night out, complete with car service, of course.  Valentine’s Day is about love, and who better to show your love towards than your Mom and Dad or Grandma and Grandpa?  Why not treat them to car service for a date night out?  They’ve spoiled you for decades-it’s time to show them just how much their love and support has meant over the years.

Treat Your Folks to a Classic

 

A ride to the Spa

Go the extra mile (pun intended), book Spa services for your sweetheart AND a ride to/from the appointment.

Let the relaxing, begin.

Let the relaxing, begin.

Vehicle Comparison: Shall I book the Party Bus or the Mini-Coach?

You have a large group of people that you want to transport for an event, but which vehicle do you book?  Depending upon your group size, there will be a limited number of vehicle options that can safely transport everyone, the most common being the party bus or the mini coach.  “Aren’t those the same?” you ask.  To which we would answer a resounding, “No!”  Depending upon your party and your event, these vehicles offer something very different.  Read on to figure out which option would be the best choice for your group, and get ready to be chauffeured!

Party Bus-Exterior shot

Party Bus-Exterior shot

Party Bus

Max Passenger Load: It depends upon the size of the bus, but typically these can hold anywhere between 15-23 passengers (*Sidenote: this is the biggest reason why it is imperative for you to put the amount of passengers that will be on the vehicle with you, as once the vehicle hits its passenger threshold, it’s a safety hazard to transport over that amount).

Distinguishing Characteristics: Flashy/Snazzy decorating, bench-style seating: similar to a limo, but with standing room; large “bus-like” outer appearance, complete with extremely dark tinted windows, typically has a nice sound system for your vibing pleasure; these are often described as “mobile nightclubs”.

Typical Usage: If the name of the vehicle itself didn’t already give it away, this vehicle is for large “parties”, who either want to keep the party on the bus, or go to various social destinations, in the name of comradery.  Think: bachelor/bachelorette parties; birthday parties; weddings, etc.

Not to be used for: corporate meetings (unless your business is partying, it’s best to stay away from this type of vehicle at your next corporate function).

Party Bus- Interior

Party Bus- Interior

 

The Mini-Bus

Max Passenger Load: It depends upon the size of the bus, but typically these can also hold anywhere between 15-23 passengers (*Side note: this is the biggest reason why it is imperative for you to put the amount of passengers that will be on the vehicle with you, as once the vehicle hits its passenger threshold, it’s a safety hazard to transport over that amount).

Distinguishing Characteristics: Captain’s chair-type of seating (individual seats, all facing forward), minimalistic décor inside, often neutral in color; in some models there are TV’s or technology hook-ups/tools for corporate meetings; think “mobile boardroom” with comfortable seating

Typical Usage: Large corporate group travel; business meetings; company offsite

Not to be used for:  bachelor/bachelorette parties.  If you’re looking for a large vehicle with which to cut loose on-this ain’t it.  You’re much better off going with the Party Bus, which will cater to your needs a lot better.

Mini-Coach, Interior

Mini-Coach, Interior

Mini coach, Interior

Mini coach, Interior

3 Ways Booking Car Service May actually SAVE You Money on Your Vacation:

You’re spending enough dinero to travel on your fabulous vacation, right?  Here are 3 ways why booking car service may actually save you money on your vacation:

1. Airport Parking Costs $$ Get Spendy

Consider this the next time that you are travelling out of town for at least a week: short-long term parking costs at airports vary between $20-$40/day.  If we even take the lowest dollar amount, $20/day and multiply that by seven days = $140, just to park your car for a week at the airport.  This number doesn’t even take into account $$ for gas.  Depending upon the number of passengers and your proximity to the airport, many luxury car Operators would charge less than that amount for roundtrip service to/from your airport.  At the very least, it’s worth looking into.

2. Insurance and out of pocket costs if someone hits your car in the parking garage

Exhibit B: You’ve paid $140 to park your car for a week, and someone hits it… then leaves, and the parking garage cameras just happened to miss it all; meaning that that $140 parking garage bill is the least of your worries.  Now you have to spend time calling your insurance, getting the car fixed, and you have no way of tracking down the person who’s actually responsible for this mess (the other driver), which means the costs all fall on you and your insurance.  Yeah, I don’t think I have to go any further into cost analysis on this one.  Booking a car with us would most definitely save you $$ in this scenario!

3. A fixed rate versus a variable one

This one is especially pertinent if you are travelling internationally.  In many countries, taxi services and gas don’t have a set rate, meaning you need to negotiate and/or barter your rate.  If you’re comfortable doing this, then this may not pose any type of problem for you; however, many travelers, especially those of us from the United States aren’t privy to such practices.  Thus, a taxi ride that locals know to cost $25 could end up costing you $75, simply b/c that’s what the driver tells you to pay.  Booking your car with Limo.com gives you peace of mind, as you know exactly how much you’ll pay for your ride, including gratuity-no frustrating haggling included.  This, to some, is worth paying up front for; however, for those of us who are self-proclaimed bargain aficionados, knowing that the dollar is the guaranteed lowest offered rate by the Operator, sans bargaining, should also give some comfort.

Whatever you decide, make sure to travel safely and have a great vacation-you’ve earned it!

Travelling in style in the Tesla Model S

Travelling in style in the Tesla Model S

The Real Way To Celebrate Valentine’s Day

 

Let’s face it: Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap.  When people think of Valentine’s Day, many images and words come to mine: love, cupid’s arrow, chocolate, heartbreak; however, as the years have progressed, the holiday has become more commercialized and has focused more on romance, as opposed to love, causing multitudes of single people to cringe at the mere mention of February 14th, and a plethora of couples to feel pressured in one way or another to “celebrate” their relationship.  Not that there’s anything wrong with celebrating a relationship, per se; but, what if you’ve only been on a couple of dates, and aren’t sure if you’re even in a relationship?  What if your relationship is “on the rocks”?  What if you don’t want to BE in a relationship?  Or what if you’re going through a break up?  What if you’re SINGLE (gasp!)?!?!  None of these instances exactly screams hearts, cupid and romance.

 

But I digress; let’s get back to the holiday that is Valentine’s Day.  According to Dictionary.com, Valentine’s Day is:  “February 14, observed in honor of St. Valentine as a day for the exchange of valentines and other tokens of affection.”* By that definition Valentine’s Day is simply a day in which we show affection to those that we love.  So, who do we love?  Well, “love”, as we know it, isn’t simply a feeling or emotion attached to those we are romantically involved with.  The word “love” can be associated with a plethora of different relationships in your life, both romantic and otherwise.  In fact, Dictionary.com defines the noun “love” in seven different ways (i.e. the love between parent and child), and that’s just when the word is utilized as a noun.  I bring this all up because if Valentine’s Day is about showing the ones that we love how we feel, then by all means, let’s do that.  This isn’t a holiday that is just about blissfully in love couples, but rather a holiday that celebrates ALL kinds of loving relationships.  So, with that in mind, Limo.com brings you list of ways to celebrate six different loving relationships in your life.  Whether you’re single, taken, or somewhere in between, this list applies to YOU (take THAT Cupid!):

 

Who has a special place in your heart?  Your Grandparents

Grandma and Grandpa:  they spoiled you throughout your childhood (and probably your adulthood), gave you love and affection, and when you were in trouble with Mom or Dad, they always seemed to secretly still be on your side.   Book a fun day for you and the grandparents.  Book an hourly ride for the three of you and go do something fun-a picnic if the weather is nice, or maybe hit up a museum.  Spend the ride laughing and bonding with them.

 

It's not Grandpa's fave recliner, but it might come in at a close second. #Escalade

It’s not Grandpa’s fave recliner, but it might come in at a close second. #Escalade

 

Who do you love?  Your friends

Whether you have made new friends and are looking for a way to get to know them better; or perhaps you just want to get together with some of your close friends and bond.  Booking a party bus for a group adventure is a great way to celebrate the love you have for your buddies, while making new memories together to reminisce about later.  “Remember that one Valentine’s Day when we…”

Get ready for a Valentine's Adventure on this red party bus

Get ready for a Valentine’s Adventure on this red party bus

 

 

Who do you love, no matter what?  Your family

Sometimes you love them; sometimes you can’t stand them; but really, you LOVE them.  You share the special bond that is simply defined as “family”.  Whether you’re related by blood or not, families come in all shapes, sizes, and circumstances.  Celebrate the bond you have with yours on Valentine’s Day.  Book an SUV with a few, or a large limo with the whole family, and take a trip somewhere delightful together.

 

Who do you treasure?  Your best friend

You have your friends, and then you have your BEST FRIEND.  This is the person whom you share the tightest of bonds with: for some people this is their significant other; for others it’s a parent or other family member; and others this is someone whom they’ve known and forged a most sacred bond of friendship with.  Regardless of what their title is with other people (i.e. roommate, sister, co-worker, etc), to you, your best friend is one of the most loved people in your life.  That all being said, why wouldn’t Valentine’s Day be a great time to celebrate the love and friendship that you share with one another?  So, do something for just the two of you: it can be something as small as booking a sedan and going to your favorite restaurant to catch up for a couple of hours, or book a trip together and book a ride to/from the airport.  It doesn’t matter how you choose to live up Valentine’s Day-just as long as you do it together.

 

Who ELSE would be by your side through this photo shoot?  #bestfriends

Who ELSE would be by your side through this photo shoot? #bestfriends

 

Who loves you, no matter what?  Your parents

They’ve loved you, clothed you, raised you, and supported you.  Treat them to their own special date night, book them a pretty retro limo to their favorite restaraunt, so they can celebrate the love they have for each other.

Just Mom?

Pamper the number one woman in your life with a spa package and classy ride to/from the spa.

Just Dad?

Get him tickets to his favorite event, and a ride to get him to/from there.  (And go with him!)

 

Date night in the Maybach

Book the Maybach for your parents’ date night

 

Who “Gets” You?  Your mentor

Maybe you had a teacher who was particularly influential in helping you become successful; or perhaps there’s a co-worker or supervisor who’s had your back on the job, and helped you get that promotion; or maybe there’s a certain someone in your life who’s just helped you through a difficult time.  Show your love and appreciation for them by doing something kind for them in return.  Maybe this person has someone special flying into see them?  Book a sedan to pick up this person at the airport;  or maybe this person needs a ride somewhere because his/her car broke down-book a sedan or SUV with us to get him/her to his/her destination safely.

 

Sure, some of these ideas are a bit non-traditional, as far as Valentine’s Day is concerned, but just think of how special and loved this will make the person you love feel.  Shouldn’t that be the point of Valentine’s Day to begin with?

 

The 12 Days of Christmas-Limo.com Style

The holidays are upon us!  In celebration of that, Limo.com presents to you a little Christmas jingle.  Since we are all about luxury ground transportation at it’s finest, we revamped the song to give it a more “limo-esque” feel (a bit self-serving, sure, but applicable none-the-less).  Behold, the 12 Days of Christmas-Limo.com Style:

12 Days of Christmas-Limo.com Style

On the first day of Christmas, my true love booked on Limo.com for me: a ride home from the airport in this stunning Mercedes.

mercedes livery class S

On the second day of Christmas, my true love booked on Limo.com for me: two pretty Escalades for a holiday party!

On the third day of Christmas, my true love booked on Limo.com for me: three corporate mini buses for my co-workers and me.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love booked on Limo.com for me: four Rolls Royce Phantoms for my buddies and me.

rolls-royce-phantom brigade

 

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love booked on Limo.com for a group of us, a wine tour on a large black party bus.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love booked on Limo.com for me, a night out in a Cadillac XTS for our anniversary.

cadillac XTS 2

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love booked on Limo.com for me, a stretch hummer limo for a bachelor party.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love booked on Limo.com for family, a ride back to the airport in a Audi SUV.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love booked on Limo.com for me, a Tesla for my environmentally conscious friend, Bree.

Tesla model s 2

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love booked on Limo.com for she, an old-fashioned rolls Royce for the bride-to-be.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love booked on Limo.com for me,  a sedan to the train station, it was a 2015 Audi.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love booked on Limo.com for me, a great big party bus for New Year’s Eve.

party bus NYE

 

Merry Christmas and happy New Year, from Limo.com!

Top 5 Things to Do Over Labor Day Weekend 2014

Unless you live in an area where every season is a variant of “summer” (I’m looking at you, South Beach!), then you know that this Labor Day weekend is quite possibly and quite probably the last weekend of sunshine and good times aka the last weekend of summer.  For some us, this means it’s time to go back to the reality of school-whether you’re in school or your kids are in school; for the rest of us it just signifies the changing of the weather from sunny and warm to dreary and cold (or sunny and cold).

That being said, there’s no better time to carpe diem than this weekend!  In the spirit of celebrating summer, we have compiled a short list of things to do this Labor Day weekend to make the most of this Labor Day weekend and bid a fine farewell to Summer.

 

1. Hit the theatre:

This weekend is technically the “last big summer blockbuster weekend”.   If you’ve had enough of the great outdoors and favor something a bit more theatrical, then get thee to thy local theatre to check out the last of the flock of big blockbuster movies that are flooding into the theatres for the summer.  P.S. Impress your date by showing up in this.  

the-november-man-novemberma   as above guardiansofthefgalaxynewposter1

 

2. Go Stargazing:

When’s the last time you actually stopped texting, emailing, or Facebooking and looked up at the sky?  Summer is the perfect time for a road trip with a few friends.  What better way to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy some down time than checking out the stars?  We’ve included a couple of links from Fodor’s and CNN on the top stargazing sites both in the US and Internationally.  Book a ride with us to your favorite stargazing spot.

Top 10 Best Stargazing Sites in the US, according to Fodor’s:

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-stargazing-sites-in-the-us#!1-intro

Top Stargazing Sites in the World, According to CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/12/travel/dark-sky-parks-and-reserves/

Utah night sky

Yes, this is a real place and yes it’s in the U.S.- Utah as a matter of fact. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, www.jwfrank.com.

 

3. Get on a plane (impromptu trip):

Vegas, NYC, San Diego, Miami-pick a spot and just go.  You have an extra day this weekend, so why not seize the moment?  Nothing says summer like a vacation-no matter how long you get away, it just makes coming back home that much sweeter.  Don’t forget to skip the airport taxi line! 

labor day weekend plane

Now boarding for Labor Day weekend!

 

4. Go to an outdoor concert:

Summertime is synonymous with sunshine and summer jams.  Enjoy summer beats and the remaining summer heat by going to an outdoor concert this weekend.  We’ll even drive you there so you don’t have to worry about the packed parking lot before or after the event.  If you’re a bit late for getting your ticket, check out the links below for a list of outdoor concerts in your area this weekend:

Atlanta

Bangor, ME

Chicago

Dallas

Daytona Beach

Denver

L.A.

Myrtle Beach, SC

Nashville

NYC

Omaha

Portland, OR

San Diego

Seattle

 

5. Grab a group and head out to the vineyards:

Here in Oregon, every season is wine tasting season.  The fact that it’s summer just means we take our vino and enjoy the view of the Willamette Valley outside!  If you’re near wine country, make the most of a long weekend and grab some family/friends and head out to the vineyard.  Bonus: many wineries and tasting rooms have special events and featured wines over the holiday weekend, so be sure to check the winery’s website or give them a call to find out what’s happening in your area.

labor day weekend wine tasting limo

Wine tasting with friends over Labor Day weekend = the perfect way to end the Summer

 

 

Top Four Reasons to take a Limo or Town Car on the 4th of July

As Americans, Independence Day has morphed into the type of holiday that we associate with a few key things: food, fireworks, friends and family.  Some of us take trips to go celebrate; others throw a big shindig at their place; some grab the neighbors and head to the local fireworks spot; others get together with friends; and still, others hop a flight to a fun destination.  Any way you cut it, if you’re celebrating in one of the above ways, then chances are you’ll be needing transportation to your destination (and back home again).  With that in mind, here are the top four reasons you should let us do the driving:

Taxi Line @ LAS-don't get stuck in this line!

Taxi Line @ LAS-don’t get stuck in this line!

1.Avoid the Long Wait in the Taxi Line at the Airport

The 4th is busy travel day to lots of destinations in the U.S.  Many people get the day off, and since it lands on a Friday this year that makes an extended weekend celebration that much easier to plan.  If you’ve ever traveled to a popular destination you know that once you get off the plane, the waiting isn’t over, because you are now faced with the outrageous cab line looming outside of baggage claim.  Be the envy of the other passengers-skip the cab line- and get straight into a waiting town car or SUV.

2. More Family Bonding Time

You’re already going to spend the day with them, you might as well start the bonding process early!  If you’re all headed over to Grandma’s for the annual 4th of July BBQ, it just makes sense split a vehicle and ride there together.  Or, if you’d prefer to experience your family in limited doses, you can always book a sedan for yourself.  No arguing over directions, speed limits or annoying driving habits here!  Bonus: Uncle Clem can have that extra cocktail and you don’t have to worry about him trying to get behind the wheel.

3. Have your celebration ON the ride

Perhaps you want to hang with your friends, but nobody wants to take on the enormous task of hosting a shindig.  Why not bring the party to you, by booking a party bus?  If you’ve got 15-20 friends that are all going in on the party bus, you could end up spending less than you would on meat, bbq supplies, and beverages at a party/bbq.  Plus, you don’t have to worry about having a DD, since the driver will drop you at home at the end of the party.

4. So you don’t HAVE to drive

Maybe you’re of legal drinking age, and you want to have a couple of drinks; or maybe you just want to kick back and enjoy yourself without having to worry about driving; or maybe you’re just tired of driving!  Hey, sometimes it’s just nice not to have to worry about who’s doing the driving!

However you choose to spend your holiday weekend-Limo.com wishes you and yours a very happy and safe Independence Day weekend!

Happy Independence Day, 2014!

Happy Independence Day, 2014!

4 Things to Consider When You’re Going to Prom on a Budget

Hey kids!   PROM season is upon us, once again.  Don’t fret if you haven’t booked your limo quite yet (although sooner is typically better than later, in terms of getting the best rates and the hours that you want).  Limo.com has put together a short list of things to consider when booking your ride to Prom on a BUDGET:

1. Group Size

Is it just you and your date, a small group of friends, or a large group of friends?   This is the first thing you should consider when booking a vehicle for two reasons: first, your budget may fluctuate wildly if there’s 14 people all contributing towards a vehicle, vs just two (or one!).  The more people who are throwing in some $$, the larger the budget (typically) and the less of a financial strain it’s going to be on your pocket; second, the size of your vehicle will also vary drastically, depending upon how many people are in your party.  If there’s just two of you, there are a world of vehicle options available to you, depending upon how luxurious or “BIG” you’re looking to go; conversely, the more people that you are trying to fit into one vehicle, the more your options are limited to certain vehicle types.  In the luxury transportation industry, the larger vehicle you need, the greater the rate (though there are exceptions).  Luckily, with a larger group you have a greater number of people to share the cost of the vehicle.  Speaking of vehicle options, this transitions nicely into the next key consideration on our list…

2. Vehicle Options

The second thing that you want to consider when you are shopping for a Prom ride on a budget, is the vehicle options that are available to you.  As we mentioned above, if you have a larger group, your vehicle options will tend to be a bit more limited.  Many traditional limos will have space for a maximum of ten-twelve passengers, with SUV limos typically maxing out at fourteen; if you have a group in excess of sixteen, you are most likely looking at either a party bus or a mini-bus type of vehicle.  However, if you have a smaller party of two-four people, you may also want to consider a town car, luxury sedan or luxury SUV.  We mention this, because people will usually think of a limo when they think of Prom transportation; however, many limo companies will charge an hourly- minimum, which can be overwhelming to Prom attendees, and will make it less likely that they can afford any type of transportation in the first place; conversely, many town car and SUV operators do not charge an hourly minimum and thus would be able to offer a more affordable rate.

3. Your schedule for the evening

The third thing you need to consider when booking transportation for your Prom, is your schedule: are you and your date/group going to dinner before you head to the dance?  Will you all be picked up at the same location, or will the vehicle need to make several stops?  How long are you planning on being at the dance?  Do you need a ride home, or just a ride there?  Will you be going anywhere afterwards?  Believe it or not, the answers to all of these questions can have an effect on the rate of your Prom transportation.  If you are making multiple stops throughout the evening, then it will likely be more economical for you to book a vehicle for a certain amount of hours, as opposed to a flat rate pick up and drop off.  With an hourly vehicle, the number of stops doesn’t affect the rate, because you are paying for the vehicle for a certain block of time; where as with a flat rate vehicle, the rate you are quoted is only for transportation from Point A to Point B, so if you deviate or add extra stops to that, the Operator will typically charge a fee for each additional stop.  In addition, if you are only looking for a ride to Prom and back, it would cost you less to book to separate flat rate pick ups/drop off, as opposed to an hourly vehicle; however, keep in mind than most Limo operators do charge an hourly minimum-meaning that the Operator will charge you an hourly rate at a certain amount of hours, regardless of whether you utilize the vehicle for this amount of time or not.  This is a fairly standard practice in the luxury transportation industry, as larger vehicles cost a lot more to own and operate, and therefore the Operator needs to charge this hourly minimum in order to make a profit.

4. Demand & Location

Demand and Location are the last things on our list because while you don’t have control over either-they still have an effect on the overall rate charged for transportation and thus will effect your budget.  By “demand”, we are referring to how great the need/want is for luxury vehicles at the time that you are wanting to book yours.  Prom is an especially high demand season.  As such, many Operators will charge a premium for their services, simply because they know they can.  This happens in most industries, and is smart on the part of the business owner, as he/she/they can capitalize on their product/service.  Never-the-less, it does effect how much you will need to pay for the transportation that you seek.  Demand is also effected by the location in which you are seeking your transportation.  If you live in a larger city, there are typically more Operators, which means more vehicles/services to pick from and greater pricing options for the consumer-which typically works in your budget’s favor.

With all of the different aspects of Prom, choosing transportation can seem a bit overwhelming.  Help yourself stick to a budget by using the above four considerations as a guide.  (Side-note: Limo.com’s booking system allows you to search quickly and easily for available luxury transportation in your area of interest; filtering out the list of vehicle/Operators by passenger count, time/date availability, allowing you to narrow down your choices quickly and easily, with the best rates available and consumer reviews on each Operator.  Not to toot our own horn, but we DO make the process pretty seamless….).

Above all, we wish you a safe and happy prom season.

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