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What You Need to Know About Uber

Established 7 years ago in San Francisco, CA, Uber has expanded quickly into the most affordable and convenient transportation services worldwide. The user simply downloads an app which uses GPS technology to find available Uber drivers in the area. The user taps the screen to call for service and pays automatically on arrival with a credit card. The cost for Uber transportation is usually lower than taxi or other car services, such as Limousine San Jose.


The company takes a percentage of the fare. Since it doesn’t directly hire or pay drivers, or own the vehicles, costs can be kept low. It is also a great opportunity for somebody who has the time to make extra money as an Uber driver, by using their own car. In addition, Uber drivers can choose their own hours so there is great flexibility. There are some requirement that needs to be met in order to become an Uber driver- for example: you must be 21+ of age, the car must be 10 years or younger, must have 4 doors, you must consent to and pass a background check, must have a valid driver’s license and the car must be insured in your name.

Once the customer hails an Uber car and get to their destination, they can get out without the need to exchange any cash with the driver. The app charges the passenger the for the ride directly via withdrawal from their bank account. Drivers keep 80 percent of the fare and 20 percent goes to Uber.

Uber also uses a rating system where drivers and passengers can rate one another on a scale of 1-5 at the end of a ride. Most drivers will rate customers five stars unless they’re obnoxiously drunk, late, or extremely rude. However, the ratings are mostly irrelevant. It doesn’t promote better service or a faster pick up. Most drivers don’t even look at the rating before accepting the passenger. First off, drivers only have a few seconds to accept an ride request before it goes to the next closest Uber driver. Second of all, most drivers would rather make the money off the smaller rating than to make no money while waiting for a five-star rider.

The ratings, however, do matter for drivers. If a driver’s average score drops below a 4.6, they could be terminated or their account could be deactivated. Uber also judges the drivers by their “acceptance rate”.  Uber wants drivers to accept at least 80 percent of all ride requests and drive as much as possible. In fact, Uber has an incentive that if you drive 50 hours a week, you get 10 percent extra on what you made that week. Unfortunately, most drive less than 15 hours a week.



Call A Limo Company For Airport Service

If you have an upcoming trip to Hawaii, Europe, or South America and you need to find convenient and affordable transportation to the airport, consider renting a vehicle with a limo company.  Many who travel do not even know about the airport services that they provide.  When people hear about limo companies, they assume that only limousines are provided for elaborate occasions.  But this isn’t the case.  Until recently, I learned that they provide a wide range of services, including airport, special occasions, basic travel and bus services.

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And surprisingly, you don’t have to break the bank to rent a vehicle.  According to Party Bus San Jose, most companies have a large fleet from sedans, to SUVs, limos, to buses.  Depending on how many people and luggages, they will decide on which vehicle is most suitable.  It may even surprise you to learn that it costs the same amount as taking a cab.  And if that is the case, you are better off booking with a limo company.

Many reasons why.  First, cleanliness and comfort.  The vehicles, even the Lincoln Town Car sedan, is roomy with extra legroom, power access for cell phones and laptops and most provide complementary water bottles.  Second, professional chauffeur.  You are escorted by a driver who is dressed in a suit and will assist with your door and your luggage.  You essentially receive VIP service.  Third, it’s affordable.  As I mentioned, it doesn’t cost much more to rent a vehicle with a limo company.  And with all the extra amenities, it may be worth it.

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I write this only to make you aware that cabs and cheap shuttles aren’t your only options.  They are many limo companies around many large and small cities.  Simply type in limo service and city and you should see a long list of companies.  Look through the review and call a few up to inquire rates.  Find out if the price is all-inclusive of gratuity, taxes and fuel or if you have a pay additional.  Once you do your research and find the right company to book with, you will save yourself a lot of stress, time and money.

You can book a sedan for as low as $55 one-way to an airport from a nearby city.  Cities further out may cost slightly more.  You can also book a pick up from the airport or roundtrip for departure and return.  You may be able to get a slight discount if you book roundtrip.  Do consider using a limo company for you next trip to the airport.

Napa Valley in a Party Bus

We had the most awesome time last weekend during our trip to Napa for Leah’s birthday.  There were about 18 of us and rather than taking multiple cars, we decided that the most efficient and fun way to travel to Napa was to do it by party bus!  It was totally worth the experience.  We found a great company called SF party bus, based out in San Francisco, and had them pick us up at 10am for an 8 hour day long wine-tasting trip to Napa and Sonoma Valley.

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These buses are amazing.  They look just a limousines from the inside but bigger with room to walk.  I mean this bus was loaded.  We watched TV from their 42-inch flatscreen TV, played music through bluetooth connection which was hooked up to their sound system, and a nice little wet bar with complementary wine and drinks.  This was definitely a great way to utilize the one-and-half hour driver to Napa and back.

Our driver, Ronnie, was spectacular in getting us to about 5-6 wineries and a lunch spot in between.  We visited Domaine Chandon, Rovert Mondavi, Sterling Vineyards, Mumms, Castillo de Amarosa, and V.Sattui which has an amazing picnic spot for lunch!  A very gorgeous picture worthy winery stop for yummy deli foods, cheese and cracker spreads, and delicious wine.  We also stopped by Bouchon Bakery for some goodies and their famous macarons, which were all delicous–chocolate, pistachio, salted caramel, red velvet, earl grey… yes, are you drooling now?  LOL!

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Ronnie was great in restocking our wine glasses in the bus in between stops.  We made sure to reward him with a nice tip for being such a fantastic driver.  By the end of the day we were slightly buzzed from the wine-tasting, which is why it was such a great idea to rent a party bus with a designated driver on board!  We were pooped by the end of the day from such a fun trip.  I cannot recommend SF Party Bus enough for making the booking process so easy and straightforward and the trip itself so fun and rewarding.  Not only did they have the cheapest rate, but their bus was as nice as I had hoped, their customer service was excellent, their staff and drivers superb.

Renting a bus definitely helped save on time and convenience and was a responsible decision on our part since everybody was drinking.  I will say that it is definitely worth the cost to rent than to risk a DUI having to stay overnight in a hotel.

An Amazing City Tour of San Francisco

Have you ever thought to get away for a week just to release?  Well, that’s exactly what I did.  With the amount of work and stress that had accumulated over the last months, I knew I had to find a solution.. I had to get away.  So, my plans took me to San Francisco, CA!  I had been here once as a child and could recall riding on cable cars and Chinatown.  But that was the most I remembered at the age of 5.  I’m 25 years of age now and ready make the most of my trip here.

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Before arriving I decided to find transportation from the airport to my hotel at the Sheraton at Fisherman’s Wharf.  I found a great limo company online, San Francisco Limo, which provided 24-7 on time airport services and got a great one-way rate for it as well.  I will likely use them again for my trip back to the airport.

As I was taken to my hotel, I struck up a conversation with my limo driver, Tom, who was great.  Because I was a newcomer in town, he gave me list of great places to check out during my visit.  This company also provides city tours of SF in their luxury vehicles, which was a nice option, considering I didn’t really know my way around.

So the following day, I decided to book a tour of the city.  I received a great all-inclusive rate and had another awesome driver, Shawn, show me around.  We spent about 3 hours touring the city.  Our first stop was at the Twin Peaks where I was able to view the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, the entire city of San Francisco, Alcatraz Island, Yerba Buena Island over a 360 degree panoramic view!  It was amazing!  There were coin-operated telescopes to help you take in the sightseeing.

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We then passed through Alamo Square, which is famously known for it’s rows of Victorian homes, like I remember seeing on Full House, if you even remember that tv show.  From there we headed to Chinatown.  San Francisco is the oldest Chinatown within North American and the largest outside of Asia.  Chinatown then connects to Union Square in downtown San Francisco, a shopper’s paradise.  There’s Neiman Marcus to the left, Macy’s 8-story high rise to the right, with Union Square right in the center of it.

We passed through Civic Center which houses the City Hall and the Opera House, passed the Transamerica pyramid building, if you remember the triangular building in every picture and postcard of San Francisco.. We drove through North Beach, also known as “Little Italy” and finally made our way to Fisherman’s Wharf.  I will be able to explore this area more in these coming days as my hotel is here.

Shawn then circled around and we drove through the Golden Gate Park which is fabulously huge and beautiful.  I was able to see glimpses of the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, California Academy of Sciences, the De Young Museum, and the Exploratorium.  I also learned that Golden Gate Park is one of the world’s largest and developed parks.

Finally, a trip through Golden Gate Park led us to the Golden Gate Bridge.  I was taken the other side where we parked and I had the opportunity to take many gorgeous photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, like the ones you see on the postcards.  This was a very amazing trip and it has only been 3 days since I arrived.  I look forward to the rest of my trip and grateful to Tom and Shawn for a great first part of my trip.