Ride or fly? That’s the question. You will be surprised how often people choose a long distance limo service over flying. Sometimes it’s by choice and sometimes that’s the only option to move.
Travelers nowadays have more and more options to go from point A to point B. People choose between land, air and sea to get to their destination.
Usually a car service goes hand in hand with flying to get you to and from the airport. However, cars often compete with airplanes. Not by speed, but by travel time and convenience. The answer to the question ride or fly
The last few years, more and more people prefer to book long distance limo service than fly. You might wonder why someone would spend a few hours in a car, but using a long distance car service has its own advantages. Below, we will share our own experience and analysis of the ground transportation industry and try to answer the question “ride or fly”.
Reasons To Book A Long Distance Limo Service Over Flying
For trips up to 200 miles, using a long distance car service will get you quicker to your end destination. Why? Imagine you have a flight from Chicago to Indianapolis at 7am. It is true that the flight duration from ORD to IND is only 1 hr 10 minutes. But you need to be at O’hare airport at least 1 hour before the flight. Put 1 more to get to O’hare by Limo or taxi. And add the time to wake up and get ready to leave. That makes your day start around 4:15am. So for a simple flight from Chicago ORD to Indianapolis IND, you will need 4 hours to prepare. But that’s not all. Plane will land at 8:15am at IND, but it will take time to find a gate. On top of all you have to deplane and maybe pick up your luggage. Then you need to look for a taxi or a limo service to drive you to your final destination. Luckily around 10am your travel will be over. Roughly total travel time cones to 6 hours.
Now imagine if you book a long distance car service to pick you up at 6am. Around 9:10am you will be dropped off at the door of your point of interest in Indianapolis, Indiana. You will be fresher and you will travel stress free.
Let’s look at the same route, but this time you are traveling with someone else. The cost of your airplane tickets, around $200 each plus the airport transportation, can easily cover the cost of a long distance limo service. Sometimes it’s cheaper to ride than fly.
Imagine you are flying in at O’hare airport to connect to a flight to Cincinnati, Ohio between which you have 3 hours layover. You are exhausted and waiting at the airport is not the best thing to do. On top of that you will have to wait 3 hours for a 1.5 hour flight. In addition to that, add at least 1 more hour to deplane, collect bags and find a way to get home or go to work.
For around 5 hours you can get from Chicago to Cincinnati, Ohio with a long distance limo service. You will travel in style and comfort, rest or focus on your business agenda. And in the end, you will get straight to your final destination.
Long distance car service gets very desirable during bad weather when flight cancellations spike up. In these cases, people prefer to reserve a long distance car service instead of spending the night at the airport or the nearby expensive hotels. A nice, spacious SUV will get you safely home through most of the time when planes cannot fly.
Families out of state going on vacations often fly out and in through O’hare international airport. In this case, it’s not only faster but cheaper to let’s say a book an SUV for 5 pax. A limo service from Iowa City, Iowa to O’hare is such a route. Same counts for a car service from Kalamazoo, MI to Chicago O’hare.
Fear of flying or medical conditions are a huge factor of choosing a car service instead. There are some people who cannot fly or are afraid to fly. For them, a long distance limo service is a great choice to travel hundreds of miles.
Business people who need privacy often use a long distance limo service rather than flying.
There have been strange requests for long distance limo service at Chief Chicago Limo. Some were emergencies, others just like that.
One time a client reserved an SUV from Chicago to Kansas City just to pick up a computer server and bring it back right away. That trip required an extra driver.
We had a client who booked us for a limo service from Chicago to Las Vegas. The only passenger though was his dog. That trip required extra stops to feed and service the pet.
We had to drive singers from Chicago to Detroit, MI who needed specific environment to preserve their voices. They chose a long distance car service because they could adjust the temperature in the vehicle and open windows when needed. Something a plane could not provide.
Chief Chicago Limo has even helped trucking companies with our long distance car service. We have done a limo service for a truck driver from O’hare to Springfield, IL. He came to pick up a truck which broke down in that area and had to be left for repair.
We towed once an RV with a family from Chicago to Denver, Colorado.
A couple of times we had to deliver high priority small packages and important documents out of state. A long distance limo service is more flexible and expedite than planes.
Last but not least, natural disasters, pandemics, acts of terrorism and similar make people trust a long distance limo service as the safest way to travel.
Tornadoes, fires, volcanoes sometimes block airports or make flying impossible for quite a while.
The recent COVID19 health crisis caused air travel ban. People found limousines to be safer and cleaner than airlines and other types of transportation
The tragic 9/11 events closed the air space for months.
In times like these, whoever needs to travel, the only choice is using a long distance car service. The word would be ride over fly.
Ride Or Fly- Conclusion
Ride or Fly will always be the question! Cars will never beat airplanes but long distance car services are gaining popularity. As you can see it’s more like a niche segment of the limousine service industry. We, at Chief Chicago Limo, are hoping we threw some light on the benefits of long distance limo services over flying.
All the best from us! Stay healthy and happy!