How to Be a Tampa International Airport Pro


Your Uber is worth the wait

Depending on when you tap “Request,” waiting for your Uber to arrive may take a few more minutes than hopping in a taxi does, but we’re willing to bet the money you’ll save far outweighs those few minutes you’re waiting.  

Airport → Downtown Tampa Estimated uberX: $8.65 Estimated Taxi*: $24.92
Airport → Clearwater Beach Estimated uberX: $20.82 Estimated Taxi*: $53.35
Airport → St. Pete Beach Estimated uberX: $27.49 Estimated Taxi*: $71.06

What will you do with the money you save by taking an Uber instead of a taxi? Buy an awesome post-flight meal? Save it for your next trip? That’s up to you.

The old-school alternative to taking a taxi home is having a friend pick you up. Now that ridesharing is around, though, taking an Uber is much nicer than asking your friends to leave the comfort of their own homes to come retrieve you from the airport. Can you put a price tag on the joy and relief they’ll feel when you don’t ask them to pick you up? We think not.

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This article was originally published on August 23, 2016.

“I love the airport!” said no one ever. Whether you’re standing in line barefoot at the TSA security checkpoint, hanging out at your gate after yet another delay, or sitting on the plane 20 minutes after landing because there are no available gates, it’s all a waiting game.

There are some things at the airport that you can’t control. But there are steps you can take to make your flying experience as enjoyable as possible. Become an airport pro, from the time you head through security to the minute you hop in the backseat of your Uber, with a few #UberProTips.

Your flying checklist

  • When booking your flight, choose a seat near the front of the plane. The closer you are to the front, the faster you’ll be able to exit the plane upon landing.
  • Check in before you arrive at the airport. You can access your boarding pass via your smartphone—that way, you can skip the check-in line.
  • Skip baggage claim and pack a carry-on instead. Many people think of a carry-on as a small backpack or tote, but you’d be surprised at the size of luggage you can bring on the plane. Size requirements vary depending on the airline, but most airlines permit carry-ons up to 9 x 14 x 22 inches.
  • Stash your essentials—phone, wallet, headphones, any chargers you may need, and passport if you’re traveling internationally—in an easily accessible zippered pocket in your carry-on. If you’re bringing a laptop, pack it in an easy-to-access spot—you’ll have to remove it when going through security.
  • Wear layers. Many planes pump the air-conditioning, and there’s nothing worse than shivering through a long flight in shorts and a T-shirt. This will also be useful if you’re traveling somewhere with a different climate.
  • Keep your phone in airplane mode and limit how much you use it in-flight—you’ll want to make sure it has plenty of charge when you land so you can request an Uber.
  • When the plane begins its descent, organize your things so you’ll be ready to go when you touch down. This way, you can easily grab your phone and request an Uber as you’re walking off the plane, and you’ll have a free hand to grab a snack or drink on your way out.

How a champion exits the airport

  • airportOnce you’ve gathered your baggage, open your Uber app to request a ride.
  • Confirm your pickup location. Choose whether you’re on the BLUE or RED side, then select the airline doorway you’ll be waiting by.
  • Take note of your driver’s vehicle and license plate number—be on the lookout!
  • Meet your driver curbside. Say hello. Enjoy the ride.








*Taxi estimates found here.

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