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Jan 24th, 2018, 01:59 PM
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just so you know Uber x from Heathrow to Shoreditch will be most likely less than 55 usd
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Jan 24th, 2018, 02:25 PM
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YOU’d have to shoot me in the leg before I used Uber in the U.K, but admit I am prejudice. I have been using Blackberry on my last 3/4 trips and have been happy with them.
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Jan 24th, 2018, 03:36 PM
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>>YOU’d have to shoot me in the leg before I used Uber in the U.K<<

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Jan 24th, 2018, 04:23 PM
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One time when Just Airports was picking us up from our hotel to take us to Heathrow, we had acquired a couple of extra duffel bags after I'd made the reservation. The driver wanted to be paid extra for them, and it is true, you have to say how many bags you will have when you reserve. I paid him 10 pounds and I figured he just got the "tip" I was going to give him early. I don't know if he was pulling something; he seemed to discourage me paying with my CC which made me suspicious.

That's the only slightly "questionable" thing I've had using Just Airports. That driver and all the others we've had over 8 times or so that I've used them were friendly, on time, efficient, etc. When we needed a car to take us from Heathrow to Gatwick, I had to email them for a quote. I've always received prompt responses.
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Jan 24th, 2018, 04:38 PM
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>>The driver wanted to be paid extra for them, and it is true, you have to say how many bags you will have when you reserve. I paid him 10 pounds and I figured he just got the "tip" I was going to give him early. I don't know if he was pulling something; he seemed to discourage me paying with my CC which made me suspicious.<<

​​​​​​​The main site provides different prices w/ and w/o credit cards. I think they have to pay a cc surcharge. The extra luggage would affect the type of car they use -- so if your bags fit in the car - charging extra at that time could be a bit iffy but the cc issue is probably legit . . .
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Jan 24th, 2018, 08:14 PM
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I thought it was iffy at the time but I figured I broke even. If I had been concerned I would have called their office or insisted on using my card. Their drivers all have been friendly and not prone to scary moves which is good since Mr. 7 doesn't like anyone's driving. We continue to use them and they've been reliable.
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Feb 2nd, 2018, 11:56 AM
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Well, I'm back and thought I'd report on my experience with airport transit.

Blackberry charged 38Lb (don't know how to do the pound symbol), plus 9Lb for parking. I was told that when I called and the man said there is a free wait time of 1.5 hours so I figured that wasn't so bad. The return flight to the airport would have been only 38L, with no parking fee.

My flight was an hour and a half late but when I got to the meeting point, the driver was not there and I walked around reading all the signs the other drivers were holding trying to find him. He finally arrived after about 6 minutes and apologized for being late due to heavy traffic. He was otherwise very nice, helped me with my bags etc., but he was surely parked for fewer than 15 minutes so the 9Lb parking fee was a bit of a ripoff. I was tired and didn't make an issue of it. The drive to the hotel in Shoreditch took 1.5 hours due to rain and heavy traffic.

I was going to try Justairports for the return trip to the airport but I decided to have my nephew accompany me on the tube and carry/wheel my suitcase. He was more than happy to do so and I gave him the money I would have spent on car service, and then some. I also gave him my Oyster card and the few pounds that were left on it. (starving student in an expensive city!!). We were right near the Northern Line, which required only one transfer to the Piccadilly Line, which went directly to Terminal 3 at Heathrow so it worked out fine. The fare was only 3 lbs. each way.

BTW, janis, I tried that toll free number for JA when I was trying to book and I kept getting a "call can't be completed as dialed" message so I assumed it was for calls within the UK. The one for Blackberry had a 646 area code, which is right here in NY, altho' the man told me he was in London so it was probably a cell. Anyway, all's well that ends well, and thanks again for everyone's help.
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Feb 2nd, 2018, 11:20 PM
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Lb is the symbol for weight, just put GBP if you don't have the symbol on your keyboard.
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Feb 3rd, 2018, 05:17 AM
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Short term parking at Heathrow is roughly 7 so the 9 is about right as he needs some pay too
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Feb 3rd, 2018, 09:26 AM
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Thanks, bilboburgler. Glad to hear that.

Hooemeye, here in the US, "lb" stands for "pound". Yes, I know it's weight and not British money but I used it b/c it means "pound". I was going to use just an "L", but that looked too much like Lira. Next time I'll use GBP. Thank you.
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Feb 3rd, 2018, 09:43 AM
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See, I 'typed' it by cutting and pasting from a post with the symbol.
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Feb 3rd, 2018, 10:54 AM
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Not sure on a pc but on a mac the symbol is option 3 and the € is option shift 2
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Feb 3rd, 2018, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by AJPeabody View Post

See, I 'typed' it by cutting and pasting from a post with the symbol.
or, on a windows PC, hold down the ALT key and type 156 on the number pad
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Feb 3rd, 2018, 12:04 PM
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On my small Windows 10 laptop -
For - Hold down the right side Alt and Shift keys and type 4.
For € - Hold down the right side Alt key and type 5.
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Feb 4th, 2018, 12:11 PM
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None of those worked for me. I'll just use GBP and Eu when I have to.
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Feb 4th, 2018, 12:48 PM
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You can use ASCII codes:

= ALT 0163

€ = ALT 0128
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