When it comes to catching flights, I feel like I’ve explored (and pursued) every possible option for getting to the airport on time. Train, bus, taxi, hiring a car, Uber, staying at an airport hotel and – the worst idea – sleeping at the airport itself the night before, you name it, I’ve tried it.
For my most recent all-girl trip with my mum and sister, we had another early-morning flight booked. We were already devising our plane-catching strategy when I was contacted by Blacklane. I couldn’t have been more delighted.
Why? Blacklane has been getting a lot of attention as an airport transfer service provider. It’s currently available in over 50 countries and over 250 cities around the world, including the likes of New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Cape Town and, especially important for this post, London. The added benefit was that a number of my friends and fellow bloggers had used the service before, and I had only heard extremely positive feedback.
With all of that in mind, I went ahead with the booking, which turned out to be an easy feat. There’s an app, but I chose to book via the Blacklane website, where I ordered a car by filling in the date, time and number of people who would be using the transfer. There are three different options, depending on the location: Business Class (for a maximum of three people), Business Class Van/SUV (for up to five people) and First Class (for a maximum of three people). I booked the Business Class option for the three of us. I received a confirmation email and all that was left to do was wait until our departure date.
If you, like me, have the incorrigible tendency to worry about every detail related to travel, then you’ll be relieved to know that Blacklane caters to people like us. As I woke up, I immediately started worrying that maybe the car wouldn’t arrive or that I managed to get the day wrong. Before I could get too far with this train of thought, however, I got a text from Blacklane informing me of my booking. A while later, I received another text stating that the car had arrived, along with our driver’s name.
These notifications form a standard feature of the Blacklane service, where you’ll always get two emails and two texts before an airport transfer. Since you can do the transfer the other way around, where you’re getting picked up at the airport, the service also includes one hour of waiting time, just in case the flight is running late. During booking, you can enter your flight number, which will allow Blacklane to track the flight as you travel.
Our Blacklane transfer arrived right on time, and despite the 4AM wake up we had just experienced, we couldn’t help but be impressed by our rather luxurious ride. Our trusty steed for the morning was a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and it drove like a dream. With our luggage stowed away, we started making our way to Stansted Airport.
Since it was a weekday, I was nervous that we might get stuck in traffic on the way out of south west London. Luckily, the whole journey went smoothly. And, as an added bonus, our driver, Victor, drove us through central London instead of the city’s outskirts like any other airport transfer I’ve taken, meaning that we got to do some sightseeing along the way. Even though I’ve lived in London for almost five years now, I never tire of seeing the Thames and Tower Bridge, but I’ve rarely seen these from the seat of a car!
The Blacklane service has some nice extra touches, such as complimentary bottled water, and for a First Class transfer, you can expect perks like wet towels or a tablet for entertainment. All of the drivers are professionals and they’ve all been verified by Blacklane so we felt like we were in safe hands.
Admittedly, I almost nodded off a few times but even I was surprised when we were suddenly rolling up to Stansted Airport’s drop-off area in front of the departures hall. We said goodbye to Victor (and that lovely car) and headed into the terminal to catch our flight.
Even though we had been up so early that day, I feel like our stress-free transfer to the airport eased us into the holiday perfectly. A few hours later, we were already out and about taking in the sights of Milan.
It’s not something that I could afford to do with every trip I take, but I loved the Blacklane service as it’s so much more than a standard taxi airport transfer. We had a timely, comfortable and fuss-free experience, which was the total opposite of stressful airport transfers I’ve taken in the past. For special occasions, as well as for flights at inconvenient times, I would definitely use Blacklane again, and I’d be keen to try out the service in other countries too.
If you’re looking for an easy and luxurious airport transfer for your next holiday, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Blacklane business class service. It’s the ideal – and stylish – way to start or end a well-deserved holiday.
What’s your favourite airport transfer? Have you used Blacklane on your own travels? I’d love to hear more in the comments below!
Note: As mentioned, I was contacted by Blacklane and used their service in return for a review, but, as always, all opinions and my ability to find any excuse for a car selfie are entirely my own.
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