air travel

Luxe – A Convenient Way For Parents To Get To The Airport

luxe_avatarFinally there is a service that makes it easy to get to the airport with your children. Luxe is an affordable valet service that will meet you curbside at your terminal!

Once you have kids, traveling becomes an olympic event. It doesn’t matter if you are going away for two days or two weeks, you are still packing the same amount of stuff, which is a ton. With all of that luggage, the most challenging part becomes getting to and from the airport and then into the airport with all of your household items in hand along with your children.

It is a pain to park in long-term parking then take a shuttle to the airport. Getting everything on and off the shuttle and making sure the kids are safely close by can be a big challenge, especially when the shuttle is packed.

If you are traveling alone with your kids, as I often do, the bigger issue becomes finding a service that has car seats that can take you to the airport. This isn’t exactly easy in Los Angeles. Uber is not equipped in this city to accommodate car seats and so far I have found only one car service that will arrive at your door, car seats already in the car and that was pretty expensive.

Thankfully Luxe is here and is brilliant for parents traveling with children.  Luxe is a valet service that will meet you curbside at your terminal and park you car, then after your trip meet you outside of baggage claim.

How it Works

About 12 hours before your flight you can email your flight and contact information to Luxe. Then download their App. and place your parking request. The App is fairly easy to use, however, if you are tech. challenged, they have a support page on the App that is prompt and very helpful.

I used Luxe on my last flight, when I had to fly out by myself with the boys.  Andy from Luxe texted me about 10 minutes before we got to our curb to let us know he would meet us there and sure enough, within a minute of pulling up he was there. He helped me unload my car seats and luggage, while I was able to stand close to the boys. It was so easy and efficient, which are two critical aspects to traveling with kids.

On our return flight my husband was with me. Our flight was delayed, so I texted Andy to let him know as well as contacted Support just to make sure I was correct in letting the App know of the delay. Once we got our luggage Andy pulled our car up to our curb, helped my husband with the luggage and stayed by our side until everyone and everything was in the car. They even had a bottle of water waiting in our car for us.

The convenience of not having to take a shuttle to our car at 10pm with all of our luggage and two very tired toddlers, was incredible.

The rate for Luxe is $25/ day for the first 4 days and $15/ day for the 5th day and onward. You can add-on car wash and gas fuel up if you want. All transactions happen within the App.

I will 100% be using Luxe again. This took away half the stress of traveling with young children knowing I didn’t have to deal with a shuttle.

For questions or to place a reservation you can email:  flights@luxe.com

 

Fasten Your Seat Belts, It’s Going to be a Bumpy Ride

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There is a window of time when flying with twins is dreadful.  In my opinion, the year between 1-2 years old, is the most trying to take a cross-country flight. They are approaching the time in their life when sitting still is lame and walking, moving, grabbing everything in sight, being anywhere but on your lap is better.  They have the attention span of a gnat, so watching videos is not really an option. They are still limited in their snacks so food as an activity isn’t possible and speaking of activities, there isn’t that much a 1-year-old is capable of in the world of in-flight activities.  It sucks for us and for them. Considering our families do not live near us, in order to see them we are forced to fly with the twins.

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Thankfully, the times when my husband couldn’t fly with me, my dad would be my airport buddy and fly the friendly skies with me and the boys.  One particular trip the babies were exhausted and having troubles getting settled. They just wanted to be held and the only thing that helped was walking the aisles.

Up and Down

So up and down the aisles we went, holding the boys who were desperate to sleep but struggling to get comfortable.  On one trip back my dad looked pissed.  He told me that a man, mid-way up the plane, had his legs stretched out into the aisle and every time my dad passed by holding a baby the guy had to pull his legs back from the aisle.  As my father passed, the man told him that if he walked by him again that he would trip him.  Trip a man holding a crying baby. It still makes me enraged and brings tears to my eyes when I think about that, almost 2 years later.

Apparently, it was a huge inconvenience for that man to have to keep moving his legs, but it was an utter joy for us to walk up and down the aisle holding fussy babies.  My dad told the flight attendant, who spoke with the guy.  She came back and asked that we just don’t walk past him because he is very angry.  I know she was honestly concerned about a possible confrontation and having to ground the plane, so thought maybe this was the easier solution.

It took everything I had not to confront that soulless individual.  Couldn’t he see the desperation on our faces as we walked the aisles.  I would bet my life that I was much more uncomfortable holding a one-year old for 6 hours than he was having to retract his legs.  My back was aching, my arms were burning, my heart was breaking that my children were struggling and too young to communicate what they needed.  I felt horrible for everyone else having to listen to them cry when we were in our seats and listen to me sing as I tried to comfort them as we walked. I am not a good singer.

I wanted to call him out in front of the entire flight, for being a person without an ounce of empathy for the new mother desperately trying to soothe her infant twins or the Grandfather trying so hard to give his daughter a break so she didn’t have to constantly hold two babies. How can someone be so horrible?

I wonder if he ever thinks about us the way I have thought about him every time I board a plane with the boys?  Apologizing to anyone sitting near us or using some self-deprecating joke about them picking the short straw.  It is pretty amazing to see people already seated watch us walking down the aisle with twins. The fear in their eyes that we might be seated next to them is real.  Once they realized they were in the clear, you could literally hear an intense breath of relief as we passed by.  It’s like a walk of shame down the aisle, and all I did was have a baby.

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When I saw JetBlue released a commercial showing the immense anxiety that comes with traveling with young children, I was able to let go of some of the anger I still feel about that guy’s behavior toward my father and baby.  

Because I knew, that this man, just like the passengers in the JetBlue commercial, would be applauding every time a baby cried.  If he had been told he could have a discount every time a baby cried he would have been shaking our hands instead of threatening us each time we passed by his seat.  

I let the anger go because I realize that after that flight, I went back to a happy self, whereas he still had to carry that misery around within him.  Anyone who threatens to trips someone has to be dead inside.  

So, thank you JetBlue because I’m going to change my attitude going into our next flight.  The only time I will apologize for my twins is if they kick your seat repeatedly or throw up on you.  They are two and cannot help it, others are adults who can.  

I ask of you, the next time you see parents walking down the aisle of the plane with young ones, instead of glaring at them with disdain and horror, maybe offer them a smile and even an extra set of hands.  That simple gesture will alone might change the behavior and circumstances of your flight and of the children sitting next to you.  

 

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