Currently, UberX and UberPool are banned at LAX, meaning if you’re hoping to get one Uber’s cheaper options you’re out of luck as you can only take a UberSelect or above car from LAX. However, even though it’s banned at LAX, there is a workaround.
Not necessarily a trick, since I know several people who do this, but if you want to get a cheap UberX or UberPool from LAX, here’s what you can do. Once you arrive head down to the hotel shuttles and take one to a nearby hotel, where you can then request an UberX or UberPool from.
There are many you could take, some I would recommend are the Sheraton Gateway, Westin LAX, Concourse Hotel at LAX, Four Points LAX, Courtyard by Marriott LAX, Embassy Suite LAX etc.
If you try to request an UberX or UberPool from the airport, it literally blocks you from doing it, so must leave the airport.
Last night I did this successfully, and it was funny the other person I was sharing a ride with, also took a hotel shuttle and then requested Uber.
Even though UberX and UberPool aren’t allowed at LAX right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t get one. Uber used to offer $5 pool rides on the West Side, but has ended that promotion.
Have you tried this strategy before? Feel free to share any others that have worked for you!