I googled “ground transportation” for JFK Airport. At the top of the search results was “SuperShuttle,” a nationwide company serving numerous airports, including JFK and the San Francisco Airport (SFO). They use a signature blue van with big white wings. How cool is that?

I called their number. The customer service rep was fantastic. She pulled up my United flights coming and going, including the precise times of my departures and arrivals. It turned out that SuperShuttle didn’t have service to SFO from my neighborhood in East Bay. So I had to reserve a private car through ExecuCar, which the SuperShuttle rep handled. This was quite expensive, but I didn’t have to stop at ten different locations to pick up more people. Since I was leaving SFO early in the morning, this turned out to be a good investment of time and money.

New York was a different story. SuperShuttle did have service to and from JFK and my hotel in midtown Manhattan. The reservation claims that no more than ten passengers will be booked per van, but that turned out not to be the case. My driver wound his way all around JFK, which is like a small city in and of itself, and picked up fifteen riders! This took a solid hour or more.

Then we encountered rush-hour traffic and lane closures due to road construction. When we finally got to Manhattan, we had to deal with hectic afternoon rush-hour traffic gridlocking the streets.

So, after a five and a half hour flight, I spent three and a half more hours riding around in the damn van.

I was so worried about making my departing flight to California two days later that I called SuperShuttle and arranged for a pickup an hour earlier. Then the driver was an hour late and once again picked up as many riders as he could jam in the van while negotiating the morning commute traffic.

Fortunately, since I’d scheduled in five hours of wait time, I got to my gate at JFK with no problem. But another rider in the van, who had been riding around a full hour before my pickup, arrived at her terminal thirty-five minutes before her departure. I can only hope she made her flight.

So there you have it, my friends. I won’t be booking ground transportation with SuperShuttle again. It’s very reasonably priced, if you’re on a budget, but for me just isn’t worth it. The flight between California and New York is punishing enough without piling a hellish van ride at both ends. ExecuCar was wonderful, and I’ll book with them again in San Francisco and book some other car service in New York. My hotel, the Wyndham Garden provides booking for ground transportation as part of their services. I’ll probably take advantage of that next time!

Next: my flights on United, my brief stay at Wyndham Garden, my dinner with the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction folks, and the SFWA Reception.

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