Car2Go is one of my favorite things about modern living in some of the urban areas of San Diego, and I have actually saved a good deal of money driving one of them instead of my “real” car or using a taxi. Normally, there’s a registration fee of $35, which covers their cost of running your driver’s license background check, mailing the membership card, and more — but to promote the service’s entry into the southern San Diego city of Chula Vista, they’re waiving the $35 fee and giving new members 30 minutes of drive time.
If you’ve never used TSA PreCheck at one of the nearly 30 airports in the United States that has it, you haven’t lived. It’s the most amazing thing ever – you don’t have to take off your belt or shoes, you don’t have to take your laptop out of your bag, and you don’t have to take your liquids out of your carryon. But once you’ve enrolled (either as a frequent flier with an airline, or as a member of US CBP’s Global Entry program), there are a few tricks to making sure that you can continue to use it – or else you’ll find, like I did, suddenly it doesn’t work anymore.
Yesterday, I arrived back from Europe, along with 200 or so of my newest traveling companions. It was a solid 12-hour flight, but most people had another big wait in front of them after stepping off the plane: US Customs and Immigration. Luckily, I got to avoid this with one of my favorite anti-line weapons: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s Global Entry.
Just recently, I was coming home from a trip to Washington, DC, and was trying to figure out how to get home. Do I call someone to pick me up at 10:30pm (it’s a little late)? Do I take a cab (it’s $20), or try to get an Uber to the airport (it’s a pain at the airport and $25)? I suddenly remembered getting an email from Car2Go a few weeks back explaining how they had installed a Car2Go charging station across the street from the airport. Remembering this roughly-$6 option was available, I set out to “walk across the street” – but because of the construction, I discovered it wasn’t going to be just that easy.