Less than a week after reporting about a new In-N-Out near LAX, the golden goose may be dead. Surely you’ve read the Genius In-N-Out Burger Trick by now, which means you’re fully aware of how to get to In-N-Out during your LAX layover for free. That literal free ride may be going away very soon.
According to reader goheerow (who’s definitely my hee-row after sharing this info), the Parking Spot has gotten wise to the burger freeloaders and they’re fighting back with a more stringent system to eliminate the riff-raff from their shuttles. Take a look at the email the Parking Spot is sending out to its loyal customers:
Important Information: New Pick-Up Procedures at LAX
We have some new procedures to share with you at The Parking Spot Century and The Parking Spot Sepulveda at LAX.
Over the past few months, we have noticed more and more people who are not parked at The Parking Spot riding our shuttles to and from the airport grounds. Because these non-customers did not park with us, they are taking seats on our shuttles from you, our guests.
In an effort to improve your experience and to make sure that only guests of The Parking Spot are using our shuttles, we have adjusted our pick-up procedure. Starting next Monday, May 4th, 2015, please have either your Spot Club card or the ticket you pulled at entrance handy to show the shuttle driver when you return back home from your trip. Either of these items will act as your “shuttle boarding pass.”
To help create an easy transition for you over the next couple months, our drivers will also be able to provide you with a “boarding pass” if you forget your ticket or Spot Club card in your vehicle after parking.
Thank you for your cooperation as we implement these new procedures to help improve our shuttle service!
It’s been a nice ride, folks, but it appears that the trick is dead. Or is it…
Like many things in life, there are workarounds here. How can you still get a free ride to In-N-Out? Try these tactics:
Sign Up for a Spot Club Card
Loyalty programs are a huge part of the frequent flyer world and the Parking Spot calls their program “The Spot Club.” Joining is as easy as filling out this web form. You don’t need to use the Parking Spot to be a Spot Club member and all you need to get on their shuttle is a card. Sign up for the card and you’ve just guaranteed yourself a ticket to Double-Double City every time you fly through LAX — assuming you remember to bring your card.
The shuttle drivers are people just like you and I. A few bucks may be able to persuade them to give you a ride even if you don’t have the requisite “boarding pass.”
While Uber hasn’t been able to play well with others, the city of LA just announced that they’re opening up LAX to ride share services this summer. Instead of hopping on a parking shuttle, pay the $4 (minimum fare) to get a direct ride to In-N-Out without taking advantage of someone else’s service.
There are definitely ways to get around these new Parking Spot restrictions. Are they ethical? That’s up to you. I’m merely here to start the discussion.