Let me start by saying that if you haven’t used, or at least heard of Uber by now, you’re seriously missing out. The convenience of requesting transportation right from your cell phone is just unreal! Not to mention, you get to ride in a comfortable vehicle and never in a dirty, smelly taxi cab! Because this new method of transportation is so incredibly easy, it can become rather expensive after a while! To help you save a little bit on the cost, here are 7 awesomely clever money-saving Uber hacks to use from now on.
1. Sign up
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It’s as simple as that. Your first ride with Uber is always free. All you have to do is sign up for an Uber account and you’ll receive a $20 voucher or promotion code that will cover your first ride!
2. Refer friends
One of the easiest ways to save on Uber rides is to get free credits by referring others to Uber as well. To do this, just send everybody you know an Uber referral link, and if they sign up using that link, you will receive a $15 credit. Just so you’re aware, word on the street is that Uber keeps tabs on this and bans future referrals if they start to get out of hand. So you’ll either have to keep the referrals to a minimum right off the bat, or just keep referring until they cut you off!
3. Take advantage of promotions
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Aside from the first free ride, Uber very rarely gives out promotion codes to its members. On the other hand, Uber does sometimes partner with other brands that allow you to take a few dollars off your rides. As far as we know, there have been promotions from Lay’s Potato Chips and Capital One.
Although you may get stuck sharing a car with someone else, Uber’s carpooling service, uberPool, is the cheapest way to go when traveling with Uber. Plus, just because you choose the uberPool option, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you WILL be sharing... just that there is a chance.
5. Avoid surging
The main customer complaint about Uber - well, the only one, really - is the surge pricing. Surge pricing is when the rates are increased because of high demand, which typically happens most often on weekend evenings. When this happens, you have three choices: 1) You can pay the increased rate; 2) You can wait until the surge demand passes, which usually only takes a few minutes; or 3) You can choose a different pick-up location a few blocks away to see if the surge pricing goes away.
6. Choose the right car
There are a number of tiers that Uber offers, based on the type of car you request. Each of these is priced accordingly. The tiers include:
uberX: Individual driver using a 4-door personal vehicle made in 2005 or later that can hold up to 4 passengers.
uberXL: Larger vehicle that can hold 6 or more passengers.
uberSELECT: Luxury sedan that can hold up to 4 passengers.
uberSUV: SUV that can hold up to 6 passengers.
uberBLACK: Limo or livery companies using a luxury sedan or SUV.
You should know that higher tiers can, and sometimes will, pick up lower tier fares; it all depends on what’s available when you make your request. There have been times in which people book uberX rides and get picked up by an uberXL or uberSELECT car instead. No matter what car picks you up, you always pay the fare for what you originally requested.
If you ever pay more than what you were supposed to, be sure to call or email Uber, as they are very good about issuing timely reimbursements for overpayments. In addition, be sure to call or email to complain about any other bad experiences you may have with Uber, including reckless or unsafe driving, late pick-ups, and the like. Uber Support is more than likely to provide you with a credit towards future Uber services as long as they feel that the complaint is valid.