I have been, for a very long time, a HUGE UBER fan. I have used the service all over the place including places like Rome, Italy and have never had a bad ride. I have, a few times, had drivers take the “long way” to the destination, but UBER has always looked at and seen the scenic route and given me credit back.
I have seen real value in UBERx. Back in November I was in Dallas and stayed at the Sheraton Dallas by the Galleria. In fact I chose this location just due to UBERx since the hotel is just 4,000 SPG points per night vs. the airport SPG location that costs 7,000 points. So, with some UBER credits I could get around for almost free
and save a bunch of SPG points from my SPG AMEX card. CARD NO LONGER AVAILABLE. With a $20 credit from my referral link I ended up paying less than $10 for the ride. That is real value and even without the referral the price was really good.
But as you may have seen, UBER has cut UBERx prices a bunch recently. I think, and I think many drivers will agree, they have cut them TOO far. Just compare the same trip from the Sheraton to DFW airport and look at the price drop. From a greedy standpoint saving money is nice, but I also appreciate UBERx drivers and they have truly cut the price too far. When drivers can no longer earn a living they will stop driving and I think they have reached that level.
After all, UBER takes 20% off the fare. They also take the $1.00 “safe ride” fee. They ONLY pay tolls when you are in the car not on the way to get you or after you get out. See how much the driver must take on their own? At some point it is just not worth it plus UBERx does not, unlike LIFT, have the chance for a tip inside the APP.
What say you? Has UBER brought prices so low that it is just too cheap? You tell me – René
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