There’s no denying the convenience that Uber brings to commuters. Whereas regular taxi cabs will deny you a ride for a hundred reasons, Uber ensures everybody gets a ride without any questions asked. While Uber definitely gives taxi operators a run for their money, it’s not necessarily the cheapest alternative around. Compared to other public transport systems like trains and subways, Uber is still relatively more expensive. If you’re on a budget and want to stick to Uber because it’s cleaner, safer and gives you peace of mind, here are a couple of tips on how you can save on an Uber ride.
1. Look for promo codes
Uber can be very stingy with promo codes unlike GrabCar but this site allows you to search for active promo codes you can use as a driver. Looking for promo codes may be a challenge for riders. But sometimes you don’t even need one because Uber is generally cheaper than most ridesharing apps.
2. Get you first rides for free
For first time users, trying Uber is very easy. Just download the app using your mobile phone. It’s available on both Android and iOS. Before creating an account, search online for Uber invite codes and take note of one. Anyone who has an Uber account has a unique invite code. Ask your friends for their invite code and use it to create your profile. They’ll thank you for it!
On the application, create an account by supplying the required details such as your full name, email, and mobile number. On the promo code field, enter your friend’s invite code. You can link your credit card or PayPal account as payment options, or you can also use cash. Just follow the steps and finish your application and go ahead and start using the app!
By using an invite code you can get your first rides for free! And your friend also gets the same incentive for inviting you. Free ride amounts vary per location.
3. Plan your travels wisely
If you’re a frequent Uber user, no doubt you know about surge pricing. This happens when there’s a high demand on a certain place. When you book a ride on a location with towering demand, the app will display increased rates according to a multiplier they’ve set. This usually happens during rush hour, or when it’s raining and everybody seems to want to get off the street fast.
To avoid surge pricing, there are two ways. You can sign up for notifications telling you when the surge is over. Or you can go to a less dense location where the surge is not in effect. Sometimes the difference between a 1.2x surge is only two blocks away so it’s definitely a good option if you really want to get a ride.
4. Use UberPool
Uber has a lot of services, there’s UberX, XL, Black, and Premium. Around a year ago, Uber launched an additional service called UberPool. This option allows you to share your ride with a stranger. It’s Uber’s most affordable ride option to date, and it’s been accepted positively in the cities it was launched. The concept is similar to carpooling, where you can share a ride with a stranger heading in the same direction. If you’re not in a rush it’s a great way to save money!
Do you use Uber? Do you have any tips to using Uber on a budget? Let us know in the comment section below.
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