A Really Good Experience with Uber

I’m a huge fan of Uber, and it’s a service I highly promote because I love it so much.

For those not familiar, Uber is a private car service in and around major US cities. Think of it like a taxi that’s easier to use, safer, and cheaper. The drivers are background checked and the vehicles inspected, so it’s a safe program to say the least. Fares run roughly 25% cheaper than taxis, so just on that one front alone, it’s worth a try for those that haven’t used it.

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Here are the main reasons I love the service so much:

  • You can request an Uber car on your phone using the Uber app. The app will display an estimate fare and car location.
  • You can pay for the service without ever exchanging money with the driver. You input your credit card info into the app, and Uber charges your card and pays the driver. Also, tip is included.
  • Your driver can’t stiff you for payment, or take you on a roundabout way. Uber tracks your route, and protects you.
    If you’re traveling with multiple people, Uber can split your payment amongst the other riders, which is great for times when you are riding with friends, but no one wants to foot the entire bill.

The service is cheap, too. I find it cheaper than a taxi, and Uber touts themselves as being about 30% cheaper than a traditional cab service. Take, for example, a ride from the San Jose International Airport to the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara – a few miles away.

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Once, I had a driver take a fairly indirect route from a hotel in South Beach Miami to another hotel on the Miami mainland. Now, I don’t think he was trying to outsmart me at all and rip me off – but, I do think he was not very knowledgable on the routing, which caused us to make a few wrong turns and a little bit out of the ordinary drive. I contact Uber to mention this, and was promptly given a refund for my ride.

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If you sign up using my refer all link here, Uber will provide a free $20 credit to first time riders. If you haven’t tried Uber before, it’s certainly worth a shot.

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  1. says

    Las Vegas has the taxicab authority, so it probably would be illegal there. Private drivers could be fined. I don’t know quite how they would know though. Does anyone know the ins and outs of that? In most places the driver leases a cab.

    Do you know how a person might become a driver?

  2. says

    Still no Uber in Las Vegas. 🙁 Hope it comes to town soon. I got ripped off by cab driver the other day. He thought I was unfamiliar with the city, but I knew he was taking me the long route. Just didn’t realize it in time.

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