Uber Expands Ride Pass to 20 More U.S. Cities
【Summary】Uber riders looking to pay a monthly fee for discounted rates for rides with the ride-sharing service don’t need to be in Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Austin, or Orland, as the company expanded its subscription service to other cities.
Consumers that don't have an automobile and rely on ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to get around can attest to how greatly prices can differ depending on traffic, weather, and surge pricing. Last October, Uber came out with a subscription service that allowed consumers willing to pay $14.99 a month to lock in flat rates for rides they take using Uber's UberX and UberPool selections for an entire month. While the plan was only available in five cities when it first launched, it's not spreading to roughly 20 more cities in the U.S.
How Ride Pass Can Benefit Frequent Riders
Before getting into what cities are now Ride Pass capable, here's a quick rundown on the subscription service. For almost $15 a month, Uber claims that users in Austin, Denver, Orlando, Miami, and Los Angeles (though users in that city have to pay $24.99) can save up to 15 percent on their monthly travel. There's also no limit to how many rides subscribers can take in a month. So if you use Uber a lot and usually go for a ride when surge prices are in effect, Ride Pass could make things a whole lot cheaper for you.
Lyft also has a subscription-like plan, but it's much more expensive. Lyft calls its service All-Access Plan that costs $299 per month. Unlike Uber's plan that ensures customers don't have to pay extras in fees, Lyft's service gives users up to 30 rides that are $15 and under per month. Any ride over the 30 mark are deducted by 5 percent.
Getting back to Uber's Ride Pass, the good news is that it's now available in a lot more cities. A full list of locations includes: New York City; Dallas; San Diego; San Antonio, Texas; Las Vegas; Organe County, California; Phoenix; Baltimore; Nashville; New Orleans; Portland; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; and Seattle, Washington.
Unfortunately, there's some bad news. While Uber users that subscribed to the service when it initially launched paid $14.99 – for the most part – new customers are looking at a higher price tag. Uber's Ride Pass costs $24.99 for the new group of cities.
What Else Is Included In The Service
In addition to expanding its Ride Pass program, Uber also announced that customers that are part of the program and live in cities with Jump e-bikes and scooters will receive a few other benefits. The major benefit to joining Ride Pass if Uber's Jump is in your neighborhood is being able to travel on one of the company's e-bikes or scooters for up to 30 free minutes a day.
While giving riders discounts may sound like a bad thing for Uber drivers, the company claims that those behind the wheel will still get paid the same amount as they would based on time and distance. Instead of withholding funds from drivers, Uber will cover the difference.
"We're always looking for ways to make Uber a reliable alternative to driving yourself – an affordable option people can use for their everyday transportation needs," stated Uber in a press release.
"Whether it's a daily commute or a night on the town, we want to give riders more ways and more confidence to get from A to B with consistent, dependable prices they can count on."
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
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