Travel App of the Week: Uber

 is basically an on-demand private driver or taxi. Users can request a ride at any time using their iPhone, Android or Windows app. Just set your pickup location on the map or type in the address and they’ll dispatch the nearest driver to pick you or your loved one up (I arrange Ubers all the time for my dad even when he’s halfway around the world). You’ll then see the estimated arrival time and get a text when the car arrives.

You don’t need to pay anything to the driver because after the ride, Uber will automatically charge the credit card you have on file. Prices start with a base fare. After that, they charge you depending on speed and distance. Black cars cost more than taxis but uberXs are about 30% cheaper—and both are much more convenient as you can order a car with the tap of a button, as well as see exactly where the car is and when it will arrive.

I prefer using uberXs when available since its cars are so much cheaper than taxis. For example, I was staying at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, from which a taxi to SFO costs about $55, and uberX cost me just $34. Plus, all the drivers were nice, had clean cars, were good drivers and provided bottled water.

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9 Comments on "Travel App of the Week: Uber"

  1. In general the cars are new and the drivers friendly, but keep in mind, like hotels, UBER has variable rates. During the peak time, the cost can be triple. During the slow times, it is cheap.
    The second part of the story is the insurance. If I use my car for UBER and get in an accident, my Allstate insurance won’t cover the accident. (using the vehicle commercially with non-commercial insurance) UBER has very limited insurance.
    Great app… but buyer beware.

  2. love your information, need help with Apps. on my I phone.
    I wrote you a long note advising you of how much help I got from your site. I read them daily.
    Going t Alaska and the Panama Canal. Staying in Vancouver. Advise is appreciated.

  3. forgot, my friend wants to fly home from from Vancouver with 2 stops. I think she is crazy, but what can I do, any help???

  4. Is this something that is world wide?

  5. Thanks… been waiting for a good referral bonus to sign up. Where does it say I have a $30 credit?

  6. Does Uber work in Puerto Rico?

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