Uber the great…

Uber the great...

It’s been roughly 4 years since Uber have been making our lives easier, Hello Joburgers – and to be honest they really saved us from a few potentially hairy situations with the men in blue this festive season, which got us thinking, what would we do without Uber?

So whether you are a regular user like us, or have never used them before – here is some cool info that may help to make your Uber user experience all that much more sweeter

Multiple destinations

Load in all your mates on just one trip!! We just discovered this feature recently and think it’s ace to be honest! Whether you’re heading out for a weekend away and want to grab your friend en route to the airport, or going home after dinner and need to drop off the party on the way, it’s easier than ever to pick up and drop off your friends while on a trip.

To access the feature, tap the “+” next to the “Where To” destination box to add a stop(s) at any point before or during your trips. You can also add, change or remove the destination from the on trip screen accessible on the app.

Uber Gift cards

Whether it’s a ride across the city or your favourite Uber Eats meal delivered at Uber speed, they are making it even easier to get what you want, when you want it with Uber Gift cards.

Gift cards are available at Checkers, Shoprite and Pick n Pay stores nationwide and are available in R100 and R200 denominations and are directly redeemable through the app. How much easier could it get – birthday gift for that person who has everything? Sorted.

Compliments – Thank your driver!

Now you get the opportunity to thank and recognise your driver for the things they do to make your experience more memorable and fun. When you leave a compliment ㄧ say, for your driver expertly navigating winding city streets, or for simply striking up a great conversation, a notification will show up on the driver’s home screen to let them know.

In-app chat 

Now you don’t need to waste air time calling your driver – you can chat directly with your driver in the Uber app. So if you can see him taking a wrong turn, you can redirect him right there and then.

To chat with your driver en route to collect you, go to the Uber feed and tap “contact” and then “chat.” When your driver receives a chat from you, it will be read aloud to them. Drivers can acknowledge receipt with one tap to their app to send a “thumbs up” to your app.

Request a ride for a loved one

We’ve all been there. Those moments when your grandmother needs a ride to the shopping mall while you’re stuck at work. Or, a last minute Friday night request from your girlfriend for a ride home from the airport and you are already at the pub…you know the drill.

uberX VIP – Loyalty counts

Uber believes that their top riders deserve a top Uber experience. Say hello to uberX VIP, which allows a select few in South Africa to unlock a unique vehicle view!

UberX VIP matches loyal riders with top-rated driver-partners in their city, giving you the chance to enjoy premium service at no extra cost. To qualify as an uberX VIP rider all you need to do is take at least 20 trips a month and maintain a rating of 4.5 or more.

Schedule a ride in advance

Finally what we have all been waiting for! Whether you’re catching an early morning flight, going to an appointment, or planning the perfect date, you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

Schedule a ride up to 30 days in advance to 15 minutes ahead of time for the most important events in your calendar.

Here is how:

  1. Tap the car icon to schedule a ride.
  2. Set your pickup date, time, location, destination, ride type, and get a fare estimate.
  3. Confirm the details of your upcoming trip and tap Schedule. Edit or cancel any time before your ride.
  4. Enjoy your ride – They’ll send you reminders the day of the trip and notify you when your ride is on the way. They will also let you know if pricing changes.

Find out more about Uber here…

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