I’m a big fan of UberX and use it pretty frequently. It’s a ride sharing program that lets you connect with drivers in minutes.
UberPool is Uber for extroverts. It’s when you share your ride sharing. That is, multiple people take rides at the same time. The Uber software has an algorithm that tries to book people along the same general route.
But when I went to book a trip to the airport the other day, I was offered two very different dollar amounts – – $4.50 for UberPool vs. $18 for UberX.
I had allowed much more time to get to the airport than I usually do and figured, why not?
I was the first person picked up on the trip. The second person was mostly on the way. She was along a back roads route I take to the airport when the main route is congested, and she was headed to the airport.
I “lost” about four minutes overall. For minutes of time for $13.50 is a pretty good return!
Since then, I’ve been seeing a greater difference in the prices so I’ve been hopping into UberPools.
The pricing has seemed so cheap, I asked drivers about UberPool works out for them. They all said that they think they make slightly less per trip (including both cars) but that they pick up fares more often and have less idling.
One driver really loved the difference in earnings with UberPool, but explained Uber isn’t always transparent about when they are paying them through a promotion or a literal fare. So he wasn’t sure if how much he was earning would continue or whether fares may go up. He noticed an uptick in UberPool and wondered if Uber temporarily cut rates a little to encourage Pooling.
The most interesting part about UberPool is seeing how other people interact with drivers. Some don’t want to be acknowledged at all. Others hop up front to chat. I personally sit in the back and chat if it seems as if the driver wants to chat.
So far, I’ve enjoyed my experience and will keep using it as long as the fare difference continues.
Have you been Pooling? How has your experience been?