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  1. The Dark Horse

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    I'm going to register with the cab app Uber, I don't know too much about it so does anyone have any tips to get the most free credit? Is it better to get referred by someone else or just sign up? Also if you get free credit is that credit only valid for your first ride or does it roll over if you don't spend it all on your first ride?
     
  2. Delvey

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    Budweiser are doing £15 (or was) with BUD2016
    Or use mine, which is EXLEY
     
  3. rousetafarian

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    Watch out for the surge charges (not a typo) increasing especially over Xmas. A colleague of mine was charged £52.00 in a Toyota Auris for a 12 mile trip
     
  4. The Dark Horse

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    Thank you, do you know if you can only use that credit on your first ride or does your balance carry over?
     
  5. rousetafarian

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    First trip IIRC
     
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    The bud one is first trip but the other I believe carries over (or at least mine did)
    As stated watch the surges as well. My last one was 1.5 but still worked out cheaper than a black cab
     
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    Use the uber share. It's the new way to meet up and have sexual encounters. Speed dating on steroids!
     
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    Only stupid people get hit by the high surcharges like. It tells you it's on one and you need to accept.

    Don't just click book etc. Read it first.
     
  9. rousetafarian

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    So what happens when they charge your more than the 2.1 x cap and refuse to back down when you appeal?
     
  10. The Dark Horse

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    So can the driver just change the surcharge when they like? Or is it a set thing that only goes up in unsociable hours, bank holidays etc, the same as a black taxi?
     
  11. rousetafarian

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    When demand is high and the number of local uber drivers in the locale is low, then the surcharges apply AFAIK
     
  12. The Dark Horse

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    Thats worth knowing thanks, so its obvious from looking at the app that they have applied a surcharge, I assume you can cancel that driver and book another one or does it not work like that?
     
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    Think it's Uber that applies the surcharge rather than the individual driver, so you shouldn't find one car that's charging the multiplier and one that isn't at the same time.
     
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    Sorry, you are correct the driver has no control over the 'surge' price increases
     
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    So how do the non-stupid people get home? Just curious - still haven't popped my Uber cherry :)
     
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    Call a different private hire company or grab a black hack ?

    These still tend to charge an increase, but the Uber multiplier can be ridiculous at times. Plus, some folk seem to misread it as an extra £2.50/3.50 instead of a multiplier
     
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    So presumably the answer is to shop around rather than ditch uber necessarily then.
     
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    I was in Birmingham last Christmas waiting to go to my hotel. I tried my usual taxi sources and was quoted upto an hour wait. Huge queue for black cabs. I paid the surge and got my cab in less than 10 minutes. The usual £10 journey cost £25.
     
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    Yep - supply and demand. Black cabs will have a fixed rate but if demand is high Uber can charge whatever price the market will bear. Roll on the fully operational night-tube :)
     
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    I use über but once the surcharge kicks in I try other local companies.

    It's the people who book it then complain the paid £50 for a normal £10 journey that get me. It's pretty obvious it's going to be more. Before they even book the uber.
     
  21. The Dark Horse

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    Can you use Apple Pay with the uber app, google seems to suggest it's only available in the US ?
     
  22. MrSossidge

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    Don't you just add a debit or credit card to the app and it charges after the journey?
     
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    Where do you view any surcharges? Used the app a few times, cant say ive seen them anywhere... not that ive looked.
     
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    When you order a taxi you will get a message telling you that there is a surge on and it will cost you x more. You then have to acknowledge to order your car. If you haven't seen a surcharge then you haven't needed to pay one.
     
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    I installed the app but I wasn't prompted to enter my bank details however Apple Pay is active by default. I assume I just pay through that?
     
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    Probably. I'm an android user so have no idea. Order a cab and find out.
     
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    Yes, you can use Apple Pay :)
     
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    I love uber.
    Used it NYE to get the father in law home before we left the party. Yes there was a surcharge but it was explained before I ordered the taxi
     

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