Uber introduces $50 Hourly rate option

Andrew Cummings
May 31, 2020

Niraj Patel, Uber's director of rider operations, hailed the service in a statement as "an additional earnings opportunity for drivers as we move forward in this 'new normal'".

It costs $50 per hour, but Uber Hourly doesn't include fees for time and mileage overages, tolls, and local surcharges.

There's also a mileage limit for each hour, usually about 40 miles total. Same goes for trips that run over an hour or however long you booked. Using the new "per hour, quot; feature, passengers can set the amount of time the trip should take, thus ensuring a flat hourly rate for the duration of the trip".

Now kicked off in the USA, riders are going to be charged $50 for an hour and will be asked to select how long the trip will last before confirming it. It'll save some money compared to booking back-to-back trips each time they're needed.

However, there are a few restrictions.

Uber has tested the idea overseas in countries like Australia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East and is now bringing it to 12 United States cities - Atlanta; Chicago; Washington, DC; Dallas; Houston; Miami; Orlando; Tampa Bay' Philadelphia; Phoenix; Tacoma; and Seattle.

With the "Hourly" function, passengers can set the estimated trip time, locking in the set rate, even if the trip takes less time.

From June 2, an hourly rate of $50 will be available to users in Atlanta (GA), Chicago (Il), Washington D.C., Dallas (TX), Houston (TX), Miami (FL), Orlando (FL), Tampa Bay (FL), Philadelphia (PA), Phoenix (AZ), Tacoma (WA), and Seattle (WA). Eventually more cities will have the hourly option. If the rider goes over the city's limit, they'll have a per-mile rate added.

Uber stated that it would expand to many more cities soon. To begin with, there is an hourly limit: in the United States, a auto may only.

The business has been drastically losing business because of COVID-19. More than 3,700 full-time employees, or about 14 percent of its workforce, have been laid off.

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