Uber is offering $5 fares throughout San Francisco for UberPOOL passengers. For those who are unfamiliar with UberPOOL, it’s Uber’s carpool option that involves one driver picking up multiple passengers traveling along p same route. It’s cheaper than UberX, but what makes this promotion great is that you’ll pay just $5 even if no other rider joins you along the route you’re traveling.
The promotion also offers discounted UberPOOL fares for passengers traveling outside of San Francisco: Fares as far south as San Francisco International Airport (SFO) are just $15. This is about half the cost of an UberX ride and $2 cheaper than using SuperShuttle from most hotels in the city. If you’re in San Francisco during the promotion (note: a pr, you can save at least 50% on your ride to the airport and get a discount on intra-city rides that can really stack up during rush hour, when Uber fares can increase due to the length of time it takes to get from one place to another. While BART is certainly a convenient transportation option in San Francisco, Uber is a better option for shorter distances.
If the idea of sharing a ride with strangers doesn’t sound appealing no matter how cheap it is, you can earn free rides through Uber’s referral system. Start with a $20 Uber credit for signing up through a referral link and earn additional credits for referring your friends. When your friends take their first ride, you’ll get a referral credit, which is currently $20. I’m sure you can come away with a nice balance just by referring friends and family.
Thanks to you guys, I’ve got a decent stash of Uber credits saved up, which will come in handy on my trip to Detroit next month (I know – exotic). I don’t know about you, but I’m a danger to any major city with one-way streets, aggressive drivers, and relentless traffic. If I get to see a new city without stressing about driving down the wrong side of the street, finding parking, or any of that hassle, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
What do you think of Uber San Francisco’s latest promotion? Are you going to take advantage of it during your travels?
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