Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Beware of taking Uber this New Year's Eve, prices go way up!

New Year's Eve is a big time for cabs and car services in the area, but be careful if you're taking Uber. During times of high demand (like this evening) they increase their prices a lot, calling them surge pricing. The idea is that there will be tons of demand and they want there to be drivers available. Sometimes these prices go as much as 7.75 times the normal fare, and people were stunned to get bills of $300+ for their normal cab ride.

The other day Uber posted a video about how to avoid the high fares. So be careful.

You might want to try Lyft, Mytaxi, or other similar apps or services.

In addition, SoberRide is available, the idea being that they give free cab rides to people who may have had a few too many. You have to call them though at 1-800-200-TAXI.

And if you know of any other good options, leave them in the comments! I feel like there's always a new taxi app or car service starting up.

1 comment:

Greta said...

Huh, I used Uber last night at 12:45 a.m. (which would be peak demand, according to the video), and the ride from the suburbs of Silver Spring to Tenleytown cost me only $16 (which to me seemed very reasonable and not too much more than a normal cab). I also only had to wait 12 minutes. Guess I got lucky?