I was recently at the WIT (Women in Travel) Summit in Chicago and a friend told me about this great new app that I must share. Some of you may already know about it but, this was the first time I had ever heard of it or used it.
The app is called Uber. I love the name but it certainly doesn’t describe its service. I guess it could relate to it being Uber easy or Uber cheap.
In essence this app is a private car service request app for most larger cities in the U.S. All you need to do is create an account, download the app and away you go. You open the app and it finds your GPS location and you are able to order a variety of car types. You can order everything from a limo type car to what they call an UberX car, which is usually a nice mid-size car like a Scion or Toyota. It then tells you how long the car will take to get to you as well as gives you a photo of the driver and the license plate of the car picking you up.
When the driver arrives, they call you, you jump in and you give them your destination and away you go. In my experience with them in Chicago they were much less expense than a taxi, even in traffic. Those that have used them in cities like Boston have said that nine times out of ten they have been cheaper than a taxi.
If you are worried about safety – Don’t be. You have to rate the driver after each trip and if a driver ever gets less than a four they can no longer drive for the service.
You also don’t have to worry about paying then and there either. You pay through your Uber account. So no need to fumble for cash or credit cards.
To me this is a must have app for big cities or anywhere you can use it. If you want to try it out, here is a $20 credit to get you started https://uber.com/invite/xkku3
Why spend extra money when you don’t have to or sit in a stinky cab!! Try it out and let me know what you think!
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