I used Uber for the first time in Denver, Colorado. As most of you know, I went couchsurfing in Denver and on my way to the airport I decided to use Uber instead of taking the long bus ride. I had such a great experience even though I was extremely hesitant on using it.
For some strange reason. I’ve never heard of Uber before until the week of, and I thought it was weird that random strangers were driving you around in their own vehicles, but I realized it’s the same exact concept as a taxi driver.
I downloaded the Uber app on my iPhone and requested an Uber. The app lets you know how close the nearest car is and it even gives you a text alert when the car has arrived.
My first experience:
First off, I walked outside and a man was waiting outside of his car. I asked him if he was my Uber ride, and he replied yes. I get in the car and put all my luggage inside. Then a girl comes walking out of the building I was staying in and looked really confused. She asked the driver if he was her Uber ride. Turns out I got into the wrong car. Learn from my mistake, make sure you’re getting into the correct car. If not, you could potentially risk paying a lot more in case the person ordered UberX or UberSUV (which is much more expensive).
I stepped out of the car and my Uber driver was right behind him. He ended up being the nicest guy I’ve ever met in my life! He gave me all kinds of tips and advice for using Uber.
Throw up fee.
I learned that you have to pay $150 for cleanup if you throw up while using Uber. My driver told me he’s never personally experienced someone throwing up in his car, but his friend’s car has gotten thrown up in before. He said it usually happens at night (obviously because these people are getting picked up from bars).
He told me all of the hotspots in Denver. He said he was an avid hiker and climbed many mountains. He was extremely fit as well! I miss this man already.
I’m not weird at all… Haha.
Uber makes it easy to pay.
You simply connect your card to the app and it automatically pays for you when you’re done with your ride.
You also aren’t supposed to tip and it’s frowned upon supposedly. My driver was so awesome, so I had to tip him. He wouldn’t accept it so I had to throw it in his front seat and jumped out of his car. It was pretty hilarious.
ALSO ALSO ALSO: Make sure right as you get in the car to ask how much the trip will be. My driver told me MANY times people will forget he charges double or sometimes triple more when he uses his uberBlack car. (I was in his regular vehicle this time, he said he has to use regular Uber as well 30x a month in order to keep his subscription to use that). Obviously more people use regular Uber instead of uberBlack, but he said he still gets a ton of service.
Last tip, depending on the trip you use for your Uber ride, there is a thing called surge prices. The prices can soar depending on if there are any events going on or if it’s night-time (think 3 a.m. when the bars are closing). I’m sure it’s more expensive in heavily populated cities as well.
You can also use my sisters code: Michelles1019 and get $30 for your first ride (this turns into $20 after November 30, 2014). I used this code for my first ride and barely had to pay anything for my ride to the airport.
Have you ever used Uber before?