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Uber long haul?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by BlueBellThunder, Mar 18, 2017.

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  1. BlueBellThunder

    BlueBellThunder VIP Whale

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    I'm not renting a car for my next trip. Will try Uber for the first time. Do they try a long haul you from the airport? It's not the cost I mind since I know Uber is cheaper than a cab. It's the principle of being ripped off.
     
  2. SH0CK

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    The drivers typically follow the directions that their phone shows them. It may not always be the shortest route, but it's most likely the most efficient.
     
  3. eaglejohn

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    You can always tell them your preferred route. Depending on traffic, shorter may not always be faster. But I like to do a stop of beer and soda on the way, so I tell them which way
     
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    I was long hauled with Uber in my city to the point where I was 30 mins late meeting my group. Driver missed 2 turns and long hauled me as well. I filed a complaint and was refunded $7 from the trip. Rated the driver poorly. I hope he never drives again, couldn't read a GPS at all...
     
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  5. FullPay

    FullPay When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro

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    All of my Uber/Lyft drivers have seemed sincerely interested in getting me to my destination as quickly as possible so they could catch the next fare. The app shows the route on your phone as well as theirs. If they deviate you'll know. Most follow the route, others seem to know the best way and it mostly matches the projected route. In the last block or two they sometimes get thrown off by one way streets or tricky cab drop offs. If you do get long hauled you take it up with the company, in a cab it's you against the driver.
     
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    Good to know Uber will take care of you if you're long hauled.
     
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    When you get a confirmation message, the price is listed. That's what I've paid even if the driver took an unusual route. I haven't used them often, was this not the norm?
     
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    HI Bluebell, you can get longhauled with anything, BUT Uber let's you see the planned route on your app, PLUS, unlike a cab, you have a VERY easy recourse on contacting them if you feel shenanigans were going on.

    Uber personally has never longhauled me, lyft did once (REALLY long route, with lots of side routes prior). When I contacted them about it they immediately adjusted the rate...I was really impressed.

    We love Bell Limo share, but Uber and Lyft are so affordable (with great service, and a great customer service approach) we just can't justify the price of doing anything else.

    FYI if it's your first time, make SURE to use a promo. Chase card had one for $20 I believe, and there are a lot floating around....just know promos are usually for first timers, so definitely use one if it's your first trip.

    Enjoy!
     
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    My brother works part time for both Uber & Lyft. He said he would get me some promos that will also make him a few bucks. I'm not actually new to Uber. Used them once in NYC. Couldn't get a cab due to rain so downloaded the app, put all my info in and had was in the car in less than 10 minutes.
     
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    If you are staying downtown you will automatically get the tunnel (long hauled) because that's the way GPS tells the drivers to go. However Paradise to Tropicana to I-15 is shorter but you have to direct the driver to go that way. They all want to just go the way the phone tells them.
     
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    That has been my experience also, except for my recent Vegas visit last month. The driver asked me if I cared if she used the freeway. I told her just take me the fastest way. To my surprise, she took paradise to Tropicana to the freeway. :thumbsup:
     
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  12. IWannaBeInVegas

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    I drive for both (it is funding most of my trip) and always follow the GPS unless a rider tells me to go another way. Lots of times i know a better way but I want the rider to know that I am not trying to rip them off and they cant argue/dispute if I follow the GPS routing.
     
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    By "My city" do you mean where you live? If so how on earth did they go 30 minutes out of the way before you noticed?
     
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    Its not like they are pros who know every route. The driver is just a guy with a car and an app.
     
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    Yes my city where I live, not Las Vegas. Well he missed an exit ramp and ended up driving me around the airport (what irony on a Vegas forum eh?) and then on his recorrected route he took another wrong exit ramp to a highway and had to literally do a U turn. He didn't speak much English so instructions were futile. He told me in broken English he'd been driving 3 weeks. He also could t follow a GPS either. I gave him a shit rating and Uber refunded me $7 of the $19 I was charged (basically gave me back the difference from the estimate). I was late 30 mins because Uber estimates arrival time and I got there 30 mins from that original estimate.

    That's literally the gamble of Uber. It's not my responsibility to micromanage the drive. Ppl should know how to follow the GPS if they want to be in the business of ride share. I got the extra money refunded so I was satisfied in the end.
     
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    Same here. I've used Lyft and the price is always listed, ex $5-7. I've never paid more and usually its on the lower side.
     
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    It is an estimate . But usually right on unless an accident happens, you need to stop somewhere off route, etc.
     
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    I was in LV in November for a week and probably had about 25 Uber rides. Never had a problem. On a few rides I told the driver the route I wanted to go and had no issues. Also, I was never hit with surge pricing - even on weekend evening rides. I'd guesstimate that Uber, at least last November, was probably about 30% less expensive than cabs were during my July visit.

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    topcard Re-Open Vegas!

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    A few trips ago, I took Uber to Gold Coast...driver asked me when I got in - "Do you mind if we take the tunnel?"
    I told him it was fine with me (I was using them for the first time & was on a "free trip" anyway...but he didn't know that.)
    But I do wonder what might have happened if I had said "no - take Swenson/Paradise".

    It would sure be nice if drivers (with Uber, Lyft & taxis) simply took the most direct route every single time - without trying to boost their fare.
    Sure - it's much better when they at least ask as opposed to NOT asking, but I'm sure everyone would prefer that they just go the most direct route.

    Flat rate trip-fares would really be a good thing for airport runs (both to & from) in Vegas... this could work with both the taxis and with the ride-share companies.
    Example:
    To/from Wynn/Encore: $15
    To/from Mirage/TI/Venetian/Caesar's/Harrah's: $13
    To/from any downtown casino: $25
    To/from Rio/Gold Coast/Palms/Orleans: $15

    They could easily establish flat-rate fares so that the tunnel would be irrelevant...no rider would care...and the drivers would be motivated to take the quickest route every time.
     
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    I know the tunnel is longer but can anyone tell me if it's faster (especially if going downtown/Gold Coast)?
     
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