Uber passengers in selected areas of Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane can now pre-book their ride rather than gamble on a car being nearby and available when they need it.
It’s a feature which will definitely be handy for those 5am trips to the airport!
The ‘scheduled rides’ facility – which costs no more than a regular on-demand booking – is currently limited to the low-cost UberX ride-sharing fleet, and to Uber customers in the following areas:
- Sydney: eastern suburbs and inner west
- Melbourne: CBD and inner suburbs
- Brisbane: Merthyr, New Farm, Newstead and Teneriffe
- Perth: CBD, inner suburbs and Fremantle
Passengers can book anywhere from 30 minutes to 30 days in advance through an updated Uber app.
To schedule your ride, select the UberX option and tap ‘Schedule a ride’; set a pick-up date, time, location and destination; and confirm all the details.
Passengers will receive a combined confirmation/reminder at both 24 hours and 30 minutes ahead of their specified pick-up, with another notification five minutes before the driver is dispatched.
The booking can be cancelled without penalty within five minutes of the car being dispatched, otherwise a $5 cancellation fee will be charged to the credit card listed on your Uber account.
Also read: How to discover your Uber passenger rating
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