Uber riders in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast can now dial-up a luxury vehicle at below-taxi prices through ‘Uber Select’: a new option available in the Uber smartphone app.
Marketed as being a step above the standard UberX offering – the company’s low-cost ridesharing option – but ranked below the traditional Uber Black service, Uber Select draws on high-rating UberX drivers with mid-range to high-end cars.
Included on that list: everything from higher model Ford, Holden and Hyundai vehicles right through to drivers with an Audi, Jaguar, Lexus or BMW 3-Series.
Queensland’s top Uber users will automatically see Uber Select in the Uber app…
… while entering the promo code ‘UBERSELECTACCESS’ will also unlock the option.
Using estimates provided by Uber, the cost of a regular taxi between Brisbane Airport and the city’s CBD is typically around the $36 mark plus tolls, or $39.96 if paying the same by EFTPOS or credit card owing to the exorbitant 11% fee (10% + GST) levied by taxi industry body Cabcharge.
The same journey on Uber Select would cost roughly $33 plus tolls but with no credit card payment fees – including for American Express and Diners Club – while the existing UberX service costs around $24.
(Disclaimer: we’ll also pick up a free $10 ride when you take your first Uber journey, so it’s a win-win.)
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