• Uber Air's $100 'flying taxi' rides between Melbourne CBD and airport

    Uber plans to launch an advanced 'flying taxi' service between Melbourne CDB and Melbourne Airport in 2020, whisking business travellers and other time-pressed souls between city rooftop and airport landing pad in 10 minutes for less than $100. The trial of the Uber Air service will involve a ra...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2019 10 Comments

  • Uber to launch New York City helicopter rides in July

    Uber is testing a helicopter service in New York City, according to documents outlining the program obtained by Bloomberg. Passengers will be able to use the Uber app to book a flight through the service, called Uber Copter, the documents show. Tests flights took off from a Manhattan heliport ne...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2019 2 Comments

  • New UberX Plus service is like premium economy for your UberX ride

    Uber Australia is now offering a 'premium economy' version of its UberX ride-sharing scheme under the banner of UberX Plus. Promising 'an enhanced service at an affordable price', UberX Plus draws from a pool of 'experienced, highly-rated driver-partners with newer, spacious cars'. Uber has pre...

    POSTED 17 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • NSW chauffeur-drive hire cars lose access to bus lanes

    Chauffeur-driven hire cars in NSW will no longer be able to use bus lanes following the state government's decision to roll the industry into a new all-encompassing category of 'point to point' transport operators. The government's Transport for NSW department no longer issues the white-on-black...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2018 15 Comments

  • The Uber Rewards loyalty program: status, points and perks explained

    Uber plans to roll out its new Uber Rewards frequent flyer rider scheme on a worldwide basis, including Australia, with passengers enjoying perks such as surge-free pricing, priority airport pick-up and free "surprise upgrades" from UberX bookings to a premium Uber Black ride. The program will l...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2018 4 Comments

  • Tesla & Uber debate flying cars, hyperloops – but it's still all hype

    Late last week, two Silicon Valley powers got into an online scrum over a technology that is neither developing nor likely to take off anytime soon. On his grand tour of Asia, Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi won headlines by predicting that private air taxis – flying cars &n...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • Get ready to hail an Uber 'air taxi' helicopter by 2025

    Bell Helicopter, which has tied up with Uber to revolutionize mass transportation, expects to bring the first air-taxis under the partnership by the middle of next decade. “Air taxi is the next way for our industry, and it’s very important for us to make sure we are among the disrupt...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2018 2 Comments

  • Uber-competitor Taxify launches in Sydney, Melbourne

    European ride-sharing service Taxify is now up and running in Sydney and Melbourne, with Brisbane soon to follow. While Taxify’s name makes you think it’s an app for hailing a cab, it’s based on the same ride-sharing concept as Uber X – and Taxify is well aware that it&rs...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2018 17 Comments

  • Uber, Starwood Preferred Guest end points partnership

    Uber users will no longer earn Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty points on their trips from December 17 2017 as the ride-sharing app and Marriott-backed hotel chain end their mutual points tie-up. Under the current scheme, riders can earn 0.5 SPG Starpoints per US$1 (A$1.30) spent with Uber...

    POSTED 27 Oct, 2017 1 Comment

  • Uber banned in London

    Uber’s license to operate in London was revoked overnight, a surprise decision that will affect the 3.5 million people and 40,000 drivers who use the app in the city. The city’s transportation regulator, Transport for London, said the license will expire on September 30. Regulators ...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 11 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport's new UberX pick-zones (you'll pay for them)

    Melbourne Airport is set to open dedicated UberX pick-up zones at its domestic and international terminals – but drivers will pay to use them, and pass that cost onto passengers. The airport will levy an 'airport access charge' of $4 per trip, beginning tomorrow when the waiting and pick-u...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 9 Comments

  • Uber, American Express offer free USA airport transfers

    American Express cardholders can enjoy two free Uber rides – each valued at up to US$65 (A$88) – from many major airports in the United States until the end of December. Included on that list is New York (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark), Chicago (O’Hare and Midway), Seattle (Sea-Tac...

    POSTED 18 Nov, 2016 7 Comments

  • Your Uber app no longer works in China: here's why

    Uber in China is now closed to foreign visitors, with business travellers and tourists alike unable to order rides in any Chinese city, including major destinations such as Beijing and Shanghai. When selecting a Chinese pick-up address in the normal Uber app, foreigners are simply logged off &nd...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2016 4 Comments

  • Uber 'scheduled rides' now let you book cars in advance

    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&rsq...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2016 6 Comments

  • Sydney Airport begins charging UberX passenger pickup-up fee

    Travellers arriving into Sydney Airport's domestic terminals will have to dig a little deeper when it comes to paying for an UberX ride to the office or home. A new Priority Pick-up area, now open near the T2 and T3 terminals, will see ride-share drivers from the likes of UberX and Go Car paying...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2016 6 Comments

  • Sydney Airport UberX passengers to be charged $4 pickup fee

    UberX and Go Car passengers will pay a minimum $4 surcharge for being picked up at Sydney Airport’s domestic terminals from September 13. The fee will also apply to pre-booked taxis and friends and family collecting travellers from the new Priority Pick-up zone – currently a free pub...

    POSTED 3 Sep, 2016 39 Comments

  • Where is Sydney Airport's international terminal Uber pickup zone?

    Where is the pick-up zone for UberX and Go Car at Sydney Airport's international terminal? Ridesharing services like UberX and Go Car can use the public Express Pickup area marked in green on the map below, which is a short walk from the international T1 terminal. Uber Black cars use the...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Where is Sydney Airport's domestic terminal UberX pickup zone?

    Where is the pick-up zone for UberX and Go Car at Sydney Airport's domestic Qantas and Virgin Australia terminals? Sydney Airport has set aside a new Priority Pick-up zone for ridesharing services like UberX and Go Car which opens September 19. It's located past the end of the T2 and T3 do...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2016 1 Comment

  • Airbus partners with Uber for on-demand helicopters

    Uber and Airbus are teaming up to take on-demand transportation to the skies, with a new partnership that will see Airbus providing the ride-sharing giant with helicopters. The initiative is being launched at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where attendees will be able to hail helicopters t...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2016 6 Comments

  • Your mid-January frequent flyer wrap

    Mid-January marks another busy period for Virgin Australia Velocity members with two partners departing from Velocity Frequent Flyer and a third lowering the number of points you’ll earn per dollar spent. The first month of the year also marks the time when you’ll need to stay again ...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2016 0 Comments

  • How to earn Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints with Uber

    Starwood’s partnership with Uber allows members of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program to earn Starpoints – the chain’s version of hotel loyalty points – when riding around town with the on-demand car company. Those Starpoints can later be traded in for a f...

    POSTED 14 Jan, 2016 0 Comments

  • Uber Select chauffeur service launches in Brisbane, Gold Coast

    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 op...

    POSTED 27 Oct, 2015 4 Comments

  • How to discover your Uber passenger rating

    Uber users can rate their drivers at the end of each ride – but did you know that the drivers can also rate you? Yep: every time you hop out of that Uber ride, your driver has the opportunity to rate you on a scale of one to five. When you request an Uber pick-up the average rating appear...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2015 22 Comments

  • Uber hikes chauffeur rates in Melbourne

    Travellers using the Uber Black chauffeur drive service in Melbourne face a fare hike of up to 25% from today, with a return journey between Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and the city's CBD now priced at up to $282.The base fare has increased by 25% to $10, the per kilometre charge by 20% to $2.4...

    POSTED 8 May, 2015 12 Comments

  • Uber drops unlimited credit-based promotions for $25 ride limit

    Uber Australia has axed its long-standing offer of unlimited credit to customers who refer new members to the on-demand limo service and moved to a $25 per-ride credit with a three month expiry date. Under Uber's previous 'Give 10, Get 10' referral system, new customers who sign up with a curren...

    POSTED 1 May, 2015 3 Comments

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