Uber trials UberX+ 'enhanced service'

Uber trials UberX+ 'enhanced service'

Uber Australia is trialling a more exclusive version of its UberX ride-sharing scheme under the banner of UberX+.

Promising 'an enhanced service at an affordable price', UberX+ draws from a pool of 'experienced, highly-rated driver-partners with newer, spacious cars'. If it helps, think of UberX+ as being a premium economy version of UberX.

The trial will run on an invitation-only basis in Sydney from 19 November to 7 December 2018 with identical pricing to UberX, however the 2019 rollout of UberX+ will see pricing "cost 1.2x the price of an equivalent UberX ride"

According to Uber, drivers in the UberX+ trial "must have completed a significant number of trips and maintain a high driver-partner rating" while their vehicles must be 2012 models or newer "and be comfortably spacious for riders."

Over the weekend Uber also announced its own loyalty scheme, dubbed Uber Rewards, through which passengers stand to earn credit based on how much they spend and are assigned tiers such as Gold, Platinum and Diamond, each of which comes with its own perks.

Read more: The Uber Rewards loyalty program – status, points and perks explained

Don't forget: if you sign up for Uber using the special Australian Business Traveller invitation code of UberAU10 you'll automatically get $10 in free credit towards your first Uber ride.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
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