I am getting tired of the inconvenience of Uber at New York airports. At LaGuardia, it takes an eternity to get a ride. In JFK, I found myself waiting forever for Uber Pool that never came. Since I landed at midnight, I figured that Uber would show up quickly, and I would be on my way to the city. Uber X was $62 and Uber Pool was $35. After flying all day, I rationalized that a bit longer ride was worth the savings.
After the first Uber driver didn’t show up, I tried again. After another thirty minutes of waiting, I gave up on that driver too. I approached a Yellow Cab and asked how much it was. It’s $52 + $5.67 for the toll + tip. Since I hate tipping, I went back on my Uber app and ordered Uber VIP. Minutes later, the driver came and I was on my way. The driver told me that Ubers around JFK do not respond to Pool because the riders are those that live in the area of the airport and the fares are only $6. That is a waste of their time.
It was a waste of my time to wait for Uber Pool drivers that do not come. Uber should not offer the service from the airport if the drivers are going to be shady. I asked Uber to credit me the difference but you already know their reaction.
Uber Pool JFK is a scam. Pay the full fare if you arrive late at night or take the AirTrain if you arrive at a normal hour.