Why not kick off the new blog with a click bait title? Actually it isn’t and let me explain why. I use Uber Pool all the time in NYC to save 25 percent on my ride. Coming back from the airport or after a night out, I save a lot of money from the added inconvenience of another passenger(s). Sometimes I get the discount price and ride alone.
Yesterday, I was headed from Manhattan to Brooklyn in a Pool when the driver made his first stop then his second. To keep up my glistening 4.82 rating, I engaged in some idle conversation with the driver. He told me that he noticed that the fare per passenger went down as more passengers joined the Pool. That made sense since that’s the reason that car pools exist. The driver added the surprising caveat that the fare did not go down equally per passenger. The last to join the Pool received the lowest fare and could still be dropped off first.
With no regards to manners, I asked my Pool passengers to share their rates. In this case, I paid $25, the second passenger paid $17, and the final paid $13. Based on the most efficient route, the second passenger was dropped off first and I second. Meanwhile the driver was laughing at my disbelief that I was disproportionately subsidizing the ride of others.
When I exited the Pool, I thought maybe my original rate would be adjusted. Of course it was not.
Anyone else know about this? I wonder if the savings is substantial at the airport in the same way.