Sadly, the drivers are starting to accept this fact as a daily occurrence, but I feel the need to share this with the customers/passengers/clinets/riders. I know this forum would be a good place for it as I know we aren't all drivers.
The practice of Uber taking more than the 20~25% commission has been around for a long time, but it has become more obvious now that Uber changed the way they display our earnings. This is ironic, because it was harder to tell before but now it's obvious, as it displays how much the customers are paying.
So check this out:
So, the driver gets paid $56.55. That is based on the base fare, distance fee and the duration fee. (plus tip)
But look at below that. It's how much the Rider Pays. The rider paid $121.78! What?!! It's almost double I made.
So why does this happen? Uber's commission is supposed to be 25% and a booking fee (which is like $1~) It happens, as I understand it, is that they can charge what ever they want to the customers and NOT based on the posted duration and distance. and when they find a sucker who is willing to pay a lot? They overcharge AND DO NOT SHARE with the drivers.
This is the real goal of Uber offering Upfront Pricing, by the way. It's almost like surge pricing in a way they charge more to the consumers, but they don't call it a surge. If it were, the driver would get paid for it.