I took an Uber this morning and noticed on my trip receipt that there was a "wait time" fee added to my fare. I was ready when the driver went to pick me up and Im not sure why I had to pay for that. Thanks
My Uber driver charged me a wait time... Wait for what?
The Guru Take
Kicks in 2 minutes after arrival.
I can only guess what happened in your circumstance, but I can lay out how the wait time works. If there is a delay longer than 2 minutes from the time the car has arrived and to the time you start your trip, there will be a fee:
A per-minute Wait Time fee will begin 2 minutes after your driver arrives at your location. We'll notify you that the charge has started, and it will continue until you enter your vehicle and the driver begins the trip.
The time starts to tick when the Uber's Driver App determines the driver has arrived at your location. It continues to tick until the driver clicks on "Start Trip."
It's good to remember that the driver does NOT need to indicate they have arrived. (There is no "Arrived" button.) The GPS of the app makes this determination. Uber will send you two messages, one for when the driver has arrived, and another for when the wait time is starting to be assessed.