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The "new" surge

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Wes
1581 Rider Driver
 Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

So for those of you that now have the "new surge" system - where you are guaranteed a surge rate if you are within a surge zone, but admittedly are receiving lesser amounts during a surge ride (a token payment of $5-20 dollars depending) what has been your experience?  It hasn't arrive in our market as yet, and while getting a surge guarantee is excellent, earning less money is obviously a huge trade off.

What has been your experience, and what market area are you driving?

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    momof4
    8153 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    Few weeks ago my daughter called me to a ride. Her and her friends were out in the city. A non surged XL ride would've been approx. $50/60 total. It was surged when she called Uber wanted 121.00 which seemed ridiculous.  I checked driver app that said area was surged 10.00 so ride should've been $60/70. So why 121.00? I have no idea. Is Uber telling us it's 10.00 surge and charging rider more and keeping it? Who knows. Would love to find out. 

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    momof4
    8153 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    I drive in Philadelphia. The old surge never really worked well for me unless it was extremely busy and most of city was surged. In the beginning it was ok when I first started. After that I could be sitting In surged and would only get request outside of surged area 12 min or more away. Although it's not much money  on new surge (lowest i've seen 1.25 to highest 30.00 not very often. Average is 2.00 to 12.00. The good thing is as soon as you get to surged area amt. shows at bottom of your screen and climbs until you get to the area with highest amt. Once I get to say 10.00 on ABC St I can leave that area and drive wherever to get ride. If i stay in that area hoping surge will climb I don't have to accept next ride as long as I know that surge just started. I can either wait a few min to see if it will go up or say the ride is a pool or 15 min away & i dont want it I can decline knowing that it just started. I know I have a few min at least to wait for a better ...

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    I drive in Philadelphia. The old surge never really worked well for me unless it was extremely busy and most of city was surged. In the beginning it was ok when I first started. After that I could be sitting In surged and would only get request outside of surged area 12 min or more away. Although it's not much money  on new surge (lowest i've seen 1.25 to highest 30.00 not very often. Average is 2.00 to 12.00. The good thing is as soon as you get to surged area amt. shows at bottom of your screen and climbs until you get to the area with highest amt. Once I get to say 10.00 on ABC St I can leave that area and drive wherever to get ride. If i stay in that area hoping surge will climb I don't have to accept next ride as long as I know that surge just started. I can either wait a few min to see if it will go up or say the ride is a pool or 15 min away & i dont want it I can decline knowing that it just started. I know I have a few min at least to wait for a better ride and will still get surge. If area is surged for 5 or more min before I get there i dont usually decline as it may go away. Last week did a drop off into Center City whch started a consecutive trip bonus for me. I also drove into a 5.00 surge area. I do not like to stay in CC so I stayed in far left lane on 95 doing 65mph. I made it to a better area 20 min later still carrying the surge plus my consecutive trip bonus. Next ride I got I had to accept. It turned out to be a pool which I don't normally take but had to in this situation. I got 3 pool riders all within a few  blocks for pick up. I got the 5.00 surge in 1st pool rider plus my 2 trips I needed for bonus (4.75). On top of the 3 pool rider rates I got 9.75 and was able to stay out of crappy hoods. This works better for me as I wouldnt get surged trips, wouldn't get request  or get there and surge would end. I've been able to carry a surge with me for 25 min 10 miles. Get into scrappy hood get surge to show on phone and get the heck out of there and make it to better area. Negative on New surges is the amts are lower like I mentioned  2.00 to 5.00 is average, late nights when bars close 10.00 to 15.00. Only seen 30.00 once in a snow storm.  Hope I explained this clearly if not feel free to ask me to clarify if is not clear to you:)

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      Goodideasll
      171 Driver
       3 months ago

      Hi Mom! The best I have ever seen up here in Podunk, NY is $2.50! Pitiful! Hope you and yours are well!