Uber knows you’re trying to get a lot done as quickly as possible, and some trips will just take longer than others due to multiple stops. Known as Uber Hourly, the ride-sharing platform’s latest solution aims to target users who are going far or stopping often.
It costs $50 per hour, but Uber Hourly doesn’t include fees for time and mileage overages, tolls, and local surcharges. Uber Hourly also limits users to scheduling rides for up to seven hours at a time, and pick-ups and drop-offs at airports are banned. Still, it does appear like a strong value if you’re running a lot of errands and require additional time. It’ll save some money compared to booking back-to-back trips each time they’re needed.
You’ll find Uber Hourly listed alongside other options such as UberX and UberXL. In the Uber app, just enter your initial destination and any others to then see Uber Hourly as an option. Uber then displays the $50/hr rate before the user confirms the trip and selects the expected hours necessary. It’s also important to note that Uber will not credit users for unused time.
Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, D.C., Houston, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Tacoma, and Tampa Bay are first up with access to Uber Hourly. Uber plans to introduce the capability in additional metropolitan areas, but it needs to monitor user behavior in a limited number of locations before expanding. Elsewhere in the world, Uber Hourly exists in cities throughout Australia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. So it’s not an entirely new concept and thus a national roll-out in the United States shouldn’t take long.
Users in the aforementioned U.S. cities can access Uber Hourly starting on Tuesday, June 2.