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Round the world with Uber

uberI first found out about Uber though a friend of mine I was visiting in LA as he uses it all the time. The service level was really high and it seemed like a great idea. I know that people general either love or hate Uber as it strives for world domination. It has only just come to the city near me and I can’t use it from my house yet. (Though I do live a little of the beaten path). I have been with Uber for just over a year and as a semi digital nomad I thought now would be a good time to look back at our time together.

March last year was my birthday and someone had gotten me opera tickets. I knew that I had free ride credit of $30 USD so I thought this would be a great time to use it in NYC. I tried to order my Uber only for it to reject my payment method which was my bank card. There was no complaints when I added the card to my account about a month earlier so I found this weird. As I had not planned on Uber rejecting my card I started to panic a bit and tried to think of a work around. It was now raining heavily but I managed to connect my PayPal account and Uber finally seemed happy with this (even though my PayPal account is connected to the same card that Uber previously rejected). I set myself up standing outside a hotel so I could be visible to the driver because at this time my phone had run out of juice and I ended up using my friend’s phone but with my account. We saw someone who looked like the driver but he walked right past us then got back in his car. To make a long story short the driver was trying to call my phone which was dead and could not find us. We eventually got an Uber and all was well.

 

Awesome bus in Manila

Awesome bus in Manila

 

Next stop the Philippines. I was in Manila for a few days attending a conference where I had no reason to even take any money out as everything was being paid for. The only snag was that the taxi to the airport was going to be reimbursed. As I was leaving I did not really want to take any cash out just for a taxi ride so I tried Uber and it was great. Plus it made it a real breeze to get my money back as the company could see all the ride information in the email confirmation I forwarded to them after the ride was complete.

 

Uber ride info in Manila

Uber ride info in Manila

In Singapore Uber has stiff competition with easy taxi due to their app being quicker to load and easier to use. Because of this I did not really get to use the service that often but when I did there was no hassle and everything went smoothly

A different view of the Patron towers

A different view of the Petronas towers

 

In Kuala Lumpur I was very surprised to find out that using Uber was cheaper and faster than public transport as the underground train system does not really go where you would like and can involve a lot of back tracking. I loved using Uber the most here. I did not even need a local number just hotel Wi-Fi was enough and it was cheap as chips.

$13.80 saved in LA!

$13.80 saved in LA!

 

At the time I was in LA I got to try out Uber pool where you might share your ride with someone who is going in the same direction as you no matter how far all for $5 USD even during surge price times. This was a steal in LA and as long as you did not mind sharing and knew exactly where you were going all was good. There was a hiccup or two with drivers not really knowing where they were going to pick up other rides. Also for them the Uber pool was not a good deal as they could be driving for a long time an only making $5-15 USD per ride.

Sydney

Sydney

 

Then came Sydney where Uber and I went through a rough patch. All goes well until I want to leave my last appointment, it has finally stopped raining and I am going to make a dash for it with all my luggage to my home for the next few days but of course as I leave it starts to rain so I try to get an Uber as I am not in a place where I can easily get a cab. It rejects my request saying it does not like my payment method. Let’s not forget that in the past 9 months I have been all over the place with no issues. In the app there is no way to directly contact support they have and FAQ type section. In the end I walk but was worried about my Uber account. I sent an email and waited, 2 days later I send a message via twitter and waited…another two days later I send an angrier tweet to which I finally get a response.

Apparently my account got flagged because I was in foreign country?!?!?! I guess USA, Philippines, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore did not count. I had to send them a photo of my ID and some of my payment card for them to unlock my account. I did get a little bit of trip credit in AUS, but by this time my trip was almost over and I just had to force myself to use it instead of public transport.

I have received good service over all from Uber and I has been invaluable to me while traveling alone in an unknown country.

 

 

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